I took the bike on an overnighter as soon as possible, under the worst possible conditions: Interstate, high speed, bad crosswinds, and rain.
I could not have been more satisfied with the bike's performance. Mine was the smallest bike in the bunch (I was chasing a couple of BMW GS1200's) but it was no handicap. The little 650 kept up just fine.
It has great mid-range for passing those pesky big rigs. It did just fine with the crosswinds.
Gas mileage on the trip averaged 45 mpg. (average speed was 85). My future touring trips won't be so extreme (or so fast) but it showed just how great a bike this is.
The trip was 350 miles each way, and I was quite comfortable. I couldn't have asked for a better result.
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