Farewell to Honda 50

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES -

Thanks so much for the great Bloomberg ar­ti­cle in Tues­day’s busi­ness sec­tion about the demise of the Honda 50cc and other small mo­tor­bikes. For so many of us, the “lit­tle Honda” was the in­tro to the joys of mo­tor-driven two-wheel­ing fun!

The ar­ti­cle did a great job at point­ing out the two-edged sword of cli­mate reg­u­la­tion. On the one hand, we all want clean air and wa­ter. So it would seem that a trans­porta­tion mode that gets over 100 miles per gal­lon would be tai­lor-made for the world we live in.

But the ar­ti­cle in­di­cates that, un­for­tu­nately, the world we live in is re­ally run on the needs of reg­u­la­tors—not on the needs of the cli­mate or those of us who live and work within it. So small, ef­fi­cient mo­tor­bikes will bite the dust, be­cause the en­vi­ron­men­tal mon­i­tor­ing equip­ment re­quired makes them too costly to man­u­fac­ture.

While the ar­ti­cle in­di­cates that small elec­tric-pow­ered mo­tor­bikes will con­tinue to be built, you have to won­der if it isn’t time for a cli­mate-rules san­ity check.



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