I saw a guy on a new Yam Zuma tonite... I asked him how fast it goes... "Oh.. these are pretty fast.. it'll do about 45".
"I really like the big seat... for seating two people on it"
So I said... "Those are supposed to be licensed as a motorcycle aren't they?".. (I was sure they were).
He looks at my like I'm stupid... and leans over and points to the sticker on the side of the plastic... "No... these are MOPEDS!"
He had a regular Michigan Moped sticker on this thing.
Which I swear is against the law... but if he got the sticker... that means he submitted some paperwork to the S-of-S (DMV to most people)... and they processed it as a moped.
I swear the rules say a Moped (in MI) is supposed to be >
30mph max speed
(it used to include automatic tranny... but I know they relaxed that rule maybe 2 years ago)
Normally the bureaucracy has contacts with the manufacturer that states the specifications of each model... so they already KNOW whch model qualifies as a ped and which qualifies as a motorcycle.
Its either on the moped list or its on the motorcycle list.
Apparently they have no such list.
Its a free-for-all.
Cool... I LIKE free-for-all's... anarchy is my choice for government.
Apparently I could walk in and just TELL them any bike is a moped... and they give will give me a sticker.
So they way I see it now... the only 'legality' ... is whether the cop 'perceives' the bike as a moped or not... in other words... If he felt a big Harley was a moped ... then its a moped.
Obviously he is gonna see a 'big' bike as a motorcycle... but what if I ride a Honda Trail 90 ?
Or a CB125 ?
They're small ...
I think I am going to try find the official state vehicle code and see if it has changed.. or its still a 30mph limit.
It would be cool if that 70mph 6 speed Aprilia 50 was now considered a 'moped' in MI.