Moped Madness?


I was reading this article on Yahoo about how mopeds are making a come back due to high gas prices.

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To be sure, US sales of small-bore cycles aren’t yet at their peak – 300,000 units in 1978. But sales are up 500 percent since 1999, and rose from 83,000 units sold in 2004 to 130,000 in 2005, according to the Motorcycle Industry Council. A new moped starts at $1,000, and fancy scooters go for more than $5,000. What distinguishes the scooter from the motorcycle is mainly its small-bore engine and small-diameter tires.

To me it would make more sense to invest $100-$500 in a bicycle and save the rest. Why spend up to $5000 just to save money later? If you ride a bike, you save everytime you get on it. It barely cost anything to ride a bike…..but then again that’s just me.

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  1. Randy says:

    Its funny cause the thought of buying a scooter came across when I first got stationed here in PA. I figured that I could save a few bucks on gas. But ever since RL started talking about commuting by bike to work, I figured I would try it out. I ended up buying a mountain bike and have been riding since. That was one decision I’m happy I made.

  2. RL Policar says:

    Man I used to love Mopeds back in highschool. I remember I made mine run on octane booster and two stroke oil with my custom exhaust and I was able to eek out 35mph…I thought I was pretty cool…

    But now I’m able to hit speeds (going down a hill) over 45mph on a bicycle.

    Yeah now a days, riding a scooter just doesn’t make sense to me. You’re in the same lanes as cars and SUV’s which makes you more likely to get hit by one. At least when you’re on the bike lane..its your lane…well for the most part.

  3. Moe says:

    You still have to pay for registration and insurance for a scooter, you also can’t drive them on the river trail (at least in L.A). A better alternative is an electric bike. No registration, no insurance and you get to ride it on bike trails. When I rode with the electric kit, I was able to reach speeds of up to 20 mph and I was able to do my whole 20 mile commute on 1 charge.

  4. Lee says:

    Here are some more at some weird stuff too

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