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Economy Run

Leaving from Narrikup Store17 bikes were at the Amity Tavern for our Economy Run. Riders were asked to nominate what mileage they thought their bike would do (either kms per litre or m.p.g.) and also to trip their speedos to see what variation there would be in the amount of kilometres we rode.

Joining us on the run was Chris Williams on his 1975 Trident, even though Chris has belonged to the Club for a while, because of work commitments this was his first ride and the Triumph looked great.
Also joining us was Shane on an Aprilia RSV1000 - sounded nice! While the assembled throng were still assembled we sang Happy Birthday to Max Taylor who had just turned 80 - Just goes to show, as long as you’re fit, you can keep throwing a leg over (your bike) for a bloody long time - Good on ya Max, a great bloke and enthusiastic Club member.

Off we went up Chester Pass Road turning towards the Porongorups and stopping at the shop there. We were shortly joined by the HOG Club on a Sunday jaunt. Leaving the Hogs behind we took off for Mt Barker Hill - the scene of the Hill Climb in the 80’s and 90’s before a forced shift to Albany which has proved to be successful.

After a look around - great views, we then shot down the hill careful of the loose stuff on one of the corners before arriving at Narrikup where we had lunch. Great spot, those with their own lunch or hot pies from the shop ate on the tables under the trees, the remainder dined inside the shop.

We rode back to Albany via Yallingup Road, nice road with a better view of the Porongorups I think in that direction. The agreed service station to refill the tanks was the Caltex on North Road, which ran out of unleaded! Then to Ayers Park to sort out economies.

I had noticed one or two on the ride were actually lying on their tanks, did it work? I remembered years ago when we did an economy run and Lloyd Bowman had leaned his carbie right off - his bike a Douglas twin did about 125 m.p.g. - he won.

Clive Smith on his Harley Road King won the closest estimate of fuel used, he nominated 23kms per litre and that was what he did. Andrew Haydock on his 1959 250cc BMW won the most economical with 26.24km/litre or 74 m.p.g.

Thanks to Mike and Angie who went back-up.

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