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Could the Survival Bike be your Bug Out Vehicle of Choice?

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I was casually strolling around the internet today as most of us do at some point in time, looking for article ideas for the Prepper Journal. I do this whenever I don’t have something pushing into my thoughts as readily as I hope and it happens occasionally when writer’s block hits me. I was lucky enough to stumble on something that many of you, myself included might not have seen yet, but that could be an excellent bug out vehicle option in the right circumstances.

Introducing the Survival Bike.

What is the Survival Bike? Is it just a souped up Mountain Bike that has been painted OD green? No, the Survival Bike from MotoPed is actually a Moped. Remember when mopeds were all the rage for people who had too much money for a bike and didn’t really want to pedal? I thought they were a thing of the past replaced by the obnoxious scooters that I see more and more everywhere. The scooters are not obnoxious because I am against saving gas or anything like that; I would just like them to keep up with the flow of traffic. There are few things less annoying that getting behind some 300 pound guy on the back of a dinky scooter going up a hill with his Hitler helmet on. But I digress…

The Survival bike has a motor attached to a really beefy bicycle. You can pedal just like a regular bike, or you can use one of two options of engine to power you along at a top speed of 24 MPH. That sure beats the heck out of walking if you are forced to bug out and with the two included RotopaX 1 Gallon fuel tanks, your range is potentially 400 to 500 miles according to the MotoPed site.

The rear deck has a mounting rack that will hold up to 50 lbs and while that isn’t going to be enough to pack your entire house of survival supplies, it could take a nicely equipped bug out bag or a small child.

Is a Survival Bike a good option for bugging out?

I recently wrote a post that received a lot of interest in the comments section called “10 reasons why you do not want to bug out” where I basically said that for most scenarios, most people would be better off staying at home as opposed to bugging out. I also said that the circumstances of your life, the disaster or threat you are facing and your personal situation would dictate whether anything like this was possible. If you found yourself unable to stay in your home shelter, bugging out may become necessary and having a means of transportation, while there are some drawbacks, does have it’s advantages.

For a bug out vehicle, any bicycle type of device would not be my first choice for the following reasons.

  • They provide zero shelter. You can’t sleep in one and there is nothing to protect you from any projectiles.
  • More so than a car, are treacherous in slippery conditions. Would you want to bug out on a bike in the winter with the potential for snow or ice?
  • Minimal cargo capacity. 50 lbs. isn’t anything to sneeze at if you are using this to get to work and back, but doesn’t hold enough to live off for an extended time.
  • Too easily knocked off a bike. All someone needs to do really is to hit you with a big rock or a baseball bat when you motor by and I bet you will lose your balance and fall.

Now, there are some advantages to bikes and I can see conditions where a moped like this would be very useful.

  • Small size allows for great maneuverability. You could potentially weave through stranded cars and make your way out of a jam.
  • Noise Discipline – Unlike a car or a big diesel truck, this Survival Bike could be pedaled and virtually eliminate the very small amount of noise even the efficient Honda motor would be putting off.
  • Off road – Something like this could shine on trails through the woods if you lived somewhere with an expansive trail network, you could easily skirt major metropolitan areas although you would have to be wary of people who planned to bug out to the woods.
Black Ops from MotoPed comes with survival gear, including crossbow, already loaded.

Black Ops from MotoPed comes with survival gear, including crossbow, already loaded.

I think the concept is brilliant and they even have an upcoming Black Ops model (pictured above) that adds a lot of the gear you are looking for to the package, including a crossbow, which is in keeping with the stealth theme. Is something like the Survival Bike right for you? With a price tag of $3,349 + $325 for shipping, it isn’t for me. What do you think?

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  • Kregg

    Cute, but no. For that price I’d get a good higher powered dirt bike. I had a 50cc moped as a kid, 0 to 25 mph in about 5 minutes isn’t gonna save your from the zombies. This is for somebody with too much money.

  • Mike Lashewitz

    We do not live in TV land. This bike is nothing more than an expensive toy. It may carry an AK and 1000 rounds but one cannot pedal drive and shoot.

    • usmarinestanker

      My brother and I used to joust on bicycles.

      We armored up with football and hockey pads and helmets and rode towards each other with big cardboard tubes we could occasionally find. Getting unseated was no fun, but the game in general was.

      Perhaps this needs to come with a spear instead? 😉

  • usmarinestanker

    Yikes. Bike weighs 132 lbs. Add 50 lb carrying capacity on the rear, plus 2, 1 gallon fuel tanks, plus rider.

    That’s a lot of pedal pushin’.

    I think this is more a toy than anything else.

  • BobW

    I’ve thought about the idea of using motorcycles to bug out often. As an avid dirtbiker, I have a minor (read: huge) investment in dirtbikes, and the idea of tying our weekend hobby ‘tools’ into our bug-out plan isn’t so far fetched.

    As for this particular option, I couldn’t see it myself. I believe a motorcycle can be an extremely effective means of getting around a particular area (scouting, scavenging, etc..), but am not sure about an extremely high end moped as anything more than option B.

    Specifics matter, and without engine specs, most here are assuming thats a very wimpy little moped motor. If you look closely, you will see that is a cheap chinese knock-off of the venerable Honda 50 or 70cc 4-stroke dirt bike motors (they are visually the same). While the 50 would be underpowered, the 70 could be a viable option.

