I decided to wait until today to make my first post because I took the BRC this weekend. Yes, I passed very nicely and I enjoyed the course even though it was totally miserable weather. 100+ degrees both days with 70%+ humidity. I'm over my first hump and now I'm looking for my first street bike. I've ridden dirt bikes in the past, but I'm ready to move out on the street. I have been looking at the Versys and the V-Strom. I really like these 2 bikes. I talked to both of my BRC coaches this weekend and just described the type of riding that I would do and what style of motorcycle I liked without naming a bike. Both of my coaches recommended the V-Strom 650 without hesitation. I then asked about the Versys. Both said that the Versys woould also be a good choice. I wanted to wait until I had the BRC and get an unbiased evaluation of my riding abilities before I jumped on a Versys. Now I'm in the hunt for a Versys. I will be riding mostly streets and making a long (120 mi round trip) commute, but I live in a rural area and I have 1 mi of dirt road to ride on to my home. My coaches said the Versys or V-strom would be fine on the dirt. It's not just a trail, a maintained road. I'm trying to arrange the funds and then it's off on the hunt.