Time is money. And if you are not from an alien planet some light years ago from earth, you must be aware that the automobile industry is on the down low, as compared to the past. Here in India, everyday folks are trying hard to stretch their hard-earned rupee to the fullest with their ‘best in the world’ saving techniques. And it is where the prospects of motorcycles come too. For those who are considering the present times an unfriendly period for buying a new set of wheels, here are some simple methods. Apart from the application of regular maintenance schedules and technical upgrades, which if they apply to their driving style will not only prolong the lives of their motorcycles’ engines, but also save a whole lot of money to spend on other festive discounts.
There is a lot of difference between the engine oils of a 100cc commuter used for daily village commutes and a 1000cc track-based superbike used for setting triple digits records at racing circuits. And this difference becomes even broader when the temperature conditions vary drastically from the snow-capped mountains of Himalayas to the sand bathed deserts of the Thar. For such extreme variations in performance and temperature characteristics, the engine oils are differentiated for different purposes. The Society of Automobile Engineers have done a commendable job in distinguishing engine lubricants for motorcycles by establishing a numerical code system for the engine oils on the basis of the characteristics of viscosity. The viscosity indices of engine oils can be as low as 0 and as high as 60, ranging from 0, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 40, 50 or 60. The initial numbers of 0, 5, 10, 15 and 25 are given the suffix of ‘W’, which stands for winter. This means that the oils with such viscosity are best suitable for extreme cold conditions. On the other hand, the rest of the indices are given for engine oils used for warm conditions. Only the grade number 20 is used for both cold as well as warm conditions. All the viscometrics in relation to these grades are well defined in the document SAE J300.
We don’t like dirt, do we? When we observe it - some find it uneasy, some find it allergic, some find it disturbing and some find it irritating. And when it comes to motorcycles, sometimes the dirt can be even more inevitable. Especially, when, such barriers are related to the heart of your motorcycle, the engine. Think of it – on an open winding road, while you are happily riding, your motorcycle starts developing jerks, and when you start inspecting the real culprit, you find that there is some ‘kachra’ stuck somewhere on the base borderline of engine. This same ‘kachra’, in technical language, is termed as sludge. And when you take out your motorcycle for a bright ‘service day out’, you will find that when the lubricating oil is poured out of your motorcycle’s engine, this sludge also comes out together with the oil, and your instantaneous reaction is – eww! And you wonder, I poured in fresh lubricant oil some 7 months ago, then from where did this nuisance come from, right? The following phrases describe the whole storyline.
The engine lubricants do share their own set of characteristics. They come up with their individual properties, performance under varying conditions, change interval and many other factors, which keep it differentiated from the other. There are a number of various aspects which determine the overall performance of the engine dependent on the engine oil, which are as follows:-
1. WHY TO CHANGE THE ENGINE OIL – The engine oil, unlike the blood in our veins do require periodic replacements due to the fact that the engine oil tends to show deterioration in its properties after cyclic operations of components, which may lead to its poor performance. There are two reasons for which the engine oil needs to be replaced after a particular period of time. Firstly, the friction developed between two adjacent moving components of engine tend to break down the engine lubricant, as it bears that frictional resistance in the form of heat. Secondly, the engine oil gets contaminated due to the incoming of foreign dirt and dust particles, formation of minute metal chips due to frictional contact between two components and formation of acidic by-products during the combustion.
For all you automobile freaks or lovers, the 2014 Indian Auto Expo is almost on the edge to go ON. It will begin from 5th February and this time, its venue is the India Expo mart, situated in Greater Noida. It will be a magnificent show as there are a lot of ravishing machines to be exhibit by the giant two-wheeler manufacturers. All the current and upcoming line-up models will be sported by these companies.
India is rapidly and gradually advancing towards the faster and futuristic motorcycles as the new generation emphasizes their interest in powerful and attractive bikes rather than being most fuel efficient or low maintenance machines. Two-wheeler manufacturers from different parts of the world are planning to set their market in the country as well as our domestic manufacturers are also ready to compete with them. In near future, the streets will be filled with the appealing and aggressive machine like:
Biking is becoming very common in several areas around the world. The fame of bicycles is credited to the ever increasing cars that endlessly put a lot of stress on the transport network hence leading to irregular traffic growl ups. Bikes are also seen by many people as the best way forward to fighting the negative effects of pollution as well as another form of exercise. This has led to the bike along with the biker becoming very high-tech savvy to improve the biking experience. Below are the five best high-tech biking accessories: