Still thinking it was the right choice. Engine is breaking in nicely, starts to growl and go as the revs rise. No, it's not a GS. But a GS isn't a KTM, either, so it's all relative. And Kawasaki is right, very few "adventure" bike owners actually use them as such. If reality outweighs marketing, the Versys 1000 will be a hit.
Of course, I also have a KLR and a KLX - not particularly a Kaw fan, just luck of the draw when I wanted a bike of a certain type. I still like the KLR, but am thinking that it might make more sense to jump straight from something like the Versys 1000 to a bike that's truly dirt worthy - and with respect, any bike that weighs as much as a GS and the like, is not.
I still think it's *not pretty*, but I don't care. It's a good bike, and a good value.