EPA Reply

Email to the EPA concerning the new Emission Standards:

Motorcycles are fuel efficient, low emissions compared to truck and car. You want to take the romance out of Harley Davidsons and American highbred motorcycles. American motorcycles are in high demand, motorcycles keep people out of cars because of romance and pleasure. You are going to screw up a lifestyle for many people, screw up a billion dollar a year industry, look at all of the small shops that build custom bikes from scratch, many people will lose their jobs and businesses. You will cause motorcycles to be less affordable, resulting more people in cars with higher emissions!! Wake up. Jesus said the earth will abide forever! He will be here soon so your quest in useless and harmful, trucks, cars water craft go for it American motorcycles no way!!!!!

Kenny Hill

Response to Mr. Hill From Mr. French:

Dear Mr. Hill,

Thank you for your email regarding our proposed motorcycle emission standards. I would like to take this opportunity to clarify a few things, however.

First, motorcycles produce far more pollution per mile than your typical car, truck, or SUV. See our fact sheet on our website at http://www.epa.gov/otaq/roadbike.htm for more details. Even so, it is not our goal to remove motorcycles from the road in favor of cars. Motorcycles do get better fuel economy (though in some cases only marginally, and it is not at all impressive on a per person basis if you look at the weight and/or capacity of the vehicles), and they may have other advantages.

Second, our proposed standards will do nothing to “take the romance” out of Harleys, and we would not propose these standards if we thought they did. See the Harley-Davidson website for a statement by the company’s President in which he has said that “Harley-Davidson plans to meet the requirements of the proposed EPA standards and still make the motorcycles true to the look, sound and feel that you know and love.”

Third, there is no evidence that our proposal will cause damage to the industry, to the lifestyle, or put people out of work. If you have evidence that the emission standards and emission control technologies we have proposed will have these effects, then please submit it to us for consideration.

Fourth, do you know how much our proposal will affect the price of motorcycles? If you believe our estimates are incorrect, then please explain why and present your own analysis for consideration. We have estimated that our proposal will increase the price of an average motorcycle by about $60. An analysis of all the 2002 motorcycle models indicates an average price of about $10,000. An increase of $60 is therefore well under 1% of the price of an average 2002 motorcycle. There is no evidence that we are aware of that indicates that a price increase of this small magnitude will have any adverse effect on motorcycle sales. Again, if you have such evidence then please make us aware of it.

You have raised all kinds of issues regarding our proposal and described impacts that, if true, would be cause for concern. But our analyses do not indicate that these impacts will be a reality, and you present no information, no data, and no evidence to substantiate your claims. I think you will find, if you are still into motorcycles in 2006 and beyond when our standards would take effect, that the actual impacts are barely if at all noticeable.

Rob French