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Motorcycle Gas Mileage: Going the Distance With Motorbikes

Updated on January 3, 2020
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I have done a lot of traveling by car and SUV driving 20,000+ miles a year. I have found many easy ways to save at the pump and add MPG.

Motorcycle Gas Mileage

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Make your motorcycle even more fuel efficient

Save even more money when riding your motorcycle with a few helpful tips. You can really add a lot of miles per gallon when you follow these few simple riding tips. These tips are simple to remember and can be placed into use immediately after reading this article.

“Ah the open rood.”

Riding down the highway with the wind blowing through your beard is a great sensation. "Broom, broom, broom”, the sound of a motorcycles engine sings to the motorcycle enthusiasts ears. There is nothing quite like riding your motorcycle down an open road on a perfect afternoon. But did you know that the motorcycle you’re riding is on the cutting edge of human motor technology? It’s true, these engines are not only very high powered but they are also extremely fuel-efficient. Today’s motorcycles can easily reach speeds of over 100 mph and can get 80 mpg. The Kawasaki Ninja 250R gets 77 mpg., and can reach a speed of 60 mph in under 4 seconds! Not that’s efficient and fast!

Harley Davidson Motorcycle
Harley Davidson Motorcycle | Source

Fuel Efficient Bad-Asses

How can you save the environment, help reduce the energy crisis, and keep more money in your pocket all while looking bad-ass? By purchasing a motorcycle! Motorcycle gas mileage ranks amongst the highest in comparison to cars and SUVs, even hybrid models. With mileage as high as 80 to 100 mpg, it's easy to see why some of the major countries in the world favor travel by motorcycle than a car. For example, mopeds and motorbikes are extremely popular in over-crowded countries such as Japan and China, where more people own two-wheeled vehicles than they do 4-wheeled vehicles (although most of them standard bicycles). In the US, Harleys burn up the road but won't burn up your wallet. Although mileage varies by engine CC, dry weight, and driving habits, you can expect as much as 50 MPG from these American icons.

Custom Painted Harley Davidson Motorcycle - Flame Job
Custom Painted Harley Davidson Motorcycle - Flame Job | Source

Squeezing Gas Mileage From Your Motorcycle

To get the most gas mileage from your motorbike, there are several important factors to keep in mind, all of which can save you money and keep you away from the pumps longer.

Keep a constant speed

Keeping a constant speed helps reduce the burning of gas. Every time you hit the throttle, more gas is burned to accelerate your motorcycle. Keeping a smooth and steady pace can increase mileage substantially!

Harley Davidson Motorcycle
Harley Davidson Motorcycle | Source

Don't make unnecessary trips

These may sound like common sense, but the best thing to do to save on mileage is not to drive at all. Combining trips and avoiding unnecessary trips will save you money! Plan ahead and try to make all stops in one trip rather than several trips.

Service your motorcycle regularly

Another common sense item that is often neglected by motorbike owners is regular service. When your motorcycle is in top-shape, the engine doesn't have to work as hard, requiring less fuel to be burned and resulting in substantial gas mileage savings.

Avoid excess idling

When in very slow-moving traffic-jams, switch your motorcycle engine off. Avoid low-grade gasoline (the cheap stuff). There IS a difference between the gasoline you put into your motorcycle. Low-quality fuel can lead to a gunky build-up in your motor, requiring your engine to work harder and resulting in a loss of mileage.

Check air pressure regularly

Low air pressure can reduce gas mileage by as much as 3%. Although that may not sound like much, if every driver on the road kept proper air pressure it would result in millions of gallons of gasoline saved each year! Besides, why throw away your money? A simple process of keeping air pressure even results in higher gas mileage and keeps your ride smooth.

BMW Motorcycle
BMW Motorcycle | Source

Avoid the road less traveled

Yes, part of the allure of motorcycles is the freedom to hit the open road and explore our great land, but if you're concerned about saving your gas mileage, it's best to opt for the highway. Smoother roads and constant rates of speed are the best way to reduce fuel consumption and keep your motorcycle gas mileage high.

Final Thoughts

By following a few common-sense tips, you'll be able to squeeze every last mile out of your motorcycle. Get the most out of your motorcycle while increasing your motorcycle gas mileage.

Can Am - Spyder
Can Am - Spyder | Source

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 Jason Nicolosi


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