Are you a collector? Is a moped your daily? Do you even ride? Do you live for rallies and group rides? Are you a racer? A tuner? Maybe you're into buying, fixing and reselling, or do you have a shop. Do you just like fixing stuff? I've been into mopeds for about a year now. It started with one. It always starts with one. A Vespa Bravo. It was not runnng, but complete. By the time i got it running, i was hooked. But not hooked on riding so much, as the satisfaction i got from taking this humble, broken machine and turning it into a zippy little form of transportation that i missed out on as a youngster. I grew up in the 70's like many on here, but I started young on dirt bikes, and bypassed these less-than-cool rides. Now, 40+ years later i stumbled across them again. After getting the Bravo going, i began craving more. One just wasnt enough. After all, many people on MA have multiple bikes. I came across an ad for three more mopeds, a Motron, a Maxi, and a Wards Riverside. I bought them all, and suddenly had a collection. I spent the summer wrenching, repairing, rejuvenating and searching for more mopeds. So now, almost a year later, I own nine mopeds. For some reason i love them. I don't really ride them. Ive got too much medical stuff going on and cant drive anymore. Ive put less than 50 miles total on them. But i still love them, and my wife rides them, and the neighbor kids think they're cool. I enjoy fixing them and restoring them. It gives me a lot of satisfaction to pick up a junker that has been given up on years ago, and cleaning it up, and getting it on the road again. Its great to see my wife ride off to work on a bike that was previously abandoned and forgotten. Or the smile ona kids face when i tell him to go test ride the new performance pipe i put on. Its fun to teach youngsters, and even my wife, about air/fuel ratios, jetting, expansion chambers, etc.
So I guess i am a collector/wrencher. Im getting into performance tuning for more of a challenge. I thought i would be a flipper, buying bikes on the cheap, fixing them and then reselling for a small profit. I cant get rid of any of them. I have even kept the bikes that I have bought specifically to resell to put the money into other bikes.
So what do mopeds look like in your life? Hello. My name is Seth, and I'm an addict.