Location: Lafayette, IN
Influences: The first moped I ever saw that made me think mopeds could actually be awesome was built by guy on MA who goes by “Got Rigid?” and operates the website Project 76 Puch It was a pink Maxi-N with silver 5 stars and a Gadabout fairing. Up until that point, I had always thought of mopeds as a great way to have fun being goofy, but seeing that bike made me wonder how I could make my moped look like that.
My riding has been influenced by Keith Code, author of “Twist of the Wrist”. His books changed the way I look at performance riding, as not just an exercise of instinct but as quantifiable and objective methods that can be improved upon.
Affiliation: The Lafa Yetis (Captain), The Mosquito Fleet (Scout)
Bike: Derbi TT
Bio: I moved from dirtbikes and CB Hondas to a Honda Express when I was 19. What I initially thought of as a joke has turned out to be the most exciting long term mechanical relationship I’ve ever had. It was a real tumble down the rabbit hole into an amazing world of dichotomy: self sufficiency and communal reliance, simplicity of maintenance and complexity of mechanical failures, the need for speed and the joy of a slow ride, a motor and a set of pedals. The logic and ridiculousness of mopeds is mash potatoes and gravy.