Determining a mopeds worth ( emotionally )

Chloe Feldman /

I got 3 days to kill off of work for covid vaccination shit so fuck it.. decided it might be a good time to crack open pandora's box on MA.

How do you go about determining what moped means the most to you?

I'm not talkin' like.. " Oh my derbi is 1400 bucks for sure!!! ". I mean like.. which moped could you never live without and how did you get there?

Granted, I feel like there's a couple classic themes involved here. How rare the moped is.. How long you've had the moped.. How many times the moped has burned you ( shoutout motobecane ).. How fast it is.. How much moolah you've put into it.. Blah blah blah, you get the idea.

Just curious how you guys go about this. Like when you know it's time to slim the fleet down, where do you start?

When I first got into mopeds, it was a big outlet for my bipolar mania. All the little parts.. seein how fast I could go.. how janky it could get.. AWWW the good times!! ? But now at age 28, it has taken more a shift into " what mopeds do I truly enjoy " Like who cares about how precise my ZA50 shimming is.. What bike am I staring at with lust when moped night rolls around? Like yeah the sicko mode clutch pulley peugeot is tight but I have wayyyy more fun doin' 43 mph on my stock variator build.

I know this is kinda a clunky topic but fuck it. I wanna hear from y'all. Tell me about your favorite mopeds you own and how / why they mean so much to you.

Yay, I'm excited.


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Rippers have their place when you’re feeling rippy and need a thrill. Moderate stock modded builds are my local errand bikes, as generally I get in less trouble with them (breakdown and split second decisions)

My stock modded bikes get more miles generally. 45mph is plenty fast enough to get you into trouble.

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Nothing lasts forever. Possessions are temporary.

Experience is where it’s at.

Have a fling with a favorite model. Build it up, ride it, have fun. Don’t be afraid to part ways. You get to experience something new and so does someone else.

I feel like being overly attached to things is dangerous. Live for the good times.

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Moped Lar (OFMC) /

My favorite moped is my black 1978 Garelli Gran Sport LTD. Its identical to the bike I bought brand new in 1978 and gave away in 1993. I won’t even put a price on it.

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Overpriced Parts /

I like rippers and stock modded bikes so what I did for our personal bikes is to combined them both to make a bike that can go between 55-60mph yet still be a grocery getter which they are used for sometimes,

I did this by necessity because around 15 years ago there was really nowhere halfway far out here you could go without going on 45 to 55 mph roads first, if you don’t go five mph over the speed limit you’ll get mowed down so high speed with fast takeoff was needed,

I try to keep as much factory look, feel, parts and reliability as possible

Now there is so many housing developments they dropped the speed limit down to 35 some to 25mph on many rds so a 40mph bike works 3 of the 4 directions so I really don’t need to build like that anymore

But my favorite bike still is a Magnum frame bike, gila or polini reed kit, Puch za50 engine but with a mild pipe, mild timing and higher gearing that allows for good temperatures, lower rpm which increases engine life,

I replace tires more than I rebuild engines

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campeona del mundo /

stock tomos a35 w/ pipe sell all other bikes.

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Tweaker trash /

Ripping stock junky mopeds in the winter on country roads with snow suit gear is mad fun

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♣Slew Foot♣ /

The dreaded one's Targa 95 ttlx 3 accidents once it was held and threatened as scrap for ins cost of repair 1,100 for what they would give me totalled 800. I took 4 and the bike. No moped salvage titles it would be crushed.

I will die with it or on it.

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Fish tits Krauthamer /

I am all over the place with this. I have sold probably 3 bikes that I swore at some time that I would be buried with. I dont miss them. I want bikes to be in people's hands that will enjoy them more than I am trying to get over on them. I get that people see their mopeds as an investment, but that aspect is nothing compared to having fun riding with friends.

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Tweaker trash /

Give me moped and I give you freedom

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I can't see myself ever getting rid of my first Motron Medalist. I saved up my lawn mowing and parachute packing money, paid cash, was hit by a drunk driver, replaced the entire back end, had chronic back pain for 40 plus years, moved it to 4 different places, rebuilt the top end twice, and was told that one of my kids is willing to take it for a ride at some point. Too many memories to get rid of this bike.

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Everyone needs 2 mopeds that they love and won't part with. I have about 5 that I wouldn't ever sell.

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> Fish tits Krauthamer Wrote:

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>having fun riding with friends.

I miss that, a lot..

