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Inside the Moped Army | SubCultures


-The explosion of mopeds
happened in the early ’70s during the oil crisis. -You’re not a motorcycle.
You’re not a scooter. You’re not a bicycle. You’re kind of
in this weird gray area. You feel like an outlaw. -It’s pure terror
mixed with pure exhilaration at the same time. Sometimes you don’t know
if your brakes are gonna work. -They’re just like a funny joke,
and it always makes me happy. -Oh, it’s just amazing. It’s the best, like, freedom. You’re like, “This is it.
I can go anywhere.” You can’t,
but you feel like you can. -I got into mopeds
maybe five or six years ago. I had been way into drifting
and into modifying cars, and I kind of, like, stepped out
of that for a long time. I didn’t have a car. I didn’t have any motor — like,
any motor vehicle in my life. I was just skateboarding
and riding bicycles. I was like, “I need something to kind of start
cruising back around on.” Me and my good friend, we bought
mopeds on the same day. 400 bucks or whatever,
and that was it. -I feel like you’re always
in a box of some sort. At home, you’re surrounded
by all these walls. You’re in your car. On a moped, everything’s louder,
and the wind’s in your face, almost like a high, you know? Like you’re taking it all in.
You’re using all your senses. It’s awesome.
[ Laughs ] -One thing led to another,
and mutual friends were like, “Yo, you know your buddy’s
in a moped gang.” I just started hanging out, and then before I knew it,
I was a prospect. -Prospecting’s, like,
such a motorcycle-y word. Everyone in a moped club says
“Oh, yeah, moped gang.” But it’s a club.
Like, we don’t — We don’t run guns
in our bedrolls. It’s kind of just, like,
a leisure club, I guess. -I’m one of those people
that definitely shouldn’t be riding them on the streets,
I think. [ Laughs ] Moped Army is a council
of moped gangs that have all gotten together
and created this alliance that basically centers around
an Internet message board and scheduled meet-ups
in different states with different gangs hosting
and stuff. We’re one club in the larger
catcher’s mitt of Moped Army. It’s cool knowing you can go to
almost any state in the country and find a couch to crash on and a bike to borrow
while you’re there. Moped Army takes care
of its own, for sure. The Latebirds
take care of their own. [ Camera shutter clicks ] -This is the kind of stuff
that I enjoy doing on a moped, you know — exploring and
finding little places in L.A. that, you know, not too many
people get to see. This hobby of ours just kind of
got us all together, and we just clicked. These guys have just
shown me so much. I’ve got to different parts
of the country, and they’ve exposed me
to so many types of inspiration that it’s just awesome. We’re constantly kind of, like,
completing against each other, trying to make ourselves
just better people. And I feel like it’s an honor
to be a Latebird. -I have never had
a group of friends as solid as I have
with the Latebirds. We tell each other stuff that most dudes wouldn’t tell
each other. -We’re so different,
all of us, you know? But we all share
that same common bond — our love for mopeds and our love
for just hanging out. We’re good friends, you know? And that’s kind of what
being a Latebird is. -It’s cool because you get
to share your experience with everyone, you know? You get to fool around and joke, and there’s this sense
of camaraderie. I like just being a part
of a cool group of individuals. -I get something
from this group of people that I’ve never gotten
anywhere else. It’s a sense of belonging. Someone’s always got your back. There’s been times where I was
like, “All right, this is it. I’m moving out of my apartment. I’m breaking up
with my girlfriend. Who the [bleep]
do I call right now?” Latebirds. -The last drop of gas
could get used up in the world and, you know, we’d still be
hanging out together.

Tony wyaad

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100 COMMENTS

  1. jamminstephens Posted on January 19, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    "class clown" is a synonym for douche bag

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  2. heyleroy Posted on January 19, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    you're the joke.

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  3. liontiigerbear Posted on January 19, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    You seem angry did is something wrong?

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  4. heyleroy Posted on January 19, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    do you really think most of these kids don't also ride big boy motos too? leathers are smart, la drivers are crazy and pavement is pavement.

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  5. liontiigerbear Posted on January 19, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    How intelligent insult me with a derogatory term used to offend homosexuals to defend a group of men whom you have no affiliation with. Congratulations your life is so productive.

