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.