Fuel for a RANT! Motorcycles and the EPA!

Posted: October 23, 2016 in Motorcycle, Motorcycle advocacy, Motorcycle news
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E15 can kill your motorcycle

If you listen to the DawgHouse Motorcycle Radio podcast you know that I have some strong views on motorcycles and the EPA. Most recently it has been the forced use of E15 fuel in the face of facts.  E15 will destroy your small engine devices (i.e. lawn mowers, golf carts, weed whackers, etc.) and the engine on your motorcycle.

This is a proven fact, do a little research and you will see for yourself that our motorcycles could be intentionally damaged in the fight against global warming.  The destruction of internal combustion engines are but a small sacrifice, fodder if you will, in the noble war.

If you think that “I have a new motorcycle, it is under warranty, no problem.” think again.  Most. if not all, companies specifically exempt damage from ethanol from the warranty.  “No problem” you say, I will be careful not to use anything above E10!  Well not so fast buddy, the EPA has, intentionally I believe, approved the use of “blender pumps”.

Blender pumps are those that use a single hose/nozzle to dispense all the fuel sold at that pump.  With blender pumps it is possible to have a quart or more of whatever the person before you purchased in the hose.  If that person bought E15 or, worst yet, pure ethanol for their flex fuel car or truck you get that bonus too.  So if you have topping off your 4 gallon tank before a big ride…… you just might be invalidating your warranty and damaging your engine.

So what is driving tonight’s rant?  One of my local gas stations just installed new pumps and now sells E15 and pure ethanol.  Lucky for me it is not a blended pump (I hope) and each type of fuel has it own hose BUT the fact it is there is a danger.

So what can you do… Join the AMA, they do not win all the time but they are our best hope to influence what is going on.



  1. Experimental Ghost says:

    Here in Australia the Queensland state govt has mandated ethanol in all standard unleaded (91 RON) and biobased diesel. It takes effect on January 1.

    Fortunately, it appears the mandate does not extend to 95 & 98 RON

    I personally can’t see the attraction in Ethanol fuels other than helping the cane farmers out of a financial hole.

    E10 is the same price but can mean a difference of up to 100km (60 miles) less economy out of a 19 litre (5 gallon) tank… Which means you pay more in the long run.

    As for blended pumps. Haven’t seen them here yet and hopefully there are a few years before they appear.


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