Custom 1980 Puch Magnum II





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Published on Aug 1, 2010

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This is a video of my custom 1980 Puch Magnum II moped that I've had since I was 16 (around 1993.) It has been completely worked over and is fully custom and retrofitted with hydraulic disc brakes and a modernized suspension.

The exhaust is a crappy old Biturbo from back in the day when you didn't have much else for an option. Eventually I'll put something else on here.

The front forks I am told are off a CR80 (but they are too short) or a CRF50 (but they are too long.) They are sized somewhere in between the two and were nearly the same size as the Puch forks to begin with. The triples were almost a direct bolt on, but the sterring stem was the right diameter, but it was too short so I cut the headstock in the frame a little shorter and the same Puch bearing cups were retained. The Puch steering stem wasn't reusble, it was all stripped out on the top and was just a mess.

The rear suspension is from a Yamaha R6, with complete shