Watch Out For Ethanol

December 2, 2015

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Watch Out For Ethanol

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced this week that it will require oil companies to pump about 700 million more gallons of ethanol into gas stations this year than it had indicated last May.

The EPA announced in the spring that it would require drivers and riders to use about 17.4 billion gallons of the alcohol based fuel. Monday it announced gas stations will be expected to pump about 18.11 billion gallons of ethanol next year.


Wayne Allard of the American Motorcyclist Association, which seems to be the only lobbying group that is cautious about increased ethanol consumption, released a statement that said in part, “We are extremely disappointed that the EPA bowed to pressure from the ethanol industry and agreed to foist more ethanol onto the backs of American consumers. Any increase in the amount of ethanol required in our fuel supply, coupled with America’s decreasing demand for gasoline, is going to result in higher-ethanol blends, such as E15, at more pumps and stations. And the widespread availability of E15 and higher-ethanol fuels increases the risk that motorcyclists will inadvertently misfuel their bikes.”

In his statement Allard, who is the AMA’s vice president of government relations, said the increase “will severely strain the fuel marketplace by exceeding the blend wall by hundreds of millions of gallons. The blend wall is the point at which no more ethanol can be blended without forcing consumers to use higher blends, such as E15, E30 and E85.”

The AMA is worried that “forcing higher-ethanol fuel blends into the marketplace will cause E10 – which most Americans currently rely on for their vehicles – to become less available, and that gasoline with no ethanol may become virtually unavailable. The amount of E0 will go from 9.2 billion gallons to just 130 million in 2016 per the rule.”

“Owners of vintage motorcycles already have trouble finding E0,” Allard said. “What are they supposed to do if ethanol-free fuel disappears entirely?”

Ethanol And Motorcycles

Motorcycle performance is significantly challenged by ethanol blends. Ethanol, which is the scientific name for grain alcohol, has less energy than gasoline. Blends above E10, which is ten percent grain alcohol, dangerously lean out the fuel air mixture in virtually all motorcycles. Harley-Davidson tells riders not to use gasoline blends that contain 10 percent ethanol. “You may find that some ethanol gasoline blends affect the starting, driveability, or fuel efficiency of your motorcycle,” Harley cautions. “If you experience one or more of these problems, it is recommended you operate your motorcycle on straight unleaded gasoline,”

Ethanol also corrodes metal, plastic and rubber parts and absorbs water from the atmosphere which can cause numerous engine problems. At present, the E15 blend is illegal to use in motorcycles.


12 Responses to “Watch Out For Ethanol”

  1. roach Says:

    I generally look for straight gas when riding, there were a few stations around here that sold it. The Valero, which was the closest went to all ethanol last summer. Now the closest is about 35 miles away. The OL picks me up about 10 gal. every couple weeks if I ain’t over that way. Took a ride out to N.M. last summer and could find at least 1 station in every town that still sold gas. Filled up with ethanol in Shamrock, TX. and ran out before I got to Amarillo, about 135 mi. Piss poor.

    Respects, roach.

  2. xplor Says:

    Archer Daniels Midland Corporation is the queen of corporate welfare. Every $1 of profits earned by its ethanol operation costs taxpayers $30

  3. oldskewl Says:

    This is just another way to come up with the money to pay for all the subsidies the government gives to farmers to grow corn.
    All the environmental Nazi’s have big money to line the pockets of politicians for this crap.

    – OS

  4. Floyd Says:

    I’m a 62 year old born and raised farmboy from Iowa. I have watched .gov try to shove this shit down the throats of John Q. Public for nearly 50 years now. It still costs more to make it than it can be sold for, and it still eats seals at will. This is yet another example of gummint run amok. I own a F-150 that is E85 ready. I have never burned E85 in it. There are about 5 E85 pumps in the entire state of Iowa, and this is ethanol ground zero! Nobody wants to use the shit here. We are also one of the few states left who do not mandate ethanol in all gas sold here. I will not use the stuff – the poorer gas mileage I get plus the damage to the seals in my fuel systems do not justify the tax subsidized lower cost. Naturally, the Obama administration would love to make everyone use it 100% of the time. Just another pig in a poke!

  5. Road Whore Says:

    Exactly what Phuquehed said! Goddamn ’em all to hell, the fucking lazy, greedy, ignernt bastards!

    Ride Free

  6. Lost Cause Says:

    I had a newer car that allowed E85 or unleaded. I thought that since E85 was cheaper per gallon, I was getting a better deal. I was wrong. I got exactly 3/4 of the mileage on a full tank of E85 v. unleaded. Unless it was 25% cheaper (which it never was), I was losing money by using it.

  7. ak rack Says:

    I’ve been told that it takes more than a gallon of diesel/gasoline to produce one gallon of ethanol. Seems like if we just burned that gallon in our vehicles instead of the the ethanol everybody would come out ahead. Except Big Ag.

  8. ak rack Says:

    “Owners of vintage motorcycles already have trouble finding E0,” Allard said. “What are they supposed to do if ethanol-free fuel disappears entirely?”

    Let me guess — motorcycle manufacturers plan to sell us new ones when we can’t get fuel for the old ones?

  9. xplor Says:

    Obama has hidden the money from us so the Iowa corn farmers will vote for his side.

  10. Bone Head Says:

    The EPA has had the classics/hotrodders groups up their ass too. But they’re run by Obama’s czars (or whatever the fuck they are) and all have their marching orders from the cumstain-in-charge.
    So here we are…the American public being led around by their collective nose again. By a bunch (small bunch) of idiotic morons who have “breathe” tattooed on the inside of their eyelids. How else do they remain alive?

  11. xplor Says:

    You are over 15 years too late with this. Back when the y2k nuts were hording gas they had this same problem.. We were shoveling $10 billion in ag welfare each yeat to a group of people who were already pretty rich. Thats your tax dollars at work.

  12. Phuquehed Says:

    Gahdamned bunch of fucking lazy, incompetent morons work at/for the EPA. They just listen to some dumbfuck who holds sway over their job and forces them to make us peons use shit like corned-up gas.

    It’s apparent the fucktards can’t seem to get it through their air-wasting thick skulls when someone like me and my bike can fucking *CONSISTENTLY* show that I lose 4 mpg when I use that corn shit compared to the non-ethanol gas.

    FTG in their collective ass, over and over with an unlubed piece of 24 inch devil’s walking stick log.

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