Moped Speeding Tickets in South Carolina

Moped Speeding Tickets seem to be on the rise in South Carolina. People are getting tickets for speeding, operating a motorcycle without a motorcycle endorsement, uninsured vehicle, improperly plated vehicle and driving on a suspended license, even if they are carrying a valid South Carolina moped permit. Many mopeds are being impounded as a result of a stop for excessive speed.

One solution is to have your moped speed restricted, and show up in court with documentation to prove this work was performed. In many cases, this results in a dismissal of most of the charges, and saves you about $1100 in fines.
Moped City, formerly Moped Medic, at 936 Savannah Hwy, Charleston SC 29407 and 1959 Folly Road, Folly Beach, SC 29412, can review your moped's performance, and restrict the top speed to make it in compliance with South Carolina Moped Speed Laws. Moped City,
If you have received a ticket for speeding on a Moped in South Carolina, contact Moped City. After a technician reviews your Moped's performance, they will restrict the top speed in the best way possible for your particular Moped.
Moped Speed Restriction techniques can involve the transmission, fuel system, and electronic ignition system, and there is no one method of restricting moped top speeds that works with all mopeds.
You can be stopped for riding an improperly registered vehicle on a moped anytime a law enforcement officer believes the moped exceeds 30 miles per hour on level ground. 


Now there is a company renting out high quality Mopeds and Scooters in Charleston and Folly Beach.
Moped City, at 1959 Folly Road, in Charleston, SC 29412, is located in the Treasure Island Building. Moped City is a full service moped and scooter dealer, offering the highest quality Mopeds and Scooters available at very affordable prices. You can find great deals on quality Mopeds and Scooters, the best service in the Lowcountry, and Moped and Scooter rentals so visitors to the Lowcountry can enjoy getting around on two wheels with ease.
For information, or to make a reservation, contact:

Moped City
1959 Folly Road
Charleston, SC 29412

Not All Mopeds are Created Equal

Moped Medic, 936 Savannah Hwy, Charleston, SC 29407, sent us this press release.  

Not all Mopeds are created equally!

With gas prices rising, Mopeds are popping up for sale almost everywhere. Gas stations, used car lots, auto repair shops, private driveways etc.
Most of these Mopeds are purchased for the lowest possible price from importers who buy their Mopeds from low end Chinese assembly factories that use poor quality components, inferior wiring harnesses, engines castings and internal parts made from metals that are not properly hardened which cause premature failure, electronic components with high failure rates, poor if any replacement parts availability and almost all come with no real warranty.
The local seller may promise you the world, but when you have a problem, you are on your own.
At Moped Medic, we search for Quality Mopeds sold by the manufacturers themselves thru U.S. based operations. One of our main concerns is that parts are always available and that the manufacturer, not the distributor who may go out of business, offers a minimum of one year parts and labor warranty.
At Moped Medic, we have learned over the past five years of servicing Chinese Mopeds that over 90% of what we repair comes from other sellers. We have seen Mopeds with less than 500 miles on them need complete engine rebuilds and with less than 1000 miles on them, ready for the junk yard.
Our promise from day was to provide QUALITY LEGAL SOUTH CAROLINA MOPEDS to our customers, with full service and parts and a warranty.
 You will never see MOPED MEDIC trying to out price the other guy because we will not sell low quality for the sake of price.
We can't tell you where to buy your scooter, but we can try to make you more aware that the old saying " YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR" is more relevant than ever.
We hope to see you at Moped Medic

The Truth about Moped and Scooter Warranties

Many Moped and Scooter Dealers in Charleston tell you there is a warranty when you go to buy your new Moped or Scooter. It isn't until you need to use it that you often find that there really isn't a warranty, or it doesn't cover most of the cost of repairs. 

Here are, from their own websites, actual manufacturer's warranties on three of the most popular entry level Mopeds and Scooters sold in the Lowcountry. All three of them start at less than $1000.

Peace Sport- Peace Industry Group (USA) Inc. offers our dealers following warranties. The all parts come with a 30 days factory warranty exclusive tire(s), body part(s), plastic part(s) and batteries. Engine(s) comes with 6 months warranty. Theses warranties start from the date dealer sell to their customers. ... Shipping cost and labor fee ... is specifically excluded from this warranty.

Tao Tao or Taotao
Limited Warranty:
6 months warranty for internal engine parts of on-the-road vehicles, 3 months 
warranty for internal engine parts of the off-road vehicles, and 30 days limited 
manufacturer's warranty for all other parts.
reimburse any labor cost under any circumstances. 
If your product is still under warranty you may return any part for 
exchange, at your expense, to our Dallas, Texas Distribution center.