    A while back, I read a piece on converting your cheap Honda 50 or 70 dirt bike into a moped very similar to this through a kit you can buy that just needs your honda motor. Can’t recall price, but a little DIY should save more than half vs the cost of dropping $3400 on this moped.

    Cost of this model is prohibitive, but there are many positive aspects to the concept for a soloist, or in my case, a moto-family.

  • Adam

    I had to check it out. The product description is hilarious and I am amused by the black ops model including a tomahawk and crossbow. The cool factor is pretty high but the survival value is highly circumstantial and not practical for about 95% of people. It probably won’t be my next gear purchase unless I win the lottery, strike oil in my backyard, or am suddenly crowned the king of England.

  • Capt. William E. Simpson

    Greetings:

    From my chair, the MoPed is DOA in the places I normally ride and hunt… and if you need to carry 100-150 pounds in gear, food or a combo thereof, the MoPed is a non-starter.

    So that leaves a couple options in my book, both of which I have used and both have advantages and disadvantages:

    Honda makes great lightweight trail motorcycles. The Trail 90 and Trail 110 have high-low range gearing and can carry a 200 lb. man plus a rider (wife of 125 lbs) plus 50 pounds of supplies… been there, done that down on the Baja. In the mountains they are great too… same deal, low-range and it will climb a tree with a lot of weight. They don’t make em anymore, so you have to find used… be prepared to pay about $1,000 for a good used bike…. they come with an extended range tank, and with that you can go about 500 miles with a serious load. Here’s fun video showing what I mean:

    Then there’s horses, which can go places NO motorized vehicle can even think about (unless you;re a helicopter) with about 300 pounds onboard, and if you string-along a pack-horse, you can bring another 300-350 pounds of stuff. And when it comes to hunting, you can’t beat the stealth of a horse… and with a good horse (like I had) you can shoot from the saddle! Here’s a little more on that one:
    http://www.survivalbased.com/survival-blog/6558/transportation-during-a-grid-down-disaster/

    When the SHTF, the last thing you need are trendy, unproven gimmicks!

    Cheers! Bill

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    • BobW

      This topic and conversation got me thinking of what might make a viable 2-wheel transport. Expensive mopeds seem ridiculous in light of what a person would want to carry vs off-paved road movement when the golden horde takes foot.

      The Trail 90/110 are indeed viable bumblers, but lack any kind of accelleration to get away from danger…especially under a load. The Grandparents used them for hunting, and while they are nearly bulletproof, the lack of stopping power, and suspension travel makes it similar to riding a hard-tail in the woods.

      I’d consider a mid 80s-turn of the century Honda XR 200/250/400/600/650 or Kawasaki KLR 250/650 as far better choices. These bikes are far more dirt capable with decent braking, and far more modern suspension systems to be able to tame rough fields, stream crossings, hilly, and mountainous terrain. The US Army has used different models from these product lines for scouts in the field, so they can be made very quiet while retaining enough power to still get moving quickly.

      A recent Craigslist crawl found the KLRs (street legal) to really hold their residual value, so for cheaper options, the off-road only XRs should be a more cost effective option for if/when rules break down.

  • Is there something cheaper? A bike/mo-ped? Tell me 🙂

    • Most bikes would be definitely cheaper, but you lose the assistance of that motor. Motorcycles could be cheaper too, but lack the quiet ability to pedal. Either way you are looking at trade offs.

  • ArgentinianGuy

    …if you can stay at home..god, but if you can, and is a massive disaster…youwont be able to drive a car, maybe MAYBE a 4×4 could be more usefull but still…no bro…just, no. an hybrid between a bike and a motocross (sound expensive but you get the idea, doenst has to be at all) can pass trough almost anything, and if you cant find gas, just move your fucking feets! a car will NOT provide you any defende against bullets, be realistici…and shelter..if you cant sleep without a car, youre just fucked up. besides all those things…you CAN just put the bike/motoped ON the truck/car…any reason no to get it right now? but no disaster is coming so “why the fuck i need it?” . exercise dude, and a really cool way to do it even if youre tired of move your feets to make the bike move(i dont remember the verb…sorry about my english)

  • William Kevin

    I am years late to the discussion but I think a lot has been overlooked here.

    Ignoring the price point of this particular bike the practicality of it is far more survivable then most here give it credit for…mainly because of:
    1) Takes about 10-minutes to attach a bike cargo trailer…now you have 80-pounds of extra gear allowance.
    2) A 50cc engine with 3-gallons of gas will haul that 80-pounds of extra gear and yourself over 200-miles of virtually any terrain in 10-hours. That’s not something you’re doing with a bike or motorcycle.
    3) Put on even some mediocre armored motorcycle gear and helmet and you’re better protected in any number of situations then anyone inside a vehicle.
    And the last point is while yes 120-pounds for a bike is very heavy it is manageable by people who would not be able to handle other options or keep up in different situations. Ie. When bugging out you will want more than a water bottle, bag of trail mix and change of gitch…and odds are have other people going with you…and with such a setup everyone can easily keep pace with each other and have what they need without breaking a sweat getting though places the vast majority cannot.

    Versatility, speed and a jack of all trades is what this offers for any situation.