average age in mopeds

Is it me or do we really got less young folk in mopeds. I feel like a vast majority of the folks doing mopeds are in 30's and 40's now, not so many new kids?

I'm just sometimes suddenly aware that I'm not that young anymore, but the old farts keep getting older and keep referring to us 30-somethings as the younguns.

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DrGeorgeTompson (Alan) /

Woo! I"m only 27!

wait I'm 28 . fuk(edited)

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Alexandro Ramirez-Nagy /

oh yeah! part of another minority! I'm 15.

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Nah there's very few younger people in mopeds. I've been trying to grow the moped culture down at Ohio State and it's sort of worked. We currently have 5 or 6 of us that go to OSU and wrench/ride together. Going into this year the only moped people I knew were from the unohfficials but I'm l'm the youngest in that crowd by a few years.

I feel like out of the rallies I went to this summer there were only like 3 people around my age or younger.

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Josiah Radebaugh /

Very few younger people doing mopeds. Mostly because they require you do actually do something. I myself am 15. @Alex for some time was my first victim with Mopeds.

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> Nick Haber Wrote:

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> Nah there's very few younger people in mopeds. I've been trying to grow

> the moped culture down at Ohio State and it's sort of worked. We

> currently have 5 or 6 of us that go to OSU and wrench/ride together.

> Going into this year the only moped people I knew were from the

> unohfficials but I'm l'm the youngest in that crowd by a few years.

>

> I feel like out of the rallies I went to this summer there were only

> like 3 people around my age or younger.

Yeah I feel like alotta the folks I see at rallies are the same folks i've seen at rallies for years. and new friends i've made in mopeds have been mostly around my age too.

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yep, i am 31... i blame electric bikes... the economy.... and friggin new age rappers rapping about teslas, not 64 impalas... what is happening to this world? and how do you mod a motor controller? Is anyone listening to me?

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i'm 37 and what's this newfangled discord app? and why do young people ride so recklessly but also why aren't more young people on this ancient semi-technical 1st-gen internet forum in favor of polished and trendy apps like tik tok?

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I'm 37. Get off my lawn you ass hats!

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30-something. Oh god your so old. get back to us in thirty years.

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Its hard to get kids or younger people to ride these days. Unless they know someone with a bike to join up with and ride that is. Its not like when i was younger where all the bike shops sold some brand of moped and the whole family would ride, people would see a group riding new shiny bikes and beg the parents to buy one for them. These days we don't have any new bikes besides the Bye Bike that are here, tomos is dead, no more puch and the chinese ones ( scooters) are mostly 4 stroke and unexciting. We need to get more younger people riding and should all try to invite them to a rally or the local branch meetings to try a bike and feel the addiction, then get them into peds weather new or old rebuilt ones. It would be the best thing for the industry and growth of the moped community.

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Well young man, there are a lot of the younger young-uns who dont see many mopeds out there so they get a scooter as basic daily drivers like their friends have...

Guess it does not help when some of up elders have more than one bike even though the creator only gave up one ass to ride with...

> Born to be WillD Wrote:

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> Is it me or do we really got less young folk in mopeds. I feel like a

> vast majority of the folks doing mopeds are in 30's and 40's now, not so

> many new kids?

>

> I'm just sometimes suddenly aware that I'm not that young anymore, but

> the old farts keep getting older and keep referring to us 30-somethings

> as the younguns.

