Bad experiences often come into the picture while riding your favorite motorcycle. It is important to be aware of the amount of fuel you are using in today’s climate as well as ensuring fuel efficiency to last longer. How you ride, maintenance of the vehicle and utilization of fuel additives are some of the important factors you should know about.
Improving fuel efficiency
Increasing your motorcycle’s fuel efficiency is no big deal. There are some very basic things that you can do, from tuning your bike to following some strategic riding styles.
- The primary thing to do is have a regular check-up of your motorcycle’s engine. Following a simple service routine, usually outlined by the manufacturer, will help efficiency in the long term.
- Regular checking and maintenance of air filters and oil filters will keep the bike running at tip-top shape.
- Checking fluid levels: oil, brake fluid, transmission fluid, etc… will keep the bike running smoothly and as efficiently as possible.
- The right grade of fuel also plays a vital role in the smooth production of power. However, it is very common for there to only be one type of fuel available in filling stations in Vietnam.
Other mechanical factors:
These can be easily checked and remedied.
- incorrect tire pressure
- loose chain
- over tightened brakes
Driving and Environmental Factors
- Highway riding will usually result in better fuel efficiency. Particularly if you maintain a steady speed and do not switch lanes too frequently. Slow and steady wins the race. The lack of traffic signals is a major factor here.
- The shifting of gears and brakes within a short time or a stop/start style of driving will directly affect the fuel efficiency of your motorcycle. Keep it smooth.
- Did you know the rider’s riding posture can impact the fuel performance of the engine? Sitting bolt upright will create a lot of drag and be tiring. Therefore, a slight lean forward, into the wind, can be more relaxing and efficient.
- Your riding behavior is the major ingredient so driving aggressively or recklessly will result in very poor fuel efficiency. There is no need to show off.
- The load on the bike will greatly affect fuel efficiency whether it be baggage or a passenger. Keep it light.
In Vietnam, fuel is relatively cheap but there is no need to waste any more than you need to get from A to B. Keeping your bike well maintained is just as important as driving within the limits of the bike. Be safe, vigilant, and remember to take it slow.