The Amazing Polluting Mopeds of San Francisco’s Mission District

This one’s a little tough to spot at first, but if you click to expand this photo, you’ll see the telltale blue smoke of a gasoline-and-oil-burning two-stroke Peugeot moped on Valencia Street in the Sunny Mission district.

Depending on the state of tune, you can have something like half the fuel and oil you put in spewed out the tailpipe unburned. Tuk tuk tuk tuk tuk tuk….

Such are the ways of aging two-stroke engines. But fashion has a price, after all.

Vrooom, vrooom.

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4 Responses to “The Amazing Polluting Mopeds of San Francisco’s Mission District”

  1. Jeffrey W. Baker says:

    Not pictured: this Academy of University of Art College dropout hitching the moped to a bike rack.

  2. sfcitizen says:

    That would be a great photo.

  3. GlenParker says:

    I love my environmentally un-PC Yamaha RD-350 and am waiting for the global warming czar of SF to tell me I cannot ride my dirty little bike no more. His clothes will be smelling of Yamalube for weeks. Ring ding ding ding…

  4. sfcitizen says:

    I think your ride is grandfathered in and the powers that be will just have to be satisfied with waiting for it to fall apart.

    Yamalube, that’s funny.