Welcome to Myrons Mopeds

Ride 11: Fullerton to Industry  May 2004

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For your amusement, all 100 monthly moped rides 2003-13 are shown in More/Myrons Rides.
Each ride 1 to 100 is two images A and B. All 20 to 50 riders and their bikes are shown and listed. 
For your wall, laser-printed glossy 8½ x 11 copies can be purchased for 75¢ each, or 10 for $5
They’re color copies of originals, better resolution than the scanned digital images you see here.

 


Shaun in 2017

Myrons Mopeds in 2010

Myrons Mopeds is the only moped shop remaining from the 1970’s in southern California. It is operated by Shaun Strahm.

 

 

Shaun has serviced thousands of mopeds, daily for 35 years, from 1978 to 2013.

Since 1985, almost daily, he has been sorting and processing thousands of moped parts from dozens of moped shop buyouts, and hundreds of bikes turned into parts.

Since 2013, Shaun has stopped doing service and bike sales, instead focusing on this online encyclopedia and parts sales. His goal is studying, documenting, displaying and explaining every (US model) moped and moped part. 

This website is for your enjoyment and practical use. Thousands of images and hundreds of pages of text, are all free for the public. Enjoy!

If you feel grateful for free advice you received, or for this huge commercial-free website, and you wish to contribute a donation, you can send it by PayPal to myronsmoped@gmail.com. Thank you in advance, from Shaun!

 


What’s new

Click on these links to visit the newest sections, updated or revised.
These are the major revisions. Many more minor ones are not listed.

2019-08  Brands/Italy/Di Blasi Di Blasi folding mini-cycles and parts are shown and explained.

2019-08  Parts/Cables K to Z Motobecane cables and cable parts are revised.

2019-08  Parts/Controls/Motobecane Motobecane controls and parts are organized, illustrated and offered.

2019-07  Brands/Derbi Derbi history is told and appreciated. US models 1976-89 are shown and explained in detail.

2019-07  Brands/Motobecane Motor
2019-07 
1949-98 Mobylette engine versions are explained, and how to tell the year by the engine number.
2019-07 
1970-80 engine parts for model series 40 and 50 are illustrated and offered.

2019-07  Brands/Italy/Wards Riverside
2019-07 
1965-69 Montgomery Wards mopeds (Benelli) are shown, along with the parts manual.
2019-07  
All 1955-69 50-350cc Wards Riverside models and product codes are listed and compared.

2019-07  Brands/France/Wards Riverside
2019-07 
1960-64 Montgomery Wards mopeds (Motobecane) are shown. How to tell the year is explained.
2019-07 
Correct Motobecane equivalent models are shown and explained. Tire size confusion is ended.

2019-06  Parts/Cables, Hardware/Cables K-Z
2019-06 
Cables are split into A-J and K-Z. Kreidler cables are illustrated, explained and offered.

2019-06  Brands/Italy/Italjet, Indian
2019-06 
Indian and Italjet mini-cycles 1969-84 are loved, studied, displayed and explained.

2019-06  Parts/Wheel Parts/Tires and Tubes 
2019-06 
Tubes for sale are updated. Weights and sizes are shown and compared.
2019-06 
Expansion and correct fit are explained. Misleading size labeling is exposed. 

2019-05  More/Riding and Maps/Nature Walks
2019-05 
This has nothing to do with mopeds. Shaun and his dog explore natural and wild areas.
2019-05 
96 local wild plants are studied and identified. Most are photographed and explained.

2019-04  Parts/Wheel Parts/Spokes
2019-04 
10,000 spokes in 200 different sizes are listed and explained. Most are offered.
2019-03  
Every spoke at MM is identified, from 200 wheels and 20+ moped shops inventories.

2019-02  Parts/Carburetor/Dellorto
2019-02 
Dellorto SHA type Italy-made carburetors 1960’s to 2010’s explained. Parts offered.

2019-01  Brands/Italy/Misc Italian Harley Davidson (Aermacchi) US models 1961-78 are shown.

2018-12  Brands/Taiwan/Indian Parts
2018-12  
All AMI-50 4-stroke moped parts are listed. Most are offered. Parts illustrations are revised.

2018-12  Brands/Japan/Yamaha
2018-12  Every US-model vintage Yamaha up to 1993 is listed, displayed, explained.
2018-12 
Confusing early models are understood. History and two-stroke development is appreciated.

