How to save fuel? By following the very simple and basic pointers which we have listed in this story. This is obviously apart from buying a fuel efficient motorcycle!

There are two things that are increasing in India – our bike buying options (including those fuel guzzling super sexy ones) along with petrol prices! Unfortunately, most of the times our mind rules over our heart and we buy an economical motorcycle over the slightly bigger capacity one – which we always wanted.

Irrespective of whatever you ride, there are a few ways in which you can save fuel (and your petrol expenses). Let us discuss them quickly, one by one!

How to Save Fuel – Quick Pointers

Check out the torque of a vehicle – it would be denoted as torque @ certain rpm for example 30 Nm at 6000 rpm. Torque denotes the pulling force that the vehicle can offer at that particular engine speed. Every engine has certain rpm range where it can offer maximum torque. Try to keep your rpm levels below that range (not too low though) so that you don’t burn a lot of fuel.

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Clutch riding / half clutch tends to wear out the clutch quickly. This considerably reduces the power transmitted from the engine. Some adjust the play to half clutch owing to the reason that it is easier to ride in slow moving traffic, but they do not realize that they are doing it at the cost of frequent fuel refills and clutch replacement.

Selection of appropriate gear is mandatory. Under-gearing / over-gearing are not good friends for fuel economy. Riding in higher gears at very low speeds (by clutch partially engaged) and lower gears at high speeds tends to draw more fuel. So change gears appropriately.

Starting earlier to work/college will also help saving fuel indirectly. As the peak hour approaches, traffic density increases and it demands frequent stops and crawling speed. So why waste your precious time and fuel?

Always ensure that your vehicle’s transmission is sufficiently lubricated. This is because if there is more friction between the parts the engine will draw more fuel to compensate your speed demand. Also friction is not healthy to the parts.

The engine can not only be used for moving the vehicle but also to slow it down. This is called engine braking. When the throttle is released only idling amount of fuel will be supplied to engine and the power will be transmitted from wheels to the engine. Thus the vehicle slows down due to the resistance offered by the engine. There are some places to use this phenomenon like when you are about to stop for an obstacle which is say some 10-50 meters (Note: this range depends on your speed) ahead of you just release the throttle rather than breaking hard near it and let the ‘engine braking’ work its magic (can also be employed in slow moving traffic). You can also down shift if you need to. This thereby reduces unwanted fuel consumption and also saves brakes from wearing out.

Make sure that your vehicle’s idling speed is set as per the manufacturer’s specification. If set higher it takes excess fuel during idling and if set lower, engine tends to stall frequently which will need frequent restarts of the vehicle = higher fuel consumption.

At times when you have to wait in a traffic signal for more than 30 secs switch OFF your engine. Many 2-wheelers are now equipped with start-stop technology. Use it, it saves fuel.

Maintain a log book about your fuel refills, type of journey, distance covered per journey (even if it is very short), fuel consumption per liter to know about your riding performance. You can also do this on certain apps now. This will help you analyse your riding patterns.

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Let me hope that these pointers will help you save at least a rupee per day. Extrapolate it to the potential magnitude and you are indirectly helping reduce pollution for everyone, as well!

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-Shivaram Sundar

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45 COMMENTS

    • Tyres full of air is not advisable as it can lead to loss of grip/stability and the tube will be more prone to a puncture. It is always good to have tyre pressure as specified by the manufacturer.

  1. What I’ve practiced, In dense Pune traffic I can reach home with help of engine breaking only. Yes but people do not have that much of Planing.

  2. Fuel prices increased to 73.00*- as of November 4.11
    Very soon a 1 liter will be 100*-
    This kind of tips are useful at this and coming times.

  3. Thanks Deepak,
    It was informative and your suggestion works. I in practice do some of the things already but wasn’t sure if I am doing right. Now I am confident about it.
    One thing I wanted to ask is Idling Speed. Is it the actual speed of engine while we start it?

    Thanks
    vikash

  4. Thanks D.Raj, your tips were pretty valuable. I do take care of the things you have mentioned, but never tried to keep a log book to back check the fuel efficiency. Im gona buy1 to that effect. Thanks again and do keep sending such valuable notes. Ba bye and a very happy new year…all the best. roy varjkey.

  5. Yes, i Agreed to all point Thanks A lot Bike Advice.. I would like to say my 220 F giving 45+ average due to oil cooled Engine Its awesome technology.

  6. Really Nice work Mr. Shivaram . Thanks for sharing with us. I would like to add one more point that is, Always maintain correct recommended Tyre presure for your Bike. It is always better to avoid hard accelaration.

    Gud one !! Keep it up !!

  7. Hi Deepak,
    This is very useful and informative. Thanks for making awareness about the fuel efficiency since
    nowadays every now and then we are facing the fuel price hike. Keep up the good work and
    educating the society. Hats off to you!!!
    Thanks,
    Kannan

  8. Thanks Deepak to provide very useful tips to save fuel as well as reduce the maintenance bill of the bikers. Hope all the bikers change their driving habits accordingly.

  9. A good article and its nicely times also as the fuel prices are piercing the heart and pocket both. I loved the article. I own a bajaj discover 125 and its odometer is now reading 58000 plus KMS; is giving me an average of 55-60kms/lit. My only point is that understand your vehicle and love it and rest will follow on its own!!!

  10. yes ,i am eye to eye with your all points especially the last point to maintain a log book of all journey…….sunil thakur amb himachal pradesh

  11. thnx a lot for this valuable suggestion mr. deepak raj. its very effective. i will try maintain these tips. looking forward for more such articles.

  12. what kind of measures have to be taken to have long life for shock obsorbers for pulsar 150cc.also get me some information on shock absorbers and its maintenance…………thnk u ! !

  13. Really helpfull tips……. To -shivaram “u may include about checking wheels air pressure tooooooo”…….. All know…..But…………… :- -)

  14. Nice article there Shivaram sir.
    My SZ gives peak torque at 4500rpm, and to get better FE I keep the revs between 3500-3800, i.e.44-48kmph on speedo. Is it too low in your opinion?

  15. Hi,
    For Honda Dazzler the peak torque RPM is mentioned as 6500.
    So as per you , should the ideal RPM range(considering economy mode) would be around 6000 RPM. Is that number not too HIGH ???

  16. it was a nice article. i really loved it. but i want you to make a correction in the log book point that is “fuel consumption per km” and it s not per liter

  17. hi,
    Recently..I got R15..
    I really don’t know how to calculate mileage of this bike as it has digital display and no reserve tap…
    any suggestions?

  18. Hi Deepak,

    Nice and useful points you had mentioned.

    All most all points i am applying on my sweet heart SUZUKI GS150R.

    My RPM always between 2~4.
    and my speed will be <50
    Engine braking.

    But i am little bit less punctual in time management. 🙁
    But now i am trying to overcome this problem. 😉

    Once again thanks for helpful article.

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