The annual search for the most fuel efficient motorcycles in South Africa has officially started with entries now open for the 36th edition of the RFS Bike Econorun on September 23 and 24.

One of the most important events on the motorsport calendar the Bike Econorun highlights, under controlled conditions, the fuel efficiency of motorcycles available on the South African market. With fluctuating fuel prices and tough economic times, litres and kilometres are important considerations in the motorcycle market.

The event has been organised since its inception by the Pretoria Club with Francois Jordaan the permanent clerk of the course. Jordaan is a former South African cross country racing champion, and an avid biker.

The route for this year’s event also offers a complete contrast to previous RFS Bike Econoruns. After being held for many years in Mpumalanga, this year’s route will take competitors from Brakpan, on the East Rand, to the Black Mountain Hotel on the outskirts of Thaba ‘Nchu in the southern Free State.

For safety reasons and to avoid busy Friday morning traffic, the event will start at the Engen Carnival City service station in Brakpan with the first motorcycle scheduled to start of 07h30. The first leg will be a 600 kilometre run to the overnight stop at event headquarters at the Black Mountain Hotel.

Day two will consist of a circular route back to the hotel for the finish and prize giving. With event headquarters in the heart of the Maria Mokba Game Reserve and overlooking the Groothoek Dam, there will be some spectacular scenery.

“We are in the process of dotting i’s and crossing the t’s where the route is concerned,” said Jordaan. “It is a complete change from previous years but is going to be as big a challenge as ever, and fuel consumption figures will be earned the hard way.

“The change to the finish venue was made because we felt it would be closer to home base for many would be competitors.”

Regulations and entry forms are available on the website and entries will be accepted on a first come first served basis. The event caters for all types of roadworthy motorcycles – including pillions – that can travel a minimum of 350 kilometres on a full tank of fuel.

In addition to the prestige winners’ trophy there will be trophies and cash prizes in all classes. All fuel consumed on the event, accommodation and meals and medical back-up is included in the entry fee.

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