2018-12  Parts/Carburetor/Mikuni
2018-12 
Baby Mikuni Japan-made carbs for 50cc mopeds are shown. Parts are listed. Some offered.
2018-10 
Mikuni jets for many motorcycles are displayed and listed. Many are offered for sale.

2018-11  Parts/Controls/Magura Installing a 1970’s Magura wrap-around throttle cable is added.

2018-11  Parts/Cables, Hardware/Hardware
2018-11 
Over 1000 different sizes and types of metric bolts, screws and nuts are listed and offered.
2018-11 
Many are original replacements, for when it is desired to match the existing original bolts.

2018-10  Brands/Italy/Morini Motor
2018-10 
All vintage Franco Morini (FM) engines 50-80cc 1954-1999 are displayed and explained.
2018-12  Parts for most 1970’s-80’s engines are illustrated, explained, listed. Some are offered.

2018-10  (all sections) Until now, item prices that appear in many places had a link to a single place.
2018-10  The price of a 6×25 hex bolt would say “see Hardware“. Shortcode variables make that obsolete.
2018-10  In future revisions, shortcode variables replace links, for the price of items listed in many places.
2018-10  The only other change visible is “shortcode new” price is a lighter green than “new price.

2018-09  Brands/Italy/Misc Italian Table of Contents is a “who’s who” of vintage Italian mopeds. 
2018-09 
All US-model and many Euro-model Italian moped brands and their manufacturers are listed.
2018-09 
Twenty 1966-70 Italian-model moped advertisements are added, each in their brand section.
2018-09 
Benelli, Cimatti, Fantic, Franco Morini, Garelli, Itom, Malaguti, Minarelli, Moto Bimm,
2018-09 
Moto Graziella, Moto Guzzi, Motom, Negrini, Omer, Paloma, Testi.

2018-09  Brands/Italy/Fantic
2018-09 
Many Euro models and all US models, including Concord, are specified and displayed.
2018-09 
The underlying connection between Fantic and Agrati-Garelli is explained.

2018-08  Brands/Korea/Daelim Motor
2018-08 
A large color-coded cut-away illustration comparing the DP50 and DK50 engines is shown.

2018-07  Brands/India/Hero Majestic Some 2003-2006 Hero, TBS and Yumbo flyers are added.

2018-07  Parts/Cables, Hardware/Cables  Vespa and Trac cables are illustrated and added.

2018-07  Brands/Korea/Trac Parts catalog illustrations are scanned, enhanced, colorized and added.
2018-07 
Many parts for 1982-1990 Trac mopeds and nopeds are shown. Some are listed and offered.

2018-06  Brands/Slovenia/Tomos Models Myrons Tomos flyers and 2017-18 models are added.
2018-06 
All US models 1975-2018 are displayed and explained with VIN codes, speed versions and specs.

2018-06  Brands/Slovenia/Tomos Grid 2 Part 2 of apps grid. What bikes each part goes on.
2018-06 
All painted Tomos parts are in a Part Colors Grid, with actual bikes of each color-column.
2018-06 
All US model moped colors are listed for each year and model in a Bike Colors Chart. 
2018-06  
This is to help eliminate mistakes or confusion between similar colors or bike models.

2018-05  Brands/Slovenia/Tomos Grid 1 Takes a minute or two to load. Part 1 of 2.
2018-07 
All Tomos USA parts from 2012 are indexed in a massive 2300 row by 34 column applications grid.
2018-07 
It tells the model and year range each part is original on. Tomos part names are also enhanced.

2018-04  Brands/Italy/Garelli 1967-70 Broncco Garelli mini cycles US models are added.
2018-04 
All US models 1967-92, remakes 2000-02 and some Euro models are shown and explained.
2018-04 
Engine parts for 1975-92 US models are illustrated and listed. Some are offered.

2018-03  Brands/Austria/JC Penney, Sears Free Spirit (Kromag)
2018-03 
All US models 1978-79, Puch-compatible, are shown and explained, including speed versions. 

2018-03  Parts/Cables, Hardware/CablesAMF, Batavus, Peugeot, Sparta cables are shown and added. 

2018-02  Parts/Ignition, Magneto/Ducati, IDM, Iskra, AET  AET magnetos are shown and explained.

2018-01  Parts/Ignition, Magneto/Bosch magnetos
2018-02 
Bosch moped magnetos 1960-1990 are shown, explained. Parts are listed. Some are offered. 

2018-01  Brands/Germany/Kreidler US-model Kreidler mopeds 1977-80 are shown and explained.
2018-02 
Engine parts and some frame parts are illustrated and listed. Only some are offered.

