Posts Tagged ‘moped’

A Rare, NON Passive-Aggressive Note for an Errant Parker – An Appropriate, Assertive Response to SF Sidewalk Parking

Friday, August 14th, 2015

Look at this:

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Direct, non?

Likely to succeed, IMO

If You Have a Motorcycle (or Something Smaller Like a Moped), Feel Free to Travel Through the Golden Gate Park Panhandle

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

You know, the way everybody else does.

As here, on the “300 block” of Ashbury, or what would be 300 block but for the Golden Gate Park Panhandle being there. But no matter, just wait for the light and then head north or south on the walking paths:

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This will save you all kinds of time going from Fell to Oak or Oak to Fell.

This didn’t used to be a thing, but now it’s a thing, especially at night…

The Perils of Electric Moped / Scooter / Bike Ownership – A2B “Bicycles” are Back in Business

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

I think I saw an ad for these A2B bikes just today in the SF Weekly.

They were never very popular but I did my best to discourage purchases, to the dismay of the Ultra Motors people.

These days, Ultra Motors is gone but A2B bikes are making a comeback aided by more realistic pricing.

Thusly, as seen with a flat tire:

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IMO, you’re better off with a regular bike, one with puncture resistant tires and theft-hardened parts.

But that’s just me.

Digg This: Here’s Your Chance to Buy a Cherried-Out 1977 Puch Maxi Moped Recenty Owned by Kevin Rose

Monday, September 10th, 2012

$1700 on the craigslist. See?

“Kevin Rose’s moped is back up for sale. 2nd@1977mopeds build I’ve seen on SF craigslist this week. Very nice bike.”

Anyway, it runs, or at least it was running about town last week.

Here’s the history on YouTube – start at around 4:00.

Deets on Jalopnik

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Ever more deets:

Fully Loaded 1977 Puch Maxi Moped – $1700 (mission district)

I am selling the 1977 Puch Maxi moped featured in this blog post: http://jalopnik.com/5481416/dont-bury-kevin-roses-custom-moped

It has been fully restored. It hasn’t been driven much, but the pedals were swapped out for pegs. I still have them if you’re interested in them instead.

Asking $1700 OBO.

Thanks!

Chris”

 

The Best Way to Stick It To The Man is to Put Out-Of-State Plates on Your Motorcycle or Moped: No Fees!

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

Nevada’s a really good state to pick, probably the best one. But don’t forget about Oregon – it has its charms as well!

But Maine? That’s a little crazy, hombre:

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Hurray!

That Horrible Ultra Motor Ltd Company is Still Around, Still Selling Their Crummy A2B Electric Scooters

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

Now don’t get me wrong, I think test-driving an A2B electric scooter in Golden Gate Park can be fun, but the problem is that these rigs don’t really make sense for the vast majority of people, that’s the problem.

Anyway, this is the past weekend in GGP here…

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…and this below is from the past.

Sometimes you spend money on an idea and it doesn’t work out.

Oh well.

Well well, has it really been a half-year since an example of the ridiculous, overweight and overpriced A2B electric bike / moped thing has been spotted on the Streets of San Francisco? Yes.

Here’s the one sighted yesterday. It’s a rental of course, but actually, that’s not a bad thing. Assuming you don’t run out of juice, renting an A2B for 69 bones doesn’t appear to be a bad way to spend a day exploring the 415 . You could easily haul on over to Sausalito (remembering to pretend to pedal – the Golden Gate Bridge people actually require this) and back without breaking a sweat.

See?

(Take care it doesn’t get stolen, though, else they’ll charge your credit card an arm and a leg.)

O.K. then.

Now I’ll tell you, most of the people who comment about the posts made about the A2B on this website actually work (or worked) for Ultra Motor.

For example, here’s a bit from Ultra Motor Co-Founder and President Jon Bowman from earlier this year:

“Wow. You really have nothing better to do than attack what appears to be a good idea and an innovative product.”

Does that make sense? He’s berating me for criticising one of his P.O.S. products from the standpoint of someone who doesn’t work for Ultra Motor, yet he works for Ultra Motor. (Reminds me of when people at the San Francisco Chronicle Newspaper would make comments on SFist claiming to work full-time for MUNI or something. They weren’t really fooling anybody…)

Anyway, a newer product Ultra Motor has is called the Excel and it’s being marketed as a $5000 electric scooter. O.K., if it makes you happy.

The big problem with all these bikes is that they don’t sell. The fact that you have to fork over $2200 plus tax, minimum, to buy one (unless you get a deal through Craigslist ) is merely the first problem. It’s not the only problem, not at all. (Now, they have this newer model, the Velocity (Velociti?) but I ain’t never seen one of those – maybe it’s closer to being an actual electric bike…)

Oh well. Even the people who like these things don’t really like these things.

If you want an electric bike, get a Trek or something else.

