Motorcycle Riding Tips For Better Mileage and Performance of the Engine

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Engine Revs: Do not over rev the engine. Most motorcycles, especially the 100cc-125cc bikes are low geared and have torque engines that allow for commuting around town in top gear. Make sure you don’t lug the engine either. Many motorcycles and scooters come with audible and visible optimum mileage indicators that help in extracting the best fuel efficiency. Most tachometers also have the optimum gear shift points marked out.

Clutch Usage: Avoid slipping the clutch while riding and also during standing starts. Most riders clutch in and blip the throttle while weaving through traffic. It helps le performance minded but plays havoc on the full efficiency. If you are a commuter, now you know what to do.

Traffic Lights: Most traffic lights in the metros have timers. Use them. If you are going to be stationary for over a minute shut off the engine. Of course an electric starter is a boon in such situations.

Starting and Shutting Down: Use the choke while starting up, most bikes are tuned to run on a lean air- fuel mixture and need the choke to fire up when cold. Run the bike for a few km with the choke on and at low revs while the engine warms up after which don’t forget to shut off the choke. There is no need to rev or over rev the engine either while starting up orshutting down.

Stop and Go Traffic: Try and avoid congested roads as far as possible. Even if it means you have to take a slightly longer route this will save up on fuel costs.

Gentle on the Throttle: Avoid being ham-fisted with the throttle. Build up revs slowly and progressively and avoid jack rabbit starts and stops.

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