An overview is given of the moped as an alternative form of personal transportation. Its major attributes are noted (low cost, high mileage) as well as its drawbacks (lack of performance, limited adaptability to American roads, unapparent danger). A moped can be most useful in a small or medium-sized town, with short distances from home to work or to shops, and lower traffic density than in urban areas. The best area for mopeds is one where the weather is dry and warm (e.g. the Sun Belt). A moped is defined as a two-wheeled vehicle with a single-cylinder engine between one and two hp that is capable of speeds around 20 to 30 mph. Federal and state laws regarding mopeds, and state insurance requirements for these vehicles are mentioned. Operating a moped is discussed; riding a moped takes more concentration and attention than riding either a bicycle or motorcycle. Moped safety is addressed, with specific attention given to safety helmets. Some buying tips are given, noting that the differences among models are primarily those in equipment. Descriptions and photographs are provided of various models on the market. Manufacturers of mopeds and moped-type vehicles (without pedals) are listed.

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    Petersen Publishing Company

    8490 Sunset Boulevard
    Los Angeles, CA  United States  90069
  • Authors:
    • Gregory, FMH
  • Publication Date: 1980-5

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 95-98
  • Serial:
    • Motor Trend
    • Volume: 32
    • Issue Number: 5
    • Publisher: Petersen Publishing Company
    • ISSN: 0027-2094

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00392284
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-028 886
  • Files: HSL, USDOT
  • Created Date: Feb 28 1985 12:00AM