What are the Emission Standards for BMW Motorcycles?

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What are the Emission Standards for BMW Motorcycles?
Emission standards for European motorcycles are increasing rapidly. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Being based in Germany, all motorcycle manufactured by BMW are subject to European Emissions Standards (EURO Standards). Despite being a few years behind those regulating cars, emission standards for motorcycles are quickly catching up and becoming increasingly stringent.

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Current Standards

EURO 3 Standards currently cover motorcycle emissions and these specify the maximum permissible emission of carbon dioxide, hydrocarbons and nitrous oxide. The values of these are 1.0, 0.1 and 0.08g/km respectively.

Future Standards

It is proposed that motorcycles will comply with EURO 4 Standards by 2012 and EURO 5 Standards by 2015. This will reduce emissions by around 50 per cent in 2015, bringing the standards for motorcycles in line with those regulating cars produced in Europe.

Emissions Testing

The requirement to have a motorcycle tested on a regular basis varies depending on which country it is registered in. In the UK, for example, motorcycle emissions are not tested. In Germany periodical testing is mandatory. In the U.S. test periods vary from state to state. It is expected that growing concerns over climate change will result in a greater level of uniformity in motorcycle emissions standards.

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