Everyone can appreciate saving on gas and getting more miles from their motorcycle. It's an experiment in physics when trying to measure the fuel mileage for each vehicle. A plethora of reasons accounts for a particular motorcycle's fuel economy. However, there are basic tips that you can take into consideration in order to increase the fuel efficiency of your bike. This article will go over the best ways to increase your mileage on the road.

 

 

  1. Properly inflated tires: Having the correct tires that are inflated properly can directly impact fuel economy. If your tires are underinflated, they can cause unnecessary road force drag. It can even shorten the lifespan of your tires. Using the manufacturer-recommended pressures and quality tires will ensure the best gas mileage. 
  2. Maintenance: If you were to disregard taking your bike in for routine maintenance, you run the risk of increasing internal resistance in your engine. Your engine requires quality oil at all times to run properly and to be able to get the best mileage. Oils are used to minimize the amount of resistance within your engine. As the oil breaks down over time, the engine will work harder and require more fuel. It is essential to keep up maintenance on your bike in order to make sure you are getting the best mileage from it. 
  3. Idling time: Have you ever wondered why your in-town mileage is often lower than highway mileage? It is due to the fact that you stop at traffic lights and stop signs while in town as compared to no stops on the highway. Idling equals zero miles per gallon, and this means your engine is consuming fuel without going to any specific destination. However, being conscious of how often and how long your bike idles can boost your miles per gallon. 
  4. Throttle: Heavy acceleration can be detrimental to your fuel economy because you are pouring gas into your engine to get higher performance. The better alternative is to bring the bike up to speed gradually. 

Implementing these four tips will help you get the most miles out of your bike while saving you money in the long run. For more resources and articles, CLICK HERE.

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