No disrespect intended, but the problem with the CA evap canisters is not so much performance, more aesthetics, and no hard data that shows that they do any good. California riders get saddled with this obnoxious, ugly afterthought that gets in the way, and which practically doesn't do a whole helluva lot to keep the emissions clean. The best it does is keep a tiny fraction of gasoline vapors from venting to the outside. It's not like these bikes are losing gallons of gasoline to evaporation anyway -- the tank is still mostly a closed system, otherwise our fuel efficiency would be crap. And this bike, and many others like it, have actually met strict European emissions requirements. If any of the bikes not sold with evap canisters was seriously venting gasoline into the atmosphere, you would have seen many garages that would have blown up by now.
Also, I seriously doubt that it's a felony to tamper with it. I know of exactly zero bikes that get emissions tested in California after they're sold, and all of our licensing and restrictions do very little to keep 49 state bikes out of CA anyway. Ask the guys riding red Versys in CA ...
It wouldn't bother me so much if a) the canister was discreet, unobtrusive, and a normal design element of the bike, and b) if the California Air Resources Board (CARB) flexed its regulatory might toward far worse polluters in our state, including thousands of seriously polluting vehicles that cross at our border with Mexico each and every day. Cars and trucks that not only have completely inadequate emissions controls, some which are blatant smokers, and some that pose a very real and dangerous hazard just being on the road. If you've driven anywhere on the freeways from San Diego to LA, you've seen what I'm talking about.
Instead what we have are manufacturers that have to build a whole different tank and hose routing setup on a motorcycle that represents a tiny portion of the total motoring public, and which realistically can't account for even a remotely significant portion of the air pollution when 95% of the drivers are in cars. These restrictions limit the public's access to motorcycle models that are freely available elsewhere. In California, which must represent a significant portion of the motorcycle buying population of the USA due to our generally mild weather all year throughout the state, we're limited in what models we can buy because bikes that meet all other states and countries' requirements, don't pass the muster with CARB. Which is why it took two years for California to get the Versys.
So if a motorcycle owner wants to remove the evap canister of a motorcycle he/she owns, far be it for me to find fault with that. No worse than straight pipes on Harley's or removing baffles on sport bike pipes, and less annoying to the public at large.
2009 Kawasaki Versys, "Dr Doom"
2009 Suzuki Burgman 650, "StormTrooper"
2003 Suzuki Burgman 400, "Yoda"
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Last edited by darcym; 02-10-2009 at 12:28 PM.