India is one of the countries with the largest number of two-wheelers in the world. A two-wheeler provides fast and simple transport at much lower running costs compared to four-wheelers. In a country like India, where cities are plagued by heavy traffic coupled with narrow lanes, a bike or a scooter is the most convenient mode of transportation. With rising fuel costs, the ownership of a two-wheeler is also gradually becoming more costly. We’ve prepared a list of 10 simple tips that you can follow to reduce the fuel consumption of your bike.
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Keep the bike well maintained
Always make sure your two-wheeler is in perfect condition mechanically. Get it serviced from the authorized service centers at regular intervals. Experts at these service stations will be able to tune your vehicle better than a roadside mechanic. In addition, the service centers are equipped with the latest technology and genuine components.
Maintain Tyre Pressure:
One of the quickest and most effective ways to boost your fuel economy is to check your tire pressure. Find the pressure rating for your tire on the sidewall or owner’s manual; not only will the correct PSI boost your fuel economy, but it will also improve the handling of your bikes. And while some hyper-miles swear by running on higher-than-recommended PSIs, we suggest you stick to the recommended maximum safety data.
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Keep the engine well aerated
Don’t cover your engine with post-market fittings or carry bags. This prevents proper air intake and overstresses the engine resulting in higher fuel consumption.
Focus on maintaining constant speeds, smooth throttle inputs, and avoid an unnecessary slowdown, and watch your fuel economy rise. Not only does even-keeled riding allow you to stretch your fuel budget, but it also makes rides smoother and potentially more enjoyable. Ride at lower cruising speeds. Motorcycles deliver a wonderful performance that fits between your legs – that is to say the word “crotch rocket” – and the fast acceleration and the cruising at high speed can be addictive.
Think about it this way: highway speed limits that we created partially to conserve fuel, and following the rules will not only allow you to ride further, it could also help keep your DMV record clean.
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Change engine oil regularly
The old engine oil should be replaced with the new oil at regular intervals. As we all know, engine oil keeps lubricating between the numerous moving parts inside the engine. With time, it deteriorates and stops working properly, leading to an engine clogged with old oil and devoid of smooth operation.
Keep the fuel tank clean
Although fuel is nowadays very clean, the fuel tank is obstructed by dirt overtime. The same is true of the fuel lines that bring fuel to the engine. Care must be taken to ensure the daily cleaning of all fuel tanks and fuel pipes.
Don’t ride the brake and clutch
Make sure your feet don’t press the rear brake unintentionally when driving. Not only does this wear the brakes, but it also puts an unnecessary load on the engine and makes it hard to work and drink more fuel. The same applies to the heel of the clutch.
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Use High Quality Fuel:
Using higher grade gasoline can not only help you get the maximum mileage out of your fuel, but it also helps keep the engine in better shape by leaving less carbon residue due to more refined combustion.
There are two ways to achieve this, either by using a certified high-octane fuel or using a fuel additive every time you fill your tank. Both of these methods will have you spend a few extra bucks, but in the long run you will save a lot of money in terms of extra gas mileage and maintenance costs.
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Shut the engine during traffic lights
This is pretty evident. Shut down the engine to prevent excessive burning of fuel if traffic lights last for longer than 30 seconds. Do not shut down the engine when the traffic light is less than 30 seconds, because the engine’s rapid stop and start use more fuel than is saved.
Every time you fill from the same petrol pump
Try to stick to a particular gas station where your fuel is filled. The engine thus eliminates the slight difference between fuels when loaded with different pumps of fuel.