MRF January Update
By Andy Kelly
The election of 2016 is finally over. I hope the candidates you supported for the Senate and House of Representatives won. Overall, on the national level, the Republicans will gain control of the House, Senate, and the White House.
As I am writing this, the Trump transition team is making suggestions for the President elect to fill Cabinet positions that the MRF are vigilantly watching. Cabinet positions like Secretary of Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency, just to name a few, could affect motorcyclists. Not knowing which way President Elect Trump will go will make it very interesting.
This is the first time that I can remember the Vice-President elect owns and rides a motorcycle. Another plus is the fact that the President Elect spoke last year at “Rolling Thunder.” All we can hope for is the new administration will bring new opportunities for the motorcycle community and not present any new threats, but we still have to be on guard.
I am also happy to pass on the news that the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released their latest edition of their “Most Wanted” list of needed safety improvements in the transportation sector and motorcycles are not on it.
Also, while driving to the State Board Meeting I saw something I had never seen before. I stopped to fuel up at the convenience store next to the American Legion where the meeting is held and the gas pump had the ability to have three different hoses to dispense gasoline. The one hose would dispense E-10 gasoline in 87, 89 or 93 octane. The hoses on the other side of the pump dispensed E-15 at 88 octane and the last hose dispensed 51% to 85% ethanol fuel which was what I had never seen before. The pump marked E-15 said that it is for 2001 and newer vehicles only. I have two cars newer than 2001 and the owner’s manual in my 2003 said DO NOT USE ABOVE 10% ethanol and if the car develops drivability issues switch back to pure gasoline. The 2005 manual does not say anything about fuel usage. Now I know I am talking about cars at the moment but according to USA Today the average car is 11.5 years old and presently there are 44 million cars on the road 16 to 24 years old. The E-15 is 8 cents a gallon cheaper than E-10 but remember that E-10 and E-15 are considered an alternative fuel or Biofuel so it receives subsidies from the government.
I don’t want to keep boring you with statistics but according to the Renewable Fuels Association only 60% of 2015 cars can use E-15 and 70% of 2016 can use above E-10.
I have been told that the new Indians can use E-15 but I have not stopped at an Indian dealer to ask, kind of scared of what I will see there.
The good news is President Elect Trump spoke out against ethanol blend fuels during the campaign but Vice-President Elect Pence is from a corn producing state. Keeping E-10 available at all times is one of the issues the MRF is working on.
I am looking forward to seeing everyone at the L&L so please stop at the MRF table and talk to us.