Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Villa Ridge, MO
DL1000 Touring Range?
I currently have a 2006 WeeStrom with about 26,000 miles on it. Which I love around town and for short 250 - 300 mile days. Obviously the fuel mileage is outstanding. 46 - 48 MPG when I flog it and 50 when I go gentle. I also have a 2005 ST1300 which I have been using for long 2 week (7,000 - 10,000 mile) trips because of the weight and stability in crosswinds and inclement weather, as well the comfort and range.
While I love the 650 but am thinking about trading the ST13 for a VStrom (DL1000) for my longer trips. Thinking that hopefully the additional weight and forkbrace, combined with the power etc would provide me some of the benefits of the ST13 without dealing with 740lbs.
My question is -- what kind of "range 'till empty" should I expect from a VStrom (DL1000)? I would hate to have to plan on gassing up every 150 miles when I am on a long trip while everybody else on their ST13's, FJR's and BMW R1200's can go at least 225 - 250 before having to stop.
Can anybody give me some guidance on what you are getting on long trips?
If it helps, I am in St. Louis and usually we "Super Slab" it until we get to Idaho, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado etc and can really enjoy the mountain roads etc.
I appreciate any guidance you can provide.
Banks C[FONT=Comic Sans MS]:crying:[/FONT]
2006 DL650 Current Engine 15,625 Prior engine 67,426 when chain came off and bent valves
2005 Yamaha FJR1300A 68,000 miles and counting