by lindastcyr
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“Mythbusters” set out to answer the question, “Are motorcycles greener than cars?” and the answers they came up with might shock some people. According to Adam Savage, host of “Mythbusters,” “People are trading in their cars and driving motorcycles instead because they believe that’s the most environmentally friendly choice.”

Savage and his co-host Jamie Hyneman decided to put the theory that motorcycles are a greener option to the test by selecting three motorcycles and three cars that were popular over the past thirty years. One motorcycle and car was selected from each decade of the ’80s, ’90s and 2000s, however the makes and models of the vehicles were not disclosed.

Each car and motorcycle was then put through a test to determine emissions and fuel-efficiency. Each vehicle ran through a 30-minute, 20-mile course while equipped with a portable emissions-measuring system.

The results of the environmentally friendly test were not in favor of motorcycles. In fact, Savage said, “At best, it’s a wash. Motorcycles are just as bad for the environment as cars. At worst, they’re far worse.” The reason behind motorcycles not being a greener option is because the emission controls for motorcycles is lagging behind that of cars.

The cost to place more emissions controls on motorcycles could possibly double the price of the bike. John Swanton, an air pollution specialist with the Air Resources Board, said of the emissions policies regarding motorcycles, “Our strategy with motorcycles has always been to control them to what’s cost effective and technically feasible, and that’s always lagged behind cars.”

“Mythbusters” determined that motorcycles were not a  greener option, however they did come to the conclusion that motorcycles were more fuel-efficient than cars and emitted less carbon dioxide.  But they noted that the motorcycle tested from the 2000s did emit far more hydrocarbons and carbon monoxide into the air than the car tested from the same decade. Even though it is better on gas, motorcycles are not the most environmentally friendly option out there.

via LA Times

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Linda St.Cyr is a writer, blogger, activist, and short story author. When she isn’t writing or raising her kids with her life partner, she is busy being vocal about feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, and bringing attention to human rights violations all over the world.

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  • Karen Clark

    The “Mythbusters” do incredible work on these types of questions. I fully believe that they are correct in this as often I have been near motorcycles that were spewing emissions into the air around them. Most of the people I have known that changed to motorcycles did so for gas economy not to be greener though. Those who wanted green went more to the electric cars, biofuels, etc. I love the Mythbusters show and will be watching for this one on there soon.

  • Patrick Labay

    Mythbusters did not test any electric motorcycles like the Zero, Brammo ….etc… and they are zero emmisions vehicles…
    For this test to be Valid, they need to Test a 2012 motorcycle against a 2012 car.. I could pull up a 1962 school bus running on regular gas and have it go against a 2012 Euro BMW K 1200R and the Bike is going to be cleaner.. this was not an Apples against Apples test… Technology is changing and there is far more available to be tested then was represented in this poor sample.

  • Cj Burns

    Interesting. It would be wonderfull to check on the carbon footprint from the manufacture of the bikes against cars.
    As for electric cars? If they are charged from Brown coal power stations then they are not that green in any case and charging from Nuclear doesn’t emit carbon etc but the waste from Nuclear is a bigger issue.
    The electric power used to create the crystals for PV cells for Solar power is never recouped in the life of the photo voltaic cell either.
    The environmental disaster looming from the batteries is yet to hit us. Often what is put forward as “green” these days doesn’t stand up to close scrutiny.