There's a new Euro 5 emissions standard that could have a ripple effect on the U.S. motorcycle market. This updated set of regulations will establish stricter and more stringent emissions standards.

No matter where you find yourself on the side of the argument for or against electric motorcycles, it seems apparent that these changes across the world will impact how and what people ride in the coming future.

It’s likely that this decision will have an impact on the auto market as well. In 2021, Japan will no longer be selling cars with internal combustion engines. The transition to electric and fuel cell vehicles is in its infancy, but is very promising for the future.

Now, it’s not likely that these changes mean that the death of gas-powered motorcycles is imminent. Electric motorcycles still need to work towards a more affordable price point and more importantly, need to satisfy the riding feel of gas-powered motorcycles.

Although the USA offers some great tax incentives for purchasing electric motorcycles and installing new EV chargers in their home, their practicality for the average American just doesn’t make sense yet. Once batteries become better and cheaper, and the ranges of electric motorcycles continue to improve, they could easily become an acceptable alternative for most riders.

People have long recognized the benefits of motorcycles as low-impact, eco-friendlier transportation compared to traditional vehicles like cars. They consume fewer resources and take up less space. However, it takes bold commitments from the motorcycle industry to take a deep, self-reflective and look at their sustainability as an entire organization. Harley-Davidson is one of the first and leading brands to push the biking industry to reduce its carbon footprint.

Harley-Davidson has a longstanding social responsibility mission involving business practices, manufacturing, and social responsibility. Within the environmental mission of the company's sustainability policy, Harley is working toward several major goals: reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, achieve zero waste and improve fuel economy.

In this era of intense competition, Harley-Davidson is attempting to establish a presence in the EV market. At $30,000, the LiveWire electric motorcycle seems a bit out of reach for most Americans looking for an affordable ride.

Are we living in the decade when gas-powered motorcycles are destined to go the way of steam cars? It’s too soon to tell, but it feels like electric vehicles are taking off. A new generation of young riders is warming up to electric bikes.