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The Different Types of Mopeds
You’ve probably heard of mopeds, but what exactly are they? Mopeds are two-wheeled motorized vehicles that date back to the early 20th century. They are small, typically weigh less than 100 pounds, have three wheels, and are capable of speeds of 30 miles per hour. While mopeds vary greatly in style and features, they all share a few common characteristics. Learn more about each type below.
Class 1 mopeds
Despite the decline in overall vehicle sales, Class 1 mopeds continue to gain popularity. Shipments of these motor vehicles are down 11.4% year-over-year (YOY). This decline is attributed to the increased popularity of scooters, motorcycles, and other three-wheeled vehicles. But there are a few things to consider before making your final purchase. Listed below are some tips to make the most informed decision.
Unlike gasoline-powered motorcycles, electric mopeds don’t require fuel to run. They only need to be recharged occasionally. Moreover, you won’t have to spend money on fuel as you can simply plug your electric moped into any outlet and start riding. And because these electric vehicles are emission-free, they don’t harm the environment. That’s just one of the many benefits of riding an electric moped.
Class 2 mopeds
The average age of Class 2 mopeds is 37.5 years, and it’s important to check the legal limit before purchasing one. Most mopeds in the Netherlands are classified for speeds under 25 mph, while the speed limit for a 45-mph bike is 45 kph. While the cylinder head on both types of bikes is the same, the pressure is different. This makes them more difficult to drive in the city.
Class 3 mopeds
A driver’s license for class 3 mopeds is required in most states. These vehicles are smaller than a motorcycle, so they can be operated in tight spaces such as city streets. They must be registered, insured, and equipped to be able to operate safely on the road. As with motorcycles, they must be parked in parking spaces designated for motorcycles, but are allowed to drive on some types of private property. This article outlines the laws governing these vehicles.
Class 4 mopeds
While e-mopeds do not use pedals, most states classify them as scooters. Gas-powered e-mopeds must have an engine with a maximum displacement of 50 cubic centimeters. Drivers of 30 mph or less are not required to have motorcycle licenses to operate e-mopeds. However, they must have a regular driver’s license. Here’s a closer look at these vehicles.
Class 5 mopeds
Mopeds are classified as either Class 4 or Class 5 in German law. Both categories have the same maximum speed but are different from each other. Neither can be operated on the highway and they should only be used for shorter trips around town. In addition, you must have a driver’s license or passenger certification to operate a moped. Also, you should have at least a 16-year-old as a passenger to drive one.
Class 6 mopeds
In Germany, a driver of a Class 6 moped must have a driver’s license and must be over 16 years old. Before the new regulations, a moped could reach speeds of 55 to 65 km/h. In Norway, mopeds are allowed to travel at 45 km/h if they are tuned. While they can carry a passenger up to age 10 in Norway, that is not possible after the law went into effect.
Class 7 mopeds
While mopeds are not required to carry a license plate, they must be equipped with red rear and side reflectors and a white front and rear light. They must also be able to stop within nine meters (110 feet) when riding at 32 km/h or more. They must also meet a minimum requirement for taillights that are red or amber. Manufacturers must certify compliance with FMVSS and provide a copy of the FMVSS certification when registering a moped.