10 Tips on How to Ride a New Bike

by Naren on May 9, 2011

How would you feel when you gotta new bike for yourself and you are first getting on her. On top of the world? Well, that’s how I usually feel when I get new ones.

But to ride a new bike is never as easy and simple as throttling up your old machine to which you are used to. So, I thought of coming up with 10 tips on riding a new bike.

  1. Never throttle up your new bike very high as soon as you bring it out of the showroom. For best fuel economy to derive from it, keep riding at the lowest speed possible in the top most gear and this is to be done not for the first 2k or 3k kms, but for the first 10k kms. Yes, I mean it. You’ll get the best(est) of the fuel economy possible on that bike.
  2. Don’t strain the engine too much. The ideal fact to follow is keep checking the odometer that you never cross 5k rpm. There was a friend of mine during my engineering days (and that wasn’t a long back. Just before a year and a half), who bought a new Honda Unicorn. He made the bike strain so much from the initial moment he kept his hand on her and guess the mileage the bike returned him back. It was 22kmpl! Should be one of the lowest in India, I guess for a Unicorn.
  3. If the reason for purchasing your bike is totally performance dependent, like using for racing purpose or so, you can throttle her high right from the initial day of purchase. This case is entirely different from our regular usage.
  4. Don’t take her for long rides initially. Avoid this atleast for the first 3k kms.
  5. Do not worry about the fuel economy your bike returns you initially. It would deliver its actual mileage only after the first service. So, don’t start hating your bike during the first few months itself.
  6. Service your bike regularly as long as the free services are available (atleast). The first three services are very important to derive the best performance from her.
  7. Do not overload your bike. Remember, this has got nothing to do with the pillion rider.
  8. Do not allow multiple people to use your bike. Difference in handling can lead to heavy differences and fluctuations in performance. Use it single-handedly.
  9. Kick start your bike everyday in the morning. Apart from protecting your bike from the regular problem of cold starting, this action would also enable your bike to have a long life of the electric starter.
  10. Lastly, if you are a first-time rider, ride safely with confidence taking all precautions.

Regards,
M.Naren.
Author – BikeAdvice.in

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Rohit May 9, 2011 at 11:38 am

useful data……

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Anand Srivastava May 9, 2011 at 12:57 pm

Apart from point no.1, I think there is nothing new. I keep asking the same question & you keep deleting my comments. Where are the bike reviews?

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Sommerreifen May 9, 2011 at 1:04 pm

These are wonderful tips. The bike I bought 2 years back gives only less mileage from the beginning. Now I can understand after reading your blog post, the reason behind my bike that always gives poor mileage. I used to ride fast and gave much strain to the engine, resulted in poor mileage as you have discussed. Anyway I’m happy that I will use these tips when I will buy a new one. Thanks for sharing!

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Sachin May 9, 2011 at 1:58 pm

@naren,what about bikes not having RPM meter like most 100cc?how do they keep RPM under chek during running in?

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Akhil K May 9, 2011 at 1:58 pm

Comeon….it may be possible to run the bike in low speeds for upto 2000kms….but to do that for 10000 kms….its simply impossible….i mean if someone has a R15 will he be riding in the low speeds for 10000 kms…it will drive him mad?? After all we are adrenaline pumping humans…
Apart from that i agree with every thing else…
A good post indeed…

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Suraz May 13, 2011 at 9:40 am

Hi,
Can anyone tell me what should be a maximum speed for a new Yamaha R15. Mine has run for 250 Km and i am driving it at a maximum of 55 km/h. Is that good or should i lower it down ? Help me !!!!

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Ramiz September 25, 2011 at 2:33 am

He Akhil,
Its a nice post..
I have the R15, and i really didnt kept patience for 2 days also.
I was on the 110km/h after 2 days…
No one can keep patience upto 10000km.
Its too much :-)

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Pritam Dhamde May 9, 2011 at 3:33 pm

Fantastic tips for new buyer.
Good work naren.
Would like to hear few normal maintence of a bike.what to do n what not to do.to get best frm our bike,everytime we start a new day.
Hoping for future good reviews frm bikeadvice.

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Juris May 9, 2011 at 5:29 pm

First tip is to use your head and wear a decent helmet.

