(rhymes with book)
in Graz, Austria
In: Graz, Austria
Engine: 49cc 38 x 43mm - two stroke
Horse Power: 2 at 5500 RPM
Transmission: Single speed to chain
Ignition: Bosch magneto
Tires: 2 ¼” x 17”
Dry Weight: 97 lbs (Actual 104 lbs)
Fuel Capacity: 1 US Gal.
Gas/Oil Mix: 50:1
Equipment: Horn, book rack, tools, air
Suggested Retail Price When New: $425
mopeds (in all forms) seem to be the most prolific of all 1970's
moped brands. Purchased by Piaggio in 1987, they are still manufactured
under license in Czechoslovakia and India today.
consider Puch's to be the benchmark to compare all other moped brands
against and for good reason; they are reliable, well engineered
and ride very well. Performance of a 2hp Puch (such as this example)
is exceptional. The midrange from 20 mph up to the maximum of 34
mph (hauling my 200lbs) is just about the best of any 70's moped
I have ever ridden. Braking is good, however there is some fade
when slowing from top speed. The frame and front forks (as long
as the bushings are intact) are stiff and inspire confidence when
riding the moped.
area Puch needed to work on was sound and vibration dampening -
later models used sleeved cylinders and were a bit quieter. Another
issue with many Puch's was moderate/poor off the line to 20mph acceleration.
Some late 70's and 80's models incorporated a two speed automatic
transmission that was an attempt to address the issues of noise
and off the line performance. (as well as keep up with the competition)
Unfortunately the 2-speed transmission does not seem to be as robust
as the original single speed version.
I have logged more miles on my Puch mopeds than all other brands
combined and they remain a personal favorite. (I still use one to
get from home to the train station!) Back as a college student in
the early 1980's a group of four friends and I took our mopeds on
an 60 mile tour in Maine of Blue Hill, Ellsworth and Acadia National
Park. (this is still my best one day long distance record) My trusty
'77 Newport squired me around with no trouble. On the way home
it even ended up towing one of the other riders (and his misbehaving
Tomos) 15 miles back to Blue Hill!
for Puch's are widely available new, NOS or used and remain reasonably
priced. They are very straightforward to work on and very resilient.
If you can only have one moped, THIS IS IT!!