Two Person Mopeds

Jim Baranski /

Which models of mopeds are good for two people (rider+passenger)?

I'd like to get a moped to cruise around the countryside, something relatively quiet, doesn't have to be that fast, but will handle rough road conditions well.

Thanks, Jim

Re: Two Person Mopeds

Wayne Broderick /

My guess is, you're talking more of a scooter. I've seen some moped seats that were kind of long, and you could squeeze 2 people on them. BUT, as far as two average size adults, I don't think there are too many that would work well.

I saw a big (big for 50cc) Kymko scooter, it had lots of room for two and seemed to pull up hills well.

There may be some, but I'm not aware of any. Someone with more experience might be of more help.

This may not help. have you gone to www. "dogpile" "Infoseek" "Altavista" or "Yahoo" (or even Mamma) and asked about 2-seaters? It might produce something.

Re: Two Person Mopeds (photo)

Wayne Broderick /

This seat looks huge compared to my Tomos. That's about the largest I can remember seeing.

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Re: Two Person Mopeds

More important than the seat is that it not be a single speed model. It just won't make it up most hills. A two speed or variator equipped moped is what you will need.

Why not get two mopedds instead?

Jim

Re: Two Person Mopeds(photo)

the biggest seat I've seen so far is on my garelli, but it was installed by it's previous owner (not the best picture thou)

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Re: Two Person Mopeds(photo)

Check your state laws. In WI it is not legal to ride 2 up on a moped.

Re: Two Person Mopeds(photo)

for 2 people, a motobecane is a must, simply because of the enormous seat, and the belt drive wich has a lot of low end torque

Re: Two Person Mopeds

You might consider a Vespa Grande. It is has a long seat with factory rear foot pegs and can carry a gross weight of 440 lbs. It hits about 30 MPH on the flat with me and my friend. I weigh 170 and she weighs 140.

I bought mine from a place in California a couple of years ago and it is a great bike, starts first kick every time.

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Re: Two Person Mopeds

I agree with Bob. The Grande was built with two passengers in mind. It has a heavy frame and suspension, and has motorcycle wheels on it. The seat accomodates two just fine and the rear rider has footpegs. It has a variator so that torque is maintained on hills and at startup.

Chris

Re: Two Person Mopeds

Wayne Broderick /

Bob, what is the CC on that thing? Is it still "moped class" (50cc+ Under)?

Most of the people I've seen locally w/Vespas have 125cc and bigger engines.

How much did it cost? That's a really nice Moped. I'm going to buy a new machine soon, and I don't think I came across any links to the Vespas.

Does the dealer you used have a web page?

T.I.A.!

-Wayne

Re: Grande

Since everybody is singing the praises of the Grande, OK, that's what I have.

I didn't realize the advantage of a variator til I took it up a hill the first time. The engine slowed slightly and the road speed didn't decrease. This made a believer out of me since all the other mopeds I've had have been single speed.

Now I wouldn't sell my Grande for love nor money.

Jim

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Re: Moped Shopping

Wayne Broderick /

I usually use the "New Mopeds" link on Moped2.org to shop for mopeds. I noticed that there were no "vespa" links, and it's obviously a solid moped.

My question is: How many other cool new mopeds are there not linked to the Moped2.org?

Where do most of the Forum regulars shop for machines? Is there a better starting point than Moped2.org ?

Info is appreciated.

-Wayne

Re: Two Person Mopeds

The Vespa Grande moped is made by the same company (Piaggio) that makes Vespa scooters but is has pedals as the picture shows and a 50cc 2 HP engine.

I got mine from Zippymoped, they have a web site, www.zippymoped.homestead.com. I think they just do Vespa and Puch mopeds.

I paid $700 for mine and it has been a dependable work horse to get me around campus and into town.

Re: Moped Shopping

Hi Wayne

Sorry I wasn't clear, the Vespa Grande is used and is no longer imported into the US. I think the last one they shipped in was about 1982-83. You can easily still get parts for it.

Re: Moped Shopping

Jim Baranski /

Funny, I think of 'scooters' as being smaller then a moped, but I guess not. I'm think of something like a Honda Aero or Helix (big!), I Spree would be too small for my purposes.

Two people on one scooter is more cozy then two mopeds!!!

Thanks, Jim

Re: Vespa Moped info

If you go to vespasupershop.com and click on the moped section, you will find all the info you need on the Vespa Ciao, Bravo, Grande, and Si.

Best of all, parts are available for them, so they should be aroundd for a long time.

Jim

Re: Vespa Moped info

Wayne Broderick /

That's really crap that they (The mopeds) aren't imported anymore. What a sharp looking, solid machine.

The few people I've met with Vespa scooters RAVE about them .

Who knows, as more of us buy mopeds, maybe more manufacturers will consider it worth jumping through all the DOT hoops.

I wonder, if you were able to have a european friend buy one of these cool machines that aren't allowed into the US, (not necessarily a Vespa, but there's a TON of honda 50cc bikes that arent allowed in as well) and then had them ship it to you, would there be a snowball's chance of getting it registered here in the US?

I'm thinking that (given the ignorance of DMV) you could get just about anything registered if you call it a "motorized bike".

Anyone? Any experience on this?

Re: Vespa Moped info

yeah, the grande isn't even manufactured any more. only the ciao survives in italy. but .... the grande always makes me drool. what a hot hot bike.

but keep in mind also that if you're looking for a two-person bike, it's probably illegal to ride double in most states. you can do it. but you might get a ticket or at least some hassle by cops. keep that in mind.

that said, any large seat bike will do the trick, though you might lose a bit of speed. a long-seat motobecane or garelli should do fine.

Re: MOPED for 2

Rich King /

I have a 2001 Derbi Atlantis that will haul me and my girlfriend around at hwy speeds 50 mph on level ground and 40-45 uphill. No sweat. In fact it suprizes most motorcyclists I encounter. While it is classified in VA as a MOPED because of the engine size 49.7 cc, I am sure MOPED ARMY Forum would classify it as a scooter. I believe I heard somewhere, perhaps in this forum, that Derbi is in trouble with the govt. for importing these vehicles as MOPEDS rather than motorcycles. To make a long story short, if you are looking for a MOPED built for 2, I highly recommend this machine.

For those of you who remember some of my other posts. I have a 76 PUCH Maxi w/a 70cc kit and a biturbo. Although both are fast, the Derbi can easily run away and almost hide from the souped up PUCH.

Rich

Re: Two Person Mopeds

I have a Kinetic Magnum that is built for 2 people...it has a big seat as well as foot rests for the passenger. It also has a variator, so it will go uphill with 2 people on it. I think the weight limit is something like 350 lbs. or so.

I would not take 2 adults on any moped that is not rated for 2 people. The tires have to be rated to take the weight.

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