Farewell to Honda 50
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.