One of my questions is if the 650 is a low-end/commuter or can be somewhat of a sport/touring. I might want to do some touring in the future and concerned about peg vibration at highway speeds.
Great response..... I've had a FJR, and a R1200GSA....my Versys is still my favorite !!! I've done a couple 7-800 mile days on my 09...yet do do that many on the '16 but will fix that soonI've taken mine to 15 states and put over 8,000 miles on it since I bought it at the end of May. I've owned a ST 1300 and a BMW R1200RT that I put a combined 85,000 miles on. Does it eat miles as effortlessly as either of those two? No. Does the Versys 650 surprise the hell out of me every time I take a tour on it? Yes. Is it more fun than either of the larger sport-touring bikes I've owned in the twisties? Oh, hell yes.
I've done two 650 mile days and one 850 mile day without any problem. I've found the Versys to be pretty darn close to the other two after a full day in the saddle (Sargent Seat). On a recent trip to WV and VA I was real happy I didn't have to throw the weight of either the ST or the RT through the curves, push their weight around in parking lots, ride them through gravel campground roads, etc.....
As I age I have become more of a minimalist camper/traveler so my gear has both diminished and shrank in size. When I travel I have a Givi V46 top case that is less than half full. My side cases are full and I have a tent and my Kermit chair on the pillion seat. The Versys does excellent carrying all of my gear with room to spare.
The ONLY place I feel any vibrations is in the pegs. I have MotoWerk's highway peg mounts so I move my feet often when riding. The vibration doesn't bother me at all while using Sidi Canyon Rain or Forma Adventure boots.
Also, while I'm sure the Versys 1000 is a blast to ride, I've never once wished for more power. I live in the hills of the Ozark Mountains and can pass anything while going up hill.....I even did it with a rare pillion riding with me last week.
Hope this helps in your decision.