Jay Aldred’s little two-stroke single survived a 2000-mile test at the hands of unsympathetic journos
Historic Italian, cool Brits and funky tiddler
‘THEY SAID IN THE FEATURE THAT THEY TRIED TO BREAK IT, BUT COULDN’T’
My 1968 Puch M125 has a lot of interesting history, as she was used as a press bike for the first two years of her life. The bike was on the front cover of
Motorcycle Mechanics magazine in September ’68 – they rode her on a 2000mile trip to Austria and back, on what they called ‘a publicity stunt’ to really test the bike. They said in the feature that they ‘tried to break it, but couldn’t’, which made me laugh!
She was also featured in a 1968 copy of
I bought the bike in
2018, and she’s ridden regularly to the open days on the old WWII airfields surrounding my home. Who knows?
I may even relive her
I was lucky enough to buy the bike all ready to go, as the past few owners seem to have made sure she was kept shipshape, judging by the mass of paperwork that came with her. I also have the original buff logbook, showing the first owner was a lady who bought the bike from a Warwickshire Puch dealership in 1970. I picked her up from Norwich after seeing the advert online. I turned up on my Harley and the chap selling the Puch laughed and wondered why I wanted a piddly little two-stroke when I had an 883 Sportster. The fact is, I’m no bike snob and love all twowheelers – at the end of the day, we’re all riding for the same reasons!
It’s the first bike I have ever bought that I didn’t have to work on first, which made a lovely change, although I love working on motorcycles as much as riding them. At the age of 30, most of my mates into ‘old stuff’ are about twice my age – but that doesn’t bother me, as they’re far more interesting than the majority of my generation!
JAY ALDRED, HALESWORTH, SUFFOLK
Jay’s Puch enjoys more TLC these days than it did during Motorcycle Mechanics ’ manic test