Planning your fuel stops for long distance rides


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You are counting your days for the weekend to come. You can’t wait to hop on your bike and take it for a long, enjoyable ride. However, if you don’t plan your fuel stops properly, you are going to get into trouble. It’s absolutely necessary to plan your fuel stops prior to setting out on that long ride. Planning your fuel stops is an important but relatively easy task. Here are some useful tips for you to follow on your next motorcycle ride.

Calculate Range

First, calculate the bike’s range. Range can be calculated by multiplying the bike’s fuel tank capacity by its fuel economy (Mileage). Make sure you use your lowest mileage value while calculating the range. Do not use the manufacturer’s claimed value. Example: the lowest mileage your bike delivers is 35kmpl, and you have a 15ltr fuel tank, your minimum range on a full tank would be 525kms. Knowing the range is crucial to plan your fuel stops. Now, completely fill your fuel tank.

Check route map

Download Google maps for your phone. It’s always safe to carry your phone with you during rides as you can always refer to your route map if lost. Select your start point and end location on the map and ask for route options. Now, you can search for fuel stops on the route either by zooming in or by manual searching. Now, make not of fuel stops that fall within 60% of your range.

Make sure the petrol stations are operational

Make sure you write the numbers of the petrol stations in case you are unable to find the exact location of the filling station. Call the chosen stations in advance to make sure they are operational. Also, during your ride, make sure the first petrol station how far the next station actually is. This will keep you verify your data and also to make adjustments if required.

Read online travelogues and blog posts

Scout online forums and travelogues and get in touch with people who might have done the same trip, along the route. They can give you valuable information, such as exact location of fuel stations, fuel quality, etc.