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My Ode To The Lowly Moped

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moshe_levy

Mopeds... They don't get no respect! No respect, I tell ya! But... they served as the gateway to the motorcycle life for many of us! This is my story of growing up riding and wrenching on mopeds, and how I recently fell back under their spell - my ode to the lowly moped!

 

 

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lawnchairboy

fun

 

the death metal was a nice touch.!

 

"blow the top end out.."  :3:

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Skywagon

I started on a moped too in the 60's....sure wish I had one now but where I live riding a moped would get you killed.

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moshe_levy
44 minutes ago, Skywagon said:

I started on a moped too in the 60's....sure wish I had one now but where I live riding a moped would get you killed.

Isn’t that the whole point though?

 

mkl

 

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moshe_levy
On 10/12/2020 at 7:31 PM, TEWKS said:

The Moped Song  :whistle: :grin: 

 

Now I’m addicted to this!

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Hosstage

The neighborhood kid had one. We broke it.

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moshe_levy

Buy one now and restore it for penance. 

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Hosstage
3 minutes ago, moshe_levy said:

Buy one now and restore it for penance. 

 

12 years of catholic school, I'm done with penance!

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moshe_levy

That's no problem. Convert to Judaism, and use the guilt as a motivator to resurrect an old Moped for the betterment of mankind. "Tikkun Olam!"

 

-MKL

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roadscholar

Back when I was racing historic cars at Road Atlanta a few times a year the organizers had to fill an hour slot on Sundays that was designated quiet time from 11am to 12pm because of nearby church services. So we had pit bike races, any participants could enter (drivers, crew, wives, etc.), we'd start at the flag stand race up the (steep) hill to the bridge then turn around and back down. there were bicycles, mini 4 wheelers, and lots of scooters generally 50cc or so.

 

One year I had a Yamaha RX50 I'd gotten as part of a car deal (the guy couldn't come up with all the money : ) it was a mid size mini bike styled like a cruiser Yamaha made for a few years.

1983 Yamaha RX 50 MIDNIGHT SPECIAL, Daytona Beach FL - - Cycletrader.com |  Motorcycles for sale, Motorcycle, Yamaha

 

The Brumos Porsche race team were strutting around with their hopped up YSR50 (with a hired gun m/c racer) certain they had this in the bag.  

 

1988 Yamaha YSR50 for sale on BaT Auctions - sold for $5,100 on March 10,  2020 (Lot #28,853) | Bring a Trailer 

 

When the green fell my little RX zoomed up the hill pulling ahead of the field (mired in a cloud of blue smoke), by the finish I was 20 bike lengths in front of the next rider. Classic David and Goliath, twas a crushing,  humiliating defeat for the mighty Brumos Racing team. :grin:

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moshe_levy

That's pretty awesome! I have a 1987 YSR50 myself!

 

-MKL

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