To the forum Mr Bee. My advice on your new adventure into motorcycling is learn to walk before you learn to run.
Whilst motorcycling is a fantastic way of getting about, be that commuting, or just sheer pleasure. It also has a knack of biting you. You must be alert and on guard the whole time, anything less could end it tears.
If your mate with the Versys 1000 is a sensible chap, maybe he could take you under his wing and cajole you along. You will need help, but only from people who appreciate your lack of skills and vulnerability.
But you will slowly master the art of riding a bike, and the pleasure that will bring will be immense. So steady away, learn the skills that we all need, and thoroughly enjoy your new passtime. You will soon pick up the knack of riding a bike safely, and the massive feeling of deep joy that goes with it. Enjoy. cheers Geoff