2010 Kawasaki Concours 14 - Click above to enlarge
A few months ago, California State Senator Fran Pavley introduced legislation that would have required regular smog checks for motorcycles larger than 280 cc and newer than model year 2000. That mandate was planned to go in effect in the year 2012, but that's now changed.
We've run across recent reports on the internet that suggest that scooters pollute more than HUMMERS (any SUV, really). If true, that would be a shot across the bow of many scooterists who like to think they are making a conscious effort to have a smaller impact on the environment. So, is it true? Not likely, but, as is often the case, it's not an entirely cut-and-dry issue.
Back in June of 2007, the powers-that-be in Europe officially introduced EURO 5 emissions regulations (.pdf link), and these standards are being phased into effect this year and next. Two-wheeled vehicles, such as mopeds, scooters and motorcycles, were not included in these requirements. As of today, all cycles sold in Europe must meet the less-stringent EURO 3 standards. That's all set to change, as the European Commission and the Association des Constructeurs Europeens de Motocycles (ACEM) has
We have brought up the idea of saving money on gas by riding a motorcycle or scooter a few times now, and invariably, we get comments which state that motorcycles are worse for the environment than cars. Is that true? Not necessarily. Exhaust emissions are calculated in parts per million, and more parts per million of harmful particles in the exhaust is bad. This is often cited in defense of cars, as motorcycles often have worse ratings in parts per million that autos. But, what about the differ