Video: The Thrill of Moto GP, but for Mopeds Instead

https://www.youtube.com/embed/jCTm9upiTrk

Sure, Moto GP is great and all, but what about racing mopeds instead? Perhaps not surprisingly, Japan's already done it. The video description doesn't offer much information on the specifics of the sport, but it looks to be at least semi-professional.

Have you ever raced anything like a moped? If so, what's your weapon of choice?

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Tom1200
Tom1200 Dork
9/25/20 11:30 p.m.

So back when I was racing a 125GP bike we used to go to an abandoned oval track to do some shakedown work and seat rings. We met some guys who raced scooters at Streets of Willow Springs. They once let me take a spin. The Lambretta I rode did 3rd wheelies and on top of that it was alarmingly darty...........this compared to my 125.

Ranger50
Ranger50 UltimaDork
9/25/20 11:56 p.m.

No goped racing?

That's some sketchy E36 M3....

dxman92
dxman92 Dork
9/26/20 2:00 p.m.

Those were dicey going through the corners surprise..!

Hasbro (Forum Supporter)
Hasbro (Forum Supporter) SuperDork
9/26/20 4:07 p.m.

Seth was doing really well until he dropped it.

jfryjfry (Forum Supporter)
jfryjfry (Forum Supporter) Dork
9/27/20 10:56 a.m.

Love the battles.  I wish we would do that here in the states

EricM
EricM SuperDork
9/28/20 11:13 a.m.

it's like watchng it in slow motion

Snowdoggie
Snowdoggie HalfDork
9/28/20 12:24 p.m.

I always thought that Mopeds had pedals that were used to start and to help out on hills. 

These things look more like scooters. 

californiamilleghia
californiamilleghia SuperDork
9/28/20 2:11 p.m.

How many CC s are the scotters ?

nderwater
nderwater UltimaDork
9/28/20 2:40 p.m.

Google is telling me that in the U.S. mopeds are generally limited to 50 cc engine displacement and a 30 mph top speed, and they may be ridden without a motorcycle license.  They may be in either a scooter or motorcycle configuration, and pedal requirements vary from state to state.

Snowdoggie
Snowdoggie HalfDork
9/28/20 2:45 p.m.

Sometimes Google is wrong. 

nderwater
nderwater UltimaDork
9/28/20 2:50 p.m.

LOL, indeed.

In any case, this sounds like true grassroots motorsports.

Snowdoggie
Snowdoggie HalfDork
9/28/20 2:56 p.m.

I actually owned a Honda P50 moped before Google existed. 

Apexcarver
Apexcarver UltimaDork
9/28/20 3:54 p.m.

In reply to Snowdoggie :

I have 2 tomos targa lx's they are pedal backwards as a kick start and can do 30-35mph on level ground. I could throw a kit and do 55-60 though, but at that point just getting a dual sport and a license would make more sense to me.

californiamilleghia
californiamilleghia SuperDork
9/28/20 6:32 p.m.

In  some places in Europe you could get a license at 14 years old  for a  Moped under 50cc , 

and that seemed to include Honda Minitrail 50  "Monkey bikes"  for the rich kids !

 

Apexcarver
Apexcarver UltimaDork
9/28/20 6:44 p.m.

In reply to californiamilleghia :

I got a license for the mopeds at 14 in Ohio...  49cc.

Loweguy5 (Forum Supporter)
Loweguy5 (Forum Supporter) Reader
9/28/20 7:16 p.m.

This is the quality information I come here to find!  

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