I do have to admit, with its modest 649cc motor and a (relatively) big-boned figure weighing in at 476 pounds, it was not exactly love at first sight. Not that the newly restyled bike is ugly, by any means, but after spending a fair amount of time being disappointed with the performance and ergos of the Ninja 650, I really didn’t expect much from the platform-sharing Versys. How wrong I was. Sporting a long list of updates for 2015, including revised motor mounts and improved ergos, the fresh-faced Versys is as lively as it is smooth and comfortable. While the Nissin brakes and Showa suspension are nothing to write home about, they perform remarkably well when you consider the entry price of $7,999. In fact, ABS is standard on this fine machine, and the suspension does at least offer adjustability for preload and rebound damping.