To my eternal shame I called the thread "Touring Sproket" with no "c".
The bike will cover distances with ease and is fun to ride, so in some ways it can tour ok. My gripe is not so much the fuel economy but the limited range between fills. When I'm in unfamiliar territory I feel compelled to fill whenever I see a pump after 80 or 90 miles if I don't know where the next one is. I don't think I've ever got 120 miles from a tank. When Bomber, Afkan and I went to Brussels and back in Nov we all had the level indicator flashing at the same time. 600 miles with 6 fill stops. There were bikes there that did on 1 tank. It's not bad enough to stop me taking it to Europe again though!
If at first you don't succeed....take a longer run up!!