Tri-State Fuel Economy Championship 9-18-11

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  1. blownb310

    blownb310 Well-Known Member

    Tri-State Fuel Economy Championship 9-18-11
    [MA, NY, VT]

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    "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. The route will be on scenic and challenging roads and will run 105 miles in distance. The route will include traversing Mount Greylock, the hoighest point in MA. 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]. :)

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    Classes:

    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.

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    Awards: This event will conclude about noon, and our plan is to proceed to the Freight Yard Restaurant & Pub located at 1 Furnace St. #3, North Adams, MA 01247 for lunch and awards.

    To register for this event: simply reply to this thread with your name, year/make/model car and where you're from. For route instructions in advance send me a note at mikek (at] icerace (dot] com.

    Note: I will add more details as I get them. Additional classes may be added if needed.
     
    Last edited: Sep 7, 2011
  2. 2009PriusChat

    2009PriusChat Well-Known Member

    Will the route be available in advance for us to program the GPS?
     
  3. blownb310

    blownb310 Well-Known Member

    Yes indeed. I keep an email list of all registered drivers and will send the route instructions to them directly.

    Here are the registered drivers/riders to date. I will update this list as new people sign up.

    Cars/Trucks:

    1. Carter Willey, 1980 Iveco Zeta 100 - Esperance, 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


    Motorcycles:

    Steve hasn't given me his list yet

    To register, simply send me an email to mikek (at] icerace (dot] com with your name, make/model/year vehicle, and your location.

    Thanks,

    Mike
     
    Last edited: Aug 29, 2011
  4. bestmapman

    bestmapman Fighting untruth and misinformation

    Are there any accommodations near the race.
     
  5. blownb310

    blownb310 Well-Known Member

    Yes, Williamstown has plenty of them. I found this list of inexpensive motels for you.

    I remember that you almost came out to one of our A.M.E.C. Economy Run events a few years ago. It would be an honor to have someone come all the way from KY for our event.

    Mike
     
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  6. blownb310

    blownb310 Well-Known Member

    Updated registration list for the Tri-State Fuel Economy Run:

    Gas Cars:

    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

    Hybrid/Diesel Cars:

    1. Jonathan Bartlett, 1995 VW Cabrio [TDI swap] - Sterling, MA

    Trucks:

    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

    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. Al Wiley, 1994 BMW R100GS-PD - Valley Falls, 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. I'll bet it can still get 50 mpg.
     
  7. blownb310

    blownb310 Well-Known Member

    Updates on the 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 this weekend. I asked him to add a few more miles if possible and he delivered. He said today that the updated course measurses out at 105 miles.

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    Also, the name of the restaraunt we will have 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

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  8. blownb310

    blownb310 Well-Known Member

    Tri-State Fuel Economy Championship Results

    The first ever Tri-State Fuel Economy Championship went off under perfect weather conditions on September 18th, out of Williamstown, MA. The theme of the event was "Cars vs Bikes" and Steve Mauk of Max BMW Motorcycles, organized the roster of 17 motorcycles. Although the event was open to any motorcycle, only two non BMW bikes came out to play. One was a Kawasaki KL 250 and the other a Harley Davidson Street Glide. On the car/truck side of things we had 9 entries.

    In prior A.M.E.C. economy run events the best that a motorcycle was able to achieve [Ernie Yue's '08 Kawasaki Ninja 250] was 73.06 mpg.

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    However the record books [and the cars] were overhauled by Steve Mauk's 103.65 mpg figure, riding a completely stock 2011 BMW G650GS.


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    Steve [on the right] is over six feet tall and he mounted a pillow on the tank to rest on as he crouched as low as possible for the full 105 miles of the course, which wound it's way through the Berkshires of MA, continuing though portions of VT and NY. Needless to say he was a bit stiff after getting off of the bike! You can hear it in his voice in the event video link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5HMFc92Ax54. The award is being presented by Max BMW's Ben Stratton.

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    Mount Greylock was the biggest challenge for all of the participants, but especially for the cars, as their mass necessitated using engine braking to keep their brakes from overheating down the long narrow decent.

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    Jim Stoddard rode BMW's brand new 1600cc touring bike, the 2011 K1600GTL with its 1649cc inline-six, and managed to get 59.55 mpg with it. He didn't even remove the bags or top case!

    Jonathan Bartlett topped the Diesel/Hybrid class with a stellar 79.38 mpg figure in a borrowed '98 VW Jetta TDi. Now that's impressive. I wish I had a picture of the car. There was nothing visible done to it!

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    Steve handed out awards to all other participants.

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    Our friend Hobbit was there with his 2004 Toyota Prius and recorded something like 78 mpg, but he reported to me that the refill was not consistent with the fill, so we went with his in car display for the 70.6 mpg. Nice job Hobbit.

    More event pictures can be viewed here: Fuel Economy Contest - MAX BMW - Andrew Phillips

    Motorcycles under 700cc:
    1. Steve Mauk, 2011 BMW G650-GS [single] - 103.65 mpg

    2. Bruce Lemeiux, 2009 BMW F650GS [single] - 95.02 mpg

    3. Gregg Templeton, 2002 Kawasaki KL 250 Super Sherpa - 88.60 mpg

    4. Fred Jones, 2009 BMW F650GS [single] - 80.09 mpg

    5. Joe Warner, 1964 BMW R27 - 76.58 mpg

    6. Jeff Parker, 1967 BMW R50/2 - 64.97 mpg

    7. Andrew Phillips, 1968 BMW R60/2 - 64.93 mpg

    8. Michael Conway, BMW - 50.70 mpg

    Motorcycles over 700cc:
    1. Chris Benda, 2010 F650GS [twin 800cc actual] - 75.485 mpg

    2. Max Stratton, 1967 BMW R60/2 - 72.514 mpg

    3. Ben Stratton, BMW 2010 R12R - 71.575 mpg

    4. Max Schling, 2011 BMW F800ST - 70.328 mpg

    5. Jeff Frisch, 2006 BMW R1200RS - 67.093 mpg

    6. Rick Butterfield, 2010 BMW R1200GSA - 50.823 mpg

    7. George Yonnone, 1992 BMW K100RS - 49.203 mpg

    8. Steve Remslow, 2012 Harley Davidson, Street Glide - 49.065 mpg

    Gas Cars:
    1. Mike Kamm, 1991 Nissan Sentra SE-R - 76.12 mpg

    2. Ken Snowman, 1990 VW Jetta [gas] - 53.51 mpg

    3. Gabrielle Isenbrand, 1993 Honda Civic Del Sol S - 49.05 mpg

    4. Ron Kienhuis, 2001 Subaru Forester - 36.01 mpg

    Diesels/Hybrids:
    1. Jonathan Bartlett, 1998 VW Jetta TDI diesel - 79.38 mpg

    2. Hobbit, 2004 Toyota Pruis - 70.6 mpg

    3. Arthur Evans, 2000 Honda Insight - 68.27 mpg

    4. Louise Kodela, 2000 Honda Insight - 62.2 mpg

    Trucks:
    1. Carter Willey, 1980 Iveco Zeta 100 [diesel] - 24.28 mpg
     
    Last edited: Sep 25, 2011
  9. 2009PriusChat

    2009PriusChat Well-Known Member

    Great event! Thank you!
     

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