How I maintain my Royal Enfield to get Great Performance & Mileage.
I've seen people making numerous visits to mechanics to make some settings in hope of getting better mileage and after that, they start riding their bikes like characters in the movie Dhoom making crazy drifts, turns, jumping signals, making races with other riders and then expect their bike to give them the world's best mileage and performance.
If you really want your bike to give you it's best riding experience then you must take into consideration how you ride your motorcycle. Your driving style will greatly influence the fact about how much good experience and mileage you'll get.
The main three components of your bike which you should take into consideration while riding are - Clutch, Gear, and Acceleration. If you use these components properly, you'll see a great mileage improvement in your machine.
Always make sure that your motorcycle's clutch is properly tightened as much as required because if it is loose then it becomes difficult to change the gears thereby putting the engine under pressure, which as a result has a bad impact on your bike's performance.
Never use a smaller gear at a higher speed, as obvious this will put stress on the engine and you will experience bad performance. Therefore, always apply the correct gear according to the speed. Shifting up the correct gear at the right time and speed increases your bike performance and mileage.
Always ride in a sober manner. People often change their character as soon as they sit on a bike and then start riding as if they want to be the only person to reach their destination as fast as possible. The more acceleration you give the more fuel will be used by the engine and as obvious you won't get the mileage which you may be expecting.
Keep your bike RPM to a minimum (I personally ride between 60-70km/hr) and avoid giving unnecessary race.
Remember, the quality driving experience of any motorcycle and its engine also depends on timely and quality service and the operational materials used in it, for e.g., engine oil, filters, and even the accessories. So, also take note of below-
Keeping proper air pressure will greatly affect your bike's performance and can give an improved mileage of about 10-15%.
If it so happens that your bike chain has become loose then your bike may start giving you a little less mileage. It happens because due to this loosening the power of your bike's engine does not reach the tires properly which results in a little bad mileage. So always make sure that your bike's chain is tightened as required.
The air that goes to the engine passes through the air filter and if this becomes dirty your engine will accordingly face difficulty in getting enough required air to work properly and this does not let your bike give you the required riding results. So always make sure that you clean your air filter from time to time.
Over a period of time, the spark plug of the bike becomes dirty due to which your bike starts to give smoke. This has a bad impact on mileage. You can avoid this by keeping your spark plugs clean from time to time.
Always fill the petrol from reliable petrol pumps ( I know it sounds like a funny statement - I mean really - Reliable Petrol Pumps?) but then again it is also a fact that not all petrol pumps are same and some maybe (I hope so) are better than the others. If the engine consumes inferior petrol it will result in reduced mileage, let alone the bad effect it will have on the engine itself.
When Red Light
If you make a good habit of turning off your bike's ignition when you are at a red light which is of a longer duration, you'll eventually notice that you'll save a little extra fuel and eventually a less often visit to a petrol pump. Not to mention, the life of your bike also increases.
No Loud Breaks
If you are one of those who ride fast and then at a red signal apply sudden loud brakes just near the red light then maybe you should stop doing this.
Applying a sudden loud break put pressure on the engine and increases the consumption of fuel. Instead, apply short multiple breaks for few times in order to reduce the speed and to gradually stop the bike before hand.
Also, when the signal becomes green then do not pull the acceleration to the maximum at once in trying to overtake other riders, instead proceed by driving the bike at the correct speed in accordance with the traffic.
The above tips is as per my experience and I am very much confident that if you abide by these then not only will you get an improved mileage but also a fantastic riding experience.