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5 Tips to Maximise Motorcycle Fuel Efficiency

5 Tips to Maximise Motorcycle Fuel Efficiency

It’s important to have good quality fuel, great tyres and regular upkeep of the engine to ensure that your motorcycle remains fuel efficient.

In today's world, where fuel prices continue to be unpredictable and environmental concerns are on everyone’s mind, maximising fuel efficiency in motorcycles is more critical than ever.  For those of you who ride frequently to work and for pleasure, this is all the more important. Not only does it save money, but it also reduces your carbon footprint, ensuring that you are working towards creating a healthier planet. Fortunately, improving your motorcycle's fuel efficiency is fairly simple and doable.


Here are five practical tips to help you get the most out of every litre.


  1. Maintain Your Motorcycle Regularly

Regular maintenance is the key aspect of motorcycle efficiency. A well-maintained bike runs smoothly and consumes fuel more efficiently. Regular maintenance of the below aspects typically includes:


  • Engine Oil: Regularly check and change your motorcycle’s engine oil as recommended by the manufacturer or any other expert like your mechanic. Old or dirty oil causes the engine to work harder, thereby using more fuel.
  • Tyres: Ensure your tyres are always inflated to the correct pressure as per the manual and to do that, always keep the vehicle idle for an hour (at least), check the tyre pressure and then inflate or deflate according to what the manual reads, since tyre temperature should always match the ambient temperature of the vehicle’s geographical location. Also, the pressure in the tyres automatically increases when you ride on a hot day, on the other hand, under-inflated tyres can increase rolling resistance, leading to higher fuel consumption. Additionally, check for signs of wear and replace tyres when necessary. Reisemoto offers several variants of tyres that are best suited for different types of rides. Select from Reise tourR, Reise torqR, Reise trailR and Reise traceR for different needs.
  • Air Filter: A clean air filter allows air to flow freely to the carburettor or the fuel injector, improving performance and efficiency. A clogged air filter can restrict airflow, causing the engine to work harder and thus consume more fuel.
  • Spark Plugs: Worn-out or dirty spark plugs can cause misfiring and inefficient fuel combustion. Cleaning or replacing spark plugs at intervals specified by the manufacturer can keep your engine running optimally. The same goes for a fuel injector, which needs to be monitored carefully since it is engineered and works with even more precision.


  1. Ride Smoothly

Your riding style has a significant impact on how much fuel your motorcycle consumes. Aggressive riding such as sudden and rapid acceleration and hard braking leads to excessive fuel consumption. This is also unsafe for you and others on the road. A smooth, considered and sensible ride ensures optimum use of fuel. Here are a few riding tips to enhance fuel efficiency:


  • Accelerate Gently: Gradual acceleration uses less fuel than sudden speeding. Allow the bike to gradually reach the desired speed.
  • Maintain Steady Speeds: When safe and practical, maintaining a constant speed reduces fuel consumption. Use highways as an opportunity to maintain a consistent speed.
  • Anticipate Traffic Flow: By keeping an eye on the traffic ahead and anticipating actions, you can avoid unnecessary stopping and starting, which consumes more fuel.
  • Use Gears Wisely: Riding in the highest gear possible without labouring the engine can reduce fuel usage. Lower gears generally consume more fuel, so shift up when you can. When you do see an open road and can notch up the gears, you should take that chance without over speeding.
  1. Reduce Weight and Drag

Excess weight and drag force your motorcycle to work harder, which can lead to higher fuel consumption. This means that you should also be mindful of the accessories that you choose. Helmets for bike riders, motorcycle bags, motorbike safety jackets and other accessories all add to the weight of the bike. You should choose the most lightweight and protective gear on the bike, which has an impact on the fuel as well.


  • Eliminate Unnecessary Weight: Choose the right saddlebags for riding and select suitable panniers for storage. The lighter your bike, the less effort it needs to move. This is true for all other accessories as well. Visit www.reisemoto.com to find out the best gear and accessories for biking from a host of international and domestic brands.
  • Streamline Your Ride: Aerodynamics play a key role in how your motorcycle interacts with air. Remove any non-essential or heavy or third-party accessories that might cause drag. A sleek bike cuts through the air more efficiently and uses less fuel.

  1. Use High-Quality Fuel and Additives

The type of fuel you use can affect how your motorcycle performs and its fuel efficiency. Here’s how you can use fuel to your advantage:


  • High-Quality Fuel: Opt for high-quality or premium fuels which can help the engine run smoother and cleaner, potentially improving fuel efficiency.
  • Fuel Additives: Consider using fuel additives that are designed to clean the engine and fuel system. These can help remove deposits in the fuel injectors and improve overall efficiency. Only if it is recommended by an authorised service centre or a trusted source.

Note: Please refer to the vehicle’s manual and use the fuel grade and / or fuel additive (if applicable) recommended by the manufacturer.

  1. Plan Your Routes and Timing

Efficient route planning can help avoid situations where fuel consumption might be higher, such as congested areas with frequent stops and starts. Consider the following:


  • Avoid Heavy Traffic: Whenever possible, plan your routes around traffic-heavy times. Less time idling in traffic means less fuel wasted.
  • Choose Relatively Flat Routes (if possible): Whether it is downhill or uphill, hills can cause the engine to work harder, leading to increased fuel consumption.
  • Use GPS and Traffic Apps: Modern GPS and traffic apps can help predict and avoid traffic jams, offering routes with less stop-and-go traffic.

By implementing these tips, you can significantly enhance your motorcycle's fuel efficiency, save money and reduce your environmental impact. Regular maintenance combined with mindful riding and strategic planning forms a comprehensive approach to fuel-efficient motorcycling. Whether you’re riding to work every day or planning a long trip, these strategies will help make every drop of fuel count. Visit reisemoto.com regularly to check on the latest rides, tips, tyres and accessories to make the best of your riding experience.



Disclaimer: This blog is intended for informational purposes only. Always consult your motorcycle's user manual and follow the OEM’s recommendations to maintain your warranty and for the safest riding practices. This includes, but is not limited to, following guidelines for maintenance intervals, fuel types, and appropriate parts for your motorcycle.



 -Team Reise Moto

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