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Dries van der Walt

THE RACE IS ON: The 2016 edition of the RFS Bike Econorun is almost upon us and bikers are itching to get going. Image: Dries van der Walt

Johannesburg - For more than three decades, the RFS (Retirement Fund Solutions) Bike Econorun has been an annual fixture on the motorcycling calendar. The 2016 edition is no exception, and entries are now open for the 36th edition of this popular fuel efficiency competition.

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.

The results 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.

A break from tradition

The route for this year’s event breaks with tradition - after having been held in Mpumalanga for many years, 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. The Run will start at the Engen Carnival City service station in Brakpan.

The first leg will be a 600km run to the overnight stop at event headquarters at the Black Mountain Hotel. 

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Day 2 will consist of a circular route back to the hotel for the finish and prize giving. With the event headquarters located in the heart of the Maria Mokba Game Reserve and overlooking the Groothoek Dam, the participants will be treated to spectacular scenery. 

Francois Jordaan, the Econorun’s clerk of the course, says: “We are in the process of dotting i’s and crossing the t’s where the route is concerned.

“It is a complete change from previous years but will 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.” 

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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 350km on a full tank of fuel. 

Download the entry form here.


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