Italy Falling Out Of Love With Mopeds, Scooters Due To Changing Trends

Cameron Aubernon
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italy falling out of love with mopeds scooters due to changing trends

Like France falling out of love with diesels, Italy is falling out of love with mopeds and scooters due to changing trends.

Data published by the National Association of Motorcycle, Bicycle and Accessories — ANCMA — shows moped sales crashing 97 percent, falling from the peak of 600,000 in 1980, to 26,727 units in 2014, Al Jazeera English writes. Sales of 125cc scooters aren’t doing so well, either, slowly declining from 173,343 units sold in 1955, to 37,388 in 2014.

The causes for the decline? According to ANCMA’s motorcycle chief Claudio Deviti, “the younger generation is just not as interested in mopeds as it used to be,” with technology the key reason. Deviti says the smartphone has taken the place of the moped in fostering friendships among young consumers.

Another factor is Italy’s ongoing economic downturn, weakening spending power as maintenance costs for mopeds rise. In the moped’s heyday, all one needed was the money buy such a vehicle. Over 50 years later, the average cost with licensing, stamp duty, and insurance comes to $2,250, $1,350 without. Cosenza, Italy moped mechanic Attilio Brisci explains:

Today mopeds are simply too expensive for the great majority of Italian households. People have two choices: renounce the use of the moped, or simply go without insurance at the risk of getting caught. I would say the average of those who do these is 50–50, with percentages getting higher the more one goes farther south.

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Cameron Aubernon
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Seattle-based writer, blogger, and photographer for many a publication. Born in Louisville. Raised in Kansas. Where I lay my head is home.

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  • Eggsalad Eggsalad on May 26, 2015

    I don't know if pricing is the same as the US, but... I recently decided I wanted a small motorcycle. I liked the Honda PCX150. The price is $3500. Out the door, the dealer wanted $5k. Instead, I bought a used Honda C70 Passport for $700. That's a huge price differential.

    • -Nate -Nate on May 27, 2015

      FWIW ; I refurbish old Honda 90 C.C. Tiddlers (NOT Mo-Peds !) and it takes me right at $1,000 each to whip one into good shape , current tags & title. Then it's a rare thing to get more than $1,100 out of one when I sell them off . Odly , I get much more interest & $ for a CT90 than I will for a 125 single that'll have a five speed tranny and go 70 MPH on the freeway with my bloated self on it . Tiddlers are real Motocycles and ever so much fun to ride and the 200 + MPG doesn't hurt , unless you're fat like me they'll go 50 MPH all day long . Mo-Peds , feh . One can easily buy and make road worthy a 250 ~ 500 C.C. twin for the same $ . -Nate

  • Gnekker Gnekker on May 27, 2015

    I believe that 50 cc mopeds and scooters are technically obsolete - Electric bicycle can serve the same purpose, is cheaper to run and without the hassle of insurance, registration, license etc

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    • Gnekker Gnekker on May 27, 2015

      @-Nate Not lately, but I did im my youth, everything from 50 to 1100 cc. I was referring to 50 cc mopeds and scooters that are restricted by law to

  • Hawox Hawox on May 27, 2015

    i still have my mopped (motorino) in the garage, it was status symbol when i was 14.... well not mine wich barelly reaches 30, but elaboration was very popular (and illegal). practical transport in smaller cities, 2 strokes, cheap, could go the whole week with 3L of gas. but then insurance increased, recently they introduced license and documents wich costs more than the mopped itself also 2 strokes are banned. nonsense, you wait 2 years and buy a 125cc or a 250cc real bike wich costs nothing to buy and maintain and lasts forever, is also more fun. in the nederlands you can ride the mopped on bicicle lanes with no helmet if you go slow. they are more civilized than us.

  • Schmitt trigger Schmitt trigger on May 27, 2015

    If there are no mopeds, how will the young thieves snatch a purse or camera bag from the tourists, when they are enjoying an espresso on a sidewalk cafe?

    • Lorenzo Lorenzo on May 29, 2015

      They switched to pick pocketing in large groups at popular tourist spots like the Eiffel Tower.