Government further subsidizes E15

Fuel Harmful To Motorcycles

The U.S. Agriculture Department will make available up to $100 million in grants to expand the infrastructure needed to sell more ethanol, biodiesel and other renewable fuels.

A department press release, issued in March, stated that the “USDA is making grants available… to increase significantly the sale and use of higher blends of ethanol and biodiesel by expanding the infrastructure for renewable fuels derived from U.S. agricultural products.”

The AMA opposes the continued expansion of availability of fuel containing more than 10 percent ethanol by volume.

None of the estimated 22 million motorcycles and ATVs in use in the United States is certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to operate on E-15 (15 percent ethanol by volume) or higher-ethanol fuel blends.

Use of those fuels may cause engine and fuel system damage and void manufacturer warranties.