Motorcycles are an economical mode of transport. They get better fuel economy than most cars do, with the average bike achieving almost 44 miles per gallon—nearly twice that of the average car. However, with gas prices continually rising, it makes sense to do what you can to maximize fuel economy, even on a bike. Here are some tips to help you do that.
How to Improve Your Motorcycle’s Fuel Economy
1. Perform Regular Maintenance
Keep your bike tuned up so that it runs as efficiently as possible. The tires should be inflated to the proper pressure and the engine cleaned regularly. Apply and rinse off degreaser and blow dust out of the nooks and crannies. Check and replace the air and fuel filters regularly, and keep your air intake clear of debris.
2. Adjust Your Riding Style
Be mindful of how you ride. For instance, don't gun your engine, and accelerate slowly from a stop. Maintain a constant velocity when possible, and always plan ahead for stops.
You can often get more miles per gallon on the highway. Release the throttle well in advance of braking, and avoid sudden lane changes. Wear a helmet with a faceplate and lower your riding profile to reduce wind resistance.
3. Change Fuel & Additives
If you aren't getting the fuel economy you want, try a higher-octane gas. It increases the amount of compression the fuel can undergo before igniting and creates a more powerful detonation.
In addition, you can get more miles out of a tank of gas by adding a fuel additive. This cleans your fuel injectors, removes moisture in the tank, and improves engine efficiency. It’s an inexpensive way to clear your engine of crud, increase its lifespan, and improve gas mileage.
If you need a new motorcycle or service performed on an existing bike, contact M & S Sales & Service Inc in New Holland, PA. They’ve served Lancaster County since 1972. They specialize in ATV, snowmobile, and motorcycle repair and sell motorcycle parts and tires. Visit their website to learn more or call (717) 354-4726 to make an appointment.