In the last several years, we have seen increasingly higher blends of ethanol like E10 and E15 showing up at the pump. However, these higher blends, specifically E15, have not been approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for use in small engines like those in motorcycles. Studies have shown the potential of clogged in-tank pumps and filters as well as potential damage to fuel lines, injectors, seals, gaskets, and valve seats, as well as to carburetors.
As a result, the EPA banned the use of E15 and higher blends of ethanol in small engines, effectively making its use illegal in a number of instances. In turn, many of the manufacturers of smaller engine vehicles and equipment started including statements that warranties would be voided if E15 was used.
Last month, the EPA actually proposed a reduction in the amount of biofuels, like ethanol, used in the U.S. marketplace.
While this activity is encouraging, the proposed volumes are still extremely high - sitting at levels that our motorcycles cannot handle.
We need your help - Comment on the EPA proposal to let them know while it's a start, it's not good enough!
Comment on the Proposal! (http://cqrcengage.com/mrf/app/act-on-a-regulation?4&engagementId=384013&lp=0)