Okay, kids, today's essay question: Why do I prefer the moped over other forms of transportation?...
Here in the states, mopeds require little to no law-controlled costs, such as licensing, insurance, and registration. All I need is a class A license (the most basic license you can get) and a can of two stroke gas. I don't need plates or any licensing stickers in South Dakota.
They get between 75 and 150 miles per gallon. Few motorcycles can get 75.
When I took a moped engine apart for the first time, I realized that there was virtually nothing to it! There's less to go wrong and when something goes wrong, it's an easy fix.
Unless I'm riding with my friends, I never see another moped. Almost every moped I see, I know the person.
Driver to drivee weight ratio.
Motorcycles are turning into two-wheeled cars lately (Honda Goldwing, for example). A lot of motorcycles can't even be lifted back onto their wheels should they fall over. I could probably carry my moped, should the need arise. Not for several blocks or anything, but should I need to lift it out of a hole or up onto a tall curb, I can. It's more of an extension of your body than something that you're just along for the ride on.
They take up so little of it, you can park on the sidewalk.
When you ride a moped through town, you use most or all of it's power and speed. You can buy a motorcycle that'll do 180mph, but it's useless on the street. You end up paying for power you'll never use. When you're in town, you don't need more than 30 mph anyways. The moped is efficiency at it's finest.
Why mopeds? Why not?