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Bike Fuel Economy Tips

​In India, a bike is a very reliable and preferred mode of transportation in both, the cities as well as rural areas. No wonder the sale of bikes keeps increasing year after year. However, the petrol prices have also been increasing in tandem. Considering this scenario, it is obvious that there is a huge demand for bikes that deliver excellent mileage, helping the owner save on the rising fuel costs. In this regard, let us understand do’s and don’ts that will help you get the maximum fuel efficiency out of your trusted bike.​


​Do away with the extra weight


The equation is simple. More the weight of the bike less will be the output mileage. The reason for this is that with the additional weight the bike’s engine has to work more hard in response which leads to more fuel consumption. Thus, in this regard, it is essential that you get rid of any extra weight such as excessively heavy guards, oversized noisy horns, modified fairing attachments and so on. On similar lines, aerodynamics is also something that has an impact on bike mileage. However, this only affects fully- faired bikes such as the Karizma or R15.

Fuel


Here is an interesting tip. Always take your bike to the fuel station in the morning for filling the petrol. Petrol is sold and charged based upon its volume. When the temperature is high during the latter part of the day, petrol expands giving you less fuel for the same price. Additionally, many riders are seen filling up the petrol tank to the brim. This is a very wrong thing to do. As said earlier, petrol expands in high temperature which leads to spillage if the petrol tank is filled up to the very top.  Last but not the least, the quality of the petrol also plays a crucial role. If there are any impurities, the mileage will go down ultimately. Thus, fill the petrol only at reputed petrol pumps.

Disciplined Riding


Yes, you can save petrol while riding, especially on the highways. Firstly, you should ride taking into consideration the make and model of your bike. If you are having a 100 cc commuter bike, you should limit your speed to 60-70 kmph. Going beyond that will reduce the bike mileage. Also, you should try to ensure constant speed throughout. Avoid changing the gears often along with sudden acceleration or deceleration. Controlling your speed with the throttle instead of brakes can also go a long way in getting the optimum mileage out of your bike.

Keep it Clean!


Any kind of obstruction between the moving parts is going to increase the load on the bike engine leading to reduced mileage. Thus, make sure that the moving parts such as the chain are kept clean and well lubricated to maintain optimum fuel consumption.
 
Once your bike is fuel optimised, you have to ensure that it is secure too. To get total security and peace of mind, go with a comprehensive bike insurance policy​ to protect yourself from unfortunate eventualities.​