Moped history

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What is a moped really and does it come from?

To this question, one needs to go to the early days of the bicycle and the that revolutionised the 20th — the internal combustion Put one of these into a coach and you an automobile; mount it on a bicycle and you have a moped (MOtor+PEDals), the of ALL motorcycles. The pedals were on all, used both as a device and as emergency fallback on power.

As engine sizes got bigger and it looked as if the half-bicycle-half motorcycle were just a short-lived development phase (like a that progress simply behind. History however it otherwise.

The moped’s evolution can be down into 4 distinct from the very beginning to the end of the world war, the period the two wars, the phase after to the early ’80s and finally We also have to define do we call a moped: a cross a human-powered bicycle and an engine motorcycle, equipped with a under-50cc gasoline engine some early models 98cc displacements as well).

After the end of WWI, with map completely redrawn, the short until the Great Depression of the was not conducive to the developemnt of the moped. motorcycle manufacturing boomed, fuelled by the rapid re-armament on all sides, it seemed that the low-speed moped would extinct forever.

Except nobody factored in After the war ended in Europe, the for simple and economical (read: and affordable), means of transportation Nobody could afford a or even a motorcycle.

Most were in ruins anyway. In European countries, like and France, people got around on This was fertile breeding for the rebirth of the moped and also us the other Italian cultural the scooter.

Bicycle makers (most of were also motorcycle all started offering small engines for their bicycles. Peugeot, Ducati, Moto all got into the act.

The first leap forward was the appearance of the a giant among the dwarfs. If you rode a Velo, either its engine running or as a bicycle, appreciate how well that machine was constructed. Originally with a 33cc engine to grow to 42 then 49) it had a friction over the front wheel. You engage-disengage the power with a

You had to help sometimes going but that was part of the experience.

The became a genuine cult and rightly so. Amazingly, after than 50 years, it’still strong.

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