Arnold Schwarzenegger Motorcyclist Of the Year. The AMA Annual Award is given every year to the person who has had the most profound impact on the world of motorcycling, for better or worse. Congratulations to California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, whose signature is on a controversial law to regulate motorcycle exhaust systems to address excessive motorcycle sound, deserving to be the man of the year with the worst influence on the motorcycle industry . “Gov. Schwarzenegger signed a piece of legislation that has rocked the motorcycling world, and will impact motorcyclists in other states as well for years to come,” said AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman. “This makes him the logical choice for the 2010 AMA Motorcyclist of the Year.” Unanimously, this bill has been condemned by motorcycle groups and associations. It is a poorly crafted piece of legislation that’s discriminatory and does little to address the core problem of excessive sound from all sources, not just motorcycles” Dingman adda “Rather than objectively regulate offensive noise, this law creates all sorts of problems for riders, law enforcement and aftermarket manufacturers.”
Triumph Motorcycles. Advanstar Communications is pleased to announce the return of Triumph Motorcycles to the Progressive International Motorcycle Shows nationwide series, a 12-city tour. The first stop for Triumph will be the Progressive International Motorcycle Show in Long Beach Friday, December 17 through Sunday, December 19. Triumph will unveil the largest new product line-up in the company’s 109-year history, allowing attendees to be among the first in the United States to see the new bikes. Demo rides will also be available on select Triumph models for licensed riders. To get the full tour calendar, go to Motorcycle Shows.
Ethanol Controversy. In May 2009, I explained the issues raised regarding the percentage of ethanol combined with unleaded gasoline as offered at your gas station. Today about 80% of America’s gasoline contains some ethanol, most is this E10 blend (10% ethanol and 90% unleaded gasoline) Many car drivers, boaters and bikers have stated that Ethanol in gasoline lowers performance, damages engines, fuel handling systems and fuel tanks. “Ethyl alcohol” is an excellent solvent and is hydroscopic, that is it adsorbs water. Acting as a solvent, it would appear that ethanol can damage and dissolve some tank sealants that can be ingested by the engine which can cause damage. Ethanol has also a cleaning effect on tanks that releases fine metallic particles passing through most fuel filters. The dissolved metals will clog fuel injector nozzles and carburetors. Ethanol added to a fuel tank contaminated with water will cause expensive repairs. The water in the tank will combine with the ethyl alcohol to produce a noncombustible layer of liquid in the tanks that will stop most engines cold. On October 13, 2010, the Environmental Protection Agency partially allowed fuel and fuel additive manufacturers to introduce into commerce gasoline that contains up to 15 vol % ethanol (E15) for use in certain motor vehicles once certain other conditions are fulfilled. It is important to remember that there are a number of additional steps that must be completed to allow the sale and distribution of E15. These include submission of a complete E15 fuels registration application by industry and changes to some states’ laws to allow for the use of E15.
For now, What Vehicles May Use E15? MY2007 and newer cars. MY2007 and newer light-duty trucks. MY2007 and newer medium-duty passenger vehicles. What Vehicles and Engines May Not Use E15? All motorcycles. All vehicles with heavy-duty engines, such as school buses, transit buses, and delivery trucks. All off-road vehicles, such as boats and snowmobiles. All engines in off-road equipment, such as lawnmowers and chain saws. All MY2000 and older cars, light-duty trucks, and SUVs. All 2001-2006 cars, light-duty trucks, and medium-duty passenger vehicles