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The world changed.i bought my first moped (57 sears allstate) 61 years ago.i had a morning paper route and an evening paper route that i delivered on my bycicle but saved up and bought the moped .most families owned one vehicle unlike now where everybody in the house over 16 owns one so less vehicles on the road.we didn't have people texting and driving and to be honest people had more respect for people than you see in todays society ..i bought my son a moped in 78 at the age of 10 and he never had a problem.i am not sure today if i would feel safe buying him a sherman tank and not worry about him being ran over from texting or road rage..the changing world has changed all things..(edited)

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I'm 44 and still ride a Puch. From like 1980. Funny thing is I see a lot of mopeds around where I live. Mostly 30-somethings riding them. Must be a nostalgic thing. I've seen Tomos bikes, Puchs, a few Trac Olympics, Batavus HS50 (top tank), a General, and two different Concords around here almost on the daily. Maybe it's strictly a Lakewood thing I'm not quite sure. Anyway I do remember when every kid on the block was tooling around on these bikes but now it's definately older people you see on them.

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> Thomas Peffer Wrote:

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> I'm 44 and still ride a Puch. From like 1980. Funny thing is I see a lot

> of mopeds around where I live. Mostly 30-somethings riding them. Must be

> a nostalgic thing. I've seen Tomos bikes, Puchs, a few Trac Olympics,

> Batavus HS50 (top tank), a General, and two different Concords around

> here almost on the daily. Maybe it's strictly a Lakewood thing I'm not

> quite sure. Anyway I do remember when every kid on the block was tooling

> around on these bikes but now it's definately older people you see on

> them.

I grew up in Parma and saw 2 other mopeds in the 18 years I lived there. I sold several mopeds to people who lived in Lakewood though. I think it's a Lakewood thing for sure

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Did Simon say that he used to have a page where he displayed info like that?

If he collected the birth year on our individual profile page, assuming we all answered honestly, it could be a simple query, for what it's worth.

I went to Moppit the last 2 years. I'm 55, the guys I went with were 23 and 65, and I met a rider there that was 72.

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> Trent Anderson Wrote:

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> Did Simon say that he used to have a page where he displayed info like

> that?

> If he collected the birth year on our individual profile page, assuming

> we all answered honestly, it could be a simple query, for what it's

> worth.

Your age used to display on your profile but not anymore. I kind of liked it .

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Megasaurass wRexckses /

I saw a crackhead riding a Yamaha yesterday, he looked about 50.

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If you saw a crackhead riding a Yamaha...especially a 50 year old crackhead...then it was probably stolen

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♣Slew Foot♣ /

My neighbor up the street had a white Moto Guzzi Robin I remember seeing it when I was 8 years old and it was new 30 years later I found it and I could have bought it it was weird and then I had a 1977 Thomas and I remember thinking when I was 10 I really wanted one of those and strangely enough now I have one or three and you're only as old as you act LOLs I mean are we going to physical age or mental age here cuz my body is like physically 90 but my brain is still an out of a control 19 year old and then there's actual time space age like I'm actually like 52 I think

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I’m 16 and have been messing with mopeds since I was 14

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well one reason i can think we're a bit older (i'm 45) is because we grew up in a more "hands on" age. i remember repairing and troubleshooting engines with my father and grandfather as a little kid, strapping up mufflers with safety wire and coffee cans, dicking around with drum brake star wheels, rebuilding 4 barrel holleys, cleaning the points with a matchbook, replacing rings on a lawnmower piston, etc. of course most of the time i was the flashlight holder, but i enjoyed every minute of it and it kickstarted my interest and it turned out to be a 4 decade hobby.

these days things are disposable and sanitized. people don't rebuild carbs, they call the repair guy who swaps it with a new one, or they throw the entire thing in the trash and buy a whole new snowblower. you wouldn't believe how many people look flabbergasted when they ask if i'm a mechanic and i tell them no, i work in IT. they can't believe someone might know how all this stuff works unless they do it for a living.

it's a rare kid that will turn their attention away from youtube to go help dad tear down the weedwacker or replace the struts on the family minivan.

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I've sold a few bikes to folks in lakewood and never seen em again. I ran into a few folks around the heights on mopeds, but only 1 was under 30. But theres a lotta kids getting into motorcycles, i feel like it's usually an easier transition, plus ohio lets you moped before you can drive. you'd think there'd be more interest. I just wish i could sell some shit hah

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♣Slew Foot♣ /

If only it was like how old you were in dog years. I mean say a human lives a hundred years a moped how long can a moped live I mean so it'd be like I'm 26 in moped years...

