> Matt Schell Wrote:
> Walking into the line of fire here...I’m the designer for Spark
> Cycleworks in CT. We are working on our 2nd gen emoped. As someone that
> also rides gas, I’m constantly torn. I love the sound, smell, and work
> that it takes to keep my older mopeds going. There’s a sense of pride
> there. However, I love electric because I can just jump on and go. No
> maintenance and I get about 40 miles on a charge. My gas moped has
> gotten love through caring for its motor. Whereas my electric has gotten
> love through customization. Take it for what you will, but I end up
> riding my electric more than my gas motorcycle and moped combined
> because it’s never broken down. I’m happy I stumbled on this thread, if
> there’s anyone that lives in CT and wants to talk design, I’m all ears.
Not in CT but love to talk design. As one designer to another I am going to be straight to the point. The "eMoped" models listed on the spark site don't look like mopeds. I am not even talking about the fact that they are more of a scooter look. Mopeds have a classic look and feel that so far IMO only Onyx has captured. Even though Monday built their bike on a Puch frame, it lost all of its moped look when they stuck that box "tank" on it and I am not sure what is up with that seat? I understand that e bikes are a product of the "future" but mopeds are a product of old school. I would toss the new Italjet ebikes out there as another example of taking it back to the classics. All that said I am not against designing for a future product but at least make it look like a moped.