EPA 2016 Fuel Standards Released

//EPA 2016 Fuel Standards Released

EPA 2016 Fuel Standards Released

Have you had a hard time filling up your motorcycle or ATV due to the lack of the proper fuel available?  It doesn’t sound like it’s going to get better any time soon.

Ethanol Gas Sign

The American Motorcyclist Association reported this week that the EPA has released its updated Renewable Fuel Standard volume requirements.

This new standard is going to require widespread availability of higher ethanol fuel blends which include E15.  The higher ethanol will continue to increase the risk of misfueling motorcycles and ATVs which lead to a long list of performance issues and mechanical issues.

In 2015, the EPA set that RFS at 16.93 billion gallons and will be raising it to 18.11 billion gallons in 2016.  This is in contrast to what the EPA initially recommended this past May that would have set levels of 16.3 billion and 17.4 for 2015 and 2016 respectively.

Wayne Allard, AMA VP of Government Relations says: “We are extremely disappointed that the EPA bowed to pressure from the ethanol industry and agreed to foist more ethanol onto the backs of American consumers. Any increase in the amount of ethanol required in our fuel supply, coupled with America’s decreasing demand for gasoline, is going to result in higher-ethanol blends, such as E15, at more pumps and stations. And the widespread availability of E15 and higher-ethanol fuels increases the risk that motorcyclists will inadvertently misfuel their bikes.”

Warning Label

E15 represents a 50% increase in the ethanol content over the current E10 that is the most common type of fuel blend available at gas stations nationwide.

The increase in higher ethanol gas blends is being supported by a $100 million matching grant program from the U.S. Department of Agriculture which helps purchase and install blender pumps across 21 states.

Corn Harvester

In the current design, these blender pumps dispense several blends of fuel and are known to retain as much as a quart of fuel in the delivery system after use. The amount of E15 or higher-ethanol blends in a motorcycle’s comparatively small gas tank creates a risk for the owner.

To combat these new standards, the AMA has collected 29,379 signatures of protest of the higher mandates during the EPA’s comment period that ended in July.

What this will mean is that all riders will need to pay very close attention to what they’re fueling their bikes with or risk issues down the road.

By |2015-12-10T17:18:37+00:00December 11th, 2015|Categories: News/Events Articles|19 Comments

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  1. Thomas Stillings January 5, 2016 at 9:44 pm

    I recently read an article about the reasons why the EPA is forcing the use of E15. The ethanol production industry reached it’s capacity for demand at a 90% gas/10% ethanol mix ratio. In order create a bigger market for ethanol, the EPA is increasing the ratio to 85/15, which creates a 50% increase in demand. The EPA, farm lobbyists, and farmers are happy while anyone using it is screwed. Also, a gallon of 90/10% gasoline has less energy than 100% gas. It costs you in lower MPG’S.

  2. Gardiner January 3, 2016 at 4:55 am

    So when the hell is the government going to turn its attention on the MILLIONS of smoke-belching and highly polluting tractor trailers that clog the freeways from coast to coast? They aren’t. Why? Because it is a MONEY thing, not a clean air thing. Trucks transport to the things people buy, so they are exempt. Motorcycles don’t, so that makes us all targets. For the very same reasons – money – ethanol is going to continue to force its ugly way into our lives. The government doesn’t give a rip about us because we don’t have the controlling money block.

    • Shadow January 5, 2016 at 2:36 am

      You have no idea what the EPA has done to the trucks, the cost to operate and maintain trucks is outrageous. I hate to tell you but they are not exempt. The EPA has set standards that has more than doubled the cost of an engine and also requires a DPF regeneration filter system. The replacement cost of these filters are 3,500.00 each and there are 2 of them. It goes on and on.

  3. Buckshot December 31, 2015 at 11:55 am

    Has anyone else tried non-ethanol RV gas and an
    octane-booster (like Lucas)? It gets a little pricey,
    but my 96 Vulcan 1500 runs great on the stuff.

  4. Jerry Souther December 31, 2015 at 4:34 am

    I figure eventually the EPA will ban the use of fuel additives telling us that it violates the clean air act. You don’t have to be of a particular political party to get your way. We have gone from being the United States to Corporate America. Your ruling government is now these three branches, lobbyist, Wall Street and the top 10%. The 90% of us are strangely a minority. Go figure!

  5. Kevin M. December 30, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    So what the hell am I supposed too do about fueling my 82 ironhead? Thx for NOTHING E.P.A. !!!

  6. Greg December 30, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    For those who ride a bike, yes even a Harley for economic reasons and who need to add the cost of fuel additives to keep the thing from shaking you to death from crappy fuel sort of negates the whole premise of saving fuel and minimalizing cost! Good job EPA. There is another Fed agency that needs to be on the chopping block when budget cuts come around!

