A Bumpy Ride for Motorcyclists

The American Motorcyclist Association is well aware
of the dangers of fuels with higher ethanol blends, like
E15. Engine damage, engine failure and misfueling are
just a few of the consequences of the RFS ethanol
mandates.

“Thanks to the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency, there’s a new threat facing motorcyclists
nationwide, and possibly all Americans. The danger is
posed by a certain blend of motor vehicle fuel called
E15, which may damage the engines of motorcycles,
all-terrain vehicles, boats and powered equipment.”

—Wayne Allard, AMA vice president for government relations

“… E15 could lower fuel efficiency and possibly
cause premature engine failure for motorcycles and
ATVs.”

—AMA

“… the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s
decision to allow E15 into the marketplace would
impact every American who owns motorcycles and
ATVs, not to mention cars, lawnmowers, boats and
snowmobiles.”

—AMA

“… the U.S. Department of Agriculture was
subsidizing ethanol production from the start by
providing grants to purchase special ethanol blender
pumps. … Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack
announced in 2011 that the USDA intends to install
10,000 blender pumps by 2016. [Rural Energy for
America Program] REAP will be a key component to
achieve the secretary’s goal and, thus, help grow the
availability of E15 fuel. These special ethanol blender
pumps will further limit access to E10-or-less fuel in
rural areas. This will be a problem because rural areas
tend to have an older “legacy” vehicle fleet than other
parts of the country. Moreover, rural areas are the
most vulnerable places for motorcyclists and users
of small engine devices because options for regular
gasoline may be few or even non-existent. The REAP
will help one segment of the rural economy at the cost
of other segments. Ultimately, the higher costs will
have a negative impact on small rural economies.”

—AMA

“Automobile and motorcycle manufacturers must
certify that the on-highway vehicles they produce will
meet applicable U.S. EPA and National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration emissions, fuel economy and
safety requirements prior to selling the vehicles. The
fuel that the vehicles must use for this requirement is
called the “certification fuel.” Changing the certification
fuel to E15 or E30 is at odds with the 22 million
motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles currently in
use, not to mention the legacy fleet of cars, boats,
lawnmowers, generators and hundreds of millions
of small engines in commerce today. None of these
vehicles and engines is designed to operate on fuel
with more than 10 percent ethanol.”

—AMA