Wednesday, July 21, 2010
I was in a local bicycle shop the other day and was surprised to see a couple of Tomos mopeds on the showroom floor. Not only are they still importing mopeds into this country, they're still making a quality moped of the sort that flooded the US in the 1970s- right down to the 2-stroke 50cc engine. Thanks to a new A55 engine design and a tiny catalytic converter in the exhaust, Tomos engines still meet emissions requirements in every state except California.
The most basic Tomnos model, and the one that most resembles the Puch (and other) mopeds of the 1970s is the Sprint, seen above. And just like on those 1970s mopeds, the Sprint owner has to mix oil and gas in the proper ratio when fueling up- no fancy oil injection here. But for around $1050, it's hard to fault these machines. The quality is much better than the typical cheap Chinese moped of the sort that are now flooding the market, and it costs half or a third what a good Japanese, Italian, or Taiwanese moped would run. And like those great Italian mopeds of the past, there are a lot of aftermarket tweaks and mods available to turn this 28mph commuter into a 40+mph screamer.
Posted by michael edelman at 9:53 AM