The “Big Boy” is the most popular line item across all my Uber Eats orders.
It’s not a burger and ribs special for very hungry people, however – it’s the vehicle of choice for delivery drivers.
The next time you order from Uber Eats, take a look at the vehicle section of the delivery driver’s profile – and you are likely to see a Big Boy bike making an appearance.
As with any delivery vehicle, the reason for its popularity will be its low cost of ownership.
An online search shows that a Big Boy 150 “commercial” bike is available from R15,999 locally – and even comes with an “Uber Eats accredited” stamp of approval on the advertising material.
The running costs of the bike are equally low, with a fuel consumption figure of 2.4 litres per 100km when driving 70km/h.
Based on a listing on the Big Boy Fourways website, the delivery bike comes with a 3-year/20,000km warranty and has service intervals of 6-months/3,000km.
The Big Boy 150 is powered by a 150cc, 4-stroke, air-cooled motor which produces 7.5kW at 8,500rpm and 8.9Nm at 7,500rpm.
This is paired with a manual clutch and gear system, and an electric or kick-start starter.
Top speed is 90km/h and there is a note stating that the motorbike is not permitted for use on highways.
There are several other noteworthy statistics on the bike, too, including:
- A max rider weight of 150kg
- An 8.5-litre fuel tank
- A dry weight of 110kg
This means that on a single tank of petrol at the stated fuel consumption rate, a driver can go for 350km before needing to refill.
This 350km trip will also cost them just over R120 at current fuel prices – which translates to around 35 cents per kilometre in fuel expenses.
The delivery bag
Another interesting aspect of this particular Big Boy 150 listing is that it includes a “full package designed for Uber Eats”.
This includes a delivery box fitted to the rear of the bike and a smartphone case attached to the left handle bar.
Uber states on its website that motorike drivers who work for Uber Eats must have a delivery box which meets the following requirements:
- Size: 68 x 53 x 42 cm (must be able to fit a large pizza box).
- Must be secured to your motorbike.
- Must have a lid/be able to close.
- Must fit the Uber Eats Delivery Bag.
Images of the fittings on the Big Boy 125 are shown below.