2018-01  Brands/France/Peugeot Motor
2018-01 
All parts for 1975-83 Peugeot 102 and 103 engines are illustrated and listed. Many are offered.

2017-12  Parts/Ignition, Magneto/Dansi,Motoplat,Wtemco Motoplat magnetos 1970-90 are shown.

2017-12  Brands/Italy/Malaguti Malaguti US models with Morini engines are displayed and explained.

2017-12  Brands/Italy/Bianchi Bianchi, Snark, Italvelo US models are shown and explained.

2017-12  Parts/Ignition, Magneto/Spark plugs, Points Plugs points condensers are shown and offered.

2017-11  Parts/Ignition, Magneto/CEV magnetos
2017-10 
Many CEV magnetos 1960-1990 are shown and explained. Most parts are listed and offered.

2017-11  Brands/England/NVT, Scorpion  All US models 1976-78 are shown and explained.

2017-11  Brands/America/Dialex, Pivar, Pryer, Tri-Rad, Whizzer
2017-10 
All Whizzer originals 1938-1965, and remakes 1997-2009 are displayed, listed and explained.

2017-11  Parts/Cables, Hardware/Cables Garelli cables are illustrated, explained, and offered.

2017-10  Brands/France/Peugeot Parts in other sections are listed. Peugeot history is appreciated. 
2017-10 
All Peugeot mopeds US models 1976-1983, and many Euro models, are shown and explained.
2017-10 
A photo tour through the massive 1977 Cycles Peugeot moped factories is presented. Be amazed!

2017-10  Brands/Italy/Misc Italian 1970’s Beta mopeds are added. The relation to Bianchi is explained.

2017-10  Brands/Italy/Benelli 1965-75 mini-cycles, ’76-77 Blazer, ’77-80 G2 mopeds are shown. 

2017-10  Brands/Italy/Moto Guzzi 1970’s Moto Guzzi mopeds are shown. SEIMM is explained.

2017-09  Parts/Carburetor/Keihin “baby” Keihin carburetors for vintage 50cc Hondas are shown.
2017-09 
Keihin carb versions are explained. Parts are illustrated and most are offered for sale.

2017-09  Brands/Slovakia/Manet 1995-99 Puch Korado and parts are shown. Manet is explained.

2017-08  Parts/Engine/Engine Hardware Circlips (snap rings) and apps are illustrated and offered. 

2017-08  Brands/Germany/Hercules 1972-82 Sachs and Eagle mopeds made by Hercules are shown.
2017-08 
Hercules, DKW history and brands are explained. Some US-model parts are illustrated and listed.

2017-08  Brands/Germany/Sachs Motor Sachs engines are explained. Model numbers are decoded.
2017-08 
Sachs 504/1 and 505/1 parts are illustrated, listed and some offered. Speed versions are explained.

2017-07  Parts/Drivetrain/Pedal Parts Pedals, pedal cranks and freewheels are shown and updated.
2017-07 
Most original and replacement pedal cranks and measurements are shown, listed and offered.
2017-07 
Pedal and freewheel threads are explained, including French thread freewheels on Motobecanes. 

2017-07  Parts/Ignition, Magneto/Bosch Magneto 38 magneto numbers (on flywheel) are shown.
2017-07 
Illustrations and specs are listed for each magneto. Most parts are shown, listed and offered.

2017-06  Parts/Engine/Engine Hardware Shim washers and apps are specified, shown and offered.

2017-06  Parts/Electrical/Tail Lights  Moped tail lights and parts, original on US models, are shown.
2017-07 
Parts for CEV, ULO, Peterson, Stanley, Cateye, Saturnus, Fiem brands, and replicas are offered. 

2017-05  Parts/Accessories/Mirrors Mirrors are updated, displayed, and offered.

2017-04  Brands/Slovenia/Tomos Models Tomos model photos, specs, VINs are shown and updated. 

2017-04  Service/Electric/Indian Ignition Magneto testing and points replacing are topics covered.

2017-04  Service/Electric/Vespa Electrical Many Vespa moped colorized wiring diagrams are shown.
2017-04 
Confusing electrical systems, parts varieties, and corroded engine wires are the main topics. 

2017-03  Brands/Italy/Vespa (Piaggio) Vespa moped electrical parts are shown with apps, and offered.

2017-03  Brands/Taiwan/Angel  Mikuni carburetor service info, for Angel and Speed Bird, is added.

2017-02  Parts/Electrical/Tail Lights CEV and ULO tail light versions are displayed. Parts are offered.

