How to Increase the Fuel Mileage on Bikesby Contributing Writer
Increasing the gas mileage of your scooter can be quite easy depending on your current riding habits. Increased gas mileage is a factor of not only the efficiency of your scooter motor, but also of the terrain covered, overall driving habits and type of fuel used. By changing a few of the ways you ride or the route you take, the average gas mileage on your scooter could be drastically increased.
Under The Hood:
- How to Increase the Mileage on a Goldwing 1500
- How to Increase the Mileage of a Honda Splendor
- How to Increase the Fuel Mileage on a Scooter
- How to Improve Gas Mileage on a Kawasaki 1500
- How to Improve Gas Mileage in a Yamaha Vstar 1100
Plan your trips so you can get the most out of your gasoline. Don't make unnecessary trips and try to cut down on the number of trips you make by combining errands or appointments.
Drive the Goldwing properly. Try to avoid rapid or frequent acceleration, as your bike will use more fuel changing speeds than it does maintaining a steady speed. Avoid aggressive braking and driving.
Avoid leaving your Goldwing at an idle. Idling reduces fuel mileage and produces emissions that can harm the environment. It takes less fuel to turn your motor off and on than it does to sit still with it running for five minutes, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists.
Keep the Goldwing 1500's tires correctly inflated. Low tire pressure will increase drag and force the engine to work harder to power the motorcycle.
Properly maintain your Goldwing's engine. Failure to correctly maintain your motor will lead to problems due to malfunction or neglect. Poorly running engines have to work harder to operate your bike and will consume more fuel than well-maintained motors.
Maintain your Honda Splendor's motor. By performing regular maintenance on your bike's motor, you can keep it in ideal running condition. The better condition your motor is in, the less it is going to have to work to power your motorcycle. The amount your motor has to work to operate has a large effect on what kind of fuel mileage your bike gets.
Maintain your driving speed. Your Splendor get its best fuel mileage when you maintain a consistent speed while going down the road. Accelerating uses more gas, so frequent accelerating and then decelerating, only to speed up again a few minutes later, takes its toll on your bike's fuel economy.
Shut off your bike if you expect to be sitting in the same location for an extended period of time. Don't allow your Splendor to sit and idle for long stretches of time. Idling wastes fuel and produces emissions that can harm the environment.
Keep your Splendor's tires correctly inflated. Low tires affect both your bike's handling capabilities and its fuel mileage. Low tire pressure forces your bike's motor to work harder because even a slightly low tire increases the drag on your bike.
Combine trips on your motorcycle. Try to accomplish as much as you can at one time, rather than making multiple trips to accomplish tasks.
Choose the flattest route for your commute. Regardless of whether that route is the shortest, choose a route with the least amount of undulating terrain as a scooter’s gas mileage is drastically affected by the effort required to climb a hill versus riding the bike a few extra miles on flat ground. As long as the flat route is only 5 to 10percent longer mileage-wise than the hilly route, choose it instead of hitting the hills.
Burn high quality fuel that is low in alcohol. Alcohol burns quickly and does not assist in achieving better mileage. Make sure to utilize the highest quality gasoline (highest octane rating) in order to keep your scooter’s engine burning efficiently. The more completely the fuel in your engine burns, the better fuel economy you will enjoy.
Maintain a constant speed, especially on longer trips. By maintaining a constant speed, you make the engine work less, resulting in less fuel burned. Without the chore of speeding up and slowing down constantly, the engine merely needs to utilize the coasting energy of the bike with a little input from the motor itself in order to maintain a certain speed.
Change your oil and oil filter regularly. This not only keeps your engine's moving parts well lubricated, but it also helps improve gas mileage. Change the oil in your Kawasaki 1500 Vulcan at least once every 8,000 miles. Along with changing the oil, the oil filter should be regularly replaced at the same time you change your oil. Oil filter sizes vary from year to year on your 1500 Vulcan. Consult your owner's manual to make sure you buy the right size filter.
Replace or clean your air filter regularly. Over time, the air filter picks up dirt and dust particles as you ride. A clogged air filter can directly affect your carburetor and can have a negative impact on gas mileage. It should also be changed when you change your oil.
Check and replace your spark plugs as needed. The spark plugs do not need to be changed as frequently as your oil, but it is a good idea when you do change your oil, to remove the spark plug and wipe it down. Plugs should be changed approximately once every 10,000 miles, or even before that if your 1500 begins to misfire. Good spark plugs will also improve your gas mileage.
Add a fuel additive or fuel-injector cleaner at least once every other month. These additives are mixed with your gas when you fill your tank and help clean out your injectors and fuel lines. Clogged injectors and fuel lines also have a negative impact on gas mileage.
Check the air pressure in your tires. Low tire pressure also can have an adverse effect on gas mileage. Check your tire pressure weekly. Ideal tire pressure for your 1500 Vulcan is 35 psi.
Items you will need
Fresh oil and oil filter
Maintain your motorcycle's motor properly. You should always make sure to perform timely maintenance and repair any problems that arise as soon as you become aware of them. Motor problems will force your engine to work harder running your machine and consume more fuel.
Make sure your motorcycle's tires are always correctly inflated to meet manufacturer specifications. Low tire pressure can increase drag on your vehicle's motor and force it to consume more fuel. Low tires will also negatively affect the handling of your Yahama Vstar 1100.
Maintain steady speeds on your Yamaha Vstar 1100. Try to avoid frequent acceleration or driving aggressively, as this will use more fuel. The more gently you drive your bike, the better gas mileage it will get.
Avoid letting your Yamaha Vstar 1100 idle for long periods of time when you are not in motion. If your vehicle will be idling for several minutes, turn it off and turn it back on when you are ready to go again.