With some progressive front forks and MT-60's the Versys is a good dual sport. I have the fender extender, MT-60's, Happy-Trail bash plate and engine guards. It does well, but I will agree the 17" front is a bit squirly, but so is my KLR 21" in sand and it has full nobby tires. The front springs are my only gripe and it is a tad buzzy, but a great bike.
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