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Fuckin' power went out. I guess it would have to be the maxi I have now. It was the first moped I got in Richmond and I waited a while to eventually find one. Had some offers on a hobbit, and a tomos, but I just wanted a maxi. Got to ride it a bit before I started the rebuild while I was there, and never really finished it. Still today it's not even done, just still sitting in pieces, but It'll get there eventually.

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I get emotionally attached to whatever oddball piece of junk I've resurrected from the dead, but the feeling fades when I get another basket case.

When I got my rusty Carabela running, I loved it. Reliable, semi-rare, beautiful in that ugly way, mostly stock and a 43mph rider.

Then I got the Cimatti Gran Prix XL, and sold the Carabela for a profit.

I love the Cimatti. Another rare, reliable, fast bike, and at the moment, think I'll never sell it. But who knows what will come along next?

And then there's the Ducati Piuma 48. I put a lot of time and money into making it perfect. I love staring at it. But it's not that fun to ride. It's slow (35) and it shifts funky with the handshifter. If the motor blows, which it will, eventually, if I ride it a lot, it's not an easy replacement. It's really far from being an easy fix. It's searching eBay Italy all over again. So it's a garage queen. With a cover on it. And will inevitably be sold, hopefully for a premium price at a big fancy auction...

I'm not a collector, I'm more like the hospital, where I bring them back from the dead, then send them on their way to enjoy the rest of their lives.

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Hepatitis J [OFMC] /

Bikes come and go. The only time I've ever regretted selling a bike is when I sold a clean rare bike to someone that beat the shit out of it. Even then, I didn't regret selling it, just selling it to that person.

You can't ride them all. Storing them sucks. The more bikes you have, the harder maintenance becomes on all of them, and the more likely it is that you're harming some bikes through neglect.

That being said, I have a bike or two I'll never sell. I think there are exactly two types of bikes in terms of emotional value; never selling and everything else. You know the bikes you'll never sell, if you're debating it at all its probably a seller.

When slimming down I usually start with bikes I have had for the least amount of time and have done the least with. Those are usually bikes I bought for cheap and thought would be a fun project.

The value you put on them doesn't really mean anything when even competitively priced bikes sit on cl/offerup for months at a time. Eventually you'll realize how much you care about a bike when you drop the price to $350 just to get it the fuck out.

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I think at this stage I can comfortably say I've had 150 mopeds go through my hands, I've been trying to lighten my load from almost 40 down to 5, currently at 9. I've sold 1 bike I said I'd never sell being my first mb5 so someone could enjoy it and flex their city hard as fuck, I have 2 bikes I think I'll have forever or until a stupid number gets offered of my tomos (lowmos) chopper and my NS50. I genuinely feel if you haven't rode the bike in 3 months then you're ready to sell to someone that will ride it. We're not all adam moyer or chad burke that can keep 200+ bikes at all times. Pass the obsession onto someone new

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I have various mopeds in states of disrepair but my orange puch mv 50 (Sears all state) I won't sell. Too many good times on that bike. Rode it to Switzerland and back once from Holland. Best holiday ever. Not a valuable bike at all, nor in beautiful condition but I like it a lot for that actually. You don't have to worry about scratching te paint or keeping it mint and stuff like that. I have a few other mopeds that I would love to own but I would probably still love this one the most.

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Pete Puczasaurus /

I miss my 77 Vespa Ciao. Bought it with the engine in a box, filled with sand and completely neglected. Loved messing around with that rotary valve engine. Such a simple bike. Regret selling that one.

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roots to wings /

I'll probably never part with my 77 maxi, new to me in 79. Rode it hard for 5 years and mothballed it after a buddy crashed it in college. Sat untouched for over 30 years before I decided to resurrect it during covid. It was a great moment when that thing fired up again and it was a great moment when it started up last week after my first bottom end rebuild. It's part of the antiquity of my life that I don't think I could part with. Nobody rides Dad's moped! I had to get a couple more for the kids.

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As a sort of OG moped rider, my getting back into this (3rd time) was nostalgia and a love of wrenching. Doubt I’d ever sell my ‘77 Maxi, first bike I got in the modern era. Reminds me of what it was like having a moped back in 1977 every time I ride it.

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Captain Janeway /

I'm starting to let go of mine since my back is trashed. One can hit over 50 and was fun when I can hit a good flat, but is so loud I never made a real connection with it. One I just won't get rid of. I love it's look and the way it rode. The previous owner took such good care of it that you can see your reflection in the gas tank lol. Lots of miles on it and it's the one I took to my first rallies.

I'll probably let go of the red one too. Beautiful bike and runs great. She's so purdy in red. It just makes me sad that I can't ride them so I may need to just let go.

I just can't let go of the one yet.

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