I received an interesting
e-mail from a newsletter reader named Devaroux, all the way from
I am a motorcyclist and ride a thirsty bike. My Honda 900cc Fireblade is a very fast bike and she guzzles the gas quite a bit. I checked her specs out and I realized that I was getting much less miles to the tank than I should and realized that it was my riding style that was causing it and not the bike's engine capacity.
After reading a few of your newsletter emails I have dramatically changed my riding style and become a much smoother rider. Not only am I saving a lot of fuel but I am saving on my brakes and tires as well.
I have implemented the style, "drive/ride as if you don’t have any brakes", as you said in one of your newsletter emails, and I have saved greatly on my energy costs, plus it has greatly improved my handling and understanding of the bike as well.
I also noticed that the ex MotoGP word champion Valentino Rossi rides the same way as well by not blasting on the throttle and hammering the brakes but rather keeping the motorcycle and a constant speed (well a constant high speed for him), and his throttle and brake difference is much less compared to the other riders. With that he never had a tire wear, brake or fuel problem in any of his races.
What a deal saving energy saves money on brakes and tires too.
He is right that victory usually goes to the smoothest fast driver in all motor sports. I especially like his point about saving money on fuel, brakes and tires by smooth driving. To win, you need to finish the race. Your chances of finishing the race drop by “blasting on the throttle and hammering the brakes.”
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