It was late December 2011 when I got wind of the 3rd Philippine Motorcycle Safety and Fuel Economy Run (SAFERUN 2012) sponsored by Petron. It’s a much-awaited motorcycle event wherein motorcycle manufactures and enthusiasts can test the fuel efficiency, performance, durability and dependability of their motorcycles over a 2-day 750km run in actual traffic conditions, various terrain and weather conditions. This year’s route:
The participants are divided into two major categories – motorcycles (MC) and scooters (SC). Each category has 8 different classes depending on the motorcycle displacement. There was a total of 500 slots available and I was lucky enough to make the list for MC Class 2 (125cc). The initial requirement was Php 1000.00 worth of Petron fuel and 5L of Petron Sprint oil.
I started preparing my motorcycle mid-February. I had (and passed) the Pre-Ride Inspection on March 1. The event is on March 2-3.
The first Leg is from Petron Diego Silang to Alaminos City, Pangasinan via Morong, Bataan. We took off before 5:30 and made our way to Quezon City on C5 and merged to EDSA. My riding buddy and I are both not familiar with the route so we tailed any rider wearing the blue vest. Luckily, we caught up with our clubmates who are GPS-equipped and has more experience. We rode thru Bulacan and Pampanga via MacArthur Highway and took Jose Abad Santos going to Bataan going no faster than 80kph. I never knew riding this SLOOOOW can be so boring and back-breaking.
Four and a half hours and 2.69 L later, we reached Morong, Bataan covering 182 kms. That’s an average speed of 40 kph and an efficiency of 67.65 kmL. With Sir Emman graciously leading the way, we made our way towards Pangasinan passing thru SBMA.
It was already 1PM when we reached Iba, Zambales to refuel. I have only used 1.55 L from Morong which was 110 kms away. Since the stop took almost 50 minutes because of the long queue, we had to pick up the pace. We have to cover 116 kms in 2.5 hours.
So much for the 50-60 pacing we were doing earlier in the day, we were going full throttle on this final run! And it paid off because we made it! Or at least made it.. Turns out, I got a 5-minute penalty.
Anyway, once we have refilled our tanks, we proceeded to Vista de las Islas where LMC made a reservation for the night. Free snacks and dinner was served!
Before going to sleep that night, everyone was comparing stats. I was surprised that I did very well on the first day. But I realized, I could’ve done much better.
This shows that I covered 408.9 kms and used up 6.34 L which means that my fuel efficiency is 64.50 km per Liter. Last year’s winner was at 58 kmL. Well, they were doing way above 80 kph last year… but still! I also just realized that the Iba stop was (maybe) unnecessary. After Morong, I consumed a total of 3.65 L and my fuel capacity is rated 3.7L. I know that’s too close for comfort but during the last leg we were at top speeds and my efficiency dropped to from 67 and 71 to 55 kmL. I could’ve used the 50-minute stop in Iba to cover the remaining distance and cruised at 80-ish speed which would’ve definitely resulted to a better efficiency. Anyway, I’ll have another shot on the second and final leg of the event!
Gear up for Part 2 as we go FTW!
Some pictures on this post are from SAFERUN 2012 FB page