Mopeds vs motorcycles

zxrider /
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Hello everyone,

I am new to this site- I was just surfing around and thinking back nostalgically to my moped days as a youth. Basically, I began riding mopeds on the street at age 13 when I lived in Italy. For 3 years, it was a never ending escalation of bigger, faster, better mopeds until I left the country 3 years later. By law, we were limited to 50cc machines until age 16- at which time you were allowed to ride up to a 125cc machine. So, we used to just hot-rod the hell out of our 'peds- expansion chamber pipes, 19mm carbs, big bore kits, disc brakes, it was kinda out of hand. But, it was a helluva lot of fun and made my teenage years some of the best of my life.

Anyway, to get to the point- when I got to the U.S., it was a natural progression for me to get into motorcycles. Sixteen years later I am an avid motorcyclist and drive an 1100cc machine. I viewed mopeds as the "beginning chapter" in my lifelong love of motorcycling. Why is it that more moped riders don't make the leap into motorcycling? Riding a moped is really no different than a motorcycle. The sensation, fun, and freedom is the same, but I just feel that motorcycles enchance the joy a bit more. Why bother spending enough money modifying ones' moped to the point that they could have purchased themselves a really nice, used motorcycle that will obliterate the pricey little 50cc screamer? Sometimes I will hear people argue that mopeds/scooters are less dangerous than motorcycles. Personally, I don't see how this can possibly be true. I feel that the level of risk is at least the same- you're on two wheels, mixing it up in traffic with cars, and just as vulnerable. In fact, I feel that mopeders might even be at more risk due to the fact that you cannot really use the vehicle's horsepower (or lack thereof) to get out of a bad situation.

Also, there seems to be some animosity that mopeders have against motorcycles. Is this true?

Please, I in no way intend for this post to disparage any of you fine folks. Quite the contrary. I really love all forms of motorized 2-wheel transportation- Mopeds included!! Some of my life's best memories were made on mopeds. I have just always wondered why people ride mopeds/scooters rather than motorcycles.

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  Mopeds vs motorcyclesTopic by: zxrider zxrider 08/24/01 11:00PM
  Re: Mopeds vs motorcyclesRe: Jessie S. Band Jessie S. Band 08/24/01 11:35PM
  Re: Mopeds vs motorcyclesRe: XBrandon EdgeX XBrandon EdgeX 08/25/01 12:04AM
  Re: Mopeds vs motorcyclesRe: Rick Rick 08/25/01 01:16AM
  A bit overstatedRe: Fred Fred 08/25/01 01:17AM
  Re: A bit overstatedRe: Jamie Leonard Jamie Leonard 08/25/01 03:08PM
  The Efficiency Challenge !Re: The Moped Gawd The Moped Gawd 08/26/01 07:28PM
  Re: The Efficiency Challenge !Re: Wayne Broderick Wayne Broderick 08/26/01 07:42PM
  Re: The Efficiency Challenge !Re: Wayne Broderick Wayne Broderick 08/26/01 07:55PM
  Re: The Efficiency Challenge !Re: Jamie Leonard Jamie Leonard 08/26/01 09:21PM
  Head to head is the only accurate way.Re: Fred Fred 08/26/01 11:17PM
  Re: Head to head is the only accurate way.Re: Jamie Leonard Jamie Leonard 08/27/01 01:20AM
  Head to head is the only accurate way.Re: Fred Fred 08/27/01 03:43PM
  Re: Head to head is the only accurate way.Re: jamie leonard jamie leonard 08/27/01 03:59PM
  Re: The Efficiency Challenge !Re: Ron Brown Ron Brown 08/27/01 01:36PM
  Re: The Efficiency Challenge !Re: jamie leonard jamie leonard 08/27/01 01:45PM
  Re: The Efficiency Challenge !Re: Fred Fred 08/27/01 03:20PM
  Re: The Efficiency Challenge !Re: Ron Brown Ron Brown 08/27/01 06:07PM
  Re: The Efficiency Challenge !Re: gimmyjimmy gimmyjimmy 08/27/01 10:33PM
  Re: The Efficiency Challenge !Re: Ron Brown Ron Brown 08/27/01 01:51PM
  Re: Mopeds vs motorcyclesRe: Jimmy Jimmy 09/20/01 11:03PM
  Re: Mopeds vs motorcyclesRe: TIP TIP 08/25/01 08:30AM
  Re: Mopeds vs motorcyclesRe: Peggy Peggy 08/25/01 11:25AM
  Re: Mopeds vs motorcyclesRe: Jamie Leonard Jamie Leonard 08/25/01 03:12PM
  Re: Mopeds vs motorcyclesRe: Ken Ken 08/25/01 09:39PM
  Poor man's Hot-RoddingRe: Miniengine Miniengine 08/25/01 11:51PM
  Re: Mopeds vs motorcyclesRe: Ron Brown Ron Brown 08/26/01 11:08AM
  Thanks Everyone!Re: zxrider zxrider 08/27/01 07:13PM
  Re: Thanks Everyone!Re: Ron Brown Ron Brown 08/28/01 12:12PM
  Re: Thanks Everyone!Re: Richard King Richard King 08/31/01 01:14AM

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