Fuel Efficiency and the Environment

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Why Fuel Efficiency is Important

Fuel efficiency is important: it’s good for the environment and helps you ride farther without having to refuel, saving you money in the process. How you ride, how well your vehicle is maintained and the utilization of fuel additives can all have a significant impact on how fuel efficient your bike is.

Mechanical Factors

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 maintain efficiency over the long term.
  • Regular checking and maintenance of air filters and oil filters will keep the bike running well.
  • Checking fluid levels, oil, brake fluid and transmission fluid, 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 at filling stations in Vietnam.

A Few Other Factors, Which Can Easily Be Remedied

  • incorrect tire pressure
  • loose chain
  • over tightened brakes
motorcyclists on a busy Vietnam street at night
motorcyclists on a busy Vietnam street at night

Driving and Environmental Factors

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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
a Petrolimex petrol station in Hanoi
a Petrolimex petrol station in Hanoi

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