Re: Mopeds over 50cc

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This is an excellent compendium of moped definitions, but the most useful one is the state definition. I realize that statement may rub against the grain of a generally anti-authority cult here (and I consider myself among them), but all the other definitions are just semantics. The only definition that should affect one's behavior and decision-making is the legal one. I have been considering upgrading from my 50cc moped to an 80cc scooter, for safety reasons, mainly, and the law in Michigan says that I would need to then get a motorcycle license because the engine has more than 49.9 cubic centimeters. That's the only definitional difference between the two machines that matters to me. The other variances, e.g., pedals vs. no-pedals, floorboard vs. no floorboard, are all potentially important personal preferences, but I don't really care what you call one vs. the other.

If one decides to increase to increase the displacement of a "moped" to more than 49.9 cc's with a speed kit, he or she can make a personal decision as to whether or not to register the machine as a motorcycle. But the decision should be made knowing that, technically, the moped is now a motorcycle according to the State. If I choose to flaunt the law (which I may very well do --- a speed kit is another of the possibilities I'm considering and I don't intend to go running to the Secretary of State's office with a press release about it) then at least I'll know that I'm in technical violation, which could, theoretically, earn me a fine. THAT is the only definitional difference that really matters, isn't it?

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Subject Written By Posted
  Mopeds over 50ccTopic by: Wacko Wally Wacko Wally 05/17/02 01:01AM
  Re: Mopeds over 50ccRe: Miguel Centellas Miguel Centellas 05/17/02 01:19AM
  Re: Mopeds over 50ccRe: Wayne Wayne 05/17/02 01:28PM
  Re: Mopeds over 50ccRe: Ron Brown Ron Brown 05/17/02 01:35PM
  Re: Mopeds over 50ccRe: Steve Steve 05/17/02 06:13PM
  Re: Mopeds over 50ccRe: JD JD 05/25/02 08:35AM
  Re: Mopeds over 50ccRe: Ron Brown Ron Brown 05/25/02 11:21AM
  Re: Mopeds over 50ccRe: Simon King Simon King 05/17/02 02:24AM
  Re: Mopeds over 50ccRe: Eric Mccool Eric Mccool 05/17/02 10:48AM
  Re: Mopeds over 50ccRe: Ron Brown Ron Brown 05/17/02 12:59PM
  Motorcycles with pedals then?Re: Wacko Wally Wacko Wally 05/17/02 05:22PM
  Re: Motorcycles with pedals then?Re: Wayne Wayne 05/17/02 05:26PM
  Re: Motorcycles with pedals then?Re: dazz dazz 05/26/02 04:46PM
  Re: Mopeds over 50ccRe: Kevin Harrell Kevin Harrell 05/17/02 12:51PM
  Re: Mopeds over 50ccRe: bruce bruce 05/17/02 06:44PM
  Re: Mopeds over 50ccRe: InfectedBootSector InfectedBootSector 05/17/02 07:32PM
  Re: Mopeds over 50ccRe: Wayne Wayne 05/17/02 11:15PM
  ummRe: Wacko Wally Wacko Wally 05/25/02 03:46AM
  higher displacement mopedsRe: Wayne Wayne 05/25/02 01:42PM
  Re: higher displacement mopedsRe: Fred Fred 05/25/02 02:04PM
  Re: higher displacement mopedsRe: Wayne Wayne 05/25/02 06:26PM
  Stealth modeRe: Fred Fred 05/25/02 08:12PM
  Re: Mopeds over 50ccRe: Ken D Ken D 05/25/02 08:36PM
  Re: Motorcycles with pedals then?Re: duck duck 05/27/02 12:29AM

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