Improve your Fuel Economy


It pains us to say it, but with fuel costs as high as they are, the only way we can save money on fuel is to be more economical with the throttle.

Motorcycles, in theory, are fairly frugal. The engines are small, they don't have much weight to pull and they're pretty aerodynamic, so ridden with a little self restraint they'll return some decent fuel economic figures – and general speaking, the smaller and lighter the better, the smaller and lighter the better. Saying this, on one of the stupidly powerful motorcycles in motorcycle history, without trying to hard, we easily managed to surpass 20 kilometers per liter, riding not faster than 110km/h.

You can buy a Royal Enfield that advertised does over 35 kilometers on a single liter fuel, but then you may get fired for being late. Like with any ride though, you've got the choice of getting up earlier and going slower, or diving out of bed and rushing like hell.
The key to economical riding is to accelerate smoothly. Getting your motorcycle away from its stationary position is what really slurps the fuel – roughly 50ml to get you away from the lights swiftly and up to 160km/h, which on a big bike should be about 150 meters away.

So, pulling massive away from every set of traffic lights is not going to put ff your next trip to the petrol station. Judging corner speeds is another good way to save fuel, and to improve your fuel economic riding.

Any braking means a waste of fuel, so if you can judge your speed well and turn into a corner without braking then you're saving fuel and getting skilled in one!

Without sacrificing too much speed, you can knock nearly 2 kilometers per liter off a ride and 3 to 5 kilometers per liter may be feasible if you're not too bothered about when you get to your destination. If you're doing 9,000 kilometers a year, then you could look to save about 6,000 THB a year.
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Anonymous User

Saturday, 22 September 2012 @ 05:17 PM ICT
" Saying this, on one of the stupidly powerful motorcycles in motorcycle history, without trying to hard, we easily managed to surpass 20 kilometers per liter, riding not faster than 110km/h. "

So, what was it?
Sorry guys but this was a poorly written article.

Jeffrey

Sunday, 23 September 2012 @ 07:18 PM ICT
Bikes have very poor Areodynamics
My wife gets 78 kpl on our honda wave, I get 65 kpl I am twice her weight and drive faster.
My Ninja 250 gets 35 kpl
my CBR150 gets 45 kpl

Even my Nissan March gets 20 kpl (26 on time when I was very careful)

I drive 100,000 per year so yes it does matter to me

Anonymous User

Sunday, 23 September 2012 @ 08:58 PM ICT
It's funny, the discussion is always to drive slower for saving fuel. But we'll never reach the goal as long as things happen like they do.
Some time ago when the spot-price for oil was 116 USD the price for benzine was around 34 THB.
Then the spot-price for oil went up to 128 USD and the price for benzine changed higher to 43 THB.
Now the spot-price is down at 111 USD and what did the price for benzine do?
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