In December, I had a moped (2001 tomos bullet (actually had a choice b/t the bullet and a TTLX... chose this one because of it's sexy styling...)) fall into my lap (never had a moped before.... I've always been a cyclist). Since I live in the Canadian prairies, I didn't bother taking possesion of it until this past weekend, but I've been lurking here in the meantime.
We're still definitely in the midst of winter here, but I have run out of patience and want to ride now, so I have a few questions for my cold weather comrades:
First, I have a general question:
When I called the license issuer about plates, I was told they would be ~ $270. I've seen numbers on this and other moped sites in the $10-$15 range. wtf? Are the super low numbers I see for tags only with no insurance? If so, how much is insurance normally? Or was the person I was talking to just on glue?
This weekend, when I was test riding, I noticed it took a long time to shift gears (it would rev quite high at ~12 mph for a block or so then you could feel it shift into 2nd and take off). Is this due more to the cold or just that it's a brand new engine/xmission? I assume it's due to the cold (my car does the same thing if I don't warm it up fully) so are there any tricks to prewarm the engine and keep it warm (would a cover over the cowling to keep the wind out be helpful)?
Are there any aftermarket tires I could get to run better in snow? The slicks it comes with will do me no good 9/12 of the year (I use mud tires on my bicycle in the winter and they work better than studs -- is there a similar 'ped option?).
Are there any other things I should be concerned about in the cold (specific oils?)? I'm not concerned about keeping myself warm (I already ride my bicycle all year so I've got all the gear), I just don't want to wreck my new toy.
Thanks in advance for any help.