A Typology of Argentine Two-Wheeled Vehicles
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A Typology of Argentine Two-Wheeled Vehicles

Everyone in Argentina gets around on two wheels: moms, dads, kids, grandmas, grandpas, cops, robbers, everybody.

Everyone in Argentina gets around on two wheels: moms, dads, kids, grandmas, grandpas, cops, robbers, everybody. And that makes sense, we all know how great motorcycles and mopeds and scooters are: they get great mileage, they’re affordable, they’re easy to park, you can zip in between Ice Cream Dealers and Bottle Kids with ease and agility, plus you look cool, I mean everyone wants to look cool, right? (Side Note: MFS tried to research the difference between mopeds and scooters so that we could correctly identify one from the other in the below typology, it’s something to do with pedals or engine displacement or whatever, but honestly it just got confusing and we gave up a few minutes in, so please excuse the technical ineptitude and ignore our inaccuracies.) Maybe people want to look too cool in Argentina though, nobody wears a helmet or like, pants.11Of course, we shouldn’t pass judgement. MFS digs Argentina’s general approach to personal responsibility. See ‘Today’s Observations’, Día Cinco. Anyway MFS was in Argentina for about 10 days and took approximately 312 photographs of two-wheeled motor vehicles. Below are thirty-four of those photographs, paired with interesting stats and facts and observations about said vehicles.

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A motorcycle (also called a motorbike, bike, moto or cycle) is a two or three wheeled motor vehicle.
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While in more developed countries motorcycles are typically considered luxury goods primarily used for recreation, they are valued for their affordability and fuel economy in developing countries.
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A moped is a compact motorcycle designed to provide economical and relatively safe transport with minimal licensing requirements.
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In most countries, the legal driving age for a moped is lower than for regular motorcycles and cars. Mopeds are typically restricted to 45 km/h (28 mph) or 50 km/h (31 mph) from a maximum displacement of 49 cc (3.0 cu in), though there are a few variations.
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According to the United States Department of Transportation the number of fatalities per vehicle mile traveled was 37 times higher for motorcycles than for cars.
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In 2007, Argentina had 230,137 km of roads, of which 72,047 km were paved and 158,090 km unpaved.
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Google insists on returning search results regarding San Luis Obispo, CA, EEUU instead of San Luis, San Luis Province, Argentina, but as far as we can tell there are at least two places in central San Luis to rent mopeds.
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Speaking of Google, and this is just a side note because obviously it's not a moped/scooter/motorcycle fact, MFS has multiple listings on the first page of Google's results for "san luis argentina moped". Though maybe that's just Google being nice because it knows I've visited manualforspeed.com four-hundred-eighty-seven-thousand-nine-hundred-and-eighty-five times.
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Motorcycle Posture #1: Sport – the rider leans forwards into the wind and the weight of the upper torso is supported by the rider's core at low speed and air pressure at high speed (e.g., above 50 mph (80 km/h)). The footpegs are below the rider or to the rear. The reduced frontal area cuts wind resistance and allows higher speeds. At low-speed this position throws the weight of the rider onto the arms, which can tire the rider's wrists.
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Although helmet use is mandatory in Argentina, adoption of the practice is lackluster (both based on MFS' anecdotal evidence andsmartypants researchers , PDF Download).
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QUAD INTERMISSION: An all-terrain vehicle (ATV), also known as a quad, quad bike, three-wheeler, or four-wheeler, is defined by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as a vehicle that travels on low-pressure tires, with a seat that is straddled by the operator, along with handlebars for steering control. Safety has been a major issue with quad-bikes due to the high number of deaths and injuries associated with them and the negligible protection offered by the machine.
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Motorcycle Posture #2: Cruiser – the rider sits at a lower seat height with the upper torso upright or leaning slightly rearward. Legs are extended forwards, sometimes out of reach of the regular controls on cruiser pegs. The low seat height can be a consideration for new or short riders. Handlebars tend to be high and wide. The emphasis is on comfort, while compromising cornering ability because of low ground clearance and the greater likelihood of scraping foot pegs, floor boards, or other parts if turns are taken at the speeds other motorcycles can more readily accomplish.
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Skimming through this primer on motorcycle protective gear, there doesn't seem to be a good recommendation for a cotton hoodie.
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The Honda Storm is manufactured in Argentina at Honda's plant in Florencio Varela, Buenos Aires.
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Motorcycle Posture #3: Standard – the rider sits upright or leans forward slightly. The feet are below the rider. These are motorcycles that are not specialised to one task, so they do not excel in any particular area. The standard posture is used with touring and commuting as well as dirt and dual-sport bikes, and may offer advantages for beginners.
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Motomel, with 750+ employees, imports over 150,000 Chinese vehicles per year. Some of them are re-exported throughout South America. Everyone in Argentina has one or three.
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Mopeds can often achieve fuel efficiency of up to and over 2.4 L/100 km.
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Police motorcycles are typically custom designed for a department. They are favored for their maneuverability and ability to access areas four wheeled vehicles cannot, as well as their utility in driving ahead of bicycle races.
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Seriously, everyone owns a Motomel of some sort.
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Most motorcycle thefts occur the the ignition is off but not locked. Preventing Motorcycle Theft, PDF Download.
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Argentine chapas patentes para motocicletas assumed the 123 ABC format in 1995. The pictured plate style was adopted in 2010.
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The Honda Biz 125 has a fuel capacity of 5,5 litros.
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This is a video of a dude wearing Crocs crashing his scooter on Mulholland Drive.
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EVERYONE OWNS A MOTOMEL!!!!!!!
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The earliest known kickstand was designed by Albert Berruyer in 1869, and since then kickstands have been independently reinvented many times. It was mounted below the handlebars, so was much longer than more recent designs. A shorter model was patented by Eldon Henderson in 1926. In the 1930s, a "smaller, more convenient" kickstand was developed by Joseph Paul Treen.
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A dual-sport motorcycle is a type of street-legal motorcycle that is designed for both on and off-road use.
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26% of reported crimes in Argentina are committed by motorcycle thieves, typically working in pairs as "motochorros." These dudes, however, were total #chillers.
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In 2010, it was estimated that 80% of Argentina's motorcycles were unregistered.
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China manufactured 21,267,800 motorcycles in 2014, the lowest figure since 2007.
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Also called windshields or screens, windscreens can be built into a fairing or be attached to an otherwise unfaired bike. They are usually made from transparent high-impact acrylic plastic. They may be shaped specifically to direct air flow over or around the head of the rider even if they are much shorter than the seated rider.
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Apparently Crocs are becoming en vogue as two-wheeled transport shoes.
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Okay seriously what is the deal with riding in Crocs????
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This #chiller here is practicing the sideways motorcycle posture, an alternative to the three standard postures. For more information on alternative postures, please visit this link.
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