> For mopeds to become environmentally "correct" they'd have to
> switch to four-cycle engines with pollution controls, at the
> very least. Don't count on that happening anytime soon.
Actually... thats not true at all... 2 strokes are virtually being outlawed in any shape or form.
Jet ski's are going to 4 strokes.
Snowmobiles are going to 4 strokes.
Some 2 stroke lawnmowers have been banned in Cali
2 stroke dirtbikes are now banned from public land in Cali
Dirtbikes are going to 4 strokes in the rest of the country.
A new law by the EPA and DOT will require all ORVs to meet the same pollution and noise standards as cars do... no 2 stroke will pass those requirements... (without a bunch of stuff they probably won't see fit to do to them).
sooooooooo... as of right now... under 50cc has no emissions standards to meet... but that could change pretty fast if any Sierra Club type organizations turn up the heat... (and Americans sit back and let therir Government do more stupid stuff... which they will...)
peds (and scooters) are such a small, unobtrusive element though... that they will probably not be bothered.... probably ...