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  6. liontiigerbear Posted on January 19, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    Skinny jeans 2013, what are you doing?

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  7. liontiigerbear Posted on January 19, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    Kids these guys are grown men, why are you taking these jokers so seriously. They aren't even taking themselves seriously, I went on their website and so some 3d beast porn.

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  8. WeaponOfMyDestructio Posted on January 19, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    mopeds are really fun to ride but leathers on a moped look a bit silly ah to each there i guess

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  9. jamminstephens Posted on January 19, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    i apologise for calling you a douche bag that was inappropriate, but it irritates me when people insult others and then and then try to explain that they're the "class clown" and that somehow makes it ok.

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  10. Alberto Peixoto Posted on January 19, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    If they're having fun who cares what you call them?

    They seem to take their hobby pretty seriously, an hipster only does things to look cool and gain social status, they don't seem to care about what others think, they pretty much behave like a normal motorcycle club 😛

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  11. Nikolas Sanow Posted on January 19, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    [email protected] highest upvoted comments who are obviously old people who don't get it.

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  12. Patrick McManus Posted on January 19, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    Except I'm 26.

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  13. ZÜNDAPP Driver Posted on January 19, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    also drive teenager mopeds ?

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  14. Nikolas Sanow Posted on January 19, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    then you're out of touch.

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  15. Kevin Ward Posted on January 19, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    If they weren't hipsters they'd be on motorcycles.

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  16. Patrick McManus Posted on January 19, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    Nope. Just cynical. That's all.

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  17. Jonathan Ruchlis Posted on January 20, 2013 at 2:49 am

    You're not a motorcycle. You're not a scooter. You're not a bicycle. You're a person

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  18. Chris Forza Posted on January 20, 2013 at 6:20 am

    For my home, Oklahoma City, to actualize as a truly hipster mecca, we are going to need a moped club. Looks like I'll be searching Craigslist tonight.

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  19. Zeta X. Posted on January 20, 2013 at 7:35 am

    i always thought mopeds were like vespas? and scooters were like razors… lmao.

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  20. T Braden Posted on January 20, 2013 at 7:35 am

    I loved this. I get how they feel.

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  21. Z_Colo Posted on January 20, 2013 at 9:09 am

    Happy Birthday to Rainn! 😀

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  22. eve whelan Posted on January 20, 2013 at 11:59 am

    lennon and maisy subbed to you guys 🙂

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  23. King Candyass Posted on January 20, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    so hipster it hurts

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  24. heyleroy Posted on January 21, 2013 at 1:53 am

    pavement is pavement, ya know?

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  25. heyleroy Posted on January 21, 2013 at 3:41 am

    i love this so much

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  26. d0md0mt0mt0m Posted on January 21, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Anyone know the piano song in this? Love it.

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  27. WeaponOfMyDestructio Posted on January 21, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    true

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  28. Sara Lopez Posted on January 21, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    Us Grand Rapids Ghost Riders are super jeally of your weather. I watched this video and then looked outside at the blizzard and am considering suiting up and getting my snowped on.

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  29. cameronjamick Posted on January 23, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    50 mph hurts regardless of what you're crashing.

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  30. poopxcore Posted on January 29, 2013 at 1:56 am

    yes there are girls, I am one of them. i'm a huge hipster and I also ride a motorcycle, and to be honest mopeds are more fun.

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  31. Barron Fujimoto Posted on January 29, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    Very cool!

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  32. Dixlew Posted on January 31, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    Sounds awesome. ^-^

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  33. Kating Lipan Posted on February 1, 2013 at 12:57 am

    wow…. awesome… they are the real RIDER… salute you guys…

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  34. Jedijac Posted on February 10, 2013 at 5:02 am

    Get a real motorcycle. How are those things legal?

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  35. zachary098abcd Posted on February 10, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    Soo badass XD

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  36. Thepedshed NJ Posted on February 14, 2013 at 1:20 am

    you get more looks on a moped than a motorcycle. everywhere i stop theres always a crowd of people checking out my moped. dont get that with a motorcycle because you see them 24/7

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  37. gadgetwhore2 Posted on February 18, 2013 at 3:38 am

    what do you ride?

