blank 04/23/14 03:40PM American Motorcyclist Association, engine damage, EPA, Ethanol

EPA Acknowledges That Ethanol Damages Engines

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has publicly acknowledged that ethanol in gasoline can damage internal combustion engines by increasing exhaust temperatures and indirectly causing component failures, the American Motorcyclist Association reports.

The EPA statements are found in a rule proposal issued by the Federal Trade Commission regarding a new label for pumps that supply fuel blends high in ethanol.

According to the EPA, “[e]thanol impacts motor vehicles in two primary ways. First … ethanol enleans the [air/fuel] ratio (increases the proportion of oxygen relative to hydrocarbons) which can lead to increased exhaust gas temperatures and potentially increase incremental deterioration of emission control hardware and performance over time, possibly causing catalyst failure. Second, ethanol can cause materials compatibility issues, which may lead to other component failures.

“In motorcycles and nonroad products [using E15 and higher ethanol blends], EPA raised engine-failure concerns from overheating.”

These EPA statements, contained in the FTC document, back the long-held position of the AMA.

“The American Motorcyclist Association has fought the distribution of E15 fuel blends in an effort to protect motorcycle and all-terrain vehicles from the damage that ethanol causes,” said Wayne Allard, AMA vice president for government relations. “Now the EPA acknowledges that ethanol itself is harmful to emissions hardware and other components on all motor vehicles. It is time for the federal government to pause, take a hard look at this product and change its entire approach to ethanol in fuels.”

E15 is a gasoline formulation that contains up to 15 percent ethanol by volume.

None of the estimated 22 million motorcycles and ATVs currently in operation can use fuels with blends higher than 10 percent ethanol. Doing so could void the manufacturer’s warranty, in addition to causing damage to the vehicle.

The AMA applauded the EPA’s decision in its proposed rule to roll back the requirement for wider distribution and use of E15 under its Renewable Fuel Standard.

The AMA also is concerned about the continued availability of E10 blends and E0 fuels — gasoline with zero ethanol content — if E15 is allowed to permeate the marketplace.

About the American Motorcyclist Association
Founded in 1924, the AMA is a not-for-profit member-based association whose mission is to promote the motorcycle lifestyle and protect the future of motorcycling. As the world’s largest motorcycling rights and event sanctioning organization, the AMA advocates for riders’ interests at all levels of government and sanctions thousands of competition and recreational events every year. The AMA also provides money-saving discounts on products and services for its members. Through the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Pickerington, Ohio, the AMA honors the heroes and heritage of motorcycling. For more information, visit

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blank 04/22/14 10:35AM Evil Knievil, Jumps, Motorcycle Stunts, Robbie Knievel, World Record Jumps

Legends in the Sky

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Steel Horse Sisterhood Summit
Denver, Colorado - May 2-4, 2014

Looking for more information on the Steel Horse Sisterhood Summit?
Register Now!

Join women motorcycle enthusiasts  riding into Denver, Colorado - May 2-4, 2014.
Be inspired, Be encouraged, Be educated, Be connected, Be pampered and entertained.
Bringing together industries leading experts on riding...plan now to make the Steel Horse Sisterhood Summit “the ride” for the memory books.

Join women motorcycle enthusiasts traveling in from around North America to Denver, Colorado on May 2-4, 2014. The 2014 Steel Horse Sisterhood Summit will bring together some of the industries leading experts on riding, covering the topics of gear, safety and skills. You'll find new ideas for continuing to grow the sport of women & motorcycling - and perhaps a new partner for riding - all wrapped around the theme as we get to know each other and share our stories.
Plan now to make the Steel Horse Sisterhood Summit “the ride” for the memory books.

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Shell Factory Motor Mania, North Fort Myers, FL; May 4, 2014

Sunday, May 4th Shell Factory Motor Mania
Shell Factory Motor Mania
Mark your calendar for the Shell Factory Motor Mania, Sunday, May 4th!! This great Biker Appreciation event offers fun for everyone. Live entertainment, Biker Buffet Breakfast, Biker Games, Nature Park, Botanical Trail, and Family Fun Park! The Shell Factory has just announced the first Soaring Eagle Zip Line in Florida. Vendors wanted! Only $25 per 10' X 10' spot. Make your check out to Nature Park Environmental Foundation and mail it to Rick Tupper, The Shell Factory, 2787 N. Tamiami Trial, North Fort Myers, FL 33903. Information: Rick Tupper, 239-560-9522.

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Thunder in the Smokies Spring Motorcycle Rally
May 2-4, 2014 in Maggie Valley, NC


Thunder in the Smokies

Spring Motorcycle Rally


May 2-4, 2014 in Maggie Valley, NC

Friday, May 2, 2014

Gates open 11 am - 11 pm, Vendors open all day

Concerts Sponsored by Smoky Mtn Steel Horses

5:30 pm - 7 pm Music Band Featuring… To be announced

7:30 - 9 pm Music Band Featuring… To be announced

9:30 pm - 11 pm Music Band Featuring… The Corbitt Brothers  

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Gates open at 9 am - 11 pm, Vendors open all day

10 am Free Tour Ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway

12 pm Ride in Bike Show Sponsored by Lanier Law Group

1 pm Winners Announced $500 Cash Prize

1:30 pm – 4:30 Bike Games Sponsored by AIM $500 Cash Prize

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm Music Band Featuring… Smoke Rise Band

7:30 pm - 9pm Music Band Featuring… To be announced  

9:30 pm - 11 pm Music Band Featuring… To be announced

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Gates open at 9 am - Vendors open - Stay with us till 3 pm

9 am - 10 am FREE Pancake Breakfast

10 am Church Service

Music to be announced


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Los Lunes Car and Bike Show in New Mexico
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See the 2014 Indian Chief Line Up in Laughlin, NV

 Indian Motorcycle®      Test Ride        Events        Find A Dealer   


Laughlin River Run

April 24 - 26  •  Laughlin, NV

9:00 am - 5:00 pm  

Riverside Resort Hotel & Casino
1650 So Casino Drive
Laughlin, NV 89029   

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Join us at the Laughlin River Run, as the Indian Motorcycle® Demo Tour rolls into town featuring the all-new Indian® Chief® motorcycles - the Chief® Classic , the Chief® Vintage and the full-loaded hard bagger, the Chieftain™. Each bike has the confidence-inspiring handling and impressive power of the Thunder Stroke 111™ engine.

Riders must be 18 years or older, provide a valid motorcycle endorsement and wear proper riding attire.







Indian Rides App

& Engage


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blank 04/09/14 11:19AM Chaps, Gloves, Jackets, Leathers, motorcycles, Vests

Fox Creek Leather...Save $25 on Womans Fitted Classic

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