Puma Cycles-

No matter what the guy trying to sell you a Moped or Scooter is telling you, the Manufacturer's warranty is what it is. It makes sense to go online and check what the warranty really is before purchasing a new Moped or Scooter, especially if you intend to use it for daily transportation. The better the warranty, the better they have to build it. 


Now that American Biker is out of the Vespa business, Local Vespisti need a place to take their Vespa and Piaggio brand scooters for Service.
Charleston Vespa Service offers Local Independent Vespa Service, with pickup service available. According to Macarena Baez, Service Manager , the parts they use are OEM or better, and due to their large volume of parts orders in Europe, Charleston Vespa Service offers Piaggio and Vespa replacement parts for less than most Franchise Vespa Dealers.
Charleston Vespa Service has certified moped and scooter technicians. A pickup service is available. Both Motorini, Vespa of Savannah and American Biker recommend and rely on Charleston Vespa Service for Vintage Vespa and Genuine Stella service.
Charleston Vespa Service
936 Savannah Hwy
Charleston, SC 29407

Moped Medic has a GREAT Deal on Eton Mopeds

from Moped City World Headquarters

Introducing the E-TON Beamer III Moped, the next generation of the popular Beamer scooter line. This Beamer III is powered by a Yamaha Minarelli 50cc oil injected engine that gives you great performance and an economical transportation alternative. The Beamer III is easy on the fuel bill.

The Beamer III is fully decked out with our performance-enhancing EPA approve exhaust system, powder coat wheels, and race spec front suspension system.

Eton is an OEM supplier to Ford, Volvo, Yamaha and Nissan, so their build quality is world class. The Eton Beamer 3 IS NOT Made in China. Limited Factory warranty covers both Parts AND Labor. There are a lot of Etons out there with well over 20,000 miles on them. Ours has more than 10,000 miles on it and it's never stranded anyone.

We got a great deal on the last Black 2010 Eton Beamer 3s. Come in and test ride one today, check out the competition just up the street, then check out the one we ride from Mt. Pleasant to the store. There is no better Moped out there for the money. Get one before they are gone.

Moped City
936 Savannah Hwy.
Charleston, SC 29407

Moped City
1959 Folly Road
Folly Beach, SC 29412

Lowcountry Scooter and Moped Impounds, November 2011

According to the South Carolina Moped Taskforce,  Law Enforcement Agencies in the Three County Lowcountry impounded a total of 14 Scooters with Moped tags being ridden by their legal owners during the month of November 2011.
4 were sold by Lowcountry Scooter or Charleston Scooter Company, for illegal tag or improper documentation.
5 were sold by KT Motorsports, two were impounded for being illegally tagged 150cc scooters, and the rest were impounded for lack of proper documentation that they complied with South Carolina's Moped Law.
3 were sold by Motorsports of South Carolina for improper tag or documentation.
2 were Honda Ruckus models that were impounded for being tagged as Mopeds and not registered as Motorcycles.

Chucktown Moped Crackdown

If you ride a Moped, you've probably noticed that the Police are giving them much more scrutiny recently. The SC Highway Patrol put together a guide for local law enforcement about moped laws in this state, and most departments were encouraged to go out and enforce the laws. And they have. Tow yards throughout the state are filling up with mopeds and scooters.
One of the biggest problems most people are running into is that they are being cited for not having a real South Carolina Moped Plate. The plastic plates sold at many moped dealers and Pep Boys are illegal in South Carolina, and the dealers who issue the real plates are reporting a tenfold increase in the number of people trying to purchase a South Carolina Moped Plate.
According to the report from the Highway Patrol, it is illegal to operate a Honda Ruckus or any Vespa model with a moped plate in South Carolina. These vehicles need to be registered as motorcycles in South Carolina. The Sullivan's Island Police Department is reported to have impounded a Honda Ruckus that was being ridden with a plastic moped plate attached. Further, it is almost impossible to get the necessary paperwork to have an authorized issuer put a real South Carolina Moped Plate on any scooter sold over the internet and shipped to the buyer from out of state, a costly lesson that involves a day in court many residents are learning now.
Many Police Departments, including the Charleston Police Department, have impounded Mopeds if the owner did not possess documentation that the moped engine is less than 50cc, AND makes less than 2 horsepower. Unless you have documentation from the manufacturer, or authorized Moped Plate Issuer, that the vehicle meets those two requirements, it can not be legally plated and ridden as a Moped in South Carolina.  Due to stepped up enforcement of the labeling and selling requirements for Mopeds in South Carolina, it is virtually impossible to put a Moped Plate on any vehicle ordered online or over the phone from a company out of state.
A woman who bought a scooter from the Charleston Scooter Company in West Ashley saw it get impounded by the Police, the plastic plate the dealership put on was removed, and she was required to insure and register it as a motorcycle before it was released. According to officers of the Charleston Police Department, she could have bought a similar model a block further down Savannah Highway at Moped Medic, and would have been in full compliance with the South Carolina Moped Law, with all the documentation necessary to keep it from being impounded. A representative of CPD stated that the only dealership in compliance with the South Carolina Moped law is Moped Medic.
Moped Medic has gone on record as stating that they will send a representative to court on behalf of any owner if any of the Mopeds they sold are improperly impounded as a result of this crackdown.
It is not known how long this level of enforcement will continue. According to sources, the Charleston Police Department is also targeting bicyclists and skateboarders. Apparently someone in a position of authority in Charleston believes it is a good idea to get people off mopeds, bicycles and skateboards and back in SUVs, in order to ease the traffic congestion in downtown Charleston.

