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2014 BMW R1200RTW's impressive fuel economy. Canmore, AB to Cranbrook, BC

2014 BMW R1200RTW’s impressive fuel economy. Canmore, AB to Cranbrook, BC, 4.2 l/100 km (67.6 imp. MPG)

One of the best characteristics of BMW’s iconic boxer-twin touring rig is its phenomenal fuel economy.  Matched with a large 25-litre fuel tank, the RT gives impressive range.

I’ve just completed a 4-day 2400 km road trip, our annual Schnitzel Run, riding from Edmonton, AB to Cranbrook, BC then up through the Okanagan Valley, through Jasper, AB and home.

Best fuel economy was from Canmore to Cranbrook, through Banff National Park and its low speed limit.  At 4.2 l/100 km (or 67.2 imp. mpg), the RT has a theoretical touring range of a butt-busting 595 kilometres until sputtering to empty!

Worst fuel economy was Edmonton to Canmore, no surprise, traveling mostly on the QE2 divided 4-lane highway, consuming premium unleaded at a rate of 4.8 l/100 km (58.8 imp. mpg).  That still yields a theoretical range of 520 km until the RT’s 25-litre fuel tank runs dry!

Here’s this trip’s fuel economy record:

Edmonton – Canmore, AB, 384 km, 18.465 l, 4.8 l/100 km (58.8 imp. mpg) – Worst

Canmore, AB – Cranbrook, BC, 300 km, 12.551 l, 4.2 l/100 km (67.2 imp. mpg) – Best

Cranbrook, BC – Osoyoos, BC, 441 km, 20.878 l, 4.7 l/100 km, (60.1 imp. mpg)

Osoyoos – Meritt, BC, 275 km, 12.856 l, 4.6 l/100 km (61.4 imp. mpg)

Meritt – Clearwater, BC, 324 km, 14.522 l, 4.5 l/100 km (62.7 imp. mpg)

Meritt, BC – Jasper, AB, 316 km, 14.879 l, 4.7 l (60.1 imp. mpg)

Jasper – Edmonton, AB, 375 km, TBD

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