A question that people keep asking me: what about motorcycles? Are they better or worse for the planet?
Simple answer: they are super, super bad for the world. Let the Los Angeles Times (via Mythbusters) explains.
Motorcycles were indeed more fuel-efficient than cars and emitted less of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide, but they emitted far more smog-forming hydrocarbons and oxides of nitrogen, as well as the toxic air pollutant carbon monoxide. For the most recent model year vehicles tested – from the ’00s – the motorcycle used 28% less fuel than the comparable decade car and emitted 30% fewer carbon dioxide emissions, but it emitted 416% more hydrocarbons, 3,220% more oxides of nitrogen and 8,065% more carbon monoxide.
Yeeeesh. Some good swallowed by some really, really bad.
You’re basically rolling small coal with a motorcycle. Stinks! Consider an electric scooter.