Originally Posted by ricland
I really don't understand why anyone would mess around with one of these bike motors when they can spend a few more dollars and get a moped.
Bikes aren't built for these motors; mopeds are built from the ground up for their motors.
What's the point?
Its quite simple - you can build/tinker and invent with these machines - with a moped you just sit on it and thats as far as you go.
Not to mention - its a pushbike - it doesnt need insurance, it doesnt need to be taxed - it does more to the gallon of petrol than any other form of transport and its no less reliable than a moped if the industrial engines are used. Additionally you can tune these machines much more to what you require than you can a moped...
I would love to see a spavined NSU Slowly or modern moped try and make it up a steep hill like porlock (1:4).. that with the right setups and tuning a cyclemotor can take with ease - and even if it cant you can pedal assist and pedal yourself home if you need to..
A moped gains in merely two things - instruments and bodywork... and all bodywork does is add more weight...
plus of course - I would never, ever be seen riding one lol
"....Look, no pedals... *thud*..." The mating call of the motorized-biker.
"RetroEagle" - 32cc Two-Stroke, Piped. 35mph on #13 gear. Reversed stem with springer fork.