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    Touring bike with best miles per tank?

    I might be looking for a new touring bike.

    Gas tank size, rather miles per tank has always been the very first thing I look at. Which decent BMW touring cycle gives the longest distance on it's STOCK gas tank?

    I know the K1600GTL has a seven gallon tank and should go close to 300 miles on a tank. That's great, but can any other BMW stock touring bike do even better?

    -Don- SF, CA

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    I can fetch over 300 miles/tank on the '07 RT, and the '07 GSADV is in the ballpark of 400 miles.

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    My RT gets somewhere around 240 miles to warning light, and I have never run it totally dry to see max range. Gas capacity is generally not the range limit. The bladder, on the other hand...
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    Quote Originally Posted by ka5ysy View Post
    My RT gets somewhere around 240 miles to warning light, and I have never run it totally dry to see max range. Gas capacity is generally not the range limit. The bladder, on the other hand...
    Gas capacity is the only issue when there's a couple of hundred miles between gas stations, as I've seen in some parts of Texas.

    BTW, what's the longest anybody here has gone between gas stations?

    -Don- SF, CA

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    mileage

    My 08 RT gets 50+ MPG, always..
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    If you're looking at LD riding, why not focus on the bike you really want and then add an aux tank or just carry some extra gas on the bike?

    I don't think I can get 300 out of my K1600GT even running it dry. I'm avg less than 40 mpg and even on those long highway stretches, about 42 mpg. It goes up a bit if I keep the speed under Mach .14
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    Quote Originally Posted by moshaffer View Post
    My 08 RT gets 50+ MPG, always..
    No offense but I call BS--really? How?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sfarson View Post
    I can fetch over 300 miles/tank on the '07 RT, and the '07 GSADV is in the ballpark of 400 miles.
    With your info., I checked the specs on the web.

    I see the R1200GS ADV has a 8.72 gallon tank and gets 38.56 MPG average or 336.25 miles per tank.

    The RT has a 7.13 Gallon tank, 39.0 average MPG, or 278 miles to a tank.

    Thanks for the info.

    -Don- SF, CA

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    Quote Originally Posted by DonTom View Post
    With your info., I checked the specs on the web.

    I see the R1200GS ADV has a 8.72 gallon tank and gets 38.56 MPG average or 336.25 miles per tank.

    The RT has a 7.13 Gallon tank, 39.0 average MPG, or 278 miles to a tank.

    Thanks for the info.

    -Don- SF, CA
    I routinely see 50-52 mpg, thus the 300+ (RT) and 400 (GSADV) mile range noted. Altitude helps.

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