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Tank Distance Decided, before the trip to Italy, to see how far the multi will go on a full tank,( carrying spare fuel!) with all luggage on and with pillion. running on the motorway at a steady 70/75. well so far i have covered 160 miles before ending up back at home having run out of time, the light came on at 110 miles, flashing at 120 or so. I will be out again one evening this week to complete the test and will post the results. In theory, 200 to 250 should be attainable.

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I did 155 on a tank Sunday, light came on at 125 and the gauge shows 1.6 gal left ( but don't trust it!!) I usually fill around the 150 mark and it takes about 14 litres. this assumes you've got a full tank which takes a bit of doing on a multi and if you get an air lock you can run out at 120 or less

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