how do Motorcycles pollute?

Are Motorcycles the worst diving polluter.if not what is?What are the ways Motorcycles pollute.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Motorcycles and scooters are an appealing alternative to shelling out big bucks filling up the family truckster, which is one reason sales are going through the roof. But riding on two wheels may not be any more environmentally responsible than riding on four.

    Turns out the average motorcycle is 10 times more polluting per mile than a passenger car, light truck or SUV. It seems counter-intuitive, because motorcycles are about twice as fuel-efficient as cars and emit a lot less C02.

    So what gives?

    Susan Carpenter lays it all out in a Los Angeles Times column. She found that, although motorcycles and scooters comprise 3.6 percent of registered vehicles in California and 1 percent of vehicle miles traveled, they account for 10 percent of passenger vehicles' smog-forming emissions.

    Motorcycle engines are twice as efficient as automobile engines, she notes, so they generally emit less carbon dioxide. But they emit large amounts of nitrogen oxides, which along with hydrocarbons and carbon monoxide are measured by state and federal air quality regulators to determine whether vehicles meet emissions rules.

    Catalytic converters and other emissions control devices would clean things up, but they're often too big, too heavy or too hot to install on motorcycles. For that reason and others that Carpenter outlines in the column, the Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board are more lenient when it comes to motorcycle emissions.

    "The emissions picture [for motorcycles] is pretty grim," she quotes John Swanton of the Air Resources Board saying, "but we think it's fair for where motorcycles are today."

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  • 5 years ago

    As both come out of the lot, the car destroys the bike in initial environmental impact. And it continues in the maintenance end, too. The space the car takes up, the garages needed to house them, the traffic caused, the highways needed, hands down cars pollute more, even if the motorcycle may emit more.

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  • 1 decade ago

    When gas burned the vapor it puts off is air pollution (the exhaust). The more gas that is burned the more the air will be polluted. Motorcycles don't use very much gas, so no they are not the worst,... I don't know what vehicle would be but it would be one with very low gas mileage (because more gas is burned to do the same job).

    that being said there are different factors that would change the amount of pollution comming out of different motors (such as if its burning oil or some other liquid).

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    motorcycles pollute in the same way that cars do. Two stroke motorcycles pollute more because they burn oil and gas together releasing more unburned hydrocarbons into the air as well as more carbon particulates.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    They pollute about a 2 tons a year. Autos produce twice that. So you are still polluting. Bicycle is the only way to go. Sell your car and motorcycle. Be truly green, not pretend to be green!

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  • Anonymous
    6 years ago

    think about suzuki motorcycle , less pollution and peaceful ride

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  • Pango
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    1 decade ago

    Motorbikes pollute in 6 ways:

    1. noise

    2. sound

    3. noise

    4. noise

    5. noise

    6. exhaust

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Ignited nailed it! and lotash try knowing what your talking about before answering.

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