Date: Wed, 7 Jan 1998 02:23:10 +0100
From: Peter Staal
>on the subject of engine rebuilds, and so forth, can anyone comment on the
>effects of high engine wear/failure while running at a high rpm? my brother
>and I have argued this before. I say even if a motor has a redline of
>10,000rpm, the less you stay away from it, the longer the motor will last.
>brother says it doesnt make any difference, since it's designed to run that
>fast. who is right? I assume (realistically) that the lower rpm a motor
>the longer it will last.
> > >david
You are right, it is the difference between walking and running, you are
also designed for both you can do much longer.


Date: Tue, 23 Dec 1997 20:52:15 -0800 (PST)
From: David G Wood Subject: Re: Fixing a Puch

> i hope to get my moped werking before skool starts up on jan 5th. you
> think a 17 yr old fool
> who knows nuthing about engines can fix a moped??? or are they
> difficult?
> its the engine part that i need help in, everything else like brakes,
> etc and easy.!

Well, whether you're a fool or or not remains to be seen but there is no
easier or cheaper kind of transportation to work on than a moped. If you
are at all interested in learning some mechanical skills, a moped is

Date: Sun, 28 Sep 1997 23:55:45 -0400 (EDT)
ubject: How to convince Mom that Mopeds are not too dangerous for a 14 year old

Moped Greetings!

I got my 1st Moped when I turned 14 years old after bugging my parents for
two years straight. My mother thought it was too dangerous but it has been 21
years and
I have not been in a single accident. Now that I am 35 I can understand your
concern but a Moped can be safe if you treat it like a bicycle rather then a
motorcycle. What I mean is to always be double cautious and drive in the bike
lanes or sidewalks where you should be. Also never show off...that is when
you let your guard down.

I guess I am such a Moped enthusiast because My Mom thought it was too
dangerous (That and because of the Music of "The WHO"....Check it out!)
I have collected Mopeds ever since. My Moped taught me responsibility that
through to today. I am the owner of several very successful companies. The
leap of faith my parents made in allowing me the freedom of a Moped gave me a
foundation of self confidence that has carried through to today.

You remind me clearly of where I was at 14...

Warm regards,

Lance Chayet

Andover Cycles, Limited
Authorized TOMOS, Puch, and Jawa Moped Dealer
303-689-9009 Fax

Date: Thu, 14 Aug 1997 23:55:25 +0100 (GMT+0100)
Subject: re: Is Riding a Moped Wimpy?

No, of course not. I ride a 1996 Peugeot 103. Several of my USMC (= United
States Marine Corps) buddies have Harleys, and were, indeed, aghast at the
idea that I would buy a moped. I fought back by naming my green Peugeot
"Piglet" from the Winnie-the-Pooh stories; I figured that if Harleys were
called "hogs," then "Piglet" was appropriate for my Peugeot! My buddies roared!

I ride my moped for me, not for anyone else -- including my buddies. I love
the sensation, as I sputter along the backroads here in Belgium, of hearing
and feeling every part of my moped functioning as it brings me to my
destination. I get a true appreciation of what an internal combustion
engine is all about, and there's an odd sensation of pleasure in the magneto
generating enough current for my head- and tail-lights. Of course all this
exists in my truck, but there I am insulated from the process of propulsion
and generation (I just stomp on the gas pedal and the truck moves.); with
the moped I'm a part of it.

Everyone who rides a moped chooses to do so for a different reason: For the
youngest among us, it may be the only motor vehicle to which they have
access; for others it is a matter of cost and fuel economy and lack of
licensing and insurance requirements, for others still it's the pleasure of
the "minimalist" sputtering through the countryside. The attraction for me
is a combination of the minimalist and the economist, but that's really
irrelevant: What's important is that I ride a moped because I like to.

Now, are there those who will sneer? Of course! It's the same kind of
person who, on his Cannondale bicyle, sneers at the fellow riding a Huffy.
By the way: That Cannondale rider is being sneered at by the rider of the
supercharged Tomos, who is being sneered at by the rider of the big
Kawasaki, who is beeing sneered at by the driver of the Hyundai, who is
being sneered at by the Cadillac driver, who....well, you get the idea!

Ride what you want because you want to. Let others do the same. If you
want to think that, somehow, you are superior to me because you drive
something that is more expensive -- well, I hope that gives you some
pleasure! I get my pleasure from enjoying what I chose to have, not by
trying to make myself seem superior to others by virtue of my posessions!


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