High Quality and a Real Factory Warranty for Less than $1000?

For Immediate Release - From: Moped City World Headquarters

Moped City Moped City is pleased to announce that we now offer an entry level moped with a full factory one year parts AND labor warranty. Gone are the 300 mile or dealer only warranties. Our new high quality Puma Cycles brand mopeds and scooters are beautifully made, with high quality components, and body styles you don't see at every moped shop in town. 

Moped City sells more quality mopeds than anyone in the Lowcountry, and now we have even more models to choose from. If you are in the market, come into Moped City and check out more than a dozen different styles, from Vespa inspired retro models to mopeds built on the same frames racers use in Europe.

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 If you are looking for a delivery moped for your business, Moped City has them. If you have a business and depend on your mopeds to be up and running, ask some of our commercial customers how they feel about Moped City's commercial loaner program. You and your business can depend on Moped City and our Mopeds.

In addition to the Puma Cycles mopeds we now carry, Moped City has just received the first shipment of Keeway Agora mopeds. With their strong retro appearance, bold Italian design, and 2 Year, 12,000 mile warranty, the new Keeway Agora will live up to the reputation set by the Keeway mopeds Moped Medic has sold over the past three years. 
Stop in and test ride a new Moped today. Or rent one next time you go to Folly Beach.

Moped City
936 Savannah Hwy
Charleston, SC 29407

Moped City 
1959 Folly Road
Folly Beach, SC 29412

Details of the Puma Cycles Warranty can be found here-


Where can you take that Chinese Moped you bought online for warranty work? Or where can you take a Chinese Moped or Scooter that you bought locally if the dealer you bought it from can't make it work and it's still under warranty?

According to Macarena Baez, the Service Manager at Moped Medic, Moped Medic performs warranty work on almost every brand of Chinese Moped.

In addition, Moped Medic has one of the lowest hourly service rates in the Lowcountry, and is well known for repairing Vintage and Modern Vespa and Lambretta scooters.

Moped Medic's website is The correct phone number is 843-402-6900

Moped Medic honors the factory warranty on most of the following brands:

Alpha Avanti Baccio Baja Baron Bashan BMS CFMOTO Cobra Cool Sports Derbi Diamo Dink Eagle Fly Fribest Fushin Galaxy Gator Geely Hanma JCL jmstar jonway kinroad  Keeway Lance Lifan Longbo Longdong MMG Minarelli Mongoose Morini Moto Bravo Motobecane Motofino Moto Fino NST Pantera  Peace Sport Pep Boys Peugeot Primo Qingqi Qlink Redstreak Rocketa Schwinn Shanghai Meitian Strada SunL  Tank TNG United Motors Vento Verucci Viva Wildfire X-treme Xingyue Yamati Zhejiang Zongshen  
MT50 QT50 50QT 150T

This is not a complete list, and new brands are added on a regular basis, so if you don't see yours, it's worth a phone call to Moped Medic.

Exploding 80s

According to the experts at the Department of Moped and Scooter Safety, there are a whole lot of 80cc kits out there that are in the process of going boom.

Tom Read, of the DMSS, recently disassembled an 80cc kit that failed at less than 1000 miles.

What he found was that the kit was installed wrong. The cam timing, which is very important in 4 stroke mopeds, was off, and the intake valve was hitting the piston.

"A good mechanic would have caught this right away." said Martin Largent from the Department of Motorcycle and Scooter Safety, "That this moped was allowed to operate on the street ignores basic safety. Someone could have been seriously hurt."

According to Mr. Read, the faulty cam timing was just the straw that broke the moped's back.

