SA’s most fru­gal bike

Bike Econorun records lowest con­sump­tion in 12 years, at over 40 km per litre

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING - DRIES VAN DER BERG

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.

Capeto­nian Gareth Flowe­day was the over­all win­ner of the 2016 RFS Bike Econorun, with an av­er­age con­sump­tion of 2,54 litres/100 km on a Yamaha YZF-R15. PHOTO: MICHAEL PRETORIUS

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