AMA seeks motorcyclist support for June 19 rally against E15 fuel

Publish Date: 
Jun 17, 2013

PICKERINGTON, Ohio - The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) is inviting riders to take part in a June 19  Washington, D.C., event to help educate lawmakers about the need to research the possible harmful effect of E15 fuel on motorcycle and ATV engines.

AMA chair Maggie McNally and several U.S. lawmakers are scheduled to speak at the AMA E15 Fuel for Thought Lobby Day Wednesday.

E15 is a gasoline formulation that contains up to 15 percent ethanol by volume. Although EPA has approved its use in 2001-and-newer light-duty vehicles, which include cars, light-duty trucks and medium-duty passenger vehicles, none of the estimated 22 million motorcycles and ATVs in use is on the EPA approved list, and no manufacturer has approved E15 for use in its motorcycles and ATVs. Furthermore, use of E15 may void manufacturers warranties.

"E15 fuel is one of the most important issues that faces motorcyclists today, and I am excited to address this issue at the AMA E15 Fuel For Thought Lobby Day," McNally said. "Motorcycling has been a part of my life since childhood. I am now an accomplished rider and instructor.”

U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin (R-Ark.), who will also speak at the rally, said, "As the co-chair of the Congressional Motorcycle Caucus, and as a rider, I recognize that there are many important issues affecting us. The AMA's Fuel For Thought initiative is raising critical awareness of the damage EPA-mandated E15 gasoline can do to motorcycle and ATV engines, and I look forward to taking part in this rally."

The lobby day will begin with a motorcycle ride around the U.S. Capitol, followed by a rally. Participants will then visit their congressional delegations' offices to ask for support for legislation that calls for new E15 research into the effects on motorcycles and ATVs.

In addition to McNally and Griffin, other scheduled speakers include U.S. Reps. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) Chris Stewart (R-Utah), Tom Petri (R-Wis.) and David Valadao (R-Calif.). Sensenbrenner in February introduced H.R. 875, which would require the EPA to stop the use ofE15 until its effects are investigated further.

The AMA also supports S. 344, introduced by U.S. Sens. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and David Vitter (R-La.), which would overturn the EPA waivers that allow gasoline containing E15 to be used for certain passenger cars and light trucks.

Supporters of the lobby day include EagleRider of Falls Church, Va.; Coleman PowerSports, a Top 100 Dealer based in 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.

Lobby day participants will receive a fuel gift card for one tank of gas (supply is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis) and gift bag. For more information about the E15 issue and to sign up for the AMA E15 lobby day, contact grassroots@ama-cycle.org

Posted by Holly Wagner