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Ways to Reduce the Emission from your Existing Motorbike

Hello, riders! I am sure you all know about the implementation of BS6 emission in all the upcoming motorbikes from 1st April 2020 in India. India will jump from BS4 to BS6 directly to compete for the international standard.

So, did you all go through our last article on the new guidelines on BS6 emissions? Well, if not, then you must head back to the previous article right away.

For the rest of you, here is our follow up article on how you can keep the emissions from your existing two-wheeler in check.

The behavior of a rider: A motorbike uses more than 50 percent of its fuel due to repeated braking and acceleration at an average speed of 45 km/h. Thus, the rider should try to change the gear before reaching 2500 rpm while accelerating.

The condition of the motorcycle also gets worse due to the excess use of tires. The life of the brake pads also reduces if you do not change them on time.

On the whole, it is better to avoid over-loading on your motorcycle as it increases drag, thus reducing the bike’s aerodynamics, raising the consumption of fuel.

Maintaining your bike:  If you regularly service your motorbike, you can save up to 10 percent of petrol. Regular maintenance of your motorcycle increases not only its performance but also its fuel efficiency. This way, you can also ensure that there no fuel leakage from your vehicle and keep track of the quantity of petrol used.

Tires: Tires are one of the essential elements of your two-wheeler.  If the tires are under-inflated, it can significantly affect the performance of your vehicle. Besides, the under-inflated motorbike tires by 25 percent can increase petrol consumption by 5 percent, hence, reducing their life by 25 percent.

So, check your motorbike tires, particularly if you are going on a long-distance trip. The rider’s manual suggests the recommended pressure a tire should have. During cold weather, accurate pressure for tires is crucial as it affects stability and handling adversely.

Weight: The extra pressure on your motorbike will raise the amount of petrol used while riding. Also, if the vehicle has less weight, it is easier for the rider to handle it. The braking system and other body parts will also remain in good condition for longer.

Fuel: It is not advisable to keep your bike running while stationary. So, turn off your motorbike engine when not in use or during traffic signals. Your two-wheeler will only release harmful gases wasting fuel for nothing.

If a rider rides the vehicle at the legal speed limit, it not only increases the safety of the rider but also decreases CO2 emission and fuel consumption at the same point.

Cleaning Spark Plug: The spark plug and the ignition system plays a vital role in lowering emission from your old vehicle. Bad spark plugs that are fouled, damaged, or too cold can increase harmful gas emissions. So, buy the right plug and gap it correctly in your vehicle.

Pic courtesy: https://www.bikewale.com/bike-care/how-to-clean-or-replace-a-spark-plug-31428.html

Cleaning your bike’s carburetor: A carburetor is a vital part of the engine widely used by the motorbike. When you use a two-wheeler regularly, over the years, carburetors, and choke valves become clogged with dirt; thus, affecting the performance of the bike. Therefore, clean the carburetor at regular intervals to maintain engine health and reduce emissions.

Pic courtesy: https://www.instructables.com/id/Cleaning-a-Carburetor-in-8-Easy-Steps/

PUC Certificate: Lastly, as per the guidelines of the Supreme Court, every two-wheeler running on Indian roads must have a valid PUC certificate. PUC is a legal document that says a two-wheeler has undergone an emission test.

It is mandatory to carry your PUC certificate while riding on the road. There is an Rs.1000 fine for the first offense and an Rs.2000 fine for subsequent offenses.

So, guys, these were a few ways if added to your daily life as a rider can help reduce emission, your costs on petrol and motorbike maintenance. Additionally, these tips will also help you make our climate pollution-free and greener.

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