Two weeks later & still no replies.
I guess I broke some kind of forum rule by asking the centre stand question in my opening post?
Not to worry, the centre stand idea has now been shelved in favour of a more simple/cheaper alternative.
The Versys seems like a great bike so far. Way more than the sum of its parts.
TBH, on paper they are nothing to shout about. Not particularly powerful or particularly lightweight. Thankfully, the reality of riding one is very different to the quoted stats.