WTF! Puch Mopeds?

Puch Mopeds?  The newest additions to the "motorized" arsenal at MotoPreserve...

Puch Mopeds? The newest additions to the “motorized” arsenal at MotoPreserve…

OK.  It’s well known that bike garages get filled up with some weird shit.  But Mopeds?  Come on!  Jarred and Christian arrived at the shop yesterday with 2 non-running Puch Mopeds, with the goal of fixing them for the masses…

Puch Moped: simply speechless…

Puch Moped baby piston...

Puch Moped baby piston…

So we understand that these things were the precursor to the new motorized bicycle craze and that they brought miles of smiles to friends in High School, but we are trying hard to understand the revitalization of these 49cc monsters.

Despite looking like something custom-built for Mary Poppins, these things have become all the rage…AGAIN!  It may have something to do with the renewed interest in electronic music.  Flashback to 1985, with my best friend’s inability to wait until he could get a driver’s license, so he just HAD to run out and get the next best thing.  A barely-powered Puch moped, but you know, the tough looking kind with the raised tank that doesn’t look like a girl’s bike.  For Pete’s sake, he had a mullet!

Despite the simplicity, the Puch moped gives Jarred a challenge for his money...

Despite the simplicity, the Puch moped gives Jarred a challenge for his money…

I guess there is a sick curiosity to see what happens with these two “bikes.”  I’m sure the guys will get them running solid again, and off they’ll go to proud new owners who by law, don’t need to wear helmets.  Puch started in Austria in 1889.  So I guess this is as good a company as any, if you’re into these things.

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