Swelling gas tanks, fewer miles to the gallon and “green sticky crap” in the carburetor… ethanol in our gasoline is causing all kinds of problems for motorcyclists, boaters and owners of other types of small engines like snow blowers and lawn mowers. Thanks to the federal fuel mandate known as the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), there’s more and more of it gunking up Americans’ gas tanks every year.
Championed by powerful lobbyists and those who directly profit from the government mandate, the RFS is a broken government policy that mandates increasing amounts of ethanol be blended into our gasoline every year, even though high-ethanol blends can void the manufacturer warranties of 90 percent of the cars on the road today and are actually illegal in all of the 9 million motorcycles, boats, lawn mowers, snow blowers, chainsaws, snowmobiles and other small engines on our roads, waters and lands.
We road tripped to the American Motorcyclist Association’s Vintage Motorcycle Days in the heartland of America to talk to some real bikers about the ethanol mandate. Watch the video above to hear just how this policy impacts them, their bikes and their pocketbooks.
By continuing to mandate ever-increasing amounts of ethanol be blended into our fuel supply, this broken policy puts bikes, riders and their way of life in danger. Tell your Congressman, it’s time for the federal government to get out of our gas tanks.