All About the Peugeot Moped
The Peugeot Moped being produced today is the Vogue, (AKA Peugeot 103) and has a long and innovative history. Peugeot manufactured their first motorcycle in 1898. It was a bicycle with a De Dion-Bouton engine mounted on the rear wheel. This was the extreme early days of the development of gasoline powered transportation. At the time there was a great deal of experimentation with steam cars, but the steam engine was simply not possible to use to power two-wheelers.
The De Dion-Bouton was the first practical high-speed, lightweight, internal combustion engine. Peugeot put together their prototype and displayed it at the 1898 Paris Exhibition, and the idea took off. By 1914, they were manufacturing motorcycles and today they are the only French motorcycle manufacturer.
The moped is an extremely practical and much loved, low-powered motorcycle, that has its origins in the early motorized bicycles. The term arose from combining the words motor and pedal. At one time mopeds used pedals to start the engine, and supply extra “leg power” when needed.
The Vogue's design has evolved until now pedals are no longer used to start the engine, but they can still be used when the circumstances require. Mopeds have less licensing requirements than motorcycles so have become very popular among the young, and for their economical benefits. They are inexpensive to insure, plus, the Vogue gets killer gas mileage at 103 miles per gallon!
The Peugeot Vogue
Though categorized as a “scooter” for licensing and insurance purposes, the moped is not a scooter. The moped still uses smaller, bicycle like wheels, and actually resembles a motorcycle more than a scooter does.
Benefits and Features of the Vogue
Inexpensive - even when brand new, they are listed at 950 Euros. This translates to $1,200.
Single stroke, two cylinder engine with a carburetor fuel delivery system. This is why it gets such great gas mileage. Like most motorcycles today, it only uses unleaded gasoline, and requires an oil/gas mixture in the tank.
Electric ignition, headlights and horn.
If you end up with an empty fuel tank, you can use your Vogue like a bicycle by pedaling, and coasting downhill.
2.68 Horsepower – plenty of power to get you up hills and manage both city and country driving.
Automatic Gears, and uses a bicycle chain around the hub of the rear wheel.
Air cooled engine.
Suspension – Front has telescoping shocks, and the rear, dual shocks, making a comfortable ride.
Front hand brakes and rear drum brake – familiar like a bicycle making it easy to learn.
Lightweight aluminum frame - entire bike weighs in at only 103 pounds.
Fuel tank holds 1.32 gallons (5 L) giving you 135 miles for less than the cost of 2 gallons of gas.
Colors available are Aluminum, Black, and Black/Aluminum.
Getting parts for your Vogue is easy. They can be ordered online from siteswith everything you need. Because the Vogue is small and has a relatively simple construction, most owners prefer to do all their upkeep themselves. Manuals for operation, maintenance, and repair are easy to read and loaded with photos and detailed descriptions and instructions.
Breezing around town, even taking longer trips can be economical, safe, and easy. With high gas mileage and more than a century of quality built in, the Peugeot moped is the perfect choice for fun, and your wallet.