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real pain in these bikes is fuel tank size, I mean they put bigger airbox then tank... For longer trips can be annoying. Neavey, did you have bigger tank installed?
No, I did manage to squeeze 300 kms (180 miles) out of a tank by taking a wrong turning on to a motorway with no exit for the next 25km (fuel light was already on when I took the wrong turning). But to be honest, with the stock seat you are more than ready for a break before emptying the tank.

Some sort of larger tank or rotopax is on my upgrade list.
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Thanks Neavey, really helpful insights. I did Romania in 2016 on my DL100 and loved it. What tyres did you use for your trip?

See you are in Bristol too - if you fancy chewing the fat over a coffee or brekkie at Fowlers some time we can swap notes!

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I'm currently living in Belgium (must update my bio) but occasionally back in Bristol so I will look you up next time I'm there.

I had Motoz tyres front and back. Whilst they last really well and performed great off road on the tarmac they are really noisy.
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Good point correlating seat comfort with fuel range.
It sure worked on my CRF250L – 120 miles before I pulled over to top up from a can. Never got sore.
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Not sure if this has been posted before, here's a review of the 701 of a Dutch guy who rode it from Amsterdam to Cape Town. He had quite a few issues with it. Also some nice insights in to the dealer network.



https://twowheeledwayfarer.com/10k-r...husqvarna-701/
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Good point correlating seat comfort with fuel range.
It sure worked on my CRF250L – 120 miles before I pulled over to top up from a can. Never got sore.
Sorry Chris what did you do to your seat
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Update from me on this one.

I took the 701 trail riding (in the UK) for the first time yesterday. I am riding a long distance trial next week on it so have it shod in Pirelli MT43 trials tyres. I took it up lots of muddy lanes and rock slab hill climbs. I feel like a wreck today, but the bike was great - a good purchase for me.

As others have said this is a dual sport with a big emphasis on off road ability. It was much harder work that the 99kg trail bike i’ve been using off road for the last 6 years, but it did it all with ease in a way a road bike would not, and with 175 mile tank range, heated grips, powered GPS etc it is a bike i’d be happy to travel on. A couple of weekends ago i did 450 miles on paved roads (on the standard TKC80 tyres and it was a pleasure, albeit a sore arsed one!)

It will not be replacing my 800 Tiger for European road touring just yet (the Tiger is a way better bike for that), but for harder unpaved riding this is a bike that will do that (in a way the Tiger would not) so it ticks my ‘travel bike’ boxes.

Planning to ride the TAT on it in 2020 so will report back after that.
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Sorry, did not see reply. I got off the bike every 120 miles to fill up.
Small tanks save sore arses.

Wrt 701 - some may know there a 701 LR out now with 25 litres of fuel (below).
That will really be a crippling range ;-)
All it needs is a decent fairing and we have a new 640 Adventure!

Tried a 2nd gen 701 on Morocco the other month.
Much smoother than the 1st gen jackhammer I rode.
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I was in Kelowna in September or October and they had one of these at $10,000 cdn. They really wanted to get rid of it. It seems to me it is an increible deal.
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