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Weather Impacts on Motorcycle Fuel Economy

Saleh Md. Hassan
May 26, 2019

Motorcycle Fuel Economy is a major concern both for the motorcycle manufacturer and user. It’s an element that directly influences the buying decision. So, the manufacturers seriously concerned about the fuel economy issue. Whatsoever, the motorcycle engine, therefore, internal combustion engine the fuel economy figure effects upon different weather condition. Hence, that’s our today’s concern and here is Weather Impacts on Motorcycle Fuel Economy.

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Weather Impacts on Motorcycle Fuel Economy

Motorcycle manufacturers majorly concerned about the weather impacts on motorcycle fuel economy. Hence, they develop their engine design to cope with the different weather condition and provide the maximum possible fuel economy. But such kind of precision quite hard earned and costly that available on technically advanced engines.

Accordingly, in the commuter type of entry-level motorcycle engine, this precision is rare. On counter hi-tech engines quite smartly tackles this issue with hi-tech electronic enhancements. As the larger number of motorcycles are nearly commuter and mostly used, so here, we should be concerned about the weather impacts on motorcycle fuel economy. So, here we are entering into the brief.

Normal Sunny Weather Condition Ensures Optimum Fuel Economy

This is the most standard weather condition for ensuring optimum fuel economy in the motorcycle engines. In the sunny weather condition engine easily enters in standard operating temperature situation and combustion operates smoothly. Here air-fuel mixture done perfectly and ignites with maximum efficiency. In such situation humidity also neutralized, therefore, the engine can deliver maximum possible power and ensure fuel economy.

Rainy Day or High Humidity Weather Condition

In the rainy day usually, the air gets wet more than the summer or sunny days. The air gets thicker due to high humidity and that‘s not quite perfect for efficient combustion. Hence, in such weather condition, air-fuel mixture ratio fluctuates and motorcycle engine can’t burn the fuel precisely.

So, combustion hampers and the engine consume more fuel in the ratio of power delivery. Moreover, in some case, a volume of fuel mixture remains unburnt that counted as wastage. So, we can see on rainy days the motorcycle engine doesn’t deliver that much efficient power and fuel consumption increases.

Winter, Cold or Foggy Weather Condition

In the winter or in cold weather situation motorcycle engine takes much time to reach in standard operating temperature. Initially, the ignition hampered and takes time to reach in equivalent operating temperature.  Resulting, it burns more fuel than the standard temperature condition. So, every time when the user stops the motorcycle and ignites again the engine it consumes more fuel.

Moreover, in winter the air is cold and it hampers the combustion process every time comparing the standard weather condition. Furthermore, the foggy air contains more water mole that also hampers the combustion process. Resulting, the power delivery efficiency reduced and fuel consumption increases.

High Altitude, Low Air Pressure Condition

High altitude is a major concern that directly impacts on motorcycle fuel economy. In the elevated area like hills or mountains, the air gets thin and cold hence perfect air-fuel mixture hampered. Moreover, due to the low oxygen situation, the ignition hampered. In such a situation the engine struggles for air, therefore, oxygen and fuel remain unburnt. Thus, standard power delivery hampered and that directly impacts the fuel economy.

Impacts on Motorcycle Fuel Economy in Early Morning or Night Time

It may sound uneven but it’s true that in the early morning and in night time motorcycle fuel economy reduced. In the same situation the motorcycle engine power production also comparatively reduced. It’s due to cold weather and wet condition of the air. For that reason, when igniting in the early morning or in night time after a long idle it takes time to get the first start. Secondly, it takes much time to reach the performing level.

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So, readers, those are the common weather situation those impacts on motorcycle fuel economy. But in modern motorcycle, the hi-tech gadgets like Engine Control Unit (ECU), Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI) System, Oxygen Sensor (O2) smartly tackled and minimizes those issues. But obviously, those can’t be ignored completely.

Lastly, whatever the weather situation when a motorcycle is running for several kilometers the engine reaches in standard temperature situation. That time the engine consumes the lowest amount of fuel. Hence, in starting time it consumes the maximum amount of fuel and that reduces when reaching in standard operating temperatures. Further, the high-altitude situation is a different concern which always impacts the fuel economy and engine operation. That’s it.

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