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A group of biking enthusiasts from the London Advanced Motorcyclists group recently challenged themselves to achieve the highest fuel economy figure for a motorbike. An economy run, named “What Will I Do Mister?”, has been run every year since 2009.
Chairman of the group, Norton Hawes, said:
“As riders we always want to set challenges, and children and adults alike are always asking ‘How fast will it go?’ and so on. We turned this around and decided to come up with a challenge which was about economy, not speed.”
The participants were divided into four categories according to the power output of their bike. Riding took place on a selection of roads including A roads, B roads, town centres and even rural roads and had to meet Institute of Advanced Motorists test standards.
The rider to top the podium was Peter Gibbons, who was riding a Honda CG125 and achieved 122.9 mpg. Second place went to Peter Raynham, the rider of a Honda NC750X that reached 101.8 mpg, and third to a Honda C90, ridden by Dave Wilkins, that managed 98.9 mpg.
Finally, Hawes added:
“The key to economical riding is staying smooth and avoiding hard acceleration or braking. Also planning ahead is important – look far enough ahead to anticipate changing road conditions and look for gaps in the traffic to ease gently into.”
Because the main concern here was riding economically, as opposed to riding for an adrenaline rush on dangerous roads at high speeds, all riders returned safely – although this is not always the c
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