  7. Paul December 30, 2015 at 10:33 am


    • mike weir December 30, 2015 at 8:47 pm


  8. Randy December 30, 2015 at 8:31 am

    Why the higher blends of “Corn Gas”? This is the convenient way that the government works in order to get the older vehicles off of the road- and to promote new vehicle sales.

    They wanted the older vehicles off the road back in the 1970’s so they got rid of lead. Instantly, every engine made prior to 1974 would no longer operate correctly because lead lubricates valves and valve guides. Without it, the cylinder heads get hot and the engine starts to detonate. Most air cooled engines will just overheat and quit running. The engine life of using unleaded fuels in a leaded fuel system cuts the engine life to less than half. (Aircraft leaded fuels such as the light blue blend will not blend with auto fuels in order to gain the lead. Been there- tried that. Prove it to yourself with a glass jar and both blends.)

    The so called “lead substitute” that one can buy is actually high priced K1 kerosene. This only slows down the burn of inferior fuels and does not lubricate anything. Remember that Inferior- substandard fuels explode like a firecracker and true quality fuels have a slower burn which gives you the power and gas mileage. So you either make expensive valve improvements- or you walk.

    About ten-years ago (and in a lot of states like Ohio) the second thing that the government tried was E-Check. They checked every vehicle every couple of years in order to ban the offending -polluting vehicles off the roadways. Not that many failed and many vehicles were damaged by the EPA E-Check workers-so they did away with it. Oddly- The only thing that they left alone was the motorcycles.

    Now, they have found away to get pretty much everything off of the road made prior to 2002 (and nearly ever motorcycle.) Just add more of the economy sucking corn blends.

    If this pisses you off you might want to keep in mind that they have been trying to get rid of the two-cycle engines for some time now. Mark my words here- One morning you are going to wake up and you will no longer be able to buy two-stroke oil. Game over for your weed eater and chainsaw.

    Now the government knows exactly what works…cut the proper fuel supplies and they will go away. As with the higher-and higher blends of “Corn Gas”– You either buy all new expensive shit- that will run on it- or you do without!

    • Mike December 31, 2015 at 12:48 pm

      There has LOOONG been a mandate to get rid of 2 cycle engines. 2 stroke bikes long ago disappeared and the lawn equipment industry has been given a pass on the new requirements because it was thought that these small, limited use engines were not producing much pollution. Additionally, there was economic disincentive. 4 stroke engines were considerably more expensive to produce. It was felt that the consumer would balk at the new standards. The ability to produce torquey, powerful engines for small applications in the 4 stroke world was difficult and expensive. However, we will move to a standard that makes all 2 strokes go away soon.

      I don’t like the fact that ethanol is subsidized by the tax payer and we are forced to use it but I doubt going from E10 to E15 will be the end of your old bikes. If indeed you need to upgrade items in your fuel system to make driving the old iron doable, then so be it. We can bitch and moan all day about the changes but they will come.

      • Kevin M December 31, 2015 at 1:20 pm

        So “Mike” your saying we just have too roll over and take it? That sucks, but probably true, cuz not enough people get out and vote when it counts.

    • jeff toney January 1, 2016 at 10:08 pm

      some fuel places that sell like cam2 raceing fuels also sell 90 octane fuels with lead still,i know wardway fuel does.,,but if you put true duels on your bike and remove the catalic converter you can run this type fuel no problem,then you want to see run good,you will shit

  9. larry December 30, 2015 at 7:37 am

    Maybe HARLEY DAVIDSON needs to start keeping record of bikes that come in with damage due to the fuel and consumers get a class action lawsuit against the EPA THAT WOULD GET THERE ATTENTION !!! THESE BIKE’S ARENT CHEAP AND NEITHER ARE THE RPAIRS ON THEM !

    • Dion December 30, 2015 at 8:27 am

      Why just Harley notify the Feds? there are other manufactures out there you know. Also as someone mentioned most cars/trucks prior to 2008 or something are not to run on this crap fuel. So who is going to pick up the tab if a guys 2013Indian HD or Victory has engine damage due to this stuff? The corn lobby?

  10. Mauro Lopez December 30, 2015 at 7:18 am

    Thank you! J & P Wasn’t aware of this!!!

  11. L B. Penning December 30, 2015 at 7:15 am

    I think it is a sad day when the Goverment screws up the fuel so bad that we can’t ride our cycles we need to do something to stop this

  12. Jack Myrick December 30, 2015 at 7:09 am

    What are we suppose to do, buy octane boosters or ethanol additives to add to our fuels so we will be able to ride our bikes , drive our vehicles. The damage ethanol does to our engines , carburated or injected is expensive to repair, what are we suppose to do, the government is wrong!

  13. Earle December 11, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    So, are we now supposed to park all of our pre-2011 vehicles? If nothing else will fuel a depression, I suppose this might have a good shot at it.

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