I own a 2010 Versys and it's anything but a dual sport bike. It's basically a 650R ninja with more suspension and some styling tweaks. It even has the same motor, but with a different cam and slightly modified fuel map. It would be a great bike for gravel roads and very mild trails, but it's not going to do what a KLR or XR can do, no way. You can't really get much of a skid plate for it and you can't mount one solid to the frame either. Most accessories mount to the engine or engine mount bolts. The bike is also very top heavy. With a modification to the front fender for clearance, a set of dual sport tires (which are hard to find at 160-60/17 and 120-70/17), and offroad footpegs, you could climb every bunnyhill you come to. There are a few guys on my Versys forum that have gone off the deep end and taken a Versys or ER6N (all basically the same bike as a ninja 650R) and made them into Dalton Highway running Colorado mountain pass shooting offroad machines . . .but in its stock form you better stick to maintained gravel roads. Offroad capable, but you're better off with a purpose built machine.