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EzySt fuel app offers riders discounts

A new free app called EzySt not only shows you where the cheapest fuel is near you, but also offers special discounts and can find the cheapest fuel on your planned ride route.

Unlike existing fuel price apps and schemes, it is not based on crowd-sourced information, but real-time data from local fuel retailers and Government reporting schemes.

The app is free and will work to show you cheap fuel near you and on your planned ride if you load your route into the map.

EzySt has completed a successful trial in Western Australia and is now available in Queensland and NSW with other states and territories to follow.

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To access special fuel and other servo deals, you have to sign up.

However, if you value your privacy, you can still use all the other attributes of the app without signing up, such as route selection and choosing your preferred fuel type by RON value.

I entered my email details several days ago and have yet to receive any discount deals.

If you do get a deal, you don’t have to take it straight away, but can save it.

You can also sign out at any time and choose to have the app only work when being used or working in the background all the time, but that will reduce your phone’s battery.

Many riders don’t care about the price of fuel, only the quality for their pride and joy.EzySt fuel saver app

Savings

However, if you are interested in exploiting the fuel economy benefits of a motorcycle, this app could save you precious dollars.

EzySt app has been several years in the making and is the brainchild of Sydney-based company The Pricing Project who developed other fuel industry software such as PriceScape and PriceSync.

It is led by former Caltex executives Mick Jarvie and Ben Everitt, and technologist Damian Funnell.

However, it is not limited to Caltex.

Participating retailers include the EG Group (Caltex / Woolworths), independents Puma Energy, Pacific Petroleum, New Sunrise, and several dealers operating under nationally recognised brands.

EzySt is now available through the App Store and Google Play, and can be followed on Facebook at @EzySt.

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Click here if you would like to make more savings by increasing your bike’s fuel economy.

Be aware that using a higher RON value than the manufacturer’s recommendation may not have any fuel-saving benefits.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

How to squeeze out more fuel economy

Most motorcyclists are not too concerned about fuel economy, but there may be times when you need to ride more economically just to make it to the next service station.

A few years ago, we miscalculated fuel economy on a Harley-Davidson ride to the Iron Run rally in Queenstown, New Zealand.

The low-fuel lights flashed on the bike Heavy Duty editor Neale Brumby was riding as well as mine while we were in the remote forest section on the west coast of the South Island.

We had no idea how far it was to the next service station, so we went into fuel conservation mode.

It was actually fun, if dangerous, as we switched off the bikes for downhill runs, kept corner speeds high and took turns at closely draughting each other.

In fact, we strongly advise you to never switch off your engine while moving!

Some bikes have servo-assisted brakes that require power to operate. It could also cause a rear-wheel lock-up when you switch back on and re-engage the drive.

You will also lose the use of crucial safety features such as brake lights and indicators.

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There are much safer ways of conserving fuel if you are ever in the same situation, something more likely in remote areas of Australia’s outback.

Momentum and aerodynamics are the most effective ways of reducing fuel consumption.

Acceleration chews fuel, so you need to keep the momentum going and avoid heavy braking.

That means smooth and light acceleration before you reach the bottom of a hill so that you don’t loose too much speed and need to accelerate hard to get up the next hill.

Keep that momentum going and your speed fairly stable.

Aero hurdle

One of the biggest hurdles to motorcycle fuel economy is the aerodynamics of the machine and rider.

Even aero-dynamically designed motorcycles like the Suzuki Hayabusa are not very aerodynamic when a rider sits on them.

So it is important that the rider crouches down over the tank to decrease their wind resistance.

Check the official fuel economy figures for your motorcycle. Some companies actually list them for various speeds. That’s because they can vary substantially with speed.

Most motorcycles will have optimum fuel consumption figures around 80km/h, thanks to the aerodynamics of a motorcycle, so stay around that speed.

Otherwise, if you are riding in remote areas of Australia, it is a good idea to carry a 5-litre jerry can of fuel.

Even if you know there is a service station 300km down the road, it may not be open, it may be out of fuel, or, as I once found, the electricity is out and they can’t pump the fuel!

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com