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  38. gadgetwhore2 Posted on February 18, 2013 at 3:39 am

    why don't you like mopeds?

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  39. liontiigerbear Posted on February 18, 2013 at 3:47 am

    Moped I joined their group.

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  40. Nova OP Posted on March 5, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    Take the bus, it's better for the environment!

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  41. TheScooterdude80 Posted on March 8, 2013 at 1:45 am

    FUCK OFF TREE HUGGER.

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  42. TheScooterdude80 Posted on March 8, 2013 at 1:46 am

    Is there a moped club in Nashville?

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  43. Donnerfuß Posted on March 10, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    I have a purple kinetic tfr

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  44. Donnerfuß Posted on March 10, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    But the motor is broke

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  45. Nova OP Posted on March 12, 2013 at 7:44 am

    It would be helpful if we all went by bus instead of riding mopeds

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  46. LanceCampeau Posted on April 18, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    like #421…. damm, missed it by one…

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  47. Zac Bacchus Posted on April 19, 2013 at 5:37 am

    so fuckin cool man. im about to buy my first moped. can't wait to feel free

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  48. BoomNHmediA Posted on May 3, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    people who make fun of mopeds havent ever ridden one. you dont need to go fast to enjoy riding

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  49. Mark Steadman Posted on May 9, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    hipster version of a biker gang?

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  50. thejkais Posted on July 15, 2013 at 3:10 am

    "they see us rolling, they hating"

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  51. RELAXADO Posted on July 24, 2013 at 2:50 am

    everyone will want a moped when gas spikes to the sky. might as well get one now!

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  52. Phil Dna Posted on August 10, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    the name of the song that plays @3:15

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  53. Phil Dna Posted on August 10, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    Fugueur de Jour i found it….

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  54. hannes ternström Posted on August 11, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    I live in sweden but there's hardly any moped riders here, it sucks. I'd die to ride with the moped army 😉

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  55. RezoWolf Wolf Posted on September 7, 2013 at 8:07 am

    I dont think so… Its an alternative to riding on a big motorcycle… In my opinion of course… I hope that hipsters do not find anything in the cult

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  56. The Adobe Empire Posted on September 24, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    This video right here. This is awesome. This is what got me hooked onto mopeds, and last weekend I drove 200 miles to pick one up. I am now the proud owner of a 1980 Honda Express (technically a no-ped, but we can pretend, right?) because of this video and this subculture.

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  57. Danish Flanders Posted on September 28, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    In countries(Denmark, Germany ect.) where you're not allowed to drive anything but a 50cc moped(at 16 years old) untile you're 18, and finally are able to drive a car. Mopeds are not a subcultural thing at all : D It really commend seeing people drive mopeds.

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  58. fredfinks Posted on October 2, 2013 at 5:29 am

    All good & fun – Please dont:

    1. Act like the STREET STUNTAZ motorbike gang who intimidate other drivers.
    2. Get in my way to & from work.

    Enjoy the ride dudes.

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  59. Bick Posted on October 7, 2013 at 8:23 am

    Bonjour je joue le rebelle à 30ans sur une mob parceque ma maman voulais pas que j'ai une mob à mes 14ans et que j'étais une grosse victime. Bande d'enf.

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  60. Fishtail Posted on October 30, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    These are just hipsters. The reason there's moped enthusiasts in Europe has to do with traffic laws. Young people under the age of 18 use these for transportation and when they get older mopeds become nostalgic.

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  61. Luis Pliego Posted on January 27, 2014 at 8:36 am

    Freedom! 😉

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  62. jesse reynolds Posted on February 27, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    where do you get these mopeds. I’m in the market for 3 of them    help

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  63. Kinsey Knights Posted on March 8, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    It's funny how so many people call moped riders "Hippsters". If they actually looked into MA, they'd notice that for one, moped riders are from all different walks of life and hobbies. Mopeds are just one common thing that brings us together. If we all just rode motorcycles, we'd just be like the thousands or other riders.

    I personally love mopeds because of the simplicity/cost to maintain and upgrade. Making a moped go from 30 to 50 is a hell of a lot more fun than making a bike go from 120 to 140.. 

    Swarm and Destroy!

