How to Start a Gas Moped

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The defining characteristic of a moped is the pedals used to start it. A street bike cannot exceed 50cc without being considered a motorcycle, so mopeds and scooters are all at or under this number. Compared to motorcycles and other motorized bicycles, mopeds are very simple machines and require low maintenance and fuel consumption. If you have a gas moped that is tuned up and well maintained, you can start it in less than 10 seconds.

  • Set the moped up on its kickstand and turn the fuel valve to the "On" position. This is usually a switch on on the valve coming out of the gas tank and going into the carburetor.

  • Sit on the moped and turn the key to the "On" position. Stand up on the pedals and pedal for 5 seconds while twisting the throttle on the right handlebar.

  • Squeeze the choke on the right handlebar and release it while still pedaling. Once released, continue pedaling and twisting the throttle until the moped starts. Repeat this if it does not start right away. It may take more pedaling on a colder day or if you haven't started the moped in months.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use the correct gas/oil mixture, or your moped will not start at all.
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