Yeah, no…I know…
If you recognize what I wrote above, we probably have some stuff in common, but that’s besides the point. Seriously, I do know that it has been a long time since I’ve updated this thing, but I swear it’s for good reasons. Like going to Nashville and Louisville for rad rallies, and buying more mopeds. Like this one!
It’s a Puch Magnum X. I have no idea what year, as it only has a serial number, no other information. But it’s somewhere between 74 and 79 from what I gathered from the Moped Army wiki.
It’s got a little hot-rod e50, 3.5hp kickstart from the factory, with a nice torquey gearing.
When I picked it up it had no petcock, so I quickly snagged the one off my Maxi and threw it on to see if it would start, and it did! It was running a little rough, but not enough to keep me from tearing up some abandoned lots outside of the market.
I brought it down to Louisville and rode it Friday night. Holy shit. This thing is fun. You may have seen me taking shortcuts through the park with a giant smile on my face. Oh, and also shooting fire out of the tailpipe. I’m pretty sure that I caught the inside of the muffler on fire. It was being a little boggy, then began to smoke like crazy and shoot little fireballs out of the exhaust, but once that stopped she was running like a dream! I apologize if you were riding behind me while fire and smoke was pouring out my pipe. Did I mention this thing has a stock 17mm Bing?
Later we rode through a light drizzle to go party with BANG! and the Baltards, which was (as always) way too much fun. Until the light rain turned into a ridiculous downpour. It was fucking freezing. And we had to ride home about 5 miles in it.
Despite said weather, I still managed to make it to just about a mile from our tents whilst carrying what was left of the 30 pack we brought to the party, before I blew a seal That didnt’ stop me though. I just held the back of Brad Pitt’s Hobbit with one hand, pinched the beers between my legs, and held on to my bars with my free hand. You can see the gunk from the blown seal spewed all of the side of the bike.
I’m rebuilding the engine now, so keep an eye out for me dodging trees and rocks, taking shortcuts at some more rallies this year.
Also, I made some tamales and brought them to snack on while I tore the engine down. They make a great shop food. You can eat them cold, and if you leave the corn husk on, you don’t have to wash your hands while eating them!