Home / Top 10 / 10 Ways to Get Better Gas Mileage From Your Motorcycle
Get Better Mileage

10 Ways to Get Better Gas Mileage From Your Motorcycle

Get Better MileageYou’ve heard all of the doom and gloom on the news: gas prices soaring, dwindling supply of fossil fuels, double dip recession, we’re all feeling the pinch at the pump. Luckily for you, motorcycles can take you very far on very little gas, if you ride them the right way.

Here are 10 easy ways to cover the most distance for your dollar.

Gorilla on a scooter

1. Roll off the throttle sooner. If you’re looking ahead you won’t need to go from gas to brakes. Let it roll.

2. Avoid unnecessary shifts. If there’s a stop sign at the end of your street, you might want to rethink shifting up just to shift back down.

3. Be steady on the throttle. Try to stay smooth on the throttle. No rushing from gas to brakes and back.

4. Keep your tire pressure up. Follow the recommendations in your owners manual and your tire’s sidewalls and watch your miles per gallon rise.

5. Limit your “warm up” time. If your bike is fuel-injected, it’s probably ready to go before you are.

6. Lose the junk. Removing unnecessary baggage or items stored on your bike can reduce weight and may even improve aerodynamics.

7. Make sure your air filter is clean. If you don’t know what or where it is, it’s probably time to find out.

8. Perform other essential maintenance. Replace spark plugs, change oil and filter, and make sure you’re keeping up with your valve adjustments. Check your owners manual for your valve adjustment schedule.

9. Forget about monkeying around. You’ll get better mileage when you aren’t banging off of the rev limiter in every gear.

10. Get low. It will reduce aerodynamic drag, meaning your engine won’t have to work so hard.

Of course, there’s always the option of downgrading. My girlfriend’s Honda CBR-125R returned 95 to 100 MPG. My Harley-Davidson XL-883 got 27 to 44 MPG. Our 250cc motorcycles averaged 55-70 MPG and are a nice middleground. There’s always the option of a small to mid displacement scooter.

What’s your mileage like? Leave a comment!

About YouMotorcycle

YouMotorcycle is a lifestyle motorcycle blog to be appreciated by those who see motorcycling as a lifestyle and not simply a hobby, sport, or method of transportation. Most of the posts on the site are written by past and present motorcycle industry staff. We remain fiercely independent, innovative, and unconventional. Our goal is to encourage more people to enjoy the world's greatest outdoor sport by helping new riders get started and inspiring current riders to get out more. We motorcycle, do You?


  1. I ride a Yamaha MT-01, 1670cc Vtwin and I have kept track of my consumption for the two years I’ve owned it…15,000kms and I’ve averaged 5.8L/100kms. Not too bad.

    But it’s time for a change, so I think a DL1000 VStrom will be hading my way.


  2. 5.8L/100km = about 39.15 miles/gallon in the US for madjak30 About 40 mpg is what a big cruiser ought to get if ridden right and without engine modifications which slightly raise power and kill the mileage.

    The Harley Road Glide with a similar size engine is getting 42 to 43 mpg, probably because of the more aerodynamic fairing and this rider’s desire not to be a rocket.

What do you think?


Check Also

10 Tips on How to Sell a Motorcycle

10 Tips on How to Sell a Motorcycle

Motorcycles inspire feelings of nostalgia, sentimentality and freedom from the restrictions of a normal life. The decision to sell a motorcycle is a hard one, but sometimes it's necessary to take that next step. If you're going to part with your favorite machine, make sure you get a fair price for it. Here's how to sell a motorcycle for as much money as you can get for it.

10 Things the MSF Motorcycle Course Doesnt Teach You

10 Things The MSF Motorcycle Course Doesn’t Teach You

We've all taken our motorcycle rider training. A weekend spent riding, sunshine, the wind at your face, it's your first taste of the open road and life on two wheels. The motorcycle course (or motorcycle safety foundation course) takes you from a complete noobie to, for all intents and purposes, a "motorcyclist", over the span of one weekend. The only problem is that there's only so much you learning you can fit in one weekend.

Here are the Top 10 Things the MSF Course Doesn't Teach You.

How to Ride a Motorcycle in the Rain

How to Ride a Motorcycle in the Rain

Captain Crash has been been making videos to help motorcyclists improve their skills for over half a decade. He’s also written a couple books about it. Don’t let the name fool you, Crash is a great guy to learn from. His videos are informative, encouraging, and upbeat. In this video, the ...