There are plenty of videos on youtube with Harleys riding not only gravel but off road. Does that make them a good off road bike? Or does that mean in the hands of a skilled rider any bike can be made to be ridden off road.i'm not so sure, there's been so much talk on the forum lately about this crappy bike, apparently, the damn thing falls over all on it's own despite any claimed rider skills.
200 miles of gravel this past week, my riding buddy on 705s, me on 804/805. he rode the same lines i did on and off pavement, and vice versa.
The major difference is if I were to have dropped my KLX250S, or go over the handlebars after hitting the unforeseen ditch in the grass the bike had zero damage without adding any extra protection.
The Versys would have probably been totaled in that tumble since the bike did an endo.
Let's face it. Any car with enough modifications can go where off-road from the factory vehicles can go. Same goes for motorcycles.
But at my age and physical condition I'm not taking a Versys where I am willing to take my Van Van or Himalayan.