One of the most convenient, cheap, and fun ways to get to work or school is by riding a small motorcycle, such as a 50cc moped. These are just some of the reasons I think they’re so great for all types of people, whether you’re going to work or school.
The main advantages of riding a moped:
- Mopeds are cheap to buy. These little bikes are really cheap to buy. If you shop around, you can often get a used one for as little as a few hundred dollars. If you prefer to buy a new one because you want reliability and the peace of mind of a guarantee, you can still buy a new one for almost $1000 depending on the make and model of your choice. However, when buying, be careful not to buy one that is too cheap, as some of the imported ones from places like China have not yet gained a reputation for reliability. Replacement parts for these can also be difficult to find. So it’s often best to go with a solid European or Japanese brand like Piaggio or Honda.
- Mopeds are cheap to run: mopeds generally seem to drive with just the smell of an oil rag. Their small engines hum and consume very little fuel. I’ve found that by commuting to work every day, I only have to spend a few dollars to fill up the tank once a week. This is party because the tank is so small. Mine only holds a couple of liters of petrol (petrol for UK folks) and runs all week between refills. In addition, they are cheap to maintain. This is because their engines are really simple, so opening them up for maintenance or repairs doesn’t require much work. Not much can go wrong there either. And because they’re so small, you spend less on parts compared to a car or a big bike. They only have two wheels, so changing tires doesn’t cost too much. You only have one spark plug, which is also cheap and quick to change.
- Mopeds are easy to drive: The other great thing about them is that they are usually very light and easy to drive. Most are “twist-and-go” bikes, meaning you just hit the throttle to ride and don’t have to worry about shifting gears. This makes them perfect for beginners. In many places, such as B. in Europe, you do not need to take a special test to drive one. If you are allowed to drive a car, you are also allowed to drive a moped. The only formality in some places is that you have to complete a one-day compulsory basic training aimed at staying safe on the road.
The disadvantages of riding a moped
- Safety: Motorcycles aren’t just fun and games. Mopeds are generally safe and fun to ride, but you still face more dangers on a bike than in a car. In a car, you have seat belts, crash bars, and airbags, all of which come into play when you have an impact. On a bike you generally only have a helmet and some protective gear like gloves and a jacket and pants.
- Weather: Driving means you can turn up the heat when it gets cold, or turn on the air conditioning when it gets too warm. On a motorcycle you are exposed to the elements. This means that you will be cold in winter even if you have warm gloves and clothes. It is also difficult to stay dry in heavy rain. And on a hot, sunny day, you’ll warm up quickly, even with the cool breeze created as you zoom along.