Consumer information is given on motorized two-wheeled vehicles (motorcycles, mopeds, motor scooters, and motor bikes) for commuting purposes. It is pointed out that training, practice, and sensible riding can assure safe operation of these two-wheelers, and that the machines make economic sense, with many smaller cycles getting 70 mpg, and mopeds and other small-engined vehicles getting even better mileage. Different models (by Honda, Suzuki, Yamaha, Kawasaki, Vespa) are described in terms of features, mileage, price, and commuting ability (photographs included). Also described and pictured are various types of clothing to protect against the weather and equipment for carrying items. Mopeds are recommended for distances up to five mi. For distances up to 15 mi., a motor scooter is suitable if it is considered more economical than a motorcycle. For greater distances or where highway speeds must be maintained, comfort and safety require a motorcycle of at least 250-cc. displacement. Information is given on insurance and motorcycle riding instruction (Motorcycle Safety Foundation course, automotive driving schools, dealer instruction, and a moped booklet available from the Moped Association of America).

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  • Corporate Authors:

    Times Mirror Magazines, Incorporated

    380 Madison Avenue
    New York, NY  United States  10017
  • Authors:
    • Hill, R
  • Publication Date: 1980-7

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 5 p.
  • Serial:
    • Popular Science
    • Volume: 217
    • Issue Number: 1
    • Publisher: Times Mirror Magazines, Incorporated
    • ISSN: 0161-7370

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00386128
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-029 172
  • Files: HSL, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jun 28 1984 12:00AM