SHED-BUILT When Puch gets some shove
Malcolm Wright turns his 1978 Puch into a moped on a high-mileage mission
Think of Puch mopeds and you may find yourself sniggering. Don’t! They’re an absolute riot to own and ride.
For Malcolm Wright, accepting a Coast to Coast challenge for charity - on mopeds - a few years ago led to him buying a string of Puch mopeds.
“It went down so well, that several of us decided that it was a splendid idea and organised a re-run that September... in fancy dress” Malcolm recalls: “ebay was hammered by us all trying to buy old mopeds.”
After buying the first for a mere £120, came another, and another and then this one, – a 1978 Puch Maxi S.
The engine has been upgraded with a high compression head, 17mm Amal carb, DMP race crank, 70cc Athena reed valve, HPI Kevlar race clutch and a Homoet PSR P6 exhaust. With the 16:42 gearing it’ll reach 50mph!
There’s also stiffer MKX shocks and the forks have been braced. The frame and wheels are powder-coated and the tanks comes from a Bratavus moped.
Malcolm concludes: “I own bigger bikes too, but for smiles per mile, the tiddlers win hands down.”