I'm biased, I know that, but I think that the Versys 650 is one of the best bikes you can get! I too came to the V650 form a sportsbike (a Ninja) which was infinitely better than the Versys in the twisties. The Ninja is such a beautifully designed bike for riding fast on twisty roads. But, riding fast on twisty roads is the only time that the Ninja was comfortable. The rest of the time, it was torture. I did a Saddle Sore 1,000 and Bun Burner 1,500 on my Versys 650 and thought that it performed admirably. I've thrown it around country roads and while it wasn't as easy to handle as the Ninja (which uses thought control as input), it was really good. I've taken it on trail roads and despite the relatively small alloy wheels it coped beautifully. I don't think that you'll regret your purchase!