Time to hibernate the moped!

Jamie Leonard /

sigh I think its time to put the moped away for the season - getting a little too close to the time of ice on the road for me :) (I can deal with the cold, and my tomos handles the cold quite well actually, but ice makes me nervous in a city filled with streetcar tracks and drivers who recently had a frontal AND rearward lobotomy ;)

Time for a few months of public transport, with elbows in my back and screaming wackos in the next seat, all the while dreaming of spring!

Now if only someone could design a 4 wheeled knobby tired moped with a plastic bubble!

Anyone else giving their 'ped an unwilling rest for the season? :)

Re: Time to hibernate the moped!

gimmyjimmy /

i don't ride in the winter either,

but how about a "Mopod" (see attach)

I saw these at Daytona Beach this past spring, classified as mopeds.

mopod2.jpg

Re: Time to hibernate the moped!

Jamie Leonard /

Looks like a fun little thing! Actually at one point I almost picked up a Vespacar (three wheeled vespa based vehicle with an enclosed cab and small pickup bed or cube van type enclosure)

Legally a motorcycle here and therefore cheaper than a car, but has many of the advantages of a car. But couldn't afford it at the time (kicks self)

Unfortunately to be a moped here in ontario you have to have the pedal start... hmm... who knows one day I might get some mechanically inclined friends together and rebuild my tomos when I retire it into a tri-wheeled monstrosity with a plastic rain cover :) So long as I kept the pedal start, it'd still be street legal :)

Re: Time to hibernate the moped!

Ron Brown /

Jamie,

I don't know how bad the weather is where you are, but in Michigan, we have relatively cold winters and I ride (mostly a motorcycle) any time the pavement is dry. A snowmobile suit and a sunny day can improve your whole attitude and riding through the winter means you do not have to winterize.

Ron

Re: Time to hibernate the moped!

Ron,what quality level do you have to purchase in a good suit and how much Moolah does it take?Sounds like something I need.

Re: Time to hibernate the moped!

Ron Brown /

Don,

If you can wait for the winter sales, as I did, I picked up a 100% thinsulate suit, not at all bulky like the old ones, I can even get my leather jacket on over the top of it (I am slimmer than you : ), for $100.00. Easy to get in and out of and has enough zippers that you can get some ventilation if it is not too cold out. I can handle about 30 minutes on my motorcycle at 18 degrees without severe discomfort. I do have a handlebar windshield but at 55-70 mph, there is plenty of wind around me.

My litmus test for the suit was to find one that I could not blow through the outer fabric. Some suits advertise wind resistance but you can feel your breath through the fabric. This does not work when travelling at any speed. The ones you can not blow through are also waterproof if the seams are sealed.

You may get some wierd looks as you are kissing the suits, but hey, this will be a long term relationship, you need to establish compatibility. : )

Ron

Again,Ron,great help! Thanks

That is an awesomely good way of testing those suits!I have never thought of doing that.And I definitely want `waterproof'.I guess I'll be getting one of those.I don't have a full-face helmet,so I'll try the other type with the face shield,and tuck that skier neck protector down into the suit.THANKS! This may seem like a little thing to some of you southern boys,but us nawtheners appreciate it.(:>)

Re: Time to hibernate the moped!

Jamie Leonard /

Actually mine gets stored in a heated garage and I run it briefly every 2-3 weeks, so no need to winterize (me, put my baby out in the cold? Never!)

Actually if my area had less traffic and better drivers I'd probably still ride... but black ice and bad drivers make me nervous :)

Hibernate the moped ? Blasphemy !

Reeperette /

Ice ? snow ? ha!...Long as I got my chains on, I don't much care.

The worse the conditions get, the less people out there, and by default, less morons..most of whom will be stuck and not my problem.

As fer my Suit, I got prettymuch total wind-resistance at up to 50mph, and endurance levels in the all-day range...but it's a snowmobile, not a cycle, suit.

It's in a nice, tasteful black, with silver reflective trim, and it shows up nice against the snow in a no-nonsense kinda way.

I did learn the difference between water resistant (snowproof) and water PROOF, however...A light drizzle will bounce, but riding in a downpour, protection isn't complete....the rain hits one in the chest, and pools at the front right where yer, erm..."equipment"...is, and soaks through, leading to VERY cold cojones....not that it's ever stopped me from ridin, but next time I buy water proof.

-R

Re: Time to hibernate the moped!

