I recently rode the new Ducati 1200S Multistrada. We tried the 3 power modes but never kept track of fuel economy. (we only got it for a day) But MCN (American magazine, not the UK Scandal sheet) did test the economy as part of their testing. In low power the Multi got 42 mpg (US gallons) which did not compute to the 15% improvement Ducati claimed in low power mode. I liked full power mode best, had the best drivability.
The BMW is most likely better, as they do seem to get fuel economy right.
No idea on the new Yamaha 1200 Tenere'.
I can't believe that about the best I can get on my DR650 Suzuki is 50 mpg (US gallons). Now that is a bike that would benefit from F.I. Seems even if I'm pooching along at 45 mph and never goose it ... it still doesn't get much above 50mpg. Head winds and deep sand and even panniers suck gas. Add a typically overloaded bike and your predicted range is shot.
I could take a 250 or 400 but I'm too old and too spoiled by the comforts of my DR. I love the 250's in technical stuff, sand, mud, rocks. I love the 70 mpg. But over all, as a day-in-day-out
travel bike ... for me? No joy. Just have to pay the price and plan carefully regards range and attempted destinations.
Last edited by Mickey D; 1 Sep 2010 at 06:46.