I've seen some seriously fast riders on the Versys (clunkyboy being one of them) and all of them have chicken strips left on their tyre. I'm sure it is possible to get rid of them but believe it would involve some theatrical riding.
Here's mine after a pretty spirited ride over decent roads. I occasionally touch down the toes of my boots but very rarely and can keep up with most riders.
To add to the debate, I was left for dead by a BMX GS1200 a few years ago and he rode that bike like a magic carpet. Never shifted his body position and with a gob smacking lack of lean he made corner speeds that were jaw dropping. Whereas I've lost count of the amount of wannabe Shaky Burns power rangers on their Gixxers that I've skinned on corners.
In short, don't worry about it. You'll be faster than you think.