I must say I am pretty impressed by these figures. Just goes to show a bike can do some respectable miles: even if a bigger tank is needed. If I were to believe what they tell us in the brochures of magazines I'd be left thinking that 50mpg was well above average!!
Not so, I'm happy to see.
My dad recently bought a Transalp new to replace his 1150RT. Based on the bumpf you get in the showroom and online we had expected about 50-55, but on a ride out of town he managed about 70-80!! OK, he was not riding like a loon and it is still being run in, but nonetheless, it really makes down sizing an attractive option, not to mention making touring a lot easier!
Adventure: it's an experience, not a style!
(so ride what you like, but ride it somewhere new!)