Its not rocket science, but quite simply put there are things that you can do to get better mileage/efficiency out of your bike. Simple and regular checks can go a long way to ensure that you go that extra mile.
The usual culprits:
-Low tyre pressure: Yes, this can bring down your mileage by a good 10-15%. So always remember to maintain the right tyre pressure on your bike.
-Loose chain: This directly effects the total energy transferred from engine to tyre with a lot of losses. Maintain the right amount of chain slack and lubrication.
-Bad fuel: Do make sure you fill up at good trusted petrol stations
-Badly tuned engine: Carburetor tuning is a tough job to get perfect, but the better it is done the better your chances of good mileage. The air fuel ratio has to be just right. Suggest that you get this done by a trusted and experienced mechanic.
-Fuel efficiency is largely dependent on your riding style. Hard acceleration all the time and you can end up with a bad average.
-Switch off engines during long traffic signals
-When you know there is a signal up front or that you have to stop in short distance, no point accelerating up to it and braking hard.
-Use your brakes strategically, you always do not need to brake to slow down the bike, just letting go of the throttle helps you considerably slow down the bike. Its about maintaining the momentum, the more you save momentum the more you save on fuel.
-Right gear shifts and the right RPM: Redlining your RPM in every gear is a sure shot way of reducing your mileage. Its fun, but bad for efficiency. Shift at the right RPM’s and always be in the right gear for your speed.
It might not exactly be fun biking controlling the throttle, but hey with the ever increasing fuel prices a little bit of practice can save you from that extra fuel stop.
Do tell us any techniques or suggestions that you think or do that help’s increase the mileage of your bike.