This was the first time I had the opportunity to thoroughly test the touring potential of the S10 I acquired in August last year.
The bike felt at much at home on the German Autobahn cruising at +150 km/h as on a dirt road through a forest in France trudging along in low gears. It tackled hair pin roads in the Pyrenees with ease. In all conditions and at all speeds I found the
bike well balanced and a joy to ride.
I found the bike to be very comfortable even during the longest day stages. With 30mm handlebar risers the riding position is spot on for me - both sitting and standing (on long hauls
I like to stand up and stretch the legs from time to time).
Another thing I appreciated was the electronic cruise control. When covering long distances it's very nice to be able to rest the right hand ones in a while - and
it also help minimize the risk for speeding tickets, especially on main roads and inside city limits.
I also have to mention the shaft drive. I've been riding bikes with chains for many years and was fine with that, but on
a trip like this a shaft drive is a bliss. No more lubing (especially nice in wet and dirty conditions), no fling off, no adjusting (or even checking) - just ride, ride, ride.
I covered 6091 kilometers and used 316 liters
of fuel during the trip. This gives an average consumption of 19.3 km/l (45 US MPG). The fast sections in Germany lowered the average considerably. Most often I did between 400 and 500 km between fuel stops. Only when going fast on the Autobahn was the fuel
range less than 400 km.
The bike didn't consume any oil during the trip.