Introducing Project Pepe’

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I couldn’t be happier about a tiny, two-wheeled project that recently found its way into my garage. For years I’ve dreamt of exploring the open road on two wheels – with life and other garage projects taking up time and money, there just hasn’t yet been space to think of pursuing my two-wheeled dream. Which is part of the reason why I’m so thrilled that this 1977 Peugeot 103 Moped just fell into my lap!

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Carted home by my husband via a friend-of-a-friend, this little 49cc little-sister-to-a-real-bike needs some tender loving care after sitting for years.

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Perfectly suited for a motorcycle beginner, I’m looking forward to using my already learned skills and applying them to a slightly-different sort of engine and operating system. The simplicity of the Peugeot makes this a very accessible project.

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I’ve begun by giving this bike a much-needed de-cob webbing and cleaning  - helped along by my good friend and huge motorcycle enthusiast, modobenny. She was the one who taught and gave me my first (and only) opportunity driving a two-wheeled beast, during a trip to El Mirage a couple years back.

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The Internet has been a huge resource of information so far. I’ve found the Owner’s Manual and Peugeot 103 Service Manual available online as well as carburetor and wiring diagrams. I’ll be spending a little time studying up on the Peugeot before completely deciding which direction to take this project.

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I know, I know – a 49 cc Peugeot is hardly going to bring me the “freedom of the open road”…but at least it’s a place to start. If there’s one thing that I’ve learned in the garage, it’s that everyone has to start somewhere!

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Have you followed GreaseGirl.com yet? Be sure to keep up on Project Pepe’s progress and my other adventures by doing so!

 

4 Responses

  1. jpkalishek

    I ride a bike full time by preference and for several years I didn’t even have 4 wheel transpo operational. Needless to say, I Love working on the two wheeled toys more than cars and trucks. Looking at getting an old midsized bike(350 to 600cc…now considered beginner sized, heh) bike to make a commuter/street tracker/scrambler out of (undecided? Me?). I see more and more folks doing old mopeds too. Seen some done as Cafe Racers, choppers, and one or two as full resto jobs.
    Have Fun Milady!

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  2. Robert

    Hi Kristin ! you don’t imagine what an honor it could be to know an american girl is giving a second life to a french mopped !! :-) I live in belgium and we have so much used those Peugeot 102, 103 and even Solex or NSU cyclos … that I just could not imagine that someone have any interest in those bikes over the continent… just keep us informed about the project. Nice to hear about you. Kind regards, Robert

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