SA’s most frugal bike
Bike Econorun records lowest consumption in 12 years, at over 40 km per litre
CAPE TOWN — For more than three decades, the RFS (Retirement Fund Solutions) Bike Econorun has been an annual fixture on the South African motorcycling calendar.
The 2016 edition was no exception, with the fuel consumption of a variety of bikes tested under controlled conditions. The Econorun is a solid indication of how well the various bikes in the local market do.
Capetonian Gareth Floweday, on a Yamaha YZF-R15, was the overall winner of the 2016 RFS Bike Econorun with an average consumption of 2,54 litres per 100 km, the lowest consumption achieved since 2004. Making his debut in last year’s event, Floweday already showed promise by taking second place overall, and he cemented his reputation with this year’s win.
He was also one of only two riders to return a sub-three litre/100 km average consumption over the 973 km route from Brakpan to Thaba ’Nchu on September 23 and September 24.
The second rider to break the three-litre barrier was Mike Peel on a Honda NC750X, with an average of 2,7 litres per 100 km. First timer Gerard Dehlen, on a Yamaha YZF-R3, grabbed third place overall with 3,03 litres per 100 km.
Dave Leech on a BMW F800S and Willie Duvenhage on a BMW G 650 GS Sertao, completed the top five places with averages of 3,20 652, 3,21 870 and 3,03 769 litres per 100 km, respectively.
The most contested category, Adventure Motorcycles above 1 000 cm³, was won by Reg Gurnell on a BMW R 1200 GS with 4,1 litres per 100 km, while Grant Scott managed 4,29 litres per 100 km on a KTM 1050 Adventure to earn him second place. Louis Alberts, also on a BMW R 1200 GS, finished third with 4,37 litres per 100 km.
A charity raffle raised R27 000 for the benefit of the Lethoteng Community Centre in Ladybrand.
This was made possible by donations by the likes of Bavarian Motorcycles, Bike SA, Biking Accessories, Bike Crazy, Dyna Beads, Hotel Numbi, 4×4 Mega World Zambesi, Rupert’s Bike Inn (Sabie), Scott Motorcycles, Wildman Hunting and Outdoors Montana and Windmill Wine Shop and Cottages.
Not to be outdone by business, competitors managed to raise R12 000. Team Burly donated a further R10 000 and a competitor donated his R5 000 lucky draw prize money as well.
The results of the Econorun are not just important to the industry, but also extremely valuable to the buying public who are looking to shave as much off their fuel bills as possible.
“Given the nature of the route and the fact that day one was a 677 km slog that kept riders in the saddle for over nine hours, the results were impressive,” said clerk of the course Francois Jordaan.
The Econorun, which has been organised by the Pretoria Motor Club since the event’s inception in 1982, is an important platform for the local motorcycle industry in South Africa because it highlights the fuel efficiency of properly maintained and well-ridden motorcycles over a long distance.
The dates for next year’s event will be announced in due course. — Wheels24.