I have been lurking for a few years with interest about the Versys 650. I am finally able to make a purchase and along comes the Versys 1000. I have sat on the 1000 and liked the roominess and fit. Having extra power for the long haul and endless open road miles around where I live appeals to me. However deep down I want the simplicity and lighter weight of the 650. Carrying a passenger is not a concern as at 57 with a ticker that could conk out I don't want to hurt anyone. My heart says 650 the extra power for the long haul, heavy head winds, long climbs up mountain roads says 1000. What should I buy people? Any and all advice is greatly appreciated. Helps me with perspective. Thanks for your time. P.S. Really looking forward to the report on Whitey and Hammy's Big Trip 2012 stories!