Here are some tips to realizing top fuel economy-
1. Get your scooter tuned up. A tune up ensures systems are in peak performing condition to assure the dividends of economy of operation, not to mention the longevity of working parts and the prevention of possible failures or break downs.
2. Ride at a steady pace and allow sufficient time for your trip so that excessive speed will not be necessary.
3. Do not make quick starts and stops, and avoid jerky riding.
4. Watch stop lights. Plan ahead and adjust speed
so that a stop for a red light will not be necessary.
Remember, the engine does considerable work
in overcoming inertia in starting and in building up
momentum, use this developed momentum to
drive your scooter, don't waste it with avoidable
5. Avoid long periods of engine idling-which is a
real gas consumer. An idling scooter returns
0 mpg! If stuck in traffic switch your scooter off,
the fuel needed to start it again is minimal.
6. Ensure the correct weight of engine and gear
box oil is being used. Heavier lubricants
materially increases engine friction.
7. Finally, make sure your tire pressures are
correct- Since Tom the author of this article is a
Vespa specialist, on Vespa, 26psi front and 32psi rear.
REMEMBER: Top fuel economy can only be obtained with proper riding technique; it is possibly the single greatest factor affecting maximum economy, and lifespan, of your Scooter.
By Tom Connolly
San Francisco Vespa Repair
Editors Note, Tom is always offering specials on Vespa Services. If you have a Vespa or Piaggio that needs service in San Francisco, Antonio Scoot recommends Vespistisf – Tom just worked on my girlfriend’s Piaggo Fly 150. Great work! Tom’s number is 415 203 4939.
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Tips to Improve Fuel Economy!
Riding a motor scooter means you're already doing the right thing to help minimize your fuel expenses. Scooter spec sheets claim fuel economy of 65 to 90 miles per gallon depending on the model of the scooter. These figures are usually estimates or recorded in "ideal" conditions: test track, no wind, no stops or starts, consistent speed and a light weight "piloti". Well, the Streets of San Francisco are nowhere near ideal. Frequent starting and stopping, prolonged idling periods and perhaps a tendency to demonstrate accelerating ability all combine to reduce operating economy, let's not forget the steep hills either!