the adventures of yoshi

…on wanting a moped

Posted in Bicycles, Mopeds by yoshi on September 26, 2010

a few years of riding back and forth, back and forth, back and forth to and from brooklyn to the city is putting some wear and tear on my knees.

not having a car (but sometimes zipcar comes to the rescue), sucks because i do enjoy driving, yes, even in the new york city traffic, and also because i am not limited to where i can travel to since some days i just don’t WANT to take the train or ride my bike, i just wanna drive myself to the damn movies!

so, i’ve been doing some research on mopeds and scooters.

i haven’t the slightest knowledge of either, nor have i ever ridden one. so i am writing this post reaching out for some helpful tips and advice. after some thought, i determined that i would prefer a moped for the following reasons:

  1. it looks soooo much cooler than a scooter
  2. you don’t need a motorcycle license since most mopeds top out at 30mph (“most”), i would need to purchase a class b or class c moped 50cc-150cc (i’m guessing these are less power and slower than motorcyles and scooters)
  3. they look like mini motorcycles
  4. cheaper than scooters

HOWEVER, although the above applies to my desires, the below applies to some set backs:

  1. i would have to drive in the car lanes if i’m to cross any of the bridges in and out of brooklyn to manhattan, mopeds are not allowed on the bike lanes on these bridges (womp womp)
  2. that means, if i drive in the car lanes with a 50cc-150cc moped, i’d have to face a bunch of angry car drivers racing over the bridge as i try to haul ass on my little moped
  3. i’ve never really owned something like this before and i don’t know how to maintain or care for it, so its definitely a learning curve, like there’s mentions of “titles” before purchasing – WTF does that mean?!
  4. lastly, if i REALLY want to drive over the bridge on a moped at good speed, i’d have to get a class a motorcycle license

with that said, here are some solutions:

  1. take a motorcycle class to get my class a M license (gonna cost more $$ and i don’t know where to start) so i can get a 250cc or higher which means i can get a moped or scooter that runs at least 45mph
  2. and well, i guess that’s the only solution i’ve come up with so far bahahhaha!

do any of you have mopeds or scooters that want to share your thoughts?

i’m really diggin 1980’s mopeds, but i fear that they’d be more fixer-uppers and i don’t know jack shit. i definitely want to get a used one because i can’t afford a new one, is there anyone out there that can help me??

for now, here are some of the mopeds i’ve been eyeing =)

BATAVUS MOPEDS

TOMOS MOPEDS

MORE TOMOS MOPEDS

LEFT: TOMOS | RIGHT: SACHS

and of course i would LOVE a RUCKUS!!!!!

and i just like this HONDA ad =)

please help!!!!

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  1. BRENTxBEAR said, on September 26, 2010 at 8:28 PM

    Well since you live in the city, i say moped should be fine. You wouldnt have to worry about changing gears or anything either. Ruckus are coo, but really its whatever you like and feels good as you ride.

    • yoshi said, on September 26, 2010 at 8:29 PM

      well, i actually live in brooklyn, over the williamsburg bridge =X so i would have to deal with getting over bridges and shit… (they don’t allow mopeds on the bike lanes on bridges, but do allow you to cross with cars)…

  2. BRENTxBEAR said, on September 26, 2010 at 8:42 PM

    fuckin shit.. that is a problem =/

  3. Al said, on September 26, 2010 at 8:48 PM

    get a ruckus, do a GY6 SWAP!

    shit can easily go 60+ in a couple of secs.

    Shit, have Mark send you one!


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