Saturday, November 28, 2015

A Brand-New American Moped in Kit Form from 1977 Mopeds



There hasn't been a real, traditional, moped on the market in the US for a good many years, thanks to emission regulations, changing customer tastes, and container loads of cheap 50cc scooters.  Of course creative moped builders have been restoring old bikes with new engines, wheels, lights, seats, and even frames from specialist companies, so it was only logical that they'd make the jump to selling complete kits, and that's just what 1977 Mopeds has done.

They've built up a rolling chassis using a frame from local maker Indigan and packaged it with a brand new motor, and are selling the whole package for just $1849.00. That's about what a cheap Chinese scooter will run you, but the quality of this package is far higher.  I'm kind of tempted to buy one myself. It's technically a kit, but the skills needed to install the motor certainly aren't beyond those of your typical classic moped owner. If you like the classic mopeds of the 1960s and 70s, this is an opportunity to buy a brand new moped with the style, function, and quality of the best Italian mopeds of the era but in a brand new package.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The Suzuki PV 50cc


The 50cc Suzuki PV was Suzuki's attempt to clone the very successful Honda "Monkey" bike, officially known as the Z-series. The Z-bikes were (and are) four strokes, of course, and the  PV was a two stroke, but they're rough comparable in size and power. The PV was introduced in 1979 and a great many were made, though I don't think any were officially imported into the US.



Today there are a ton of Chinese made clones of the Honda available, and I think the Honda itself continues to be marketed at home  but the PV has been done since 2000, as it couldn't meet European pollution standards. But a lot were sold before then, and it still has a big following- for instance, this Finnish PV fan site. Thanks to Google Translate you can learn how one father and son team is restoring their PV to Concours d'Elegance condition.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Mystery Moped


I spotted the interesting moped in Ann Arbor yesterday. It didn't look like any moped I'd ever seen before; in fact, it looked very new, especially with that big disc brake up front.  But who makes traditionally styled mopeds today? 

I couldn't find a manufacturers plate or decal on it in the time I had. I thought it might be a Tomos, but I haven't seen any Tomos mopeds that look quite like this. Someone out there probably knows what it is.