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0ldmonk May 9, 2011 at 5:37 pm

Ah. Perfect timing…! Getting my avenger this weekend… :) Thnx Naren.

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pradeep navlani May 9, 2011 at 5:41 pm

Thank U sir. Good advice for new vehical user.

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Lumen Shawn Lobo May 9, 2011 at 7:01 pm

Good one mate. Utmost precaution while riding a new bike is very important. I never revved my CBF above 5k rpm untill i fiished three services. Thanks to my precaution, now the bike has negligible vibration which most of the bikers brag about CBF. I also get a very healthy average ranging from 55kmpl to 70kmpl. Patience does pays my dear biker friends.

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sai.krish13 May 9, 2011 at 7:14 pm

is p135 is a good bike to own…….
i hear dual talk on it…
plz reply

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Pritam Ghosh May 9, 2011 at 7:42 pm

Excellent..i just bought a new bike.

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payhsak raksahb May 9, 2011 at 8:19 pm

I’ll be owning an blazing Red R15 in a few days. Will keep these in mind. Thanks bud

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Manish Singh @ TechRecall.com May 10, 2011 at 12:23 am

Well some points do not apply for R15 Owners…We can throttle as much we can as the bike is rev happy machine…For other bikes yes. Dont rev much unnecessarily

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Ramiz September 25, 2011 at 2:27 am

Hi Mainish,

You are the who have written the review of the R15..?

I own R15 after reading your review.

really..? it dosent matter to the R15…

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vivek May 10, 2011 at 1:02 pm

it s really awesome…… i want details about bike selection……

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fas May 10, 2011 at 4:45 pm

Excellent tips there. Although there are theories which are quite opposite, this one is a sure shot reliable one to break in.

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Moni May 10, 2011 at 11:49 pm

Hi Naren,
Thank you for the useful info. Also, i heard that during morning starts, keeping engine in idle mode for a min to 2 mins on daily basis increases engine life by 100%. Is that true?

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bharath May 12, 2011 at 8:42 pm

i do that too.. but my friend recently told me to do it for atleast 10-15 mins everyday to gain benefit.. someone pls help me out here..

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dr kausik basu May 11, 2011 at 8:48 am

Dear Naren’
Great write up!
But how do u define ‘long distance for a 110cc bike?
Pl.reply soon.
My TWISTER was ONCE(ONLY)driven at 100kmph for 2km.
Do i need to worry too much about that?
Also i have heard that one needs to constantly drive at varying RPMs on a new bike.
Is that true?
If yes how to actually go about it?
Pl.reply soon.
Regards,
Dr.Basu

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bharath May 12, 2011 at 8:50 pm

yes u shudnt continuously keep the throttle at one position for too long.. dnt twist it too hard either.. only little variation.. and u shud shift the gears early.. bt go thru the manual once and follow the instructions..

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gopi May 13, 2011 at 9:44 am

deepak u r awesom tanx fr ur impt tips i wil folow tis aftr buyin a new bike ..

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Sujit Thonse May 13, 2011 at 9:02 pm

its absolutely true …..have some precaution in the beginning and u’ll get long term benefits .
…believe me….I do get 70+ mileage in my Honda shine(125cc)…
..but i also agree that its boring to ride at low speed ..

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s.v.madhu kumar July 2, 2011 at 3:35 pm

iam using karizma ZMR,as it has no kick start,and i bought today only so ple suggest how many km i can travel initially is it ok to 100km distence(to and fro 200)?send me reply.

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revamp September 17, 2011 at 10:19 am

nice tips. i had knew few but others are very informative, i will surely suggest anyone i know to read this when they are buyin a new bike

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SUNIL THAKUR November 6, 2011 at 12:28 pm

nice tips sir……………………

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vh ashwath January 12, 2012 at 8:14 pm

hey. i own an r15 v2…but it says in the manual tht u can trottle it up after crossing 1k km..which one is true???

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Raja Ganesh September 6, 2012 at 4:59 pm

That was indeed a good advice for driving new bike.

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Aditya Ranjan April 4, 2013 at 5:31 pm

Hi Narem,

Please let me know is 50kmph a decent speed to ride durng the first 3 services???

regards,
Aditya

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