What is a moped? • Brooklyn Paper

What is a moped?

On a ‘Mission’: Peter D’Addeo, John Mahoney, Jason Schymick and Alan Gamboa — all of the rival moped gang, Mission 23, have a Bushwick hangout.
The Brooklyn Paper / Katie Chao

Few people below the age of 30 would remember the moped “craze” of the 1970s, but driven by fuel shortages, some urbanites flocked to low-powered, small-sized motorbikes from European makers like Puch and Peugeot. Equipped with two-stroke engines — not unlike lawnmowers — mopeds run on a mixture of gasoline and motor oil. Once running, mopeds can average about 70 miles per gallon and hit speeds of 25 miles per hour.

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