Moped reviews

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In alphabetical order...

Make Model Engine ATS* Overall
Quality
Reliability Parts
Availability
Tuneability Overall Riding
Experience
Notes
Batavus Starflite VA 48cc M48 20-30 3.5 4 2.5 1.25 4 Easy to work on, almost zero performance parts
Derbi Variant Piston Port 30 5 4.5 3 4.5 5 Overall awesome. #1 moped, only downfall is non-reed motor.
Honda PA50 I 49cc 18-20 MPH 4 4 4 2 3 Heavily Restricted Engine (see the PA50I performance article)
Jawa Babetta 207 207 25 3 3 2 2 3 Simple Electronic ignition, engine can be adapted to Dellorto SHA
Kamasura 50 GD 35 MPH 2.5 4 2 1.5 2 Engine is a Sachs clone, plastic and chrome is very poor
Motobecane 50v A AV7 30-33 MPH 4.5 2.5 4 4 5 Upgrades to ignition and carburetor can greatly increase reliability
Puch Maxi E50 25-30 5 4.5 5 5 3.5 Simple and fabulous! to modify and make faster.
Puch Magnum XK E50 25-30 5 4.5 5 5 4 This version did not have hydraulic forks and only came in red
Sachs G3 505/1a 28-30 MPH 4 4 3.5 2.5 4 Also sold under the Eagle brand as the Eagle III
Solex 4600 3800 18-20 2.5 4.5 3.5 1.5 4 Front wheel friction drive, paint is applied to bare metal, 49cc engine
Suzuki FA50 49cc 25-30 3 4 3 2 3 No pedals, foot pegs prone to breakage
Tomos Targa/ST A35 30 mph 4.5 5 5 5 3 Great first bike, Dealers in most states, best OEM parts availability
Tomos Arrow A55 28-30 MPH 4 4 5 4.5 4 Interesting bike, newer A55 motor, grippy tires and good acceleration and stopping power.
Tomos Bullet A3 SP 26-30 4 4 4 3 5 Early models came with encarwi carb. Swap that out quick. Dellorto models are better (1985+). Fast with pipe. Two speed.
Vespa Ciao Vespa 25-30 4 4.5 4 3.5 4 Stock cases limited by 13mm carb, still fairly easy to hit 50mph with stock cases.
Garelli -Sport NOI 25-30 5 4 3 4 4 quickish stock bikes, simple engines, stupid rubber clutches are the only design flaw.
make model engine ATS quality reliability parts tuning ride notes

*ATS= Average Top Speed, this applies to stock bikes only

Rating System

Here is a simple rating system for various mopeds. The individual attributes of the specific mopeds are rated on a scale of 1-5 and are intended as follows:

  • Overall Quality- The materials and craftsmanship: 5 being a work of art, 1 being 6th grade metal shop. Note that this is much different from reliability.
  • Reliability- 5 runs consistently despite abuse and neglect, 1 rarely can be made to run
  • Parts availability- 5 great dealer support, 4 some dealer support, 3 eBay, 2 over seas part ordering, 1 fabricate your own
  • Tuneability- Potential for tuning and performance parts: 5 wide variety of performance upgrades available, 1 not tunable
  • Overall Riding Experience- This is less than objective but very relevant: 5 Pure Joy; you just can't stop smiling , 1 Gritting teeth; this bike will be back on Craigslist shortly.

For those who edit this: This is not intended as a forum for bragging up your bike or bashing others, try to keep it as objective as possible, also try to stick with rating bikes with which you have experience. If a moped has a specific defect or notable feature be sure to mention it in "notes"

There are blanks at the bottom of the table so you can simply type over the words, feel free to cut and paste more blanks.