Bike group sets out mpg bike challenge – can anyone beat 122mpg?

23 December 2014

A group of bike enthusiasts recently set themselves a challenge of achieving the highest possible fuel economy figure from a motorbike – with the winner coming away with an impressive 122mpg.

The riders are part of the Institute of Advanced Motorists’ (IAM) London Advanced Motorcyclists group, and the annual economy run is titled ‘What Will It Do Mister?’

Norton Hawes, group chairman of the London Advanced Motorcyclists, explained: “As riders we always want to set challenges, and children and adults alike are always asking ‘how fast will it go?’ and so on. We turned this around and decided to come up with a challenge which was about economy, not speed.”

The idea was the brainchild of long-standing member Andrew Craster, and the run has been staged every year since 2009. The group has some strict guidelines about how the economy run is conducted – everyone must ride to IAM test standards, must not impede other road users and keep to all road safety rules and guidelines.

The route set by London Advanced Motorcyclists took in nearly 60 miles of varied conditions including A and B roads, busy town centres and rural sections.

London Aadvanced Motorcyclists divided up participants into four categories depending on the stated power output of each bike. There was a varied collection of machinery taking part in the challenge including Honda C90s, BMW 1200GSs, Yamaha RX100s, Triumph Tiger 1050s and a Ducati Multistrada.

The winning rider was the group’s observer Peter Gibbons, who achieved 122.9.mpg on his Honda CG125. Runner-up was Peter Raynham on a Honda NC750X with 101.8mpg, with Dave Wilkins on a Honda C90 taking the final ‘podium’ spot on a Honda C90 with 98.9mpg.

Next up were Eddie Wright on a Yamaha RX100 on 90.1mpg and Alice Dryden on a Honda Integra with 90.2mpg.

Norton said: “The key to economical riding is staying smooth and avoiding hard acceleration or braking. Also planning ahead is important – look far enough ahead to anticipate changing road conditions and look for gaps in the traffic to ease gently into.”

The group has been established since 1985 and boasts 340 members. It meets for group rides twice a month and also organises machine control days, first aid courses and rides into Europe.

For more information on London Advanced Motorcyclists visit

  • Are you a member of a riding group and have achieved impressive fuel economy from a motorcycle in measurable conditions? Please tell us all about it the IAM’s facebook site: . Please note that all economy runs should take place with full consideration of UK road rules, with full consideration of other road users and should not inconvenience or impede any other party.


Notes to Editors

The IAM is the UK’s largest independent road safety charity, dedicated to improving standards and safety in driving and motorcycling. The commercial division of the IAM operates through its occupational driver training company IAM Drive & Survive. The IAM has more than 200 local volunteer groups and over 100,000 members in the UK and Ireland. It is best known for the advanced driving test and the advanced driving and motorcycling courses. Its policy and research division offers advice and expertise on road safety.


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