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Tougher Emissions Standards for Street Motorcycles
An Overview by the Motorcycle Riders Foundation
October 25, 2001
What Do Street Riders Expect in the Rule?
we believe EPA will set tougher standards than the current
California: 1.4 g/km Hydrocarbon Only.
EPA Standard: Similar to California's future plan,
1.4 g/km HC plus Oxides of Nitrogen (NOx) for most
street bikes to take effect in 2004, followed by 0.8
g/km HC + NOx in 2008.
we believe EPA will restrict personalization by device
EPA will take steps to move the nation toward adoption
of the World Motorcycle Test Cycle (WMTC).
What's Wrong with Tougher Standards?
street bikes are cleaner than ever - market-driven. Examples
( 2000 model year):
"RSV Mille R" - 1.4 g/km HC - Fuel Injection
BMW "R1200C" - 0.7 g/km HC - CAT plus Fuel Injection
Harley-Davidson "SofTail "™ - 1.5 g/km HC - Carburetor
Honda "Valkyrie" - 1.9 g/km HC - Carburetor
Suzuki "Hayabusa" - 1.1 g/km HC - Fuel Injection
Triumph "Sprint RS" - 2.0 g/km HC - Fuel Injection
URAL "Patrol" - 0.9 g/km HC - Carburetor (Note: 649 cc)
street bikes are responsible for a miniscule portion of
the pollution inventory attributable to street motor vehicles
of all kinds. (In California, 0.006% -- or the equivalent
of ¼-inch of a football field.)
tougher standards will shock the $14 billion industry
and - especially if coupled with tougher "anti-tampering
measures" or enforcement -- devastate the industry's most
fragile element - the aftermarket, some 10,000 custom
shops nationwide and small-volume motorcycle makers.
tougher standards WILL REDUCE MOTORCYCLING IN AMERICA.
The Fallout: Sales declines and unemployment; and, as
riders turn to passenger cars, more gas consumption, more
road wear, more gridlock, hence more pollution.