It feels like it was just recently that I published the DWJ Highlights for 2022, and yet here we are at the end of 2023. Time sure flies by.

Anyway, not only were there many interesting blog posts this year – there was even a full online course.

So once again, just like in 2021 and 2023, it’s time to take a look back at some of the Dual Wheel Journey highlights of 2024 and a speak peek at what’s in store for 2024.

sears rebadges puch and piaggio

The first article of the year dealt with a rather unusual brand that most people wouldn’t associate with scooters, mopeds, or even two-wheelers.

I’m, of course, referring to the one about the Puch mopeds and Piaggio scooters that the American department store Sears rebranded in the 1960s and 1970s.

With such a fascinating topic, it’s no wonder that this article was a lot of fun to write and to do research about.

derestrict 50cc scooter or moped featured image

This was one of the year’s biggest hits, and it was great fun to write about.

Considering how much the topic of derestricting 50cc scooters and mopeds gets talked about (usually with a huge “don’t” in front of it), it was surprising to me that:

  1. Not that many people know what it actually means
  2. Why it’s only 50cc bikes that are restricted

I’m not going to claim that I was treading uncharted ground, but given that a large chunk of this site is about explaining mechanics and how motorcycles and scooters work, this was a great angle. 

 

moped blog 2000 main page

Perhaps you missed this post completely when it was new? If so, you missed out on something truly spectacular.

In case you’re skeptical – that screenshot you see above is NOT part of an April Fool’s joke – there’s an actual site that looks like that.

Moreover, that site has remained unaltered since April 24th, 2000. You rarely stumble upon a site from the year 2000 that hasn’t changed at all, but when you do, it’s something extra special.

Even if you were around during the Internet’s infancy, it’s easy to forget that many pages looked a lot like the one shown above.

Even better, this weird site I just stumbled upon was about mopeds, so I knew I had to show it off.

As ridiculous as the site was, though, I’m glad I stumbled across it – it’s something you must see to believe.

So, if you haven’t gotten a chance to see this ancient and truly bizarre moped blog from the year 2000, you can do so right here.

And don’t worry if you don’t understand Swedish – I’ve translated the relevant parts for you in the original post.

image of puch ds50

Even though Vespas and Lambrettas were the two dominant scooters of the 1960s, they were far from the only ones.

For example, the scooter in the image above is a Puch DS 50 (AKA “Puch Alabama” in Sweden).

Then, there was the Harley Davidson Topper. That’s right – a motor scooter that bore the Harley Davidson badge. 

And there was even one that was made exclusively for the East German market (even the Iron Curtain couldn’t stop the Scooter Mania of the 1960s).

As you can probably imagine, I had a lot of fun writing and researching this one – maybe even more so than the one about the Sears rebadges.

title card showing three scooters lined up next to each other

In the early days of The Dual Wheel Journey, I had a somewhat regular series called “7 Things You Didn’t Know About…”, where I shared facts and trivia tidbits about certain motorcycle and scooter makers that aren’t as well-known.

I started out with one about Puch, one about Kymco, and another one about Harley Davidson (which included the origin of the word “Hog”).

The only problem was that I struggled trying to find interesting, lesser-known facts to talk about, and as such, this series was put on hold.

Until this year, when I made another one, which was all about scooters.

Not a specific brand or model – just scooters in general.

Considering how common these things are (especially in countries like Taiwan, Italy, and the UK), not many people know:

  1. Which was the first ever motor scooter (it might surprise you, but it’s NOT the Vespa!)
  2. That two people have gone around the UK – on nothing more than 2 scooters (and 50cc ones, at that)
  3. Which scooter first used the CVT transmission

And just like the one about the scooters from the 1960s that weren’t made by Piaggio or Innocenti, this one was also great fun to do research for.

image of engine piston and crankshaft

The idea for this one was similar to the article I wrote about what it means when you derestrict a 50cc moped or scooter. One day, this thought came to me:

“I keep hearing the term “engine seizure”, but why does it happen, and what’s the difference between a soft vs. a hard seizure?”

That’s what I wanted to address in the article, which, fittingly, got the name “Engine Seizure – What Is It, And Why Does It Happen?”

Although the angle wasn’t as unique or exciting as some of the other articles this year, it was nevertheless something that was worth talking about. 

motorcycle helmet and gear basics from fitting to washing online course image

Last but not least (not by any means), we have my first online course, “Motorcycle Helmets and Gear Basics – From Fitting to Washing.” 

It was a giant leap for me – I’ve always wanted to make an online course, and this year was the year where I made it happen.

And 

When I was shopping around for my first helmet and protective gear, there was a lot of confusion, such as:

  • How could I ensure a particular jacket, helmet, or back protector fits me?
  • How do I put on a D-ring helmet?
  • What’s the approach for washing a helmet, jacket, or pair of trousers?

That’s when I decided to create this online course that explains all the essential knowledge about motorcycle helmets and gear – from fitting to washing.

Here’s a sample lesson from it, where I show you how to put on a helmet with D-rings:

 

Want to get access to all the know-how about trying on new protective gear and keeping it sparking-clean for more riding seasons than you could count? Then enroll in the full Motorcycle Gear Basics – from Fitting to Washing online course here.

What’s Coming Up in 2024?

After finishing such a large project, like making an online course, I need to take a few months off to recharge and brainstorm new content ideas.

Therefore, the posting schedule will take a hiatus until April – but don’t worry, you can still access all the published content until then.

I’m also planning to enhance this blog by providing more video content.

See you in 2024!