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Date: Wed, 21 Jun 2000 15:40:19
Subject: Re: ennvironmentally friendly mopeds
From: Hans Hartman
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Hello Ben and listed mopedeers,
At 17:43 20-6-00 -0700, you wrote:
>(Please respond direct to Ben, he is not subscribed to the list)

>From: Thunders54@aol.com
>Date: Tue, 23 May 2000 21:12:26 EDT
>Subject: About mopeds and the environment
> >Hi, I'm very interested in purchasing a moped, as now I only have a bicycle
>and a transit pass. I would like to have some freedom and speed in my
>transportation, but I don't want the environment to pay for it. So, my real

Then your best bet is to stick to your bicycle. Peddling around on a
bicycle is somewhat slower, but you don't have to think about your
environment (unless you fart a lot while biking) and biking has a healthy
side effect.
If you are so interested in keeping your environment clean, I am somewhat
curious how you heat your house and what you cook with.

>question is: How environmentally friendly are mopeds? I have heard that they
>get very good mileage. That is true, right?

Right..
But.. the two-stroke principle used on mopeds is not the cleanest way to go.
Big parts of the used mixture of a moped leave the exhaust unburned.

>think you could recommend a cheap moped in the US with good emissions and
>mileage for urban riding?

If you wanted to use an environmental good moped, you'd have to use a
4-stroke moped.
These are pretty rare in the US though (aren't they?), and were produced
(or distributed) by Indian.
I don't know if these are cheap, this depends on your personal financial
situation and your enthusiasm to buy one anyway.

++++ Everybody wants to go to a clean future, but nobody wants to walk
there ++++

Cheers,

Hans Hartman
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