2017-02  Brands/Italy/Vespa (Piaggio) 1968-85 Vespa mopeds (US models) are shown and explained.
2017-02 
Piaggio history and aircraft production is explained and appreciated.

2017-02  Brands/Belgium/Flandria Flandria history and US models 1976-79 are shown and explained.

2017-01  Brands/France/Motobecane 1949-88 mopeds and 1974-81 US-model mopeds are shown.

2017-01  Parts/Frame/Gas Valves  Replacement gas valves (petcocks) and apps are shown and offered. 

2017-01  Parts/Controls/Handlebars, Grips Many stock handlebars are measured, shown, and offered.

2016-12  Brands/Italy/Garelli The history of US distributors, manuals and models are explained. 

 

 


Ordering

This website does not have online ordering. Ordering is by phone or email.

Before ordering parts, your moped’s identity must be known. The year, make, model, version, and serial number are stamped into the ID plate, usually located on the frame behind the headlight. Use the Brand menu to help learn the identity (year, make, model, version, ser#) of your machine and many of it’s components. Be aware there are some false names and remakes.

Email Shaun at myronsmoped@gmail.com to ask questions. Please send pictures of the parts you are asking about. Shaun is often unable to answer many questions over the phone. 

Email Shaun at myronsmoped@gmail.com first, if there are several items or more, or if any of the items are not listed or require investigation. Your itemized order will be listed with prices, and sent in a reply, for your review. Any changes can be made. A revised order is sent in a reply. When it is final, then you pay by email (to PayPal), or by phone (to Myrons) usually. Visa MC Discover Amex PayPal

Payment by email: Ask Shaun to send a PayPal invoice. You don’t need an account to pay. You pay with a payment card, credit or debit. 

 

Shipping and Terms:  Shipping is by USPS. Small items (small flat rate box or envelope) ship for $9, all 50 states, US Priority Mail, 2-3 days to most areas. 

 

 


What is a moped?

A moped is a lightweight motorbike that can be pedaled. Most mopeds are made in Europe. Millions were sold in the US from ’76 to ’79 after the gas shortage. By 1985 the moped boom was over, and scooters became popular.

A scooter has a floor, small tires, no pedals, and can have various sizes of engines from under 50cc to over 600cc. Most scooters are made in Asia. The smallest scooters are like mopeds in that they are both 49cc automatics that go 30 – 35 mph. A moped means MOtor with PEDals, a hybrid vehicle half way between a small motorcycle and a bicycle. Since 2000 China has flooded the US with scooters that they call mopeds, causing confusion. Some USA states require pedals and some do not. In California, a “moped” has pedals, a 2hp motor and goes 30 mph. Mopeds, scooters, and motorcycles can also be electric.

A 2008 Tomos Sprint is a moped.

Some motor driven cycles are similar to mopeds. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) classifies anything with 2 or 3 wheels and over 5 horsepower as a motorcycle, and anything with 2 or 3 wheels and under 5 horsepower as a motor-driven cycle. So what appears on the VIN plates of all four examples below is Vehicle Type: Motor Driven Cycle, since they’re all under 5 horsepower.

Here we divide the Motor Driven Cycle category into Mopeds, Nopeds, Scooters, or Small Motorcycles. This is because the parts inventory and service expertise at Myrons Mopeds is limited to true mopeds and some nopeds. Other types of motor driven cycles are excluded.

Examples of Motor Driven Cycles: Four Different kinds of “Honda 50”

Moped: Honda P50
49cc 1.5hp 25mph
one-speed automatic
feet go on pedals

Noped: Honda NC50
49cc 2.0hp 30mph
one-speed automatic
feet go on foot pegs

Scooter: Honda SA50
49cc 2.0hp 30mph
multi-speed automatic
feet go on floor

Motorcycle: Honda C110
49cc 4.3hp 43mph
multi-speed manual
feet go on foot pegs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Brief History of Mopeds in the USA

Author: Daven (m025001.sctcorp.com) Date: 02-22-2000 13:22
About the rise of mopeds in the 1970’s, and the fall in the 1980’s.