"The jetting in the carb was wrong, the exhaust was wrong, the electronic timing was too slow. This was a disaster waiting to happen. Unfortunately it stranded the owner miles from home."


In South Carolina, the seller of a Moped is required by State Law to attach a metal identification plate to each moped without pedals.... This plate must be designed by the Department of Motor Vehicles.

This means that the plastic "novelty" moped plates people are buying from local dealers on craigslist for $10 are illegal. The dealer who sold you the moped is required by law to attach an approved metal South Carolina moped plate to the moped.

It is unlawful for a person to operate a moped without pedals upon the public highways and streets of this State without displaying the metal identification plate which must be attached to the vehicle. A person who does not have an official South Carolina metal moped tag on his or her moped is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be fined not more than two hundred dollars or imprisoned not more than thirty days.

So riding that moped with the illegal plastic Kinkos plate that the local dealer sold you is a crime. Did he tell you that when he took your $10?

If you did not get a legal metal Moped plate when you bought your moped, you can demand one from the dealer you bought it from. It is the law.

Demand the Legal Tag.


There is a crackdown going on in the Lowcountry. The Police are actively pursuing people riding mopeds. If you are on a 150cc Scooter tagged as a Moped, and you are pulled over going 50, there is a good chance it will be towed. When you get it back, you will be required to register it as a motorcycle, obtain motorcycle insurance, a motorcycle license, and pay personal property tax.
They are cracking down on just about everyone going over 35 on a moped right now. In Hanahan they have written tickets for 33 MPH,
The Police are also pulling people over to run VIN numbers. So keep a copy of your proof of ownership on you at all times.
If you are going more than 30 MPH on a moped, and you have all the paperwork that says it is a legal moped, South Carolina can still require you to register it as a Motorcycle, insure it, and only ride it with a valid motorcycle license. That is the law.
If you don't have a moped tag on your moped, many officers will pull you over for that. The law states that "It is unlawful for a person to operate a moped without pedals upon the public highways and streets of this State without displaying the metal identification plate which must be attached to the vehicle."
Those plastic tags you buy for $10 on craigslist and the internet are ILLEGAL.
The crackdown is mostly confined to North Charleston, and Berkeley County, but from what is going on behind the scenes, it appears to be spreading.


We received the following press release from Moped Medic:

Check out the Best Two and Four Stroke E.ton, Keeway, Jonway and Gorilla Motor Works Mopeds at Moped Medic. Unlike the mopeds everybody and his brother is selling out of his garage and on the internet, you can Google any of these brands and see that they are real brands and people all over the world rely on them for dependable basic transportation, with the same parts support you get from the best of Japan. 

Keeway does most of their R&D and design in Italy, uses proven Japanese technology, and offers one of the longest parts AND labor warranties in the industry. 

Eton builds their popular Beamer Moped in Taiwan. E-ton is an OEM parts provider for Ford, Volvo, and Renault. Eton provides Yamaha with ATVs and other products. There are plenty of  E-Ton mopeds out there with well over 20,000 miles on them. We have one with almost 10,000 miles that we use to ride from Mt. Pleasant to the Store, and  despite being stolen and recovered twice, it has never had any mechanical breakdown issues.  

Jonway and Gorilla Motor Works, our entry level mopeds, both come with a one year Limited Factory Warranty. 

Unlike the cheap mopeds you find at other dealers and online, our entry level moped provider uses Mikuni and TeiKei carburetors, and Gates drive belts, and builds Mopeds and Scooters for Peugeot and Kriedler.

The best mopeds in Charleston start at just $899, with a full tank of gas and fresh oil, and unlike everybody else, we don't hit you up for freight, assembly or any other hidden fees.

Complete Parts and Service departments to keep your moped up and running, no matter where you bought it.

Moped Medic is not the biggest dealer, just the one that sells the best mopeds in Charleston. Check us out on the web at

Moped Medic

Monday-Thursday 10-6
Friday 10-5
Saturday 10-5

Moped Medic is a woman owned business. Marcia rides her Keeway Venus from Mount Pleasant to West Ashley, and she doesn't think anyone should have to walk home alone late at night because their moped broke down. Our mopeds don't leave you stranded.


The best service for your Lowcountry Moped or Scooter is Moped Medic. Moped Medic is the second highest rated moped and scooter service center in the Southeastern United States. Moped Medic sells some of the best Mopeds on the market today, and consistently stocks parts at very low prices. Their motto is "we will always try to sell you a better moped." And they do it, over and over again.

Moped Medic
936 Savannah Highway
Charleston, SC 29407