Monday Motorbikes is a Brisbane, California-based company producing a modern moped. Like the mopeds of yesteryear the Monday Motorbikes M1 is outfitted with pedals, but in place of a small internal-combustion engine resides a brushless DC motor.

According to Monday Motorbikes, the M1 can travel up 50 miles in Economy mode at a steady 20mph on a single charge, without pedaling, and up to 35 miles in city traffic. Sport mode increases power but decreases range to about 25 miles. To meet California electric bicycle regulations, Economy Mode is tuned for a top speed of 20 mph, while Sport mode is good for 40 mph, but only to be engaged when off public roadways (yah, right).

Currently, the M1 is available in the United States for $5,995 with plans for worldwide domination in 2018. Monday Motorbikes offers test rides most Saturdays at its shop in Brisbane, but encourages interested parties to contact them to see if they may be traveling through your part of the country. For information about the company, the bike, or to order one check out mondaymotorbikes.com.

  • Donnie

    Cheap Chinese scooters with pedals are the choice of the DUI crowd around here. As long as they have pedals on them, the Cops leave them alone. I find it strange that they don’t have to license them here in Illinois.
    I’m pretty sure $6K is way out of their price range.

  • Kenneth

    I wish this company well, liking almost anything with 2 wheels, but I don’t see a real advantage of this moped over the current and growing choice of “pedelec” bicycles offering the same speed and range, at the same price, plus electric assist that allows a rider to choose how much – or little – of a workout is desired, while reaching speeds of nearly 30mph. Bicycles also have greater seat-to-crank distance, important for pedaling efficiently. This moped looks cooler than a bicycle (subjective, of course), better-suspended, and is said to reach 40mph. So, this might be an alternative to a small, gas-engined scooter, but considering the pedaling aspect, I’d think a bicycle would probably be lighter and more efficient. Am I missing something?

  • Kenneth

    It looks like this moped is intended much more for motoring than pedaling, seeing the short seat-to-crank distance. If a rider was intending to also get around by pedaling, a “pedelec” (automatically-variable pedal-assist) bicycle would seem to be much more efficient and offer the choice of exercise, if one wishes. So, I’d guess this bike is intended to compete with a small, gasoline-engined scooter?

  • Starmag

    At least it makes up for it’s short range with it’s good looks and reasonable price.

  • What would it take to get it registered and certified as an actual moped rather than a “not a bicycle”? Does the USA have a moped class of, say, 30mph-2.5Kw or 50mph-5Kw ?

    • GreggJ

      It varies state by state.
      For example, here are the rules for California:

      Moped Type CVC 406(a)

      A moped meeting CVC 406(a) requires the operator to have a valid Class M1 or M2 motorcycle license. The vehicle must be equipped with:

      Operative pedals for propulsion by the rider, or no pedals if powered solely by electrical energy.

      An automatic transmission.

      A motor producing less than 2 brake horsepower (hp), capable of propelling the vehicle no faster than 30 MPH on level ground.

      A moped will be issued special license plates and identification cards, which require a one-time $18 fee.