On Thursday last week, the temperature being a balmy 35 degrees or so, I fired up the Honda 500/4 and rode to Detroit to help a friend fix an electrical problem on a motorcycle in his shop.
Thoroughly enjoyed the ride, despite the necessary snowmobile suit, mittens etc.
The problem was easy to fix and left me with the time to admire a Jincheng "moped" sitting in the front of his shop.
Apparently, the Michigan definition of a moped no longer includes pedals, making all scooters and bikes less than 50cc eligible for moped stickers.
You can see a picture of this bike at
Look under motorcycles for model JC50Q-8. This bike looks better in person than in the picture. The one I looked at was red metalic and they also make a blue as well as the strange green color shown in the picture.
You will have to take my word on this being the closest thing to a motorcycle I have ever seen without being one under the law.
As you can see, it is styled as a cruiser, complete with forward controls, king/queen seat with real frame mounted passenger footpegs and outstanding paint and chrome accents.
Mag wheels, 4.00 X 14 rear and 3.00 X 16 front, 4 speed? trans and electric/kick starting.
This bike feels and looks so cool you could probably pick up chicks! Although it may be illegal to ride 2 up and tough to go anywhere fast.
A 70cc kit is available and the "out the door" list price is around $2,300.00.
If anyone happens to be in the neighborhood, you can see one at Fryer's Motorcycles, 2238 Grand River, Detroit, between Telegraph and Lahser Roads.
Get a bandana, cool shades, some tatoos and a black sleeveless T-shirt/leather vest and check it out.