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  64. NorthEstPrep Posted on April 25, 2014 at 11:24 am

    Wow! That what moped is all about!
    Ride and friends!

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  65. MrZiggy4546 Posted on May 13, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    I'm looking forward to get an Gizmo moped from my grandpa. Mopeds are like really typical for my country (czech republic). We had a lot of great moped brands here back in communism era.

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  66. Redbeard T Posted on May 20, 2014 at 9:38 am

    For the people asking why they are wearing leathers on a moped, do you know what it feels like sliding on the pavement at 50 mph, or even 20 or 30 in a plain tshirt? My 150cc scooter only hits 70 on flat ground and I would never ride with out proper gear. Plus, it cost me $5 premium gas to go 100 miles at 80 mpg, imagine how many mpg they get.

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  67. Future Troglodyte Posted on June 17, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    i guess the last drop of gas HAS bin used up, LateBirds is no more 😛

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  68. Raphael De Guzman Posted on June 20, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    I've been looking for a group of people to ride with. I'm getting a Honda MB5 this weekend. aha. i've been flying solo.. but i look forward on riding with a group of people.when do you guys get together? 

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  69. ANIMAUL Posted on August 4, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    Lmao "Ah man, I can go ANYWHERE!… Well.. you can't, but you feel like you can" xD great

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  70. Brandon Jaime Posted on September 26, 2014 at 11:08 pm

    Do you need a license or to pay for insurance for one ?

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  71. FirstName LastName Posted on November 3, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    AAAAAAAaw! In a mocky way.

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  72. EMPEROR ITYOPP’IS Ž £THIOPIA Posted on July 24, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    Gay ass Mofuckerzzz

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  73. Neil Hoogendoorn Posted on September 21, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/mopedamerica/ Check out my new American Moped/scooter fan facebook group!

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  74. motor head Posted on December 9, 2015 at 10:40 am

    i love that…even i ride yamaha xj900 i like mopeds as well. coool

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  75. rudloff123 Posted on December 30, 2015 at 1:03 am

    Do you guys get butt fucked by some dude on rollerskates

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  76. Coltan Ries Posted on April 29, 2016 at 6:14 am

    check out 1puglife

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  77. PJ Hartshorne Posted on July 26, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    Rest in peace late birds

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  78. Simba Perkins Posted on August 8, 2016 at 6:42 am

    man is there anything like this in las Vegas

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  79. James Newlin Posted on October 7, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    Goofy hipster hobby. Slow, no turn signals, ugly, and expensive (you have to replace just about everything to make them good). Save yourself the hipster trend, get a used motorcycle.

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  80. Superdahalo Posted on January 8, 2017 at 12:26 am

    mopeds, basically hipster bikers

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  81. Christian Monroe Posted on December 6, 2017 at 5:55 am

    Do u guys still ride. I'm located in studio city. I'm riding a tomos racing TT. Hit me up.

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  82. Matej matej Posted on May 13, 2018 at 2:02 am

    Mopeds are sooooo much cooler than anything else greetings from Slovenia country of TOMOS

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  83. The Hair Jewel of Interlock Posted on May 26, 2018 at 9:19 pm

    This is amazing!

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  84. neil piper Posted on July 6, 2018 at 6:11 am

    When they outlaw two strokes on environmental grounds the fun is over. Four strokes aren't real mopeds

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  85. phuc ewe Posted on September 18, 2018 at 8:25 am

    I'd like to join your gang, but I'm not gay.
    Do you accept straight people?

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  86. Jim Dunne Posted on September 25, 2018 at 8:46 pm

    It was 1978 and snowing. I used my moms puch2 to tow a skier around the rolling hills and turns of the neighborhood. We stayed out till 10pm had an awesome time. Just sharing

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  87. Martin Neps Posted on November 2, 2018 at 1:13 am

    I want a general 5 star with a straight gas tank and in has to be black-and-white I've had an I had a 1984 then I had a 1985 then I got the 86 and now I want another Another one I'll take any 1 of those 3 years body has to have The Straight gas tank they came white Then there was black ones and then there was green ones anybody knows where one is and I wanna get rid of it get back to me thank you

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  88. DON SUMPTER Posted on April 8, 2019 at 11:40 pm

    Los Dorados forever !😁

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