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    The Sasol Solar Challenge for 2018 is likely to tale place from 22 to 29 September. It will be from Pretoria to Stellenbosch with a few new and interesting twists in the route as well. Chances are 99,9% that we will again be asked and contracted to provide escourt services to the team. For those interested, keep those dates open. Keep in mind you will require travel time after the finish, or before the start.

    Just a note: I have not been on contact with the organisers and none of the above is official. This is just a heads-up for those who would be interested and would need leave, etc.

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    The Sasol Solar Challenge for 2018 is likely to tale place from 22 to 29 September. It will be from Pretoria to Stellenbosch with a few new and interesting twists in the route as well. Chances are 99,9% that we will again be asked and contracted to provide escourt services to the team. For those interested, keep those dates open. Keep in mind you will require travel time after the finish, or before the start.

    Just a note: I have not been on contact with the organisers and none of the above is official. This is just a heads-up for those who would be interested and would need leave, etc.

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    This year will include a few interesting places like Cape Agulhas and the Sweaty Dutchman on the R62.
    Last edited by AMZ; 05-01-2018 at 10:55 PM.

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    I know somewhere the Sexy Coach mentioned how TB had explored Zero but was ruled out looking at the range. Would really be awesome to have an electric/bio fuel bike marshalling this event.

    I know when I looked at Zero, in the State they have a few options with longer range/deeper cycle batteries.

    Can we knock on Zero's door to test a bike on a few Club 100 runs - we can loop the Cradle a few times nogal - and if SASOL calls us, we can use one during this international event.

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    For a Zero to do the Sasol Solar Challenge it would need a daily range of 500 - 700km.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AMZ View Post
    For a Zero to do the Sasol Solar Challenge it would need a daily range of 500 - 700km.
    Oh wow, wasn't aware that is the daily range.
    Does this mean some bikes get to refuel during the event? My CBF's range is under 500km!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ntjamme View Post
    Oh wow, wasn't aware that is the daily range.
    Does this mean some bikes get to refuel during the event? My CBF's range is under 500km!

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    The top teams did upward of 4200km in 8 days, average about 520km a day. Highest for a single day was just over 700km.

    Yes, you can refuel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AMZ View Post

    Yes, you can refuel.
    or get a R1200GS Adv...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ntjamme View Post
    I know somewhere the Sexy Coach mentioned how TB had explored Zero but was ruled out looking at the range. Would really be awesome to have an electric/bio fuel bike marshalling this event.

    I know when I looked at Zero, in the State they have a few options with longer range/deeper cycle batteries.

    Can we knock on Zero's door to test a bike on a few Club 100 runs - we can loop the Cradle a few times nogal - and if SASOL calls us, we can use one during this international event.

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    The top teams are travelling at the speed limit around town and close to it on the open roads for the whole day. Some of the less efficient teams are not that far behind. So a specific test on the Zero would have to be a 'worst case senario' speeds / efficiency.
    Would have to have complete set of backup bikes as this is a serious safety role for us. These vehicles are not easy to spot when on the roads hence our presence as a visible barrier from the public road users.
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    This discussion shows how much work really still needs to go into a "clean energy" motorcycle.

    Do the BMW and Nissan electric cars come any close to these ranges?

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    I am sure they will still develop a lot, but a bike like the Zero is already there. Even with the current range, it will give me a 3.5 day commute and then I do have all night to charge. So, it is already a very handy commuter. The price in SA is just off the charts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AMZ View Post
    I am sure they will still develop a lot, but a bike like the Zero is already there. Even with the current range, it will give me a 3.5 day commute and then I do have all night to charge. So, it is already a very handy commuter. The price in SA is just off the charts.
    When I explored a Zero 2 years ago figured I'd get 4 days commute on R20 charge! Now that's some good return on investment for a daily commute.
    The limitation was then the "out of town blitz" to Harrismith from Jozi - would have needed me to get a 2nd bike

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    Due to forced extended leave at work over Christmas/new year I won't have enough leave to do this one this year


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    Quote Originally Posted by Speed Devil View Post
    Due to forced extended leave at work over Christmas/new year I won't have enough leave to do this one this year
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    Available. Booked the Swiss team - anybody knows if they have one? Otherwise the German team, anybody knows, if they start?
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