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Oct 11

Posts: 25

morpheusking says:

Why is it road users bully moped riders?

i had a moped (de restricted) on 'L' plates for 3 years and now ive done my license and got myself a bandit 600 ive noticed a massive difference in how im treated on the road, not only by car drivers but bikers aswell!

on the moped u get NO respect what so ever from other road users you get pushed about, overtaken, cut up all the time and near enough EVERY car thats at a junction pulls out on you! Whereas on the bandit ive had none of this.

If i sat at 30 in a 30 limit on the moped id be getting people overtaking me beeping horns at me flashing me sitting right up behind me. on the bandit i get none of this. road users give me plenty of space, dont try and push me about on the road and generally drive/ride as they should.

Everyone has to start somewhere and i bet most of you had mopeds as teenagers! so why is it you give moped riders no respect at all when you have been in their situation yourselves?

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Apr 08

Posts: 3042

AdieR says:


unfortunately, can be like a red rag to a bull - especially to car drivers.

I recall when I were on L's the number of drivers overtaking on the last roundabout into town - only to get caught in traffic 1/4 mile ahead. Then you'd get the awkward tossers who'd insist on blocking you off as you go to filter past...

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Dec 10

Posts: 11933

preunit says:

A small fish

in a big pond full of 4 wheeled piranhas i'm afraid.:upset:

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Jun 09

Posts: 110

nigel966 says:


It is because you have gone from a poxy moped to one of the finest machines ever to grace the road. May I (and any of the many other ex and current Bandit 600 owners) congratulate you on joining the mightiest band of brothers on earth. I am now on the far inferior GSX-R1000 but am very proud to have been a bandit owner. I do hope your machine is the naked version (the true master of the marque).   

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May 11

Posts: 120

Will125 says:


Agreed that L plates make quite a bit of difference to how others act towards you on the road. 

After I had past my test, I decided to take my 125 into work (mainly just to give it a run), but left my L plates on. First thing that happens is I almost get run off the road by someone in a sports car while doing the speed limit. 

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Feb 09

Posts: 4738

philehidiot says:

L plates

can also be funny... you start braking oddly and wobbling about and they give you all sorts of room.

Something I do (and used to do on Ls) is to get between a car and the bike it's hassling and slow down, giving them breathing room knowing I can piss off if it gets dodgy. They usually get a "back off" wave as well. They don't get that one slip and they've killed someone.

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May 09

Posts: 214

Tabasco says:


cause most of them are tracksuit wearing wankers!

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Nov 05

Posts: 1464

evlcatnw says:


never rode one myself but from what i see on my daily commute hav no respect for anyone let alone themselves...tracky bottoms, trainers and jumpers are NOT suitable protective clothing and ignoring speed limits, road etiquette and other road users isnt going to earn any respect...

I dont assume that 'all' moped/scooter riders are knobs but they do a damned fine impression of idiots... There are a couple that i see on a regular basis that i nod (geared up and nod me) and one that i always seem to follow that cars try to harass-managed to sneak between them a couple of times just so the poor lad had room to breathe...

I try and treat everyone like i'd like to be treated but just think the powers that be need to be stopping more 'inappropriately dressed' folks and show them what roadrash looks like...

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Aug 09

Posts: 2707

MarcusMarsh says:

Lack of respect

The lack of respect for peds comes partly from ignorance and arrogance.  However, a lot of ped riders (I are to say the majority) show f*ck all respect for anyone else and behave like conplete idiots on the road.  Unfortuately, if you ride a similar machine you end up getting tarred with the same brush.   

Either way, you are past that now so get on with enjoying your Bandit :smile 

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Mar 09

Posts: 768

jonny68 says:


I must say I am not a great fan of mopeds, they are just too under powered for the open road. They are fine in urban areas as the traffic is generally moving at a slower speed.

Other road users consider them a nuisence as they clog the road up and slow the traffic flow. They will always suffer prejudice, whether right or wrong its just the way it is.

When I started riding my parents offered me the chance to have a moped, I declined the offer and waited the extra year for the 125.

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Jul 11

Posts: 155

Reincarnhate says:

I'm sure

you can appreciate that 60-80% of moped I see are being ridden badly either by middle-aged men in Parkas or by 16 year olds in tracky bottoms.

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