The Motoped: What Happens When A Mountain Bike And Pit Bike Mate – Video

Troy Siahaan
by Troy Siahaan

The picture above is not photoshopped. What you’re looking at is called a Motoped. Technically a motorized bicycle, the Motoped uses a custom made frame and swingarm and bolts to a Honda XR50 (or Chinese knockoff) engine. The little XR then donates the seat, and tank, while forks, shock, wheels, pedals and tires all come from the mountain bike you have collecting dust in the garage.

Some might argue the Motoped is neither motorcycle nor mountain bike at this point and question its worth. But to me it looks like a better dirtbike than a XR50 could ever be, and the engine allows it to be more versatile than a mountain bike. At least for someone who hates climbing.

It definitely looks cooler than most the bicycles I see riding around, but one main advantage it has is the ability to be legally ridden on the road in most states without a license, insurance or registration (assuming you keep the 50cc engine). Then, when you want to hit the trails or some single track, you can turn off the beaten path and use the engine to fly through the trail with ease.

The jackshaft allows the Motoped to be pedaled like a bicycle or use the engine for power. An optional kit is also available to remove the pedals and install pegs, if your dirt adventures are a little more serious. The kit is highly adaptable, with the chassis able to accept numerous engine choices — even a 140cc thumper and gearbox — and looks to be a barrel of laughs in the dirt.

Each Motoped is currently hand built and costs upwards of $1000. However, the owners of the company want to bring the price down through mass production. To do this, they’ve started a Kickstarter campaign to raise $250,000 by September 6 in order to pump out more bikes. If successful, look for prices to dip well into the three digit range.

Visit the Motoped and Kickstarter website for more information on the bike. You can also check out the video below to see the Motoped in action on the boardwalk, on the street,

Troy Siahaan
Troy Siahaan

Troy's been riding motorcycles and writing about them since 2006, getting his start at Rider Magazine. From there, he moved to Sport Rider Magazine before finally landing at in 2011. A lifelong gearhead who didn't fully immerse himself in motorcycles until his teenage years, Troy's interests have always been in technology, performance, and going fast. Naturally, racing was the perfect avenue to combine all three. Troy has been racing nearly as long as he's been riding and has competed at the AMA national level. He's also won multiple club races throughout the country, culminating in a Utah Sport Bike Association championship in 2011. He has been invited as a guest instructor for the Yamaha Champions Riding School, and when he's not out riding, he's either wrenching on bikes or watching MotoGP.

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