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moped repair You'll never see this in America, a guy welding out on a busy thoroughfare. We needed some work done on our mopeds. Shops that tear down a moped and do the work on the spot are just down the road from us. They use the already dangerous sidewalk as their workbench. Pedestrians simply walk around the tools and moped parts laying in the way. It's all part of living here. (OSHA would have a field day.)

In fact, I believe that the sidewalks were built to cause injury. Uneven and broken tiles pieced together without cement rock when you step on them. Even special yellow tiles installed for blind people are more treacherous than just walking in the street. The tiles are slick, especially when wet. Spill some oil on them and there is no way to walk down the sidewalk without doing a face plant. It's insanity.

Anyway, were was I? Oh yeah, a friend and I went down to the local moped repairman, who sits in an open roll up doorway. We explain that the kickstand doesn't support the bike correctly and my key ignition is spinning freely and needs replacing. On the spot, within 30 minutes, he welded stops on the kickstand (he just used bolts he had laying around in a bin), and replaced all four key locks on my moped. If I needed these repairs done in the States it would take a week and cost a fortune. But here in China, it was done while we waited and it cost us just $7, labor and parts included. Amazing.

When we arrived in China back in April I bought my moped at the second hand market. I just went down to the market, gave the guy 272 bucks and drove off. No license, no tax, no registration. Easy. But theft of the bikes is high. So to crack down on this the government has instituted a new program: all mopeds must be registered by January 1st.

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Marrakesh is great

2004-08-17 16:18:46 by MoJo_JoJo

I spent two weeks in Marrakesh and it's pretty cool. Rented a house in the Medina from an English expat. It's hard to explain, but you always need to be 'on' in the country....in a Manhatten at rush hour kind of way. cars, buses, mopeds, donkeys, people flowing everywhere.
Lots of people will want to be your 'guide'. Sometimes you'll want one, but most times not. Just learn to be FIRM and set prices in advance. Technically, it's illegal, but they just walk in front or behind you. They'll also bring you to their friend's shops...so there will be some pressure there.
Anyway, it's a great place to visit, just try not to become overwhelmed

Definitely Playa Del Carmen

2003-11-14 07:10:27 by all4CR

I think your best option is Playa del Carmen. I haven't been in a few years and I understand it has grown tremendously, but it is much much better than the silliness of Cancun. The two times I went '98 and '99, I didn't have a reservation and just found a hotel upon arrival for under $50 per night (basic room - no ac, tv)...this was in Feb/Mar...with no problem. Might not be the case anymore.
If you do stay there, I HIGHLY recommend you spend a day in Cozumel. There is a ferry traveling between Playa and the island. Once in Cozumel, you can cheaply rent mopeds from a number of dealers (they will be waiting for you when you arrive) that will rent you one for the day

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    My mopeds electric start does not work unless it is hooked up to a starter. The battery has been charging for over a day and is not charged, however the moped will start with the kickstart. any answers.

    • I recommend getting a new battery that is strong enough to last without having to charge it all the time. I put a VMAX tank battery on my moped and now my battery charger is sitting in my garage getting dusty. It was worth every penny, but if that doesn't work out for you try buying a new battery charger goodluck

  • Avatar Meg I need to learn everything about mopeds?
    Aug 17, 2010 by Meg | Posted in Motorcycles

    I live quite away from my friends so i was wanting to get a moped, but i dont know anything about them, like how old to ride one, whats a 50cc, whats electric and kickstart, and loads more questions. i have a friend whos 14 and he rides one with L plates on, is this legal? Im quite dumb so could you tell me a very basic website that would tell me everything, or could you tell me everything?

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