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Moped Lar (OFMC) /

I’ll be 56 at the end of the month. Started riding mopeds in 1977. It’s like reliving my youth all over again when I ride one of my peds.

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26

just 1 doggo fur child

tried getting my friends into them but they like dual sports better (for my area, street legal dirt bikes are fantastic). && i have 1 too, but i also like mopeds...

i even gave 2 mopeds to two of my friends and am still tryign to get them into it haha

it's partially i can find them for sub $100 and flip for $250-500 or so, so side money and partially i enjoy riding them too. win win

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♣Slew Foot♣ /

You see nowadays they could just take a highway safety course and get there M class when they're 16 so it basically made mopeds like blimps Zeppelin mechanics can relate...

It's just that the state doesn't love the children anymore before at least you had two years of somewhat motorcycle experience before you hit the road on something that goes 70 and weighs three or four or five times what a moped does so you could make your mistakes and live through them

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no groms no blasters /

it's probably because you can't put an ad in the pennysaver that says, "I haul away your old moped for free" and get ten free mopeds in unfuckedwith condition.

who wants to waste a thousand dollars to do a dumb hobby that sucks where you just hang around with a bunch of fogies when you could be outraged at something on tumblr

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I'm 52 and started riding in 1980 when I purchased my Tomos. In the 23 years I've lived in Bedford, Ohio I've NEVER seen another moped tooling up and down the streets. I've just recently noticed one other person riding a scooter around town. Heck I don't even see kids on bicycles anymore. Seems the younger ones stay hunkered down in their houses "wrenching" on PCs and game consoles. I actually started an FB group looking for local ped riders in an effort to maybe start a ride club. It has 4 member including myself and only one appears to be a local. Back in the 80's it seemed every kid over 14 had a moped. There's just so little interest in them by the kids anymore. I still get a kick out of blasting around town and getting flagged down by a local wanting to know "what year is that thing?" and "I haven't seen one of those in years!". Maybe I'm just weird, but I still enjoy riding and don't really understand why more folks aren't drawn to having an occasional rider in the garage.

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> no groms no blasters Wrote:

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> who wants to waste a thousand dollars to do a dumb hobby that sucks

> where you just hang around with a bunch of fogies when you could be

> outraged at something on tumblr

ha!

yeah its kinda true, mopeds has gotten harder and more expensive since we started, used to be you could get a pretty decent bike that ran with a carb clean for $200 all day long. nowadays its harder to find them and they are more fucked up when you do find them.

i just got my cousin into it this summer, it was interesting, we had a lot of fun drinking beers and doing a full ground up vespa build, but its way different from how i got into it.

i get that its popular for people to bitch about millenials being lazy and having their noses in their phones and not wanting to do real life shit, and i don't totally agree with that but from my experience mentoring high school kids building a vintage motorcycle race bike there is definitely a thing where the current crop of teenagers would rather experience life through social media and live vicariously through a few curated 'influencer' type people who just go around and set up good lookin' instagram shots, rather than going out and doing that shit for themselves.

its not much worse or different than at other times though, you look at how many people played video games when i was a kid vs. fucked with mopeds and minibikes, shoot think about skate videos how many people watched vhs skate videos instead of actually skating.

i guess the phone thing just makes it more pervasive nowadays, and the constant 'feed' of social media means you're not gonna get bored after watching a VHS tape and go outside, there is more dumb shit to look at coming into your phone every minute.

i dunno, i'm pretty ok with moped army just being this goofy little thing that happened for a few years and now its just a bunch of old farts getting together to relive the 10 years of glory days, if that is what is going to happen. mopeds weren't popular from 1980-2008 so i don't see anything shocking about them fading back into obscurity.

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