Fuel Economy – Injection fueled engines

November 19, 2008

This is a collection of tips to drive further on the same amount of fuel. And it’s my article 🙂

The most important fuel economy tip that can be given is getting yourself a bicycle. On the other hand, you may not be fit for it and the distance that needs to be covered might be greater than 10km. Also, on a regular motorbike, you may not be too concerned about it, but BMWs are made for touring, not for doing stunts and making times. And if you’re in the middle of Africa, not knowing when the next gas opportunity may arise, you have to get into economy mode. This even applies to cages. 🙂

It is important to find a confortable speed that gives you the best fuel economy. For a car, that usually is between 80 and 100km/h. From what I’ve seen, a bike’s economy speed is closer to 80km/h than 100km/h, probably because of it’s poorer aerodynamics. So these are the tips:

– slow accelerations, quick changes of gears

– not very high revs

– coast in the highest gear, the bike will have 0.0% fuel consumption, unless you’re lower than 1500 rpm

– use engine braking as much as possible

– careful at useless consumers: heated grips or saddle on the summer, aux lights when not needed, GPS on a known road

– inflate the tires at their maximum pressure on road

– get rid of the useless items that you’re carrying (like, I don’t know… an annoying pillion? :D)

– loose some weight

– reduce the windshield height

– lower yourself on top of the fuel tank

Just try not to run your engine without any gas as it might damage the injectors. And for 1100 and 1150GS you’ve got another 3 liters in the tank if you’ve been running on a flat straight. Keep the bike on the right side (brake pedal) so that the remaining fuel in the left lobe passes to the fuel pump.

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So hello BWM riders

November 14, 2008

What’s this about, huh? A BMW tips and tricks blog? I thought those Bavarian masterpieces never break down.

Well, not quite so. Bikes always break down. Whether they are European, Japanese, American or Chinese. And most of the time this happens in the rain, at night and too far away to push it home. If you’re a mechanic, you know how to fix it blindfolded. But not if you’re average Joe who likes riding he’s bike in the mountains and other than changing the oil, you have never done anything more. This is for you, average Joe.

I’ve started this blog because my ’97 R11GS broke down in the rain. In the pouring rain, actually. For the past 3 weeks I’ve searched “hi&lo” for the solution to my problem. But… I’ve searched. A lot. Information is quite scattered across the internet. I want this blog to be some kind of agregator for information. It will be done by me searching the net for resources and posting a teaser and a link. You can also tip me over for new information or create your own articles. But, in the end, hopefully, you will be able to acces the blog, type in your motorcycle and get full information on your problem. Does it start badly when cold? You can find it here. Did it stopped in the middle of the road? Get a net connection and this blog will direct you to someone who had your problem before. You don’t know how to unscrew that bloody starter? Well, neither do I, but some wrencher got it right once and post it on the net.

So get out and ride the hell out of your teutonic bike. Make your miles. See the world. Explore. Taste. Get mad. Be friendly. Love. Give the ADV salute. Just don’t sit in your car at stop lights devouring some hamburger only because you can’t find your solution. I’ve been there. To hell and back.

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Just remember. I’m no mechanic, I have no background in web developping and English is not my native language 🙂

PS: This is NOT a commercial web page. It’s hosted for free and it will remain that way. I’m doing this in my spare time only because I want to. Feel free to share the tips you have at lucian[dot]cretu[at]prosport[dot]ro.