Two wheelers unite!

by fldptr

A moped. Those who think these are crappy motorbikes are fundamentally mistaken, these are the essence of motorized two wheelers.

A moped. Those who think these are crappy motorbikes are fundamentally mistaken, these are the essence of motorized two wheelers. (Image from http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyclomoteur, published under CC )

There seems to be a rather thin line where motorcyclists share interest with bicyclists or the other way around. From a basic point of view, they are almost opposite of each other, motorbikes are machine powered, bicycles are human powered.
For me both are human powered. One needs less techincal human knowledge and more physical strength, while the other needs more imagination and less human power. But forgetting about the men’s brain and willpower behind the motorbike is as stupid as spilling gasoline on a bicycle waitig for the horsepowers to awaken.
Their purposes are slightly different, but the idea is similar: be faster, be happier. If you look closely,  all the differences highlight the similarities and the mutual territorries. Bicycle people tend to focus on raw strength while forgetting the power in mechanical excellence. The mechanical condition does weigh in by a lot to how fast or far you can go – a lesson to be learned from the motorcycle world. And there is another way to put it. Does anyone really want to go on a long motorcycle roadtrip without being able to cycle around town? Motorcycling does need physical strength. Riding a bicycle as habit is definately a benefitial one for any two wheeler motorist.
And for those who stick too much to each side, god created the mopeds (cyclomotors).

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