Hello MopedArmy community! I've recently gotten interested in the Moped scene and have lurked on the forums for the past couple days and I have now decided to join up and start my journey in learning the in's and out's of the vintage Moped world. In this post I plan on letting everyone know a little bit about myself and my personal history leading up to this decision to join the Moped force, so if you don't like long posts, then I suggest you turn back now haha because I will be going on a tangent.
Anyways, lets start with the basics. My name is Ryan, I am 22 years of young age and I reside in Alton, Illinois(greater St. Louis area). About one year ago I decided to get into the local car scene around here. A buddy of mine had a Nissan 240sx and was into drifting and all that jazz, did all his own work to his car and so did alot of his buddies. I enjoyed watching and learning, but, I am not too mechanically inclined. So, to join the crew and become cool, I bought a 1997 Volkswagen Golf off a buddy of mine who had put adjustable coilovers on it, a racing exhaust and stripped the inside clean. He sold it to me for $1,500, he had told me everything was taken care of and I wouldn't need to do any "major" repairs for at least a year or so. Well, unlike all the Honda kids in my area who think going fast consists of hitting rev limiter everywhere they go in their naturally aspirated cars, I drove mine like a Grandma to preserve the life of it. Long story short, the Golf ended up chucking a rod and turned the oil pan into a slushy of metal shavings and oil. The dude screwed me over, and out of the 4 months I had the car, it spent most of its time sitting because it wouldn't run right. I also came to find out all the drift kids and Honda kids where ignorant and just unpleasant to be around. I have other words for them, but I will spare everyone the vulgar language.
Now, a bit more about myself personally. I live in my Aunt's basement and I work at Steak n Shake doing 3rd shift. I come from a family of functioning alcoholics, and I am heading in that same direction. Last year, on my 21st birthday I was 138lbs(I am 5' 5")and I currently weigh 189lbs due to drinking beer on a daily basis. I need a hobby or something to keep me busy and to keep me from turning to alcohol as a vice, so I got an interest in Cafe Racers. I watched as many videos as I could to learn the mechanics of motorcycle engines, and yet again I couldn't learn it(due to the fact I can't afford one). So I thought to myself, what is a cheap form of transportation that I can do my own work on, with minimal tools, minimal time, and a small amount of income? Mopeds. Blam. Thus, my interest in them has been formed.
Now, time for my plan.
Over the next few months I will be active on the forums. Reading, researching, learning. I want to chronicle my journey through pictures, posts and videos of learning everything I can about mopeds. I also plan on losing weight and gaining my health back and hopefully kicking my habit of habitual drinking so I can focus more on mopeds and bettering myself.
Here is the second part of my plan(and the ending of my essay like post).
I want to ride my moped year round. Yes, you read right. I AM going to ride it year round(once I purchase one). I will mainly be using it to get back and forth to work, but also for leisure riding.
Any help/advice is greatly appreciated, any constructive criticism is welcomed with no hard feelings. I'm here for the long haul.
Well, if you made it through all this, thank you for taking the time to read it and or reply to it. Hope to be meeting all of you soon enough!