When observing from the outside in, the first thing that is apparent is the sense of community within the Moped scene. Niche is an understatement when it comes to the culture of pedal motos. A brimming sense of passion overflows in each owner who decides to turn their commuter bike into a zippy pocket rocket.
Daniel Miller and Alex Sokolowski, two deeply passionate Moped enthusiasts, decided to bring forth a new hub within Seattle with one mission. To preserve the style and culture of vintage 2 stroke Mopeds. Thus, Magic Touch Mopeds was born in 2013, providing all your Moped needs. Rather that be restoring a vintage beauty from the ‘70s, or creating a badass custom build, consider it done.
“This is more of a passion project for us, we barely see a profit the majority of the time,” mentioned Sokolowski, when asked about how this garage manages to stay open with such a tiny customer base. The garage sees slower months throughout the winter where they focus more on custom builds and rebuilding donated mopeds. Meanwhile, their busier months range from spring to fall, where repairs and renovations have become a forefront priority for the shop.
The shop does not care to see a huge profit, as they enjoy their role in the Moped community. “We actually do ourselves no favors at all, we turn people away who do not meet our criteria of a passionate enthusiast” said Miller. The owners of Magic Touch Moped screen every customer interested in purchasing, renovating and customizing a build. The reasoning besides saving time for both parties, is to fuel the scene with more obsessed crazy owners.
Prior to the economic wrecking pandemic occurring, pinball and moped enthusiasts ganged together every weekend at Add-A-Ball, a popular Ballard pinball barcade. The sense of friendship and family within the community runs deep. So deep that huge moped rallies are a yearly occurrence. In the Pacific Northwest, that rally is known as Blood Drive, with the 12th annual meetup hopefully to occur in August. The rallies feature over 100 enthusiasts who devote one weekend a year to enjoying long epic rides, plus celebrating and continuing to foster a strong, tight-knit community.
Throughout the pandemic, Miller and Sokolowski have decided to keep a positive outlook through the uncertain times. The shop owners both have full time jobs, and run the garage as a side project. The extra time granted due to their full time jobs not being deemed essential, allow for the two to focus solely on the shop. This includes taking on more customers, continuing to improve the shop and developing new business plans. “We consider this a positive time for us, and at the rate we are gaining customers, we may be able to work full time at the shop,” said an excited Miller.
To learn more about this crazy passionate culture, or wanting to get work done on your own 2-stroke, check out Magic Touch Moped via Facebook or give them a call at 206-420-4828