Looking outside... across my veranda, the "moose" thermometer is hovering
around 12C (that's +10F0. which OK... after all it was -20 this morning
(-4F). I'm fairly sure that my scooter was one of many NOT spewing filthy
clouds of fetid fumes and such skyward......I can't say the same for the 20
or so cars and light trucks patiently waiting to warm and start their day
that I can see from my front door.
I dare guess that my little bike wont see pavement until May, at the
earliest (and that's because I pull my bike out about a month before most).
So, you are quite safe up until then..... unless you happen to come to a
stop near one of those clean burning gutted cat, O2 simulator equipped,
overcammed daily drivers we hear about.
Last year, weather and chores allowed me to ride my scooter to te Ford
Training Centre in Edmonton only once. The trip down and back plus three
evenings of visiting in the city... the DP about fell out of his chair when
I turned in gas receipts for 11 bucks.... the same trip in my pick up costs
ten times that.
Now.... let's bear in mind that this study seems to have been done in
Europe... where, AFAIK
, there is very little in the way of emissions
controls, nothing even similar to the CAFE standard and gasoling quality may
be suspect. With these assumptions in mind, I might even agree with the
study and opine that perhaps those damned Europeans should clean up their
FWIW, Harley Davidson started using emissions control some time ago.... it
started with preset mixture adjustments on carbs on all models and by about
03, the large displacement scooters had even fuel injection available and,
from what little I can find to read, are fitted with catalytic converters.
Now... what was it you were saying?