I bought a cheap bike (well, relatively) so that I would not feel guilty and bad for running it to the ground and for the depreciation coming from the odometer reading. I owned a Moto-Guzzi V9 and Ducati Scrambler before and I always felt that I have to maintain the bike in pristine condition because it just has to have the aftermarket value... And it's not really about the price, I mean the V9 or Scrambler Icon were not expensive bikes either, just a few thousand EUR more than the Versys 650 at best, but still, they just had that vibe going on with them. With Versys I just cut the factory grips when I install Oxfords, discard the factory bolts when I install Shad brackets with their new longer bolts and so on. And that's what I always wanted to do, but these nice piece-of-art Italian bikes just don't invite you to feel free around them. Versys 650 is plenty utilitarian while still not being a piece of junk. For example, the CFMoto 650MT would have been even better alternative on the scale of utilitarianism, but then you hit the bullshit limit with things like oil change every 3000km instead of the 12000km of the Versys. This just makes you think that a certain amount of bullshit is good but there is a limit to the bullshit that must not be crossed
And I think I found this sweet spot with the V650, feeling myself freely around it but still having a reasonably good quality piece of equipment.
PS. For example, about discarding the bolts or randomly throwing them into the stash, it's because they are just bolts. Just standard bolts that you can get in any hardware store. Not some fancy Ducati-bolts or Moto-Guzzy bolts that set you back by $200 should you ever lose one. And even if a hardware store bolt fitted the Moto-Guzzi perfectly, you will always feel bad about it if you make that replacement