Sorry Jamie, I guess I'm the one comparing a 2 year old Tomos to a 15 year old Honda, which is a scooter. The mechanicals on a scooter are protected from the elements much better than on a moped.
My '84 QT was more like a traditional moped. 17 years old, unknown history, had been repainted... I bought it from a motorcycle mechanic, who tuned it up and got all the lights working.
The only problem I ever had out of that bike was a clogged up exhaust port, which should've been expected, as old as it was. I probably put around 3000 miles on it, before it was stolen.
Have you ever ridden a Japanese bike? I can tell a difference just in the way they ride.