Two Wheelers and Fuel Efficient Tips

How to Maximize Fuel Efficiency on our Motorcycle

As fuel prices constantly trend higher, there is a growing financial need to maximize fuel efficiency. Because motorcycles are smaller and lighter than their 4-wheel counterparts, most people assume that they enjoy great fuel efficiency, regardless of operator effort. But to be frank is a myth. In reality, many motorcycles achieve poor fuel efficiency due to their high revving engines and aggressive operator habits. Disciplined driving and maintenance habits are needed to maximize motorcycle fuel efficiency.

  • Plan trips to avoid high congestion times and places. Avoid rush hour traffic whenever possible.

  • Travel at constant speeds at or below the posted speed limit.

  • Keep the face shield of our helmet down and fastened when moving to minimize wind friction. Also secure loose-fitting clothing to avoid wind drag.

  • Regularly inspect the air filter element. Replace at regular intervals. As with other vehicles, properly inflated tires are a must. Check tire pressures on a regular basis.Clean spark plug regularly. Every 750 km for two stroke bike and every 1,500 km for four-stroke bike. Clean spark points with emery paper and innards with some aluminium wire. After this wash with petrol.

  • Avoid jackrabbit starts. Resist the temptation to accelerate quickly.Avoid revving the throttle while stopped. That loud revving that so many motorcyclists enjoy burns fuel for no reason.

  • Try to minimize the number of times that you must shift gears.

  • Remove unnecessary weight from the motorcycle. Use accessories, such as saddle bags, only when necessary.

  • If you must ride during heavy or light rain, exercise greater caution to avoid skidding

  • Always use correct recommended grade of engine oil as recommended in Owners Manual . Ensure that the oil is in sufficient quantity as recommended. Check with dipsitck or inspection window or bleed-plug nut.

  • Check cables regularly for kinks, bends and frayed ends. Especially check ends. If one or more strands appears broken, replace immediately. Don't try to save money by ignoring it till later time. Also lubricate annular space between cable inner and outer, by holding one end and letting cable hang vertically and letting lubricating oil drip into annular space .

  • Keep carburettor clean. Every 1500 km, clean out the carburettor float chamber and other parts. Clean jets by forcing compressed air thru them.Ensure that float is not punctured and float-pin is not jamming. There should be free play of the float around its hinge in the chamber.

  • Check tyres for wear and tear and cracks. Replace if worn. Also replace if there are cracks. This is most important in rainy season. It can save our life.

  • Check entire fuel line, right from where it comes out of the tank, the fitting of the fuel cock, fuel filter, the plastic or rubber pipes etc. touch each spot with your clean, dry fingers. If there is any leak, it will show on our fingers. Also smell our fingers. If we get petrol smell, then there is a leak.

Tips for an Economic and a Cost-Effective Journey

  • Always opt for public transport means like bus and train as far as possible.Use car, only if itís a family trip.Avoid two-wheelers to travel walkable distances.

  • Fuel efficiency is maximum at 55km per hour. If the speed is further increased, that in turn affects the fuel efficiency.

  • Avoid competition while on road. Sudden acceleration and deceleration- both reduces the fuel efficiency of your vehicle by 37%.

  • Donít ride so close to the preceding vehicle. If at all that foregoing vehicle stops unexpectedly, we will be in a situation to apply a sudden brake which results in fuel loss; if not a fatal accident !

  • Avoid riding at the lowest possible speed. This reduces the fuel efficiency as well as damages the engine and all.

  • When we park our vehicle, park in the first available spot. Avoid driving through the parking area in search of convenient parking space. Always try to park the vehicle in some shaded area.

  • Avoid keeping unnecessary stuffs in the storage area of the vehicle. Plan journeys in such a way that many things can be accomplished in a single journey if possible, rather than having separate journeys.

  • Manipulate the distance to the destination and understand the route beforehand. This helps to avoid chances of going astray which in turn avoids time loss and fuel loss. Mapping facilities in mobile phones can be utilized.

  • There is no point in having excess fuel in the fuel tank for a considerable amount of fuel will be lost through evaporation. Make sure that we have enough fuel- not up any more, not up any less.

Motorcycle chain maintenance

Motorcycle chain endures heavy abuse and undergoes a lot of wear and tear. It is recommended that the chain is regularly cleaned and oiled for safe and sound running of the motorcycle

The final drive chain is one of the most critical parts on a motorcycle and it endures a lot of stress and to make it worse, it is left out in the open to face dust, grime, muck and whatever the road throws at it. So even though it is one tough nut to crack, the chain has a certain life span and it needs tender love and care at regular intervals to keep it healthy and to improve its life span. A well-maintained chain also guarantees a healthy set of sprockets which again require regular replacement depending upon the kind of use they undergo.
A badly maintained chain will rapidly eat through a set of sprockets requiring you to change the entire chain sprocket set frequently. There are some simple and efficient methods to keep the chain working fine as well as to make sure that it lasts longer and that it does not wear out the sprockets in lesser period of time than usual. Just stick to the following steps and try to squeeze a few minutes once every week to attend to the chain and it will go a long way in keeping your lovely ride working fine.
Motorcycle chain endures heavy abuse and undergoes a lot of wear and tear. It is recommended that the chain is regularly cleaned and oiled for safe and sound running of the motorcycle

Motorcycle chain maintenance

  • Park the motorcycle in a clean place and put it on a main-stand. Incase of no main-stand on the motorcycle Ė use a paddock stand. Make sure that the rear wheel can rotate freely.

  • DO NOT SWITCH ON THE MOTORCYCLE. Keep the engine switched off at all times. Just slot the gear in neutral so that the rear wheel is free to rotate.

  • Slowly turn the wheel and give the chain a clean wash with a chain cleaner (there are plenty of them available in the market) or you can also use kerosene or diesel for the purpose.

  • In order to remove small dust and dirt particles attached to the chain, use a hard paintbrush as you rotate the wheel. Do not use fingers to reach tight spots Ė it could result in severe injury.

  • Once the cleaning is done, let the chain dry off the excess cleaning liquid. Then start applying the chain lubricant. Do not over-spray the lubricant. Little but regular is how it works for chain maintenance

Motorcycle brakes care tips

Disc Brakes :

Nowadays most motorcycles feature disc brakes upfront while quite a few also boast of disc brakes for the rear wheel. There are two important checks that need to be undone when taking care of the disc brakes. Firstly, always keep checks on the level of braking fluid remaining in the brake-fluid reservoir. Reservoir for the front disc brake will usually be located on the handlebar while for the rear disc brake it will be tucked behind the right or left hand side heel plate attached to the rider footpeg .
Tips : Make sure the brake fluid is always topped up to the correct level.
If not, carefully open the reservoir lid and top up the container with brake fluid. For topping up, open a brand new container of brake fluid as it has a tendency to accumulate moisture over a period of time.
Do not let brake fluid drop on the paint or body panels of the motorcycle as it can severely damage these components.
Next check is to make sure the health and wear on brake pads. Brake pads endure a lot of stress and abuse and should be regularly checked from time to time. If you allow the brake pads to be used till the very edge of the material, it will severely damage the disc brake rotor requiring a change of the entire brake assembly, which can turn out to be quite expensive.
Motorcycle chain endures heavy abuse and undergoes a lot of wear and tear. It is recommended that the chain is regularly cleaned and oiled for safe and sound running of the motorcycle