Ron Brown /

Jamie,

If you don't go for a ride when you start it. Just drain the carb and leave it til spring. Even in a non-heated garage, the acids and condensation caused by starting it are more detrimental than prolonged idleness.

Ron

Re: Time to hibernate the moped!

Jamie Leonard /

Actually I ride it around the parking garage a few times :)

Re: Hibernate the moped ? Blasphemy !

Jamie Leonard /

Problem here with snowfall is there's just as many morons, but all of a sudden they're spinning out of control :) (But I'm also right downtown, and downtown streets when plowed get unpleasant for mopeds... basically icy streetcar tracks bordered by waist high frozen solid walls of snow and ice.)

Might go a bit longer next year for the moped season mind you... have been pushing it a bit more each year.

There's that.

Reeperette /

There's also remembering to friggin duck when the salt trucks are around....

-R

Re: There's that.

Jamie! It's mostly your Gov't's fault for not allowing studded tires!Good grief! We're talkin' Canada here! They let me run `em from Nov.15 -April 1st.in SOUTHERN OHIO !!

Re: Try a themal hunting suit

I picked one up a K-Mart for 65 bucks I test drove it yesterday in 40 degree weather and didnt feel a thing except I didnt have my full face helmet on , I got gloves and a neck protector from LandsEnd, because I ride all year on my bikes, give me a sunny day and thats all I need to ride, oh and sometimes a windshield can create worse problems in cold weather by directing a buffeting wind right in your face, but cold or no get out there and ride!!!

Re: There's that.

Jamie Leonard /

Actually I don't mind that so much... after all it hurts less getting your foot run over by a regular tire ;)

Re: Try a themal hunting suit

Okay,Rog,but is it WATERPROOF ? Thanks!

Re: There's that.

That's true! I believe we've hit on the Canadian Gov't's reasoning here.You're not by any chance a retired Mountie are you?

Re: There's that.

Jamie Leonard /

You saw the grey horse I'm towing on my moped didn't you? :)

Actually I'm pretty sure, like any gov't that "reasoning" isn't a proper term to apply :)

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Sad,but true,Jamie! Whilst the commoners(taxees)languish in commonymity,the taxers see to it they STAY commoners.But ice is the great equalizer in the Frozen North and commoners may be better drivers.

Re: Hibernate the moped ? Blasphemy !

I'm with Ree on this one. I'm planning on riding through winter here, in KC, just like I did in Michigan.

Fer chrissakes, I bought and started riding my first moped in early January 2000 in MI...here in KC's it's gonna be a picnic!

I must agree, however, that waterproof clothes and boots are a must and salt trucks suck my ass.

Ree - You have chains for you moped tires?? Where might one obtain something like that?

Tire Chains.

Reeperette /

Simple...yer local hardware store.

There's a type of flat-link ornamental brass chain that's sold, the links are about 1/2" long, mayhaps 1/4" wide...you'll know it when ya see it.

You buy a whole crapload of it, cause it wears out, so have plenty handy.

Wrap about 3-4 feet of it around each wheel, tire, rim and all, and secure it with S-hooks.

It's soft brass so it don't scratch up the tires or nothin, might scratch up the paint on the rims a bit, but that's the price ya pay.

They'll last about two days if yer a throttle gorilla like me (ungh, fasta, fasta!) about four if yer more rational.

As fer traction, they'll handle ice, uphill, on a pretty fair incline, so no worries.

-R

How should it be stored???

Jessie S. Band /

hello all!

How should I store my moped over the winter? I was planning on putting it in the shed, rather than the garage (it would be more exposed in the garage as the doors are constantly being opened). Is there anything else?

thanks.

Re: How should it be stored???

Yes,Mr.Band! Put the correct amount of `Sta-Bil' fuel stabilizer in the tank and top it up.Then close the fuel valve on the tank and run the `ped until you know it's about to stop.A full tank won't rust.Make sure to only use quality gas with NO ETHANOL.Ethanol attracts moisture into your gas.Let excess air out of the tires,down to about 20 lbs. is o.k.,and lube the chain with grease or 90 W gearoil.Spray inside the cables with silicone spray or light oil.Remove the spark plug and pour in a little 2-cycle oil and turn the engine over with the plug removed.Then replace the plug.Make a list of these things you've done for future reference and don't forget to air up the tires in the spring or whenever you plan on using it.

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