Honda Motorcycles successfully defends their economy run title







Published by Gerald Ferreira Date: September 3, 2013
Categories: Honda Motorcycles, Motorcycles

2013 RFS Economy Run

Honda Motorcycles

The 32nd Annual running of the RFS Economy run took place on the 30th and 31st of August 2013 and Honda SA was again victorious with the NC700X and Shado Alston.

The Economy run started from The Zambesi Drive in Pretoria and covered 527.2 km, from Pretoria, to Hotel Numbi in Hazeyview, making 2 stops on the course at Bethal and Barberton, via Hendrina, Carolina, Badplaas, for fuel of course and a rest break.

Day one was an extremely challenging route. With heavy traffic, slow moving mining vehicles, challenging potholed roads, high winds, as well as road surfacing construction in some areas, causing delays and congestion and forcing the riders to keep their whits about them while reading the road book, adhering to the average speeds set out for them and abiding by the rules of the road. The first Bike set off at 9am, and arrived at the Numbi gate in Hazeyview at approximately 4pm. It was a long day in the saddle to say the least and no results were posted for day one leaving everybody to calculate their own consumption, and because this was a contest, keeping their figures close to their chest.

Day two which covered 329km started again in Hazeyview and took the route of Graskop, Cowies pass via Sudwala, White River, Sabie and then back to Hazeyview. Route two was picturesque and the Lowveld turns were enjoyed by all but the day was equally challenging in comparison to day one.

Maintaining the recommended average speed per day was probably the biggest challenge of the weekend due to the nature of the roads and passes encountered on the route as well as the road works and traffic.

By the end of the event, Honda SA’s official entry of Shado Alston was once again crowned overall winner of the event, with an astounding average consumption of 3.03L per 100km, on board his NC700X.

Keith Parry from Honda Motor Southern Africa took second in class A as well as the rookie award, with his average consumption of 3.66L per 100km achieved also on an NC700X.

Grant Scott, riding a privately entered CBR250R took Second overall in the event, with an average consumption of 3.08L per 100km, and Won his class.

Honda Sa would like to take this opportunity to thank Shado and his team who as always put a huge effort into this event. Shado once again showed his grit and determination, while the NC700X again proved why it’s the best bike money can buy in South Africa, taking the overall crown for the 2nd time in as many years.

Honda Motorcycles Economy Run

Below are Shado’s previous overall consumption figures.

2012 - Shado Alston, Honda NC700X, 3.227 L/100

Comp No.   DAY 1 Class FINAL POSITION Bike Rider Pillion Team Comp No. DAY 2
37 A 1 HONDA NC700X ALSTON SHADO HONDA SA 13
3 A 7 HONDA NC700 PARRY KEITH HONDA SA 37
1 A 13 BMW F 800 GT VAN WYK QUINTON BAVARIA M/C 35
23 A 25 BMW GT SCOOTER DE BEER DEIRDRE BAVARIA M/C 9
9 A 26 HONDA NC700D ABRAHAMS DAVID HONDA SA 33
44 B 11 TRIUMPH STREET TRIPLE VENTER DEON TRIUMPH SA 44
11 B 14 SUZUKI GSF 650 S BEKKER STUART SCOTT M/CYCLES 43
34 B 17 BENELLI 600 PEEL MIKE JK DRILLING 20
41 B 20 HONDA CBF 1000 BOTES JAN JK DRILLING 19
31 B 22 HUSQVARNA NUDA 900 STRUGNELL CLIVE SCOTT M/CYCLES 41
33 B 43 DUCATI ST4S DE VILLIERS GLYNESE BAVARIA M/C 25
5 C 10 TRIUMPH SPRINT GT MARAIS ABRI TRIUMPH SA 27
27 C 28 BMW K 1300 GT DUVENHAGE WILHELMUS JK DRILLING 11
26 C 31 BMW R1200R ADAM DAVE BAVARIA M/C 14
22 C 36 BMW K1300S VAN DER MERWE HANNES SCOTT M/CYCLES 42
13 D 5 BMW F700 GS BIGGS DENVER BAVARIA M/C 45
21 D 8 BMW F700 GS SCHOEMAN ANDRE ZAMBESI MOTORRAD 3
42 D 12 BMW F800GS KRAAIJ GUSTAV ZAMBESI MOTORRAD 34
35 D 19 SUZUKI DL 650A HUGHES MARK SCOTT M/CYCLES 39
10 D 24 BMW F 800 GS ADV ERASMUS WIAN BAVARIA M/C 38
6 D 33 TRIUMPH 800XC SOUTAR ANREW LEGENDS 40
4 E 23 TRIUMPH TIGER EXPL OLIVIER ARNOLD TRIUMPH SA 30
24 E 29 KTM 1190 ADV HARRINTON WILEY LEGENDS 2
25 E 30 TRIUMPH TIGER EXPL BARROW GREG TRIUMPH SA 23
8 E 35 BMW R1200 ADV DE VILLIERS I T SCOTT M/CYCLES 36
16 E 37 BMW R1200GSA HERSELMAN PHILIP JK DRILLING 8
39 E 38 BMW 1200 GS ADV STOFFBERG LOUIS JK DRILLING 5
40 E 39 BMW R1200GSA WESSELS WESSEL ZAMBESI MOTORRAD 16
43 F 2 HONDA CBR 250 R SCOTT GRANT SCOTT M/CYCLES 15
45 F 3 BMW F650CS SEAGER JUSTIN LEGENDS 7
20 F 4 BMW G650 GS DE LA REY PETER BAVARIA M/C 22
19 F 6 BMW G650GS SMIT BRAAM BAVARIA M/C 1
30 F 9 BMW G 650GS JORDAAN LESLIE ZAMBESI MOTORRAD 12
29 I 15 BMW R1200RT DOUGHERTY ALAN BAVARIA M/C 17
36 I 16 TRIUMPH TROPHY SE SCHUTTE GERHARD TRIUMPH SA 24
17 I 18 TRIUMPH TROPHY SE GIBSON NOEL TRIUMPH SA 21
14 I 27 BMW 1200 RT OLIVIER KOOS ZAMBESI MOTORRAD 32
38 J 21 BMW 1200RT PAICE JERRY BLANKENBERG BONITA BAVARIA M/C 4
12 J 32 BMW  K1600 GT TER STEGE HENNIE TER STEGE RITA JK DRILLING 18
28 J 40 BMW 1200GS ADV ZERMATTEN HENRI ZERMATTEN LIANNE LEGENDS 26
18 J 41 BMW K1600GT CILLIE GIEL CILLIE KARINA BAVARIA M/C 10
2 J 42 BMW GS 1200 FOURIE VIC FOURIE MARIANNE JK DRILLING 28
15 K 34 KAWASAKI ZRX1200 JOELSON BRUCE SAGMJ 29
7 K 100 BMW GS1200 ADV GERBER JOHAN LEGENDS DNF
32 E 100 BMW R1200GS LC GURNELL REG BAVARIA M/C DNF