On my tombstone they will carve, IT NEVER GOT ECONOBOX ENOUGH FOR ME. I was a slave to those small engines, those dizzying peaky horsepower numbers lower than the fuel economy sticker, those Macpherson Struts. I’m getting sweaty just thinking about it. But mopeds? That was a bridge too far, or so I thought.
The other day I suggested that there needs to be a proper motorcycle shop in the city of Detroit. There isn't yet, but I discovered something else (better?) this weekend: A moped shop, dealing almost exclusively in classic models.
I think that at one point or another, we've all had fantasies about leading the police on a car chase. Blame too many Hollywood action movies, I guess. But one Indiana man lived out this fantasy recently, leading cops on a chase for a whole hour — while he was on a moped.
At a stoplight, a car waits behind a moped, whose rider is checking to see if something's wrong with his bike. The light turns green, the car starts honking, and then the moped rider shuts the car up pretty fast by brandishing a freaking axe.
Digg founder Kevin Rose is so rich he can have any vehicle he wants. He chose this chromed-out 1977 Puch Maxi moped, but he hasn't even seen it yet. So Kevin, here it is, your sweet new ride.
You would think a two-minute short film starring octopuses in love and in which the fastest vehicle is a Piaggio Ape cannot possibly be filled with fast-paced action. But you would be wrong.
A new study presented to the American College of Surgeons found that 39% of moped drivers sustaining accident injuries had a blood-alcohol level greater than .05 mg/dL — more than one-and-a-half times the number of intoxicated car or motorcycle drivers. So what's the deal? Mopeds (in this case, we presume they're…