"Bikes vs Cars" will be the theme of this new event put on by Steve Mauk of Max BMW Motorcycles of NY. Steve will organize the motorcyclists and I will be rounding up the cars that will face off in this competition.
What: Fuel mileage contest through the Berkshire Mountains of MA, continuing through portions of VT, and NY. The route will be on scenic and challenging roads and will run 94 miles in distance. The route will include the climb up [and decent] of Mount Greylock. Your ?economic? driving ability will be tested. There will be a time limit to complete the run. Any street legal vehicle is allowed to participate. This event will run rain or shine.
Where: The start and finish will be from Carpinello Service Center/Sunoco, 364 Main St. Williamstown, MA 01267.
When: Sunday, September 18th, 2011. Arrival time will be 8:00-8:30am, first car off at 9:00am. They have gas and diesel and have a large enough parking lot that we won?t be in the way.
Cost: Free! This is a fun event for like minded ethusiasts [like us].
1. Best overall mpg for gas cars.
2. Best overall mpg for diesel and hybrid cars
3. Best MPG for bikes under 700cc.
4. Best MPG for bikes over 700cc.
Awards: This event will conclude about noon, and our plan is to proceed to a local restaurant [TBA] for lunch and awards.
To register for this event: Please contact Steve Mauk at (518) 279-3040 or via email: stevem [at]maxbmwmotorcycles[dot]com. Or just simply reply to this thread with your name, year/model car or motorcycle.
Note: I will add more details as I get them. Additional classes may be added if needed.
I should participate in this as it is in my neck of the woods. Dunno if I can be arsed to compete with all those fancy aero mods, tho. Is there a tire pressure limit for this event?
Hello VX, no aero mods are necessary, but there are always one or two who put more effort into these 'for-fun' gatherings. It would be great if you could join us. There is no tire pressure limit per say, as none will be checked. All individuals present are responsible for whatever they may choose to do, and to obey all local traffic laws of course.
If you decide to join us, please send me an email [in post 1] so I can get you on the list.
P.S. You are fortunate to have an event like this locally. They are far a few between!
Speaking of lists, here is the current one as of today:
1. Ron Kienhuis, 2001 Subaru Forester - Long Island, NY
2. Gabrielle Isenbrand, 1993 Honda Civic Del Sol S - Esperance, NY
3. Ken Snowman, 1990 VW Jetta [gas] - Springfield, VT.
4. Mike Kamm, 1991 Nissan Sentra SE-R - Averill Park, NY
5. Will Meredith, 1998 Honda Civic EX - Binghamton NY
6. Ernie Yue, 2001 Ford Focus - Mechanicville, NY
7. Jake Mangini, 2008 Suzuki SX4
8. Caleb Pocock, 2009 Honda Civic Si
1. Jonathan Bartlett, 2005 VW Passat wagon automatic - Sterling, MA
2. Louise Kodela, 2000 Honda Insight - Williamstown, MA
1. Carter Willey, 1980 Iveco Zeta 100 [diesel] - Esperance, NY
2. William Lum, 2006 Dodge Ram 2500 [diesel]
Motorcycles under 700cc:
1. Steve Mauk, 2011 BMW G650-GS - Williamstown, MA
2. Bob Zeliff, 2010 BMW F650 twin - Bridport, VT
3. Bruce Lemeiux, 2009 BMW F650GS - Pownal, VT
4. Doug Morrisson, 1964 BMW R27 - Chester, VT
5. Joe Warner, 2010 BMW G450X - Danvers, MA
6. Andrew Phillips, 2010 BMW G450X - Dofftown, NH
7. Rebecca Cooke, 2010 BMW F800ST - South Hampton, MA
8. Diane Wiley, 2008 BMW G650X Country - Valley Falls, NY
9. Zac Wiley, 2010 BMW G450X - Brookfield, CT
10. David Dardaris, 2007 BMW F650GS - Ballston Spa, NY
Motorcycles over 700cc:
1. Jeff Frisch, 2011 BMW 1600 GTL - Troy, NY
2. Tim Lukowski, 2011 BMW S1000RR - Cohoes, NY
3. Brian Becomb, 2010 BMW S1000RR - Pownal, VT
4. Max Schling, 2011 BMW F800ST - Rensselaer, NY
Some of the guys are bringing powerful bikes to see what they are capable of in economy driving mode. The S1000RR is currently the most powerful production street motorcycle at 193 h.p., but I'll bet it can still get 50 mpg.
I have two updates on this event. Some of the roads that Steve had planned for the 94 mile route were washed away by Irene. So he went back out and re-designed the course. I asked him to add a few more miles as we usually run just over 100 miles or so. Steve says that the updated course measurse out at 105 miles.
Also, the name of the restaraunt we will have our lunch and awards at was announced today. it will be at the Freight Yard Restaurant & Pub located at 1 Furnace St. #3, North Adams, MA 01247
Is the course be posted on google maps somewhere? I'd be nice to see the course before hand.
No, it's not posted anywhere yet. Steve hasn't typed up the new route info and emailed it me yet, but promises to do so in the next day or two. I'll send it out to all who have registered as soon as I get a copy of it.
As in the four previous events I've been involved with, we will employ the "fill and refill" method. To avoid errors caused by uneven ground, trapped air in the tank, etc, all vehicles will be filled and refilled at the same pump, facing the same direction each time. On the non OBD-II equipped [pre-'96] cars, the fill will be to the spring loaded unleaded fuel flap for best accuracy. For people with OBD-II cars, who might be worried about possible evap system problems that overfilling may cause, we can employ the slow fill and one click method. If using the one click method, the vehicle must take a least one gallon at the morning fillup, and not show up with a full tank. In other words, no overfilling at another nearby station before the event and then using the one click shut-off at the refill after the event to artificially inflate their mpg result. We've only had one creative person do this in the past but he admitted it afterwards. Generally, participants are not trying to cheat. They are all there to enjoy the event and get the most accurate results possible. Just as in the A.M.E.C. events, I will be the fill and refill guy at this event for the cars.