When the fuel prices are going to get revised it's never a good news in India. How many times have you seen the fuel prices going down? Fuel in India is getting costlier day by day. It’s a major concern as it digs a big hole in the pocket when it’s time to refuel your bike.
Here are a few tips which you can use and save more than 20% of the fuel, using these methods you can grab the best fuel efficiency (FE) out of your machine.
Drive Smoothly – Sudden acceleration or de-acceleration significantly increases the fuel consumption of your bike. Accelerating and de-accelerating in a smooth manner is very important to get most out of your bike.
Minimise Idling - When waiting on a red light or when you know your bike is going to be stationary for a while, Switch the engine off.
Chose the Right Gear – Riding in a very high speed in a lower gear or riding too slow in a higher gear will certainly increase your fuel consumption. It’s always important to shift up and down according to the speed you are riding.
For most bikes, the idle shifting point would be near 4000 – 4500 rpm.
Extra Weight – Remove any extra weight you have on your bike, having extra weight puts more strain on the engine and leads to more fuel consumption.
Keep Correct Tyre Pressure – It is always recommended to ride with the correct tyre pressure of your bike. You can find the correct tyre pressure of your bike in your bike manual.
Avoid Clutch Riding – Keeping the clutch half pressed while riding leads to extra strain on the engine and increases the fuel consumption, it also wears out your clutch rapidly. Use the clutch only while changing gears.
Good Petrol Pump – Chose a petrol pump with the least fuel adulteration, Feeding good quality fuel to your bike can alone decrease your fuel consumption by 8-10%
Avoid Traffic Jams – Plan your trip in such a way that you are able to avoid traffic jams as riding in traffic jams leads to more fuel consumption.
Warm Up a Cold Engine – It is always recommended to warm up your bike’s engine but you take it for a spin. If you ride your bike with a cold engine there will be not enough lubrication which ultimately damages the pistons and the engine hence the mileage will be low. Always let the engine run idle for 15-20 seconds so that the oil heats up and circulate throughout the engine properly.
Change Engine Oil - Regularly - Change engine oil at recommended intervals and use genuine engine oil of recommended grade to reduce friction losses in engine and keep engine cool.
Keep Your Bike Clean – Cleaning does not only mean cleaning it from outside but the internal parts also. Clean your air filter regularly and remove all the dust. Clean your chain and sprockets regularly and lubricate it with thick oil, also check and adjust the chain slackness. Clean the carburetor and the sparkplugs regularly.
Excess is bad for Your Bike – Things like oversized horns, Bigger tires, Lights, Heavy crash guards also have a lot of impact on the mileage of your bikes.