The Mean Streets of San Francisco are No Place for an Ultra Motor A2B Electric Scooter Moped Bicycle Thing

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

Maybe it was a chuckhole or maybe it was going around the open car door and onto the train tracks that caused this fellow to take a tumble on his crappy Ultra Motor A2B electric moped on Market Street yesterday.

You see, them wheels is too small – it’s a styling thing, apparently:

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You know, on their website they tell you everything but how much these contraptions cost…*

*Too much**

**A-waaaaaaaaay too much. Oh well.

Bicycle Trilogy: This Fellow Actually Bought an A2B Electric Bike – They’re Aren’t Too Many Like Him

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

I’m not sure if a Segway scooter sighting is rarer than an A2B electric bike / scooter sighting on the Streets of San Francisco.

The sales of both haven’t met expectations, I’d imagine.

Anyway, count this guy as an A2B True Believer:

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For one

MyDutchMoped: Get an Aging Batavus One-Cylinder Moped and You’ll Become Cool, Maybe Join the Tenderloin Creatures

Monday, January 31st, 2011

This Batavus Regency is a new one on me.

Did I spot a Creatures of the Loin reference in there? Check out Lauren “:)” Smiley’s historic bit right here, for the 411 on San Francisco’s formerly angry moped gangs.

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A manifesto of sorts, from a moribund webpage:

Media blackout begins. to clarify: the creatures of the loin are complete losers. a few of them, the more unsavory ones, are homeless. they are around 22 years old on average with a healthy number still being high school misfits who get made fun of by even the nerds. they are about 40% girls and have chosen the moped way due to a love of liberation, a desire for self sufficiency…”

Don’t stop believing, Batavus riders!

And get to know area gang members on peds of all stripes:

! Ching Chung Schlung !
#1 Flynn
( . ) ( . )
8====|) ~~~~
Amber Rico
Anne Borremans
Annelise Jeske
Bella Weinstein
Benadam X
Bret Hoffman
Brett Walker
Brian Pritchard
Chris Paz
Clare Crisafi
Connie Hwong
Craig Wong
Cristina Victor
Dan Webber Kastner
Dave Phrick
David Linehan
David Pilz
David W
David Cox
Dominique Lewis
Elliot Ortiz
Em Is Coco? Chilldance
Emily Kastner
Emily X
Erin Kearns
Graham French
Harold Smith
Harvey Mushman
Heather Rosner
J-Lo Timberlake
J.a.m. (justin) Creature
Jeremiah Robertson
Jesse Spelljammer
Jessica Lazer
Jordan Dewing
Joshua Franta
Kelly Ellis
Liam Devowski
Monica Schaefer
Nathan Jauvtis
Remy Spritzer
Round Boy
Rufus *
Silverfox Sullivan
Sin Hombre
Soraya Parker
Starbuck ****
Zac Monster Squad
Zach Levenberg
Zeke Jak

Ultra Motor’s A2B Electric Bike, the Worst Consumer Product of 2009, Spotted in 2010

Monday, August 9th, 2010

Well well, has it really been a half-year since an example of the ridiculous, overweight and overpriced A2B electric bike / moped thing has been spotted on the Streets of San Francisco? Yes.

Here’s the one sighted yesterday. It’s a rental of course, but actually, that’s not a bad thing. Assuming you don’t run out of juice, renting an A2B for 69 bones doesn’t appear to be a bad way to spend a day exploring the 415 . You could easily haul on over to Sausalito (remembering to pretend to pedal – the Golden Gate Bridge people actually require this) and back without breaking a sweat.

See? 

(Take care it doesn’t get stolen, though, else they’ll charge your credit card an arm and a leg.)

O.K. then.

Now I’ll tell you, most of the people who comment about the posts made about the A2B on this website actually work (or worked) for Ultra Motor.

For example, here’s a bit from Ultra Motor Co-Founder and President Jon Bowman from earlier this year:

“Wow. You really have nothing better to do than attack what appears to be a good idea and an innovative product.”

Does that make sense? He’s berating me for criticising one of his P.O.S. products from the standpoint of someone who doesn’t work for Ultra Motor, yet he works for Ultra Motor. (Reminds me of when people at the San Francisco Chronicle Newspaper would make comments on SFist claiming to work full-time for MUNI or something. They weren’t really fooling anybody…)

Anyway, a newer product Ultra Motor has is called the Excel and it’s being marketed as a $5000 electric scooter. O.K., if it makes you happy. 

The big problem with all these bikes is that they don’t sell. The fact that you have to fork over $2200 plus tax, minimum, to buy one (unless you get a deal through Craigslist ) is merely the first problem. It’s not the only problem, not at all. (Now, they have this newer model, the Velocity (Velociti?) but I ain’t never seen one of those – maybe it’s closer to being an actual electric bike…)

Oh well. Even the people who like these things don’t really like these things.

If you want an electric bike, get a Trek or something else.