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What's the Deal with All These Mopeds?
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Whether they've been here all along, and you're just now noticing, or they're really a new Ft. Thomas phenomenon, the point is that they're getting noticed. Mopeds are gaining attention -- if not traction -- around Ft. Thomas city streets, so here's the scoop on traffic and licensing laws surrounding these small, motorized vehicles.

What’s a moped, and why?

To start, the term “moped” is derived from vehicles originally developing as hybrids that attach a motorized engine to a pedaled vehicle. Hence: mo-ped. While not all mopeds have pedals anymore, there are a few imaginable explanations for why moped traffic around town would increase lately. Fuel prices are at an all-time high, and, according to Consumer Reports, mopeds yield an average of roughly 60-100 mpg. Similarly, the simple truth is that these vehicles require less maintenance and miscellaneous financial investment to own and operate.

But probably the biggest engine behind their popularity -- and the most frequent cause for concern among other, non-moped drivers -- is the relatively minimal licensing procedure for operating a moped.

To be clear, the “mopeds” Ft. Thomas residents have been seeing more and more around town recently (for the most part) fall into the < 50cc engine category. And, in fact, this is the same category the KY State Police classify as “moped” in the KY Driver’s Manual. Other characteristics of this vehicle class include no more than two horsepower, an automatic transmission that does not require clutching or shifting, and a maximum speed not exceeding 30 mph (KRS 189.285).

License or no license?

State law reads that one must be at least 16 years old and have a license to operate a moped in Kentucky. This makes KY one of less than 20 states to have a minimum age requirement.

If you do not currently have an operator or motorcycle license, you must first apply for one. To obtain a moped license, the testing process consists of a general knowledge and a vision test, but no field test or temporary permit period are required. If the moped license-holder is a minor, a parent or legal guardian must co-sign the license application, assuming responsibility for said vehicle.

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Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
BMW / C600 SPORT MAXI-SCOOTER 2013
Manufacturer: BMW of North America, LLC Report Receipt Date: DEC 03, 2012
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V556000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: STRUCTURE:BODY
Potential Number of Units Affected: 266
Summary:
BMW is recalling certain model year 2013 C600 Sport Maxi-Scooters manufactured August 7, 2012, through November 20, 2012. The fasteners on the front side trim panels may have insufficient strength to retain the panels at high speeds.
Consequence:
If the panel separates it could interfere with riding and handling of the scooter and increase the risk of a crash

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  • Avatar Is a 50cc moped scooter dangerous to drive in city streets?
    Jul 15, 2013 by | Posted in Motorcycles

    Most streets in my city speed limits are 35-40 do you think it would be dangerous to drive a moped 50cc. Btw, i am 15 years old, and in michigan you can get a special moped licenses at 15. And do you think i should or not? opinions please.

    • Do you ride a pedal bicycle? Do you ride your pedal bicycle on the streets? Do you ride the bike safely, following the laws, not running stop signs?

      If you are experienced on a pedal bike then getting a scooter is safer and easier. If not, then you have to learn that as well. Either way, the scooter is less dangerous than riding a pedal bike on the streets.

  • Avatar I was gonna buy 50cc moped but it had been derestricted. Can you put it back to normal restriction?
    Feb 27, 2013 by | Posted in Motorcycles

    Derestricted moped back to restricted moped 50cc possible? Cost of that in UK. Th4nk5

    • 1) don't worry the police don't bother checking them if they do catch you over 30mph as it would cost them to take it to a garage... 2) They come standard restricted and the only way possible re-restrict it is to buy a stock exhaust with the restrictor on it. Oh and 3) the restrictors don't do the engines any good as the parts can't be bedded in to their full potential as you can't give it full power. Hope this helps