Bob Karney is a Greensboro motorcycle accident lawyer and understands the importance of motorcycle safety. As the weather continues to get warmer, bikers will increase their riding and traveling more. Motorcycles tend to be more fuel efficient than cars, primarily because they are much smaller than even the smallest four-wheeled vehicles. An average motorcycle’s fuel efficiency is in the high 30s, generally between 35 and 40 mpg. Some, though, reach 60 mpg or higher!
Below are some useful tips for you to enjoy the open road without opening the wallet as often by learning how to increase your motorcycles fuel efficiency this summer.
Look Into Lighter Motorcycles
A few pounds can make a significant difference in a motorcycle’s fuel efficiency. Unlike cars and SUVs that weigh one to two tons, or more, most motorcycles only weigh a few hundred pounds. Just 50 lbs. is a significant percentage of a motorcycle’s weight. Selecting a lighter motorcycle, even if it is only slightly lighter, will positively affect fuel efficiency.
Motorcycle Gear and Aerodynamic Helmet
Many states that require helmets let motorcyclists wear helmets that do not have a full-face shield. Full-face helmets are not only safer, but they are also more aerodynamic than other helmets. Wearing a full-face helmet will slightly improve gas mileage, as will removing any bulky clothing that is not aerodynamic. Learn more about North Carolina’s state motorcycle laws by reading a previous blog.
Proper Motorcycle Tires
A motorcycle comes into contact with the road at two points, and these are the points of greatest friction. Reducing the width of your tires will reduce how much energy is lost to friction with the road. Installing tires that are too narrow can be unsafe, but extra wide tires increase fuel consumption. Look into your owner’s manual to find the narrowest tire size that is safe.
Avoid Revving the Engine
Revving your engine might sound cool, but it doesn’t get you anywhere. This is the biggest waste of fuel and there is no need to rev the engine. Try to avoid this action as it will help fuel efficiency.
Regardless of whether you are riding a motorcycle or driving a car, smooth acceleration and deceleration are key to achieving the highest fuel economy possible. When on city streets, you should avoid accelerating unnecessarily, when you will just have to break in a block or two for a red light. On highways, avoid tailgating. If there is space between you and the vehicle ahead of you, then there is time for you to adjust your speed smoothly. These tips will help you improve your motorcycle’s fuel economy. Perhaps the money you save by riding intelligently could go towards a motorcycle road trip through North Carolina.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle accident, contact Bob Karney. He has been representing injured bikers for more than 30 years.