Aside from rubber engine mounts, the difference between the mark 1 and mark 2 is essentially cosmetic. I've only ever ridden a mark 2, so I can't say how much difference the engine mounts made- but judging from what I hear around here the difference is nominal. It's pretty hard to buy a bad Versys!
Besides color and some updated body panels, the only real difference is rubber for the engine mount. The Versys is pretty much bullet proof so a low mileage '09 for a good price would be my choice, especially if it already has some aftermarket bits that you'd want anyway.
I'd want to know about the maintenance records (after 4 years it should certainly have new brake fluid), I'd check the tires (if they're original there's not much life left on them), I'd check the brakes, and I'd take it for a ride.
Save yourself a couple or three grand buying used and put the savings into gas and trips!
I also pickup my '09 for a smokin' good deal, 4400 with tons of add on's and riding gear that acually fit me. I drove 5 hours one way to get mine. Several here have traveled much longer to get a good deal. Just my two cents worth.
Keep looking an checking and have the money ready for when the deal comes along and you will be ready to jump on it..
A new 2011 or even a 2012 should be around $6499 or less. I'd look around for a used Versys from a private party as opposed to a dealer that is going to have to mark up the price. I bought my 2012 new last December for $6999 Out The Door after not being able to find any used ones in Oregon in December.
Bike prices from dealers can be dramatically cheaper in larger urban centers were there is more price competition. My advice would be to consider shopping further afield by phone. UHaul motorcycle trailers are $20 a day to rent. I've done this with cars. It is important to stress to the sales person you are talking to though that you will buy if the price is right and give them a credit card deposit by phone, other wise you will just get the MSRP as they are not used to negotiating on price by phone.
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