Track Day Rider
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Jhb, South Africa
That is what makes this event so interesting, we know a Vespa is good on fuel, but it barely makes it 75mph. The event takes the shape of a regularity run, where you run according to time as well. IOW if you're late or early at a control point, you get penalties, in the form of fuel added to your actual use. Bikes are set off an one minute intervals with a map, and there are control points along the route until the end of a section. Now a Vespa or even the 400s sometimes has to run like hell to stay on time, and where we go through mountain passes, they havent got the power or torque to do so economically.
The event ran over different types of routes, to give everyone a fair chance too.
If it was as easy, we could take a Vespa (or the like) put if on Route N1 for a 1000 miles and just wait until it eventually covers it, but the fact that its done over a large distance with maps similar to those used in rally raids, and according to precision timing it takes a bike which is good in a variety of areas to do well.
then for fun I drive a british racing green MINI Cooper S