As of this morning, 25,151 people have signed the American Motorcyclist Association’s online petition protesting the Environmental Protection Agencies proposal to increase the percentage of gasoline sold in America that is 85 percent gasoline and 15 percent ethyl alcohol.
Ethanol is not healthy for V-Twin motorcycle engines and other mechanically simple things. Alcohol has less energy than gasoline so engines that run on gasoline-ethanol blends run leaner than they would on gasoline alone. Ethanol also corrodes vital engine parts and absorbs water from the atmosphere. It is not legal to use gasoline blends that contain 15 percent ethanol in any motorcycle in the United States. Harley cautions riders about using gasoline blends that contain 10 percent ethanol.
The AMA is worried about the “inadvertent misfueling” of motorcycles with the new ethanol blends. The group had originally hoped to get 10,000 signatures on its online petition.
The EPA’s comment period on its proposal ends Saturday. The Agency will make a final decision about how much ethanol American motorist should consume by November 30.
You can sign the AMA petition here.