Re: Warning to All! - Everyone look at this!
Glad you're OK, bro.
I hate to say this, but in retrospec, I agree that most motorized bicylcles are dangerous. The same may be said about any knid of cycle (bicycle, or motorcycle) that is mixed into street traffic.
In my state, mopeds may be made street legal with the proper equipment, registration, and insurance. Moped drivers must also be licensed to drive.
I'll bet that you had the "**** scared out of you", and are turned-off for life.
On the other hand, speaking about myself, I must confess that I'm an adrenaline junkie. However, I try to avoid driving my mopeds. That is because I just bought an antique Honda Magna V45 motorcycle (1983), which is a solid ride. (It cost about as much as two moped builds.) I feel safer driving the 748cc (700 pounder) than I do driving my 50cc mopeds (65 pounds each), because I can keep-up with/surpass the traffic. Besides, it rumbles like thunder, and has a chick magnate (passenger seat) that I will be authorized to fill upon completion of the full motorcycle licensure endorsement.
I will never forget my first love (the chinese moped), though. I will not sell any of my mopeds, because I did actually go through a tremendous amount of upgrading and trouble-shooting to get them as safe and reliable as a moped could get (which isn't very much, in my opinion). I also don't want to deal with any ethical problems in case the person I sold to turned-out to be unsuitable for the hobby.
The moped's big advantage over the other modes of transport is fuel efficiency, and size/transportabilty. My mopeds do definately have a special place and purpose, but they obviously are not my favorite ride.
I suppose that at first I was just as frustrated as you are right now, but I don't think that I would have gotten the guts to ride my 700 pounder if were not for my initial experience with the mopeds.
If you still enjoy motorbiking but want to bypass the chinese BS, I personally would recommend that you look-into motorcycle training.
Keep staying out of trouble.
"If it doesn't kill me, it makes me stronger."