Originally Posted by grizzly7
Its good to see the older BMW single being promoted as thrifty, and no-one popping up with KTM alternatives
I have always been told KTMs are thirsty, and their absence in this thread must prove that
I guess KTM riders care less about fuel efficiency and buy the bikes because they are fun, so they don't care much about measuring consumption and posting in threads like this one ;-)
Doesn't mean KTMs are necessarily thirsty though (although I believe the big Twins are). My 690 Enduro drank 4.1 l/100 km on a trip from Munich to Madrid, averaged over roughly 2400 km on mainly A and B roads (including mountains) with a little motorway, fully laden and ridden fast (no high speeds, but quick acceleration). I also did a 2200 km trip in the Pyrenees with a friend on his F650GS (the old 1-cylinder one), the difference was between 0% and 10% more petrol for the KTM (usually about 10%) when filling up. One time I even needed less fuel than him. Not bad in my opinion, considering that the KTM is way quicker and a LOT more fun to ride than the BMW.
Offroad (Enduromania, i.e. on some difficult terrain) it needed a bit less petrol than the DR 350's of my friends.