Eco-Friendly Bikes

June 11, 2013 -- heather.hawkins

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that 9 times out of 10, a motorcycle rider is being more eco-friendly than a cager. By sheer virtue of its size, motorcycles get better fuel economy and produce fewer polluting gases. But it may come as a surprise to learn that motorcycles these days are becoming even more fuel efficient than ever before.

EPA Standards

Just like cars, motorcycles must adhere to strict environmental standards. Even though motorcycles produce less carbon dioxide than a car, they still produce significantly more carbon monoxide, nitric oxide, and hydrocarbons. There also sustainable mobility standards in place that are beginning to garner nationwide attention as recovery efforts become increasingly focused on “green jobs”.

Alternative Fuel Motorcycles

Long before the cost of gas led to a change in driving habits for many folks, motorcycle manufacturers were constantly looking for ways to improve fuel efficiency and be more friendly to the planet (and your wallet). The ENV Fuel Cell Bike, released in 2009, which runs on hydrogen fuel cells, is poised to become the wave of future for commuters and pleasure riders alike. (ENV stands for Energy Neutral Vehicle.) The best part about hydrogen powered motorcycles? The only thing coming out of their exhaust pipes is water. How refreshing!

Electric Motorcycles

For most people, it’s a much smaller leap from a gas-powered bike to an electric-powered one. After all, most of us have outlets already installed that make it easy to plug in your bike at the end of the ride to charge the battery. Check out this gorgeous bike made by a Dutch company called Orphiro. If you’re looking to buy an electric motorcycle, don’t miss out on new and used models currently being listed for sale right here!

Hybrid Motorcycles

Hybrid motorcycles that run on both alternative fuels as well as on traditional fossil fuels like gasoline are becoming increasingly popular. They may also use currently available alternate fuels such as liquefied natural gas, compressed natural gas, biodiesel, ethanol, methanol and biogas. A bike’s eco-friendliness is not determined solely by its MPG. The materials that are used to construct each motorcycle are also taken into consideration.

Buying an Eco-Friendly Bike

If you’re looking for “greener” bikes, opt for fuel-injected engines, high-performing catalytic converters, and bikes with RPM limiters. The higher the RPM range, the greater the chance that your bike will produce harmful pollution. Use CycleTrader to find bikes that are labeled as “green”, “eco”, “electric”, “alternative”, etc.

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