YOUR CLAS­SICS

Jay Al­dred’s lit­tle two-stroke sin­gle sur­vived a 2000-mile test at the hands of un­sym­pa­thetic journos

Classic Bike (UK) - - CONTENTS -

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

Mo­tor­cy­cle Sport.

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

Aus­tria trip…

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

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