Among the many sorrows of 1995, America’s failure to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the arrival of the moped on its shores probably doesn’t rank very high. The oversight is, perhaps, even understandable. With their puny engines, fragile suspensions, and lumpy contours, mopeds were a paean to defensive driving, and as such, seem completely antithetical to what passes for a recreational vehicle today. Yet the moped was beloved. Twenty years ago, it was up there with hot tubs and Studio 54 on the top of the charts–a hallmark of its age. Since then, times have been tough. Even the recent 70s revivals have largely ignored the moped. Unresuscitated, unable to leap Travoltalike into our decade, the moped languishes in the dark recesses of the past, growing ever more obscure, fading like the leisure suit and Ben Gazzara. So quickly, before everyone who remembers the moped joins the Shah in the hereafter, indulge me, and to celebrate it. The semi-successful marriage of the motorcycle and the bicycle was first performed in gas-starved Europe at the end of WWII. Dubbed the moped (a contraction of the words motor and pedal), and basically unregulated, it flourished in the streets of Paris and Rome. The motors were very small (50 cc’s max) and of the simple two-stroke variety, so you had to mix the oil and gas yourself. But these spunky vehicles got ungodly mileage (between 100 and 200 miles per gallon). The pedals were used to help start the engine and to assist in hill climbing (although on some models, real hill climbing could be more easily accomplished by getting off the moped and walking). Those chic Europeans seemed to love them. But in America, mopeds were effectively barred by laws that classified them as motorcycles and demanded that they have foot brakes, turn signals, and various other features that they didn’t possess. We had to slake our thirst for this kind of machine with motor scooters and electric bikes. We probably didn’t even know we had such a thirst. Then in 1974, after a heavy industry lobby, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration relaxed the safety standards for mopeds. The great American moped markets were open. Laws varied from state to state, but basically, the U.S. moped’s maximum speed was set between 20 and 30 miles an hour, and drivers were forbidden to enter major highways. Beyond that, the mid-70s moped laws were pretty lax. Many states didn’t require a license, insurance, or registration; some didn’t even set a minimum operating age–which was a blessing for eager-to-get-dating 15-year-olds. (The 30 mph top speed was somewhat elusive, since most models that could achieve that kind of speed tended to shake the fillings out of your teeth when they did it. Yes, these mopeds were slow, and their engines were meek.)

They came from strange-sounding companies at first: Puch, Garelli, Batavus, and Tomos, to name a few. But once the craze was on, many of the big motorcycle manufacturers joined the fray. The Honda Hobbit, introduced in 1978, may have been the quintessential moped in name and appearance (especially name). The consumer appeal was easy to grasp: The moped was cheap, very cheap. Cheap to operate, cheap to buy, and free to insure. You could get a good one for about $350. That’s $350 for a machine that could take you anywhere you wanted to go at 20 m.p.h., and make it seem like a good time if there weren’t too many hills or big trucks around. $350! I spend about seventy bucks a week these days just on cough medicine and phone calls to the Motorcycle Industry Council, never mind transportation. Moreover, the moped was fun to ride–it put you low to the ground with some wind in your hair and moved you through traffic sort of like a motorcycle did. And in a nation delirious about all sorts of moving vehicles and the trappings thereof (truckers and CBs, the Dukes of Hazzard and CHiPs, go-carts and slot-cars) the fun little moped fit right in. Sales jumped from 25,000 in 1975 to 75,000 in 1976 to 150,000 in 1977–and then doubled again in 1978. There were moped articles in every magazine from Newsweek to Glamour. They were popular with men and women, with the young and the old (and the very old, who liked to tool around retirement communities). They were sold in drugstores and newsstands, as well as your more conventional cycle shops, and everyone was back-ordered. Some high schools began to offer Moped Ed courses to eager freshmen. Nick Nolte and Jacqueline Bisset were in a ridiculous moped chase scene in The Deep. Jimmy Carter encouraged us to buy mopeds as part of his energy conservation program. And the Department of Transportation estimated that in the 1980s, America’s roads would be covered by two- to three-million mopeds.

But the good days didn’t last. Lawmakers began to consider the safety issues raised when a vehicle with a top speed of 30 m.p.h. mingles with normal traffic (acceleration at stop lights was a big problem). There were some accidents: not as many as with motorcycles, but there were a lot more safety laws for motorcyclists–including helmet requirements. And in a moped accident, the mopeder always seemed to lose. Furthermore, the police became troubled by the fact that mopeds, with licensing optional in most states, were a good means of transportation for people who’d had their automobile licenses revoked. Resulting legislation greatly increased restrictions on the mopeds. Alas, public perception changed too: The novelty wore off, and the moped became wimpy. Sales leveled, then declined, then dropped off the map. By 1985, there were fewer than 12 moped dealers in the country, down from a late 70s peak of several hundred. Moped madness was over.