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Riders warned that E15 fuel now available in Wisconsin

May 23, 2013

The ATVA is warning motorcyclists and all-terrain vehicle riders who may be traveling in Wisconsin to look twice when they fill up their machines’ fuel tanks to ensure they aren’t accidently filling up with E15 fuel that could potentially damage their engines and fuel systems.

The SmartStation at 1290 Business Highway 151 in Platteville, Wis., is the latest station to offer E15 fuel. SmartStation is a wholly owned subsidiary of Badger State Ethanol.

E15 is a new fuel blend of 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline (by volume) that the EPA has approved for use in 2001-and-newer passenger vehicles. The blend isn't approved for use in motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, boats, lawn mowers and other engines, and may even damage them and void warranties.

On Wednesday, June 19, the American Motorcyclist Association will host the Fuel for Thought lobbying day in Washington, D.C., to let lawmakers know that independent E15 testing is needed to ensure that motorcycle and ATV engines won’t be harmed. Anyone concerned about the possible effects of E15 is encouraged to attend.

The program will begin with a motorcycle ride, followed by a rally and will culminate in a lobbying effort with participants visiting their congressional delegations’ offices. All participants will receive a gift bag and a fuel gift card. AMA members will also receive a limited-edition patch (while supplies last).

Registration: Registration for the AMA Fuel for Thought lobbying day is critical for planning purposes. A limited amount of reserved motorcycle parking will be available onsite (first-come, first-serve). If you plan on attending the event, register online by going to http://www.americanmotorcyclist.com/AMA/Rights/AMAFuelforThought.aspx and clicking on “Register.”

 DATE:  Wednesday, June 19, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

LOCATION: Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., Exact location on Capitol Hill is to be determined. Updates will be sent to registered participants.

CONTACT: Danielle Fowles, AMA grassroots coordinator, grassroots@ama-cycle.org

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