I have had both and the BMW is junk when you consider how much it cost compared to the Versys. Out of all the bikes I have owned the Versys is on top of my list for value and fun. You cannot ride a Versys without smiling from ear to ear. I have not let anyone ride mine that did not get back and say this is great. No matter what they were riding they were impressed. It handles so good that I can touch the Givis down and they are mounted high. BMW lovers will pay big bucks for lesser bikes ,that is just the way it is. I would not trade my Versys for any of them. It can do anything and it can do most of it really good.