I'm with you (and Whisky) I own both a Moped, 76 PUCH Maxi w/a 70 cc euro kit and a scooter, a Derbi Atlantis. Both are quick and easy to ride, though not at the same time. (haven't figured that one out yet). And both are considered to be mopeds by the state of VA. I just enjoy riding them on the back roads through the No. VA "hunt country" and "inside the beltway" because they are fun to operate. Like you, I think we should use this forum as an information vehicle re understanding mopeds and fixing problems w/peds. The peds vs scoots contriversy is an "unwineable" discussion. After all, it's DVM's call not ours here at the M.A. Forum. Personally, I think in a few years, the state DMV's will give a serious look at the Moped classification, particular for the "new scooters" for the reasons we are discussing, i.e. speed, and guess what - - they'll probably come up w/a "new" classification system (based on engine size & speed, which is what they use here in VA now). Dah, go figure.
See ya, Rich - - just geezing along on the PUCH.