We recently had an article on the latest Bajaj Pulsar 135cc that discussed the main specifications of the bike and the review of the initial test ride that we had. Sriraj had that test drive (alone) and got a mileage of 61kmpl. However, lot of people have been complaining about the less mileage that they’ve been getting from their Pulsar 135cc and this article aims at demystifying some myths that revolve around the Mileage thing.
How do you test Mileage?
Lot of users actually don’t test it the right way. Testing Mileage with the help of reserve fuel indicator is NOT the way to go about. Go here to learn the way to test the Mileage precisely for any vehicle. It’s just about completely filling the tank; take it for some ride and then again filling the tank completely.
When should you test the Mileage?
This is another tricky bit in the Mileage saga. You bring a brand new bike or car, take it for a ride and say ‘Hey my mileage is far less than what you said, what’s wrong?’. It doesn’t work that way. The vehicle has to get used to the road conditions from being in the factory conditions for so long. And that initial period when you use your vehicle is so very important. It’s just like treating a baby. If you take it for a racing drive as soon as you buy it, it will behave like a racing bike for the rest of its life and if you treat it like a family car/bike driving with in limits, it will be so till the end.
For bikes, this period is applicable for at least first 800kms of driving. Also, it is always wise to even start thinking about the Mileage only after the first service.
Driving Speed and Mileage
They are clearly inversely proportional. More speed you go, the less mileage you get. If you get a chance, try riding a TVS Flame SR 125 that has a digital meter that dynamically indicates the estimated mileage in correlation with your speed. Once you get an idea of the relation, you’ll no longer go above 60-65kmph, if Mileage is really a concern.
Another factor that plays a role in determining the Mileage is the number of people on the bike (and that only means, more weight = less mileage). All the Mileage figures indicated by the Companies are done using a single person and if you constantly drive with a pillion rider, your Mileage will obviously be less.
A Bonus tip to improve your Mileage is use the clutch effectively (as fewer times as possible) and raise/lower the speed smoothly.