The tricks to ride a bike as eco­nom­i­cally as pos­si­ble

The Witness - Wheels - - BIKING - DEN­VER BIGGS DEN­VER BIGGS Econo rider — Wheels24.

THE 2015 an­nual RFS Bike Econ­omy Run is a fun event.

“It is one of those on the cal­en­dar that you al­ways look for­ward to. It is amaz­ing how peo­ple still think it is a bunch of riders pot­ter­ing around with light throt­tles at 60 km/h; trust me it is any­thing but that.

Fun I was go­ing to have, I had de­cided to not bother try­ing to go for over­all glory, but ride in com­fort for a change.

How­ever, be­ing the com­pet­i­tive bug­ger that I am, I also ride to win some­thing whilst hav­ing truck­loads of fun.

I guess I have a fair record on the event, one over­all win, eight class wins and three top-three fin­ishes re­mind me why I feel like I need another chi­ro­prac­tor visit still three days af­ter the event.

In case you won­der­ing why the chi­ro­prac­tor fea­tures as strong as the es­sen­tial — it is be­cause to achieve re­sults like that you have to spend two days scrunched up un­der the bike’s paint­work for over 1 000 km! But as they say, tro­phies at all cost.

I have been priv­i­leged enough to have rid­den for, as well as man­aged, the Bavar­ian Mo­tor­cy­cles Team for the last three years. My mis­sion state­ment has re­mained the same for all of these years: To win over­all or my class and of course, get the most cov­eted prize of all — the Team Award. So this year was cer­tainly no dif­fer­ent. This year as a Bavar­ian Team, Roger didn’t want to en­ter a big team and rather let some of the pri­va­teers have a crack at the sil­ver­ware. Although we are all on stan­dard bikes, it is of­ten con­ceived that a deal­er­ship team bike some­how has an ad­van­tage.

We didn’t want event reg­u­lars skip­ping the fun be­cause they feel they can­not com­pete against the “fac­tory teams”.

So as a smaller team we re­ally had to make a max­i­mum ef­fort to beat our arch ri­vals, Team Tri­umph.

“How­ever, it was Team Mo­tor­rad Tech that gave us the big­gest run. But the team-mate put in a colos­sal ef­fort and pre­vailed and we just pipped Team Mo­tor­rad Tech to give Roger and Sharon from Bavar­ian the Team Award. That’s mis­sion ac­com­plished.

There was another box that I needed to tick. I wanted to be the first big ad­ven­ture bike in the class of “Dual Pur­pose Mo­tor­cy­cle over 1 000 cc” to come in un­der 4 l/100 km. I fig­ured it would be a big chal­lenge as they nor­mally fin­ished around 5 l/100 km.

For­tu­nately with the ad­vent of the BMW R1200GS Liq­uid Cooled, it made things a lit­tle eas­ier to get closer to this mark.

In test­ing, I kept get­ting fig­ures around the 4,2 lt/100 km mark on a route that is very sim­i­lar to ones we nor­mally tra­verse in Mpumalanga, where most of the event is rid­den. It just wasn’t get­ting as close as I needed it to be. Then the penny dropped in a tub of oil.

I ap­proached Liqui Moly, whom I know to make the best mo­tor­cy­cle oils in the world. They kindly agreed to spon­sor my ef­forts and help the LC get closer to the fine line.

My team-mate, Reg Gur­nell who was mounted on the Team Bavar­ian F700GS, was com­ing on with great fig­ures in test­ing and then the worst thing hap­pened. As is typ­i­cal with a deal­er­ship bike, the fru­gal sip­per wasn’t avail­able any more so he had to change bikes.

The sad part was that the re­place­ment F700GS was nowhere near the econ­omy of the first one. So that bike needed help as well.

Liqui Moly came to party and of course the process starts with a sub­stance that ev­ery­one has for­got­ten about, but in my mind it is sim­ply es­sen­tial in your oil change en­deav­ors, En­gine Flush.

That is the sub­stance that gets rid of all the de­posits and gunk that is clog­ging up your mo­tor and block­ing its ar­ter­ies.

Then it’s the su­per su­perb Liqui Moly Rac­ing Fully Syn­thetic Mo­tor Oil. Where Liqui Moly’s oil makes a dif­fer­ence is that it re­duces fric­tion, hence mak­ing the mo­tor run cooler and more ef­fi­ciently. I saw a live ex­am­ple of this on the R1200GS LC. In pre­vi­ous test­ing, the mo­tor ran con­stantly at 85°C, af­ter the oil change, it dropped dra­mat­i­cally to 80°C and pretty much stayed there the whole event long.

The bike I was on had 45 000 km on the clock, so I also ran through the cat­alytic cleaner as well as the fuel in­jec­tion cleaner whilst do­ing my test­ing. These awe­some ad­di­tives helped clean out the fuel lines and in­jec­tors as well as re­mov­ing the de­posits from the cat­alytic con­verter, which can get clogged up af­ter time and mileage with our dirty fuel.

Reg’s bike, sadly, was a no­hoper. You get them, it of­ten de­pends on how it was run in and rid­den pre­vi­ously.

The Liqui Moly oil did help with this one too and it fin­ished nearly 200 lt/100 bet­ter than it did pre­vi­ously, but still only good enough for sec­ond in class.

Mine, how­ever, loved the new fluid and the in­ter­nal clean and it came home in a dream ful­fill­ing 3,97 lt/100 km and very ob­vi­ous classes win! Both boxes ticked and mis­sion ac­com­plished!

I would like to thank Roger and Sharon for the ride and the faith in hav­ing me runs the team for them. Thanks also to the team ef­fort from Reg: Gly­nese, Wil­l­lie, Braam, Giel and Iain for our su­perb win in the Team Award.

On be­half of Team Bavar­ian, we would like to thank all the or­gan­is­ers, es­pe­cially Fran­cois Jor­daan and of course The Rock, Hannes Beetge.

To all the spon­sors, Liqui Moly, as with­out them I would not have won, then most of all RFS who put so much ef­fort and money into this event. If it wasn’t for you guys who knows where we would be, to Chris and his team, a huge thank you.” con­cluded Biggs.

The race starts with an en­gine flush and a cat­alytic cleaner


The au­thor sit­ting pretty at the start of Day 2.

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