Puch.... from 1926

I don't think it has pedals... I think thats a kickstarter... but since Puch is still in business... I thought this one was cool.

I also believe this is the first 2 stroke from all these old pics I have posted.

All the rest have been 4 strokes.

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Re: Puch.... from 1926

Ron Brown /

Fred,

There was a movie on tv yesterday afternoon, I don't remember the title but it was a John Wayne movie and near the beginning of the movie, his sons and some others took off after the bad guys in 4 early 20th century cars and a motorcycle. The cars were Rio's I think and looked and sounded authentic. The motorcycle, which managed some amazing off road riding tricks and jumps, looked and sounded suspiciously like a Villiers engined modern 2 stroke with a square gas tank installed and rifle scabbards and panniers used to hide the suspension.

Tell me it isn't so! The Duke wouldn't do this to us would he?

Find me a pic of a 1910 motorcycle with telescopic forks, swing arm hydraulic rear and a 250 cc single 2 stroke engine so that my faith is restored.

Ron

Re: Puch.... from 1926

I know that movie... I can't remember the name right now... but I will later... I believe the bike was an early 70's Ossa or Montesa 250 Trials bike... and yeah... they had him jumping rocks and what not... In fact they had him making a fairly spectacular jump from one rock to another.

They also featured a semi-auto pistol in it too... new at that time.

TV and Movies have never been very realistic.. the thing I really hate is when they substitute a totally wrong noise for the bike.

In one scene they will have a 2 stroke noise.. then 3 scenes later the same bike turns into a freaking Harley (by the noise).

The most recent is a TV ad for a vitamin supplement... he is on a 600 Honda 4 stroke single.. and they dub in a 2 stroke noise... idiots.

Hey Ron... Go here and read a short article about riding locally by a guy (in the small snow storm we just had).

http://www-personal.umich.edu/~wdean/snowrider.html

He's got a CB500 strory link and pics in there too.

Re: Puch.... from 1926

It was Big Jake (going after the guys that took little Jake) McCandles and I think that bike changes about 3 times during the flick....now as to Freds pic, I think that thar is what we call a motorbike, whatever the tech is I think it would be a cool set of wheels to own, wish I had a digi cam I'd love to show off my 63 silver eagle...maybe one fine day..Rog

Re: Puch.... from 1926

Ron Brown /

Fred,

Looks like a guy having fun.

I have to confess that I won't ride on ice or snow, too many other crazies out there. But, as long as the roads are dry, I ride all winter.

Speaking of movie motorcycles, I recall a Dirty Harry movie where a Moto Guzzi LAPD Eldorado majically changed into a Triumph for a jump on to the deck of a ship. : )

Ron

Re: Puch.... from 1926

I was in a bar in The Hague, Netherlands in 94 while working for an American telephone company. It had high ceilings and along the walls there were dozens of old Puch, Kreidler, and Zundapp motorcycles perched on platforms around the place. Most of them were 50's and 60's models, much newer than Ron's pic. But, that pic reminded me of the experience. What style those old bikes had! Stainless tanks, rubber knee grips on the sides, elaborate front suspension systems, fantastic old pushrod motors exposed for all to see... Gorgeous! They don't make 'em like that anymore. I sure wish I had an old Puch or Zundapp cycle. I would turn more heads at the local watering hole than all of those neo Harley dorks and Bimmer Jockeys combined!!!!

Re: Puch.... from 1926

By the way I have much respect for the guys who have painstakingly restored and or modified their H-D's with their own hands. I know a few such individuals. However, they are few and far between. Most HD guys now are guys who've never turned a wrench on anything mechanical in their lives yet have somehow acquired a superiority complex over all other inhabitants of the roadways...

Re: Yep, Dave

Harley Davidson took a turn for the worse when they started catering to the yuppies. That's why I say it's not a motorcycle if it doesn't have a kickstarter.

Jim

Re: A question:

So who had the "benchmark" trademark first, BMW or Puch?

Jim

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