newbie here - have a few general questions

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newbie here - have a few general questions

Postby MissChevelle » Wed Aug 17, 2016 1:04 pm

hi !
newbie moped chick here....
I want a moped...I know I want a 50cc, pedal kind. I like how they look and I am pretty sure I don't have to
have a motorcycle license or register a 50cc.

(I had a larger scooter in the past....was kinda pushed into getting one I didn't like and it was too big for me.
I want to say it was 200cc (?) but I couldn't 'steer' it too well for the circle part of the motorcycle test, so
I never got my license...but, all in all, lessons learned, etc. That scooter is long gone, but I still want a little
old school moped to just drive down to the local liquor and grocery stores to pick up a few items, etc)

so. my questions are:
1. I live in san diego CA, 50cc = no reg and no license ??

i see a few moped ads on my san diego craig's list... I don't know how to decide between the few types that
are close to me and in my price range...
2. is the range of $600 - $900 too cheap to get something that is decent?
3. the two I am between are a 1980 vespa grande @ $650 and a 2001 kinetic TFR for $599.

is it better to get the new model (2001)?
is it better to get one that has an ad where the current owner had replaced lots of stuff and worked on it...
(meaning to me I won't have to pay someone to do what they did...or learn how to do it myself right off the bat)


here are the 2 links...
http://orangecounty.craigslist.org/mcy/5687780514.html
http://sandiego.craigslist.org/ssd/mcy/5735078013.html

any pointers, guys ? thanks for any info.... Chevelle.......

I have an appointment to see the vespa today at 5...
...the dollar store diamonds on liquor store lions....
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Re: newbie here - have a few general questions

Postby tortoise » Wed Aug 17, 2016 10:51 pm

MissChevelle wrote:50cc, pedal kind . . no reg and no license ??

California DMV . . Myrons Mopeds

Potential moped candidate . . but at least a 125cc scooter would be more compatible with metro traffic.
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Re: newbie here - have a few general questions

Postby oilyhans » Thu Aug 18, 2016 9:39 am

the old vespa will have a higher resale when you grow out of it.
forget the other one.

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Re: newbie here - have a few general questions

Postby MissChevelle » Thu Aug 18, 2016 12:10 pm

mr. tortoise... thank you. I will consider your suggestion. : )
I want to stay small though cause I think a 50cc is the only thing I can maneuver through the circle test.
( I found out I DO need at least an M1 )

mr. oilyhans - thank you for that info. my plan is to keep a moped forever and be
THAT crazy old lady zipping to the store to buy PBR's. : )

I decided to wait a bit on buying something though.

I cancelled the vespa apt I had yesterday... the guy was ok with me cancelling..
said it happens all the time...
but then casually put in his reply that sometimes people offer to trade sex for whatever he's selling !!!

soooooo, lesson learned.. I will take someone with me if I go look at a moped !
wow... close call.
...the dollar store diamonds on liquor store lions....
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Re: newbie here - have a few general questions

Postby John » Fri Aug 19, 2016 7:25 am

Check Moped Army buy and sell.
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Re: newbie here - have a few general questions

Postby oilyhans » Fri Aug 19, 2016 8:31 am

you also might look into getting a e-bike. in most states
they are a different class license and/or no special license needed
because its a bicycle. new cost is usually under $400.
and yeah ,frickin craiglist creeps

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Re: newbie here - have a few general questions

Postby tortoise » Fri Aug 19, 2016 9:33 am

MissChevelle wrote:want to stay small though cause I think a 50cc is the only thing I can maneuver through the circle test

Hope you have reviewed related YouTube videos . . dragging a little rear brake may help.

Might try test riding the Lance SOHO 50 and Genuine Venture to determine if the larger wheel steering geometry feels more (or less) compatible with your objective.
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