RFA, Paul Jr. Designs develop custom ethanol-powered motorcycle

By Renewable Fuels Association | March 19, 2018

The Renewable Fuels Association has joined forces with Paul Jr. Designs to conceive of and fabricate a signature motorcycle that thrusts American-made fuel ethanol into the spotlight. Known for innovative designs that push creative limits, Paul Teutul, Jr. and his talented team are dedicating their energies into developing a themed chopper that runs on ethanol.

After a six-year hiatus from reality TV, the legendary motorcycle craftsmen are returning to Discovery Channel with the premiere of American Chopper on May 27. RFA’s signature, one-of-a-kind masterpiece will be featured in the new series.

E10 (10 percent ethanol) has been used in motorcycles as a safe and cost saving alternative to straight gasoline for decades. In fact, every motorcycle manufacturer endorses the use of E10, while some approve the use of even higher blends. The homegrown fuel provides the high octane that many bikers want. It burns cooler, cleaner and is made from renewable resources grown by hardworking rural Americans.

“RFA has been fighting the misinformation campaign surrounding ethanol in motorcycles for years, and this is our next step,” said RFA Vice President of Industry Relations Robert White. “Partnering with Paul Jr. Designs allowed us to create a unique tool to further carry our message and ensure that the quality of the design and build is unmatchable. Combined with the global brand and broadcast power of American Chopper, our message will be loud and clear. We are extremely pleased to be working with Paul and his team at Paul Jr. Designs and look forward to years of using this motorcycle,” he added.

“I’m extremely excited to work with a company like RFA that realizes the importance and potential of renewable fuels. I’m excited for people to watch us showcase our creative process when the bike airs on our new series of American Chopper,” said Teutul.

Discovery Channel crews will film the unveiling of RFA’s signature build on March 24 at East Kansas Agri-Energy, an RFA member ethanol plant in Garnett, Kansas. RFA expects to draw a large crowd for the 3pm CT reveal, which is open to the public. Motorcycle parking is allowed at the EKAE plant; other vehicle parking is available at Anderson County High School with free event shuttles running 1-2:30pm CT. Attendees will be required to check-in upon arrival and are asked to not wear logos.

Historically, RFA has collaborated with bike enthusiasts and organizations like the Legendary Buffalo Chip Campground of Sturgis Motorcycle Rally infamy to get the word out about ethanol’s value. RFA is thrilled to work with the famed Paul Jr. Designs, a trusted shop that shares our passion for ethanol and motorcycles.