Stupid question, but my mother has evidently decided for me that I'm going to be riding a moped whether I like it or not(legally, I'd like to see her try. I'm 26 and I'm paying half the damn mortgage and my own college tuition): About how long(and what speed?) would it take for a 50cc moped(a really crappy used one) to climb a 230 ft elevation(according to Google Maps, it may actually be higher given the difficulty I had on the lowest gear on the road on my Cannondale) spanning about a mile with a 185 lbs rider(my 5'5" fat ass) and about 40 lbs of weight(my riding gear, my locks, my macbook, briefcase, textbooks, tarp)? I've seen a couple of videos from the rider's perspective with audio, and it REALLY sounds like the engine is straining to go up. Would it damage the engine if you do it enough? Also wondering if it's exaggerating to say that I could probably run faster uphill than the moped can? As well, how dangerous is it relative to a motorcycle? We'd be comparing... PoS Chinese 50cc moped(only type in my permitted budget, that is to say, the money I earned but am apparently not allowed to spend) -bicycle helmet -jeans jacket and pants -leather gloves(not specifically for riding) -no license or formal training whatsoever -Hiking shoes -no insurance versus say Yamaha V-Star 250cc motorcycle -Scorpion EXO-1100 Sixty-Six Neon Full Face Helmet -Motoport Ultra II Air Mesh Kevlar Jacket and Pants -Motoport Kevlar Racing Gloves -TCX Air Tech Gore-Tex Boot -MSF Basic Rider's Course to waive road test requirement -Comprehensive insurance coverage -Future education includes MSF Skills Practice course & Defensive Driving(non-MSF course). Because my mother is utterly convinced that the former is absolutely safer, even including the fact that I have no plans on driving on the highway for at least 6-8 months. Why not car? Because parking is a nightmare on campus that can have you circling up to an hour. Moped/motorcycle parking is much slimmer pickings(probably due to the fact that it sits right next to Diamond Head, with a LOT of uphill).