Motorcycle emissions tested on ‘MythBusters’

In a battle of the “greenest,” cars beat motorcycles in emissions tests conducted on the Discovery Channel show “MythBusters.”

The episode, which premiered last Wednesday, tested three cars and three motorcycles, one each from the 1980s, ‘90s and 2000s. Fuel efficiency, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons and nitric oxide emissions were examined, according to a press release from the University of California, Riverside.

In the end, it was determined that the motorcycles were more fuel efficient and produced less carbon dioxide than the cars, but they emitted more carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons and nitric oxide emissions, which pollute the air. Even after being outfitted by an aerodynamic bubble built by the MythBusters, the motorcycle was still defeated in carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons and nitric oxide emissions.

The show is hosted by Adam Savage, Jamie Hyneman, Tory Belleci, Kari Byron and Grant Imahara. University of California, Riverside assistant research engineer Kent Johnson oversaw the analysis of the tests during three days of filming in June in Oakland and two days of analyzing the results from the portable emission measurement systems. The results were collected by Global MRV – Clean Air Technologies Division, a Medford, N.Y.-based company.

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