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Motoped Survival: Black Ops edition – a fully functional zombie hunting moped

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The Motoped Survival: Black Ops edition is being touted as a perfect bike for the zombie apocalypse
The Motoped Survival: Black Ops edition is being touted as a perfect bike for the zombie apocalypse
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The Motoped Black Ops is a shameless, shallow grab for attention that has 100 percent done its job on me. A zombie hunting moped? Seriously? But the product behind it is actually pretty sweet. A highly customizable moped with a 500-mile (805 km) range, 200 mpg (1.2 L/100km) efficiency and heavy-duty engineering. It easily converts to an ultralight dirtbike if you swap the 49cc stock engine for something larger, and its long travel suspension should make it pretty capable on dirt tracks.

Motoped makes a range of heavy-duty moped bikes that look great, get insane fuel economy and look like a stack of fun – particularly when you ditch the stock 49cc engine and stick a 155cc donk in there instead. With any horizontal Honda single cylinder engine, it's more or less a bolt-on conversion.

With a larger engine in, they look and perform like an ultralight dirt bike, although you'd probably be voiding your ability to legally ride them on the road. With 8 inches (20 cm) of suspension travel and decent DNM adjustable suspension, they should handle themselves pretty well off road.

Leaving the 49cc engine in, you're looking at somewhere between 150-200 mpg (1.6-1.2 L/100km), which means that if your tender backside could deal with the seat for long enough, you'd be able to ride the Survival model some 400-500 miles (643-805 km) without refueling.

Naturally, as mopeds, you can pedal the things as well as, or instead of, using the accelerator. The transmission takes power from whichever is producing more. But while 123-132 lb (56-60 kg) – depending on which model you choose – makes for very light dirtbikes, they're heavy old bicycles.

Let's take a quick look at the different models on offer:

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The Pro is the version you buy if you're planning to go do some serious stunting or hardcore trail riding. The lightest of the bunch, it weighs in at 123 lb (56 kg) and costs US$1,999. The seat, tank covers, mudguards and fork boots all look like dirtbike gear.

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The Cruzer is your stylish urban get-about version. It weighs in at 128 lb (58 kg) and comes fitted with a leather seat and flattish tank to mimic the style of an old-school board tracker. You can get a bolt-on rack to give it "case of beer and a surfboard"-level carrying capacity. It costs $2,399.

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The Survival is the adventure bike of the series. Its twin reserve tanks plus main tank give it a monstrous 500 mile (805 km) potential range. Mind you, that's on a standard bicycle seat. The Survival is done up to look like military surplus, and features a strong rear luggage frame for maximum carrying capacity. It weighs 132 lb (60 kg) and costs $2,499.

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…..aaaaaand the zombie bike. The Black Ops is a special edition; basically a Survival bike with a bunch of extra stuff bolted on to it. Lights, rope, carabiners, a mount for your phone, a hatchet and a shovel, a "wicked-mean crossbow" and a bunch of knives within easy reach so you can stab the zombies after nailing them to a tree with your crossbow bolts and decapitating them with your hatchet. "Or," as the Motoped website suggests, "maybe you just want to go camping." No price is listed for the Black Ops edition, it seems to be an "ask and we might make one up for you" kind of deal.

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11 comments
TheSplund
Having had one of the last of the great era of 70s sports mopeds that were sold in the UK (ie those that were both fast and had pedals) I like the ultra-light design that looks like you can actually pedal it (ever tried pedalling a FS1E or an AP50?!) though at 60kg I'm not sure I'm fit enough these days - I seem to recall that a laden touring bike can weigh in at around 40kg and that would be a bit of an ask even with touring tyres on an uncluttered frame. Still, all 3 are great designs
Bruce Crosby
Check the prices — they're less engine....
Misti Pickles
Everybody who sees one of these wants one . . . Until they see what these will cost them! Those prices are for KITS that the user has to buy components for to get running. Assembled and driving with a large engine, the buyer will have to wade through a maze of DMV regs to register. Good idea--bad prices . . . Some chinese company will clone this for a FRACTION OF THE PRICE, EVEN THOUGH THIS IS NOW AN ENTIRELY CHINESE MACHINE! Buy a Mad Ass Sachs . . . Half the price, most of the cool, and no DMV worries.
bergamot69
I had a 'pass me down' Suzuki TS50 (a cross between a mountain bike and a chainsaw) which I'm sure I pushed more often than rode. That said, without any deliberate modifications, sometimes it would do about 43mph rather than the 30mph it was supposed to be limited to. A set of pedals would have been very welcome at times...
Dave Yost
Coolest thing on wheels. But, how disappointing. Or, perhaps a bit careless in the writeup. The prices given are for unassembled MoPeds WITHOUT the engine! Fully configured and ready to ride? Add another thousand bucks.
Steven Livingston
I'm sure a lot of guys (like me) will look at this & say, "I could totally build one of these myself". Craigslist & Harbor Freight, here I come...
snowdenikoff
Can't put one on a bus rack. Can't put one on Amtrak. Can't go over 20mph without insurance and registration. Can't install engine over 49cc in most places without ins/reg . Impounds of gas bikes are the deathnell Honda and Yamaha are making inroads on 300cc bikes that are affordable if not finance able. You won't be stuck in the bicycle lane (if there is one) and you won't have to rebuild a two-stroke engine every few hundred miles. Don't forget electric. The Interbike trade show had a sharp increase in the number of e-bikes this year. They play well with others and perform well in a head-wind while riding up a slope.
Dave Rooster
as a 57 yo 110kg loop de loo sports bike rider whoo hoooo I want one with a bigger engine like a 250 and black darhling with a touch of gold. Style is all - beer rack n crossbow just add to the charm
Rehab
$3,500 with shipping seems well priced. I've noticed a few of the small gas kit bikes running around and find them interesting but loud. I could never understand why anyone would choose to rides them. Go Yamaha or Honda or if you are staying small build an e-bike. This could be interesting as an e-bike but not sure about hauling all that weight around!
Gregg Eshelman
I always though the old mopeds were pretty silly with their 100+ MPG but factory equipped with a one quart or smaller tank. Put a 2 gallon tank on a 100+ MPG bike and then you have something.