SAFERUN 2012 Experience (Part 2 of 2)

It’s the second and final day of SAFERUN 2012. Alaminos City was awakened by 500 motorcycles making it’s way to Baguio via Dagupan, Urdaneta, San Jose, Dalton Pass, Aritao and Ambuklao – a total of about 300 kms.

Mass Takeoff shortly after 5AM for the 2nd leg of SAFERUN 2012 in Vislas

In terms of familiarity with the route, this is more challenging for me compared to the that of Day 1. The plan stays the same 1) I stick with my riding buddy then 2) We stick with our clubmates until our first gas stop then 3) We are on our own. Where’s Sir Emman when you need him?

my GPS or rather GSP (Gawa Sa Papel)! Haha! a printout of the route ductaped to the mc..

Aside from a little mishap just a few minutes after take-off, our journey to Urdaneta City was uneventful.  I enjoyed the scenery to its fullest because we are only going (again) no faster than 80 kph. This is my first time in Lingayen and Dagupan City.

if it moves and it shouldn’t, use a bungee cord (plus a little duct tape)!

We have already pre-determined Petron Urdaneta as our first stop and we got there 7:10 AM. There was (as expected) a long queue. Sir Emman caught up to us (he overslept!!) and will be once more our guide for the rest day. We left Urdaneta by 8 AM. We will reach San Jose City by 09:30 AM.

Math: 88 kms for 1.28 L = 68.75 kms fuel efficiency at ave speed 44 kph

The road condition from San Jose City to Santa Fe up to Aritao (famously known as Dalton Pass or Balete Pass) was unforgiving but the view was breathtaking. I badly wanted to stop on several occasions to snap a picture but that would mean losing precious minutes and (more importantly) our spearhead.

Average refilling per motorcycle is 5 minutes.No, I’m not exaggerating!

11:25 AM. We finally reached the small Petron Gas Station in Aritao with 2 gas attendants on shift manning the pumps. For most riders, especially those with small tank capacity (like Dhona), the stop here is a MUST because Baguio is at least 100 kms away. On this stop, I consumed 1.87 L for 139 kms going at an average speed of 41 kph to give an efficiency of 74.33 kmL. Looking good once more, but just like yesterday, TIME is playing the biggest factor.

After more than 1 hour waiting, we pushed on. Just a few kilometers after the gas stop, we were greeted by a mountain as tall as the clouds and seems to stretch endlessly on both sides. We are going to snake our way UP, DOWN, LEFT, RIGHT and OVER that mountain.

A Google Earth view the terrain from Aritao (C) to Baguio (A) via Ambuklao (B)

Again, I wanted to stop but I can’t. Not only because we have to be in Baguio by 3PM but also because the twisties are very challenging and i was sort of getting the rhythm (after a few close calls!) leaning side to side to avoid crashing into the face of the mountain or flying off a cliff!  I never rode in such conditions with possibly fatal consequences. I remembered tweeting after the event:

Some lessons are taught this way: Realize that too much speed can cause you to overshoot the turn and fall off a cliff or lean closer to the pavement 😛 banking 101 at aritao twisties..

I never shed this much off of my chicken strips before! I had no choice…

We barely made it on time to Petron Kisad! After the final refueling, everyone was once more reviewing how efficient their run was. The 105-km run from Aritao to the Finish Line took 2.5 hours  and consumed 1.86 L. It’s a huge drop from 68 and 74 earlier to only 56.5 kmL efficiency.

This shows my total consumption of 11.35 L over 740.2 kms to give 65.21 kmL efficiency!

We stayed until we have submitted our passports and exchanged stories then left to look for a place to stay for the night. It was definitely a wonderful experience. More importantly, I made new friends and get to share the road with some of the best riders in the Philippines!

DA WHO!? a Las Marias Viajeras rider on Dhona.

The following day was the awarding ceremony in Supreme Hotel, Baguio City

What happened in Day1? Click here
So, who won? Click here

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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6 Responses to SAFERUN 2012 Experience (Part 2 of 2)

  1. jhun says:

    sir matanong ko lang po ano ginawa nyo sa motor nyo at 56.5 km/l from aritao-baguio at 68 & 74 km/l sa mga stretches at may kunting paakyat lng.. kc ung xrm 110 ko 36-38km/l normal lang naman ang takbo ko at pag sa mga strech naman 40-46 km/l stock naman motmot ko.. parehas lang ang consumo ko sa dati kung 14-34 sprocket combi at sa ngaun na 14-36 combi..salamat po..

    • sakto lang naman sir consumption mo. halos ganon din naman sakin. Diyan sa event kasi na yan, sobrang bagal lang talaga namin at mahinhin sa arangkada. nakayuko pa kami kahit 50kph lang takbo para less wind resistance. other factors that helped ay yung top condition ng motor like magandang spark plug, bagong air filter, tamang tire pressure. pati na din siguro weight ko (50+ kg).

      • jhun says:

        ah ganun pala un sir.. nagtataka lang kc ako sa nabasa kng fuel consumption nyo.. mas mabigat ako sau 68kg he he he.. ilang buwan ba dapat gamitin ung sparkplug bago palitan at ano maganda na brand ng SP.. salamat ulit

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