After a good amount of time lurking, a massive amount of internet research, and a bazillion years of saving my money coupled with a bit of good luck, I own my very own moped; a 2008 Tomos LX in that ridiculous "steal me," red color (it was the only color they had left). I bought it brand NEW and it's the only thing I've ever ever owned new besides maybe underpants... so I'm stoked!
I've got a joke of a helmet currently, but have a full-faced bid going on ebay, I've got a lock and an alarm on the way, and I've got a cover for it. I've also read the broken-English manual that came with it about 12 times now... I've printed out a maintenance schedule, and am considering making tiny labels for all of the parts since I am a virgin to moped repair (I've worked on cars, but this is a whole different ballgame). Did I mention that I'm stoked? The manual makes little to no sense, but I keep trying to read it and hoping it'll start to click.
Sooo, I have a few quick questions that I couldn't find answers to by googling or searching Moped Army:
1. Where do those of you who live in apartments keep your moped? I bought a ramp (it goes over 7 steps), but I'm apparently too puny to push the moped up it and I cant run it up it because we share the porch with our neighbor and the noise would no doubt be all up in her business. For now I have it just under the ledge of the bottom of the porch to protect it from rain. I've got it locked with a cable lock and the front wheel lock and covered with a motorcycle cover... but I still keep looking out the window every 6 seconds. I feel like even though I have wood down, the wood might sink into the mud causing the bike to tip.
2. The vibration is Gnarly. I've owned it for 5 days now and have lost the nuts and washers from the mirror 4 TIMES! I bought a giant pack of them, but shit... I can't just keep replacing them. Is this normal? My hands and feet are totally numb and I've got serious blisters on the palms of my hand.... Like I said, the vibration is gnarly.
Otherwise, I couldn't be happier. I used to drive a Toyota pick up truck, but it was part of the massive recall they have going on and I had to sell it back to them. I paid off a ton of student loans with the cash and bought the moped with the rest of the money... It will be my everyday commuter. It's an odd step going from a pickup with monster wheels to this little moped that buzzes like a mosquito, but I love it so far!
I'm living with my dude in swampy lovely Gainesville, Florida and if anyone lives in the area and feels like talking mopeds or taking a newbie under their wing, hit me up! My husband is going to get a moped soon, but he won't know shit about shit either, so it'd be great to have a connection. We're good peoples and I'm anxious to learn!