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post #1 of 6 Old 01-09-2010, 02:31 PM Thread Starter
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The mighty Moped.

Webmost got me thinking about my old Puch. And I remembered something funny. I was walking home a few months ago and I hear two chainsaws coming down the hill. I see two people, man and woman, both in their early 20's with full backpacker packs with spare tires wrapped around them. They were trucking along DOWNHILL about 25 miles an hour. Just fast enough that they missed me waving. I wanted to ply them with alcohol and hear their story. It did not look like they were at the beginning of their journey. Hard miles.




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post #2 of 6 Old 01-09-2010, 10:06 PM
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Ya know, Locker (can I call U that?) that there's websites for these dudes too.
Mopedarmy.com comes to mind. These dudes are HARDCORE enthusiasts. Not modern scooters or Vespas either. The pedal-start, true mopeds from the 70's n' 80's. These guys have more tricks n' farlkes to keep those lil' boogers running than we do. Lawnmower carb upgrades n' such. They make MacGuyver look like he's in the dark ages. They travel all over, making countless and cheap or free repairs along the way, and have a blast doing it. They get 100 mpg, use bicycle tubes, mix their own gas when the oil injectors fail, held together with bailing wire n' duct tape, etc. They bore them out (or just .001" hone) every 15 thousand miles and keep motoring along at a blistering 24 mph, 30 downhill. LOL I'm kinda envious at what they can come up with!
Same mentality as here, but they do more with less.

Sounds like you ran into a couple of them. I've seen one here and there too here in Indiana. If it's 50cc's or less yer legal so they are popular with teens and the DWI crowd too.

Hey, ride 'em if ya got 'em no matter what it is. They have the same love of knees in the breeze. "Two wheels, One love" says it all.

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Yeah, the moped Army is strong in SF. My apt is on a popular route for bikers, bicyclists, etc. One time about 75 of them came roaring down in formation. It was quite impressive. And smelly. I never tricked my Puch out, but it probably has been by now. If you can tinker and you don't mind smelling like a tractor....

I never saw anyone else kitted out for hardcore traveling like that though. That would be a long slow ride.




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Yeah, the moped Army is strong in SF. My apt is on a popular route for bikers, bicyclists, etc. One time about 75 of them came roaring down in formation. It was quite impressive. And smelly. I never tricked my Puch out, but it probably has been by now. If you can tinker and you don't mind smelling like a tractor....

I never saw anyone else kitted out for hardcore traveling like that though. That would be a long slow ride.
"the moped Army is strong in SF"

The scooter Army is strong in Sacramento and 'HUGE' in San Francisco. I love them when they are not running stop signs and red lights. There are a couple restaurants here where they gather. Its a beautiful site. Can't wait to see them in San Francisco.

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whizzer

Just north of here in Amish country, Lancaster PA, is an old guy with overalls and long white beard, rides an antique Schwinn Whizzer. We run across him from time to time.

Unmitigated risk aversion is the new Puritanism; complete with witch hunts, funny outfits, and humorless preachers thundering doom. The name of the Deity is changed to Safety; the name of Satan is changed to Lawyer; but the object is the same: to suck the life out of life and tell you how to live it.
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Haha, my Dad had a whizzer and lives in Carlisle, PA. Round about the Amish parts like you. He's been looking for that ****ing thing!




"In a car you're always in a compartment, and because you're used to it you don't realize that through that car window everything you see is just more TV." R. Pirsig

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