Four former winners, including the defending champion, are included in a full entry of 65 motorcycles for the RFS Bike Economy Run in Mpumalanga on August 28 and 29.
This year’s event is the 35th Bike Economy Run – the ninth to be backed by Pretoria-based financial services company Retirement Fund Solutions (RFS) – and provides an important shop window for the motorcycle industry in South Africa. The event highlights the fuel efficiency of correctly maintained and ridden motorcycles available on the South African market, and since its inception in 1982 has been organised by the Pretoria Motor Club.
Included in this year’s entry list are multiple winners Reg Gurnell and Shado Alston along with former champion Denver Biggs and last year’s winner Andre Schoeman. Schoeman will again be mounted on a BMW F700GS, and last year returned fuel consumption figures of 3,297 litres per 100 kilometres.
“We once again have a high quality entry of 65 motorcycles,” said clerk of the course Francois Jordaan. “Apart from the previous winners there are experienced riders like Grant Scott and Gerhard Schutte who could come into the reckoning, and the door is always open for surprise results.
“The competition in the individual and team categories is going to be fierce. There is no doubt that we are going to see some impressive fuel consumption figures through the 11 classes, based on engine capacity, for which the event caters.”
Jordaan added that apart from regular factory and team entries, an increase in the number of motorcycles entered in the pillion class was particularly pleasing. This showed that family touring was growing in popularity, and now formed an important segment in the motorcycle market.
The entry also includes veteran motorcycle personality Clive Strugnell, who has competed in every Bike Economy Run to date, motorsport enthusiast and benefactor Bruce Joelson who, at the age of 78, is the oldest competitor and well known personalities drawn from other branches of motorsport. These include Donaldson Cross Country Championship competitors Nardus Alberts, Philip Herselman, Johan Gerber and former Toyota 1 000 Desert Race winner Rob Wark, and rally and circuit racing competitor Wiley Harrington.
The The RFS Bike Economy Run will start at Farm City Montana, adjoining the 4×4 MegaWorld outlet managed by motorsport legend Hannes Grobler, in Sefako (previously Zambesi) Drive in Pretoria. The first competitor will be flagged away at 07h31 with riders leaving at one minute intervals.
Total distance for the event is 1 000 kilometres over varying terrain with some stunning scenery. Day one will take competitors to an overnight halt at the Numbi Hotel in Hazyview, with the event ending at the same venue after a second challenging day in the saddle for riders.