SHED-BUILT When Puch gets some shove

Mal­colm Wright turns his 1978 Puch into a moped on a high-mileage mis­sion

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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.”

Who says a 50cc moped’s can’t turn heads?

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