SAFERUN 2012 Experience (Part 1 of 2)

SAFERUN 2012

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.

Top-up at Petron Diego Silang before take-off.
Some 500 riders gathered in Petron Diego Silang

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.

The Saferun 2012 body position trademark! All tucked in, but barely doing 70 kph! Haha!

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.

Tables turned! Participants were driving so slow that 4-wheeler are passing the riders..

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.

The tanks are sealed but is not checked by the gasoline attendants on the next stop. Pffft!

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.

Dhona proudly wearing our new achievement badge.

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!

The Hundred Islands viewed from our room in Vislas. Quickie island hopping, anyone? 😀

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.

My surprising stats for Day 1. Way to go Dhona!

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

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About Dom de la Torre

The rider is a 20-something Filipino that rides a Honda Wave 125cc underbone. He knows little about motorcycles yet loves the experience going places on two wheels. Rider Ako is a motorcycle-slash-travel blog. The rider not only shares to you travel destinations and what to see there but also the experience of getting there. You will read about the thrills and adventure when he rides solo, the romance of riding in tandem, the camaraderie riding with a group, the excitement participating in events, and anything that he thinks you might find interesting.When he's broke and the fuel's empty, he will share stories about motorcycling how he sees it through his helmet visor.
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