Brandon... I agree with some of what you said... but some of it is a bit overstated
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.
Partly true.. but an old motorcycle (even a large one) can run as little as $80 for plates and insurance for the season.
They get between 75 and 150 miles per gallon. Few motorcycles can get 75.
Not really... many people mistake a mopeds mileage as "mileage"... but its actually kilometers.
I say almost NO mopeds get over 100mpg.
Most only get 70mpg... way low considering how slow they are.
Almost all motorcycles get at least 40... many get 50... the smaller ones (smaller than 500cc) get 60.
Motorcycles win that one.
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.
I agree with that... and that is why I like them.
Unless I'm riding with my friends, I never see another moped. Almost every moped I see, I know the person.
OK... but for every 200 cars or trucks... there is still only about 1 motorcycle. You are still in a tiny minority.
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.
Very few bikes are getting bigger.
Many are getting lighter.
They take up so little of it, you can park on the sidewalk.
Mopeds and motorcycle are both small and can fit in small spaces everywhere.
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.
You don't have to buy a 180mph bike.
The average motorcycles power gets used a lot.
You can get away from dangerous cars driven by zombies easily.
The moped is efficiency at it's finest.
Your typical 2 stroke mopeds are typically quite inefficient in terms of mpg.
To Mr ZX who asked the question... Many of us own both.
I use the moped for short trips to the store quite often.
And take motorcycles for longer trips.