View Full Version : Chopped custom mopeds anyone?

09-04-2010, 4:19 PM
I'm not sure what to call 'em. A couple times a year I make it over to Santa Cruz (only like an hour from here) and each time I notice a lot of really cool lookin' custom mopeds. They appear to be of vintage make along the lines of this: (http://img.alibaba.com/photo/100242436/Motorized_80cc_Bicycle_Moped_Motor_Bike_Gas_Engine _Kit.jpg)

From what I can see there's a sub culture around this over there, and you can't make any generalization about the riders/builders. Lotsa style, great paint, some apehangers (a plus in my book). Kickass mileage.

I was over there last night meeting a friend for a burger and a Tubes concert (wow) and saw a number of them buzz by as I had a burger at Betty's Burgers on Seabright.

Like this one too: (http://www.bicycle-engines.com/bikes/details.php?image_id=11)

09-04-2010, 4:51 PM
that last one fuckin RULES!!!!! i love the disc brake and mountain bike type frontend!!

just what i need another hobby and project!!
would love some more info about them and a forum if available!

09-04-2010, 5:22 PM
I think here's a forum.

There seem to be some kits out there as well.

I gotta find time for it, but I'd enjoy doing a little photo/journalism on the subject.

09-04-2010, 5:53 PM
That style of moped has become popular recently with the "hipster" sub-culture, especially in CA. I believe there was a rather heated thread on here a while back debating the validity of mopeds and hipsters, probably lost in the junk pile.

09-04-2010, 6:37 PM
here's mine. I live 6 blocks from work so it's handy. I don't need parking and I get 150 miles to the gallon. Building it actually taught me a lot about motors.


09-04-2010, 6:51 PM
There's a kit you can buy with the motor and tank and all that shiz. My son and I built a couple chopper bicycle's, we were thinkin about putting an engine in one of them.

09-04-2010, 8:52 PM
here's mine. I live 6 blocks from work so it's handy. I don't need parking and I get 150 miles to the gallon. Building it actually taught me a lot about motors.


That's the stuff I'm talkin' about.

Saw a cafe style one here in Hollister recently.

09-05-2010, 11:05 AM
Look like they'd be fun for like a pit bike or toolin around the neighborhood.
hmmm, may have to experiment with one of these.

09-05-2010, 12:18 PM
before the hipsters got any bright ideas we had a lil moped posse. we ride these from bar to bar to bar and the beach or whatever. we called ourselves "pedalphiles"

i bought the army green one for $300 took it apart and painted it and turned around and sold it for $1200!!!!!!

09-05-2010, 1:07 PM
LOL I almost bought a moped to chop yesterday and was joking about it with Temecula Terry then I see this.
I thought I was being innovative .... I suck! LOL

09-05-2010, 2:16 PM
Why even Russell Mitchell has one. His first chop. Was in the Street Chopper anniversary edition a few back. Was more a scooter than a moped i guess.

09-05-2010, 7:36 PM
I fucking want:

09-05-2010, 7:46 PM
yall are doing it wrong. as a card carrying member of moped army, here ya go.

09-05-2010, 7:48 PM

09-05-2010, 9:22 PM
Whenever I let somebody ride mine the come back with a huge grin. It's really fun. I haven't reached my top end yet cause at about 32 it starts getting really shaky and you remember your on a bicycle.

09-06-2010, 9:22 AM
http://motomaticmopeds.com/ these guys build the raddest mopeds around. Just sold this one, 1977 Garelli SSXL rebuilt from the ground up with tons of custom work, top speed was 52 mph all day long