E15 – A Bumpy Ride for Motorcyclists

Source: #ReapealtheRFS – http://bit.ly/1bWk7De

“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

“When you have a type of fuel that, if inadvertently used,
has the potential to damage engines and fuel systems
and void a manufacturer’s new-vehicle warranty, you
really should move with caution when it comes to putting
that fuel in the marketplace. Issuing rules that allow the
sale of E15 at gas stations without adequate testing to
be sure it’s safe in motorcycles and ATVs, not to mention
engines in boats and power equipment, just isn’t wise.”
– AMA Board Chairman Maggie McNally

100 percent of the 22 million motorcycles and all-terrain
vehicles on the road and trail in the U.S. today are not
designed to run ethanol blends higher than 10 percent,
and many older machines favored by vintage enthusiasts
have problems with any ethanol in the fuel. And yet the
opportunity to misfuel and damage an engine with higher
ethanol blends such as E15 is very real. It is time to set
the record straight.

The bottom line for the AMA is this: Motorcyclists simply
want safe fuels available at all fuel retailers and measures
employed by retailers to ensure they cannot inadvertently
put unsafe fuels in their tanks. – AMA

“It really doesn’t do much good to have laws and rules
telling refiners to create volumes of ethanol-gasoline
blends that consumers won’t buy.” – Wayne Allard, AMA
vice president for government relations