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1978 Motobecane Moped

Posted on April 24, 2011 by Scott in Moped. 48 comments

There’s not many vehicles in Australia that would earn you a police search and a close inspection of the business end of a boom stick, but believe it or not this bike would. Because it’s illegal. Actually it would also be illegal in Britain, Sweden, Austria, Germany, Netherlands and even Canada. Not because it exceeds any noise or build restrictions but because those big-ass brass knuckles under the seat. You see, knuckle dusters are illegal in most countries. In France where the Motobecane Moped rolled off the production line 30 years ago, brass knuckles are legal, but carrying them requires a license – not a bike license either. The French term for knuckle dusters is ‘coup de poing américain’, literally ‘an American punch’. So we think it’s fitting that an American, Jarrett Petty of Austin Texas gave this French moped a serious make over. You could call it an ‘American Punch’ to the eye balls.


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Honda CT110 Customs

Posted on May 4, 2010 by Scott in Moped, Other. 15 comments

The humble Honda CT110 is one of the most reliable bikes on the planet, which is why Postman use them to deliver the mail down here in Australia. They are affectionately known as ‘postie bikes’ and have always had a cult following but we haven’t seen many customized, until now. A company in Melbourne called Postmodern Motorcycles are turning these air-cooled single cylinders into tasty little customs.


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Puch Magnum

Posted on April 15, 2010 by Scott in Moped. 9 comments

Most people probably don’t know much about Puch Motorcycles but they happen to be one of the oldest manufacturers on the planet. Founded in 1889 in Austria they didn’t start producing motorcycles until the early 1900’s. Then 100 years after it was founded the Puch motorcycle company was sold to Piaggio, maker of the Vespa, who apparently still produce bikes under the name “Puch”. The pictured bike is technically a moped but there’s no denying it has some really nice cafe racer aesthetics.


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Imperial Cycles

Posted on March 6, 2010 by Scott in Moped. 12 comments

Custom motorized bicycle companies seem to be popping up everywhere, but no one is building fresher looking bikes than the guys at Imperial Cycles. Created by Eric Soriano and Jerome they describe their company as “constantly pushing envelopes, opening new doors, and boldly going there. Inspired by the 1920’s board track racers our bike designs incorporate a fresh look using new bike technologies, and innovations”. The bike pictured is their popular ‘Bullet’ and comes with a Vintage Schwinn frame, bare metal tank, aluminum mags, Brooks Saddle, Quill Stem, Oury grips, shortened bars and a dropped springer to give it a lower, more aggressive stance. The ‘Bullet’ sells for a very reasonable price of $1200 and it looks like they ship these bikes worldwide. If you are interested in seeing more from Imperial, check out their Blog which showcases the other models they are building.


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Ridley Vintage Motorbikes

Posted on January 1, 2010 by Scott in Moped. 3 comments

Ridley Motorcycles are some of the best vintage looking motorized bicycles on the market. There are five different models, each based on different time periods ranging from 1903 through to the 1940’s. They are offered with either a 49 or 70cc engine, and also feature pedals for those that want to keep it green and create zero-emission. The standard 70cc engine has a pretty impressive top speed of 34mph, which is fast enough to keep up with most traffic in rush hour. The gas tanks are beautifully incorporated into the frame which can either be ordered in steel or aluminum. My favourite is this OD green ‘MP’ which is styled on a vintage military police motorbike. To view the rest of their first-class range visit the Ridley gallery.


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Bikes Move Us

Posted on July 1, 2009 by Scott in Moped, Other. 2 comments

These mad motor-cycles from Australia remind me of Spooky Tooth Cycles. You could call them the Cafe Racers of the bicycle world. I want one. See more pics and info on Bikes Move Us [Found on Speed Junkies]

 


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Spooky Tooth Cycles

Posted on January 13, 2009 by Scott in Moped. 1 Comment

Came across these guys in my travels. They are called Spooky Tooth Cycles  and are based in Tuscon Arizona. By combining standard bicycles with small two stroke engines, Spooky Tooth are creating some cool looking motor-cycles for their own thrill seeking purposes. They even fought the law in Arizona (and won)  to have these bikes legal without registering them. Check this link to read more about that story.


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