Motorcyclists Rally Around the Capitol About Ethanol Damage to Engines

June 19, 2013

Today, the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) hosts100 motorcyclists  on Capitol Hill, for the AMA “E15 Fuel for Thought Lobby Day” to highlight problems from by E15 fuel in motorcycle and all-terrain vehicle engines.

Motorcycles will circle the U.S. Capitol, followed by a rally. Participants will then visit their members of Congress in support of legislation new research on E15 effects in motorcycles and ATVs.

The National Turkey Federation (NTF), and other meat or poultry associations are supporting the motorcyclists’ concerns.

“NTF joins AMA in fighting this misguided ethanol policy,” said Joel Brandenberger, President of NTF.  “It is clear if groups like livestock and poultry groups and rallying with motorcyclists, a broad group of folks are concerned.  Ethanol mandates are hurting American farmers and consumers at the grocery stores.  Ethanol’s unmanaged effects are increasingly recognized from the EPA’s mismanagement of the Renewable Fuels Standard.”  Speaking at the rally are AMA Chair Maggie McNally, Reps. Tim Griffin (R-Ark.), Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) Chris Stewart (R-Utah), Tom Petri (R-Wis.) and David Valadao (R-Calif.).

"The federal government has imposed mandates regarding our nation's fuel supply system without fully considering the negative ramifications such regulations would have on motorists and off-roaders alike,” said Representative Valadao.  "Furthermore, these mandates have failed to first put in place proper safeguards to prevent misfueling and damage to motorcycles and other motor vehicles," Valadao added. "I believe the Environmental Protection Agency should suspend the E15 mandate until further study on E15's effects can be performed and protections against costly damage caused by E15 can be implemented." Supporters of the lobby day include EagleRider of Falls Church, Va.; Coleman PowerSports of Falls Church, Va., and Woodbridge, Va.; the National Turkey Federation; National Chicken Council; National Pork Producers Council; American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers; Specialty Equipment Market Association; and the Antique Automobile Club of America.

More information is available from the American Motorcyclist Association