Are you riding your ancestors' moped?

Last week I received a call from my buddy Ken at the local Ace Hardware. It seems that a father and son had came in looking for things for a Gadabout they were restoring. Ken told them about me and he wanted to know if it was ok to give them my contact info.

Heck, yeah.

The kid was restoring the bike that was his Grandfather's on his mother's side and needed pedal arms, tires, tubes, the usual. I gave him suggestions on local places for tires and tubes, and although I needed the pedal arms that I had from Treats for one of my bikes, I felt it was more important that he have them now and I could buy more at a later time.

How cool is it to help somebody restore a moped that three generations of the same family, he, his mom, and his grandpa had ridden? He's just 17 and I hope that maybe in 20 years another generation gets to ride the family moped as well.

So I'm wondering if there are any other MA members out there who are riding their parent's or grandparent's bikes?

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I used to have the 1967 Honda Cub that my grandmother won in a Girl Scout raffle at the state fair. It was stolen from me. :(

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sadly nope....i did give my first moped (maxi) to my nephew back in the 79. Now i get to ride his motorcycles. good trade!

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Alexandro Ramirez-Nagy /

I'm riding the bikes that belonged to the parents of the guy I bought my mopeds from. Not as special, but they've been a pair since 1980 which is pretty lit.

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kevin Smellaflange /

i'm restoring a whizzer mounted to a black phantom frame...because my dad had the same one.

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Josiah Radebaugh /

Not really family, but my Peugeot's have been a pair since the first owner.

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Jeremy Homser /

I have my dads blue 79 moby that he got back in 81 from a coworker. He was a mailman and his coworker was afraid to ride it after she rode it into a ditch so he bought it from her to be nice.

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I still have and ride my grandfathers Batavus Starflite, he bought it in 1980 for $50. I have been riding that same moped for 30 years now, have ridden it in 3 states and rode it dubs at my first rally after my loaner died, other then cleaning the carb and replacing the fuel line and pectcock it's still all original.

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I'm loving these responses!

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Gilbert Lewthwaite /
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I AM an ancestor, a grandfather (83), riding my own 1968 Peugeot 101 that I brought over from Paris in 1975. It's been totally renovated, but still has the original paintwork, decals and panier sidebags. Hope one of my grandsons will eventually ride it.

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Luigi Garzone /

My first moped experience was in Italy where my great uncle used to zip around on a piaggio boxer well into his 80's. He passed a few years ago and I'm going back to visit this summer, his 2 boxers are now being offered to me, I just need to find a relatively cheap way to get them back to the USA

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Anonymous User /
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Those boxers tho.

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i ride my mother in laws blue maxi and father in laws yellow motobecane.

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Dirty30 Dillon /

One of those is a Boxer, the other is a Si.

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Sadly, I'm the first and the last in my family, although my step-son rode one for a few weeks getting around in Columbus,OH.

In my case it was the love of being on a bicycle,though in Southern Ohio where going uphill dampens the enthusiasm, that made me WISH for a little engine on my bike.

Never bicycled much after 14 yrs. old, and was 48 when I bought my first Sebring and soon found MopedArmy.

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Growing up we found my friend's dad's old puch buried in the back of the garage, we fixed it, rode it and had a blast til my brother and neighbor jumped it into a tree and bent the shit outta the forks. around a decade later I got married at my childhood home and at this point was pretty deep into mopeds, brought some spare forks and restored the maxi - my little nephew rode it around the whole week, now my neighbor rides it again

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Bruce Zapper /

> Derek Stahl Wrote:

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> I still have and ride my grandfathers Batavus Starflite, he bought it in

> 1980 for $50. I have been riding that same moped for 30 years now, have

> ridden it in 3 states and rode it dubs at my first rally after my loaner

> died, other then cleaning the carb and replacing the fuel line and

> pectcock it's still all original.

If the speedometer still works ,how many miles?

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My dad’s Express motor is on my bmx frame. I got it from his house before he passed in β€˜15. He said make it good! Fit

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> Moore Burns & Payne Crematorium Wrote:

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> My dad’s Express motor is on my bmx frame. I got it from his house

> before he passed in β€˜15. He said make it good! Fit

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Sorry about your Dad. He made good sense! Looks like a nice bike.

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When I grow up I want to ride mopeds and motorcycles . Sorry, you can't do both....

I never want to grow up! Has worked for me for 60 years.... LOL

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> Thomas TPRF Wrote:

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> I used to have the 1967 Honda Cub that my grandmother won in a Girl

> Scout raffle at the state fair. It was stolen from me. :(

Should'nt that have been registered with a title and license and did you file a police report? Sorry she lost such a great motorbike.

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> Don Ohio Wrote:

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> > Scout raffle at the state fair. It was stolen from me. :(

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> Should'nt that have been registered with a title and license and did you

> file a police report? Sorry she lost such a great motorbike.

It was non-running in my garage when stolen, so it had an expired tag. It was registered to me. Odds are the thieves just sold it as scrap metal anyway.

Shortly after moving out of the house, before completely emptying it, long story, we got hit by thieves. The neighbor called the police. When the cops got there the thieves had a handwritten note allegedly from my mother, she hadn't lived there in 10 years and the house was in my name at this time, with a made up phone number saying they had been hired to "clean" the property. The cops accepted this. They "cleaned" out my tools that were still there, all my big stuff basically, my Hammond organ, my huge record collection, and my large stash of Triumph parts. Then on a second trip took the copper out of the walls. Due to my personal situation at the time, divorce, failed business, I didn't have the energy to pursue anything with anyone.

Small town bullshit.

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> Thomas TPRF Wrote:

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> > Should'nt that have been registered with a title and license and did

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> > file a police report? Sorry she lost such a great motorbike.

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> It was non-running in my garage when stolen, so it had an expired tag.

> It was registered to me. Odds are the thieves just sold it as scrap

> metal anyway.

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> Shortly after moving out of the house, before completely emptying it,

> long story, we got hit by thieves. The neighbor called the police. When

> the cops got there the thieves had a handwritten note allegedly from my

> mother, she hadn't lived there in 10 years and the house was in my name

> at this time, with a made up phone number saying they had been hired to

> "clean" the property. The cops accepted this. They "cleaned" out my

> tools that were still there, all my big stuff basically, my Hammond

> organ, my huge record collection, and my large stash of Triumph parts.

> Then on a second trip took the copper out of the walls. Due to my

> personal situation at the time, divorce, failed business, I didn't have

> the energy to pursue anything with anyone.

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> Small town bullshit.

Good GRIEF! You got robbed and the police HELPED them rob you! Man, that's like, I can't imagine it. The only good one was the concerned neighbor. Sorry,Man!

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Unfortunately my father's Puch MV50 got stolen in the early 70's. I wouldve loved to owned that.

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> Bas Autowas Wrote:

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> Unfortunately my father's Puch MV50 got stolen in the early 70's. I

> wouldve loved to owned that.

Terrible as well. Hate moped thieves.

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Captain Janeway /

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> > file a police report? Sorry she lost such a great motorbike.

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> It was non-running in my garage when stolen, so it had an expired tag.

> It was registered to me. Odds are the thieves just sold it as scrap

> metal anyway.

>

> Shortly after moving out of the house, before completely emptying it,

> long story, we got hit by thieves. The neighbor called the police. When

> the cops got there the thieves had a handwritten note allegedly from my

> mother, she hadn't lived there in 10 years and the house was in my name

> at this time, with a made up phone number saying they had been hired to

> "clean" the property. The cops accepted this. They "cleaned" out my

> tools that were still there, all my big stuff basically, my Hammond

> organ, my huge record collection, and my large stash of Triumph parts.

> Then on a second trip took the copper out of the walls. Due to my

> personal situation at the time, divorce, failed business, I didn't have

> the energy to pursue anything with anyone.

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> Small town bullshit.

Cops are fucking stupid. I was out of country when my bike got stolen from condo garage. My neighbors called the cops, but they wouldn't do anything because I might have loaned it to someone. Gee the cut cable should have been a clue.

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It's too bad that mopeds don't rate the serious investigation they should. Theft of a vehicle is serious.

You know those cops just didn't want the hassle of looking for the creeps that took it.

No glory in catching a Moped thief.

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> Don Ohio Wrote:

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> It's too bad that mopeds don't rate the serious investigation they

> should. Theft of a vehicle is serious.

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> You know those cops just didn't want the hassle of looking for the

> he creeps that took it.

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> No glory in catching a Moped thief.

Hell, my brother's Ruckus got stolen up in Portland, Oregon months ago. The cops called him recently just to see if he'd found it yet. As if it may have just fallen behind the dresser.

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LOL! That's a good one!

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I bumped this because I've seen a handful of posts lately where newbies were riding their parents' or grandparents' bikes.

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