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Is the EPA Trying to Poison Our Motorcycles? Hot

On October 13, the Environmental Protection Agency approved an increase in the ethanol portion of blended gasoline from 10 to 15 percent.  However, the use of the new E15 fuel is to be confined to model year 2007 and newer cars and light trucks.  The use is not approved for motorcycles at this time.  So the quick answer to the title of this piece is NO.  The problem is that once the high percentage blend is offered, there is a chance that it will make its way into your bike.

The American Motorcyclist Association has released the following statement:
"The AMA supports the use of cleaner-burning fuels, but we are concerned that gasoline containing more than 10 percent ethanol could result in premature engine damage or failure while a motorcycle is being ridden. We're also concerned about any degradation in performance, fuel economy and rideability that may result from the long-term use of blended fuels with greater than 10 percent ethanol."

The fact is, there are serious questions as to whether the new E15 fuel is safe for ANY conventional engine.  Bob Greco, who is a spokesman for the American Petroleum Institute, told The Wall Street Journal that by approving E15 without full testing, the EPA is putting "politics before science." He went on to say, "You're going to have fuels in the marketplace that could damage engines and void warranties.”

In the near future, motorcyclists will need to be even more vigilant in determining what fuel their bikes are burning.


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0 # DakotaEagle 2010-10-19 03:46
We need to reduce our relience on foreign oil and therefore we need to figure out how to use more in our vehicles. EPA has completed extensive testing on 2001 and later model vehicles and found no saftey or engine issues. The fuel is cleaner burning than gasoline and therefore better for your vehicle. Bill oil and OPEC nations are spending large sums of money to smear ethanol. In the midwest we have been burning 30% ethanol in our non-flex fuel vehicles and drivers love it...less expensive, more octane and horsepower and cleaner for your engine. We are also supporting our US farmers and economy. I don't know about using higher blends in motorcycles but I do know that we can read and put the right blend of fuel in our bikes. It is for the good of our country!
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0 # FactComeFirst 2010-10-20 17:06
If EPA is done with their research, where is that piece of paper? Beside that, knowing that so many objection from association, consumer retail etc and still EPA keep on their decision which we all disagree. If you so sure that they have done the testing with someone loving using this type of fuel, please ask them to show to the public and annouce that Government willing to paid for all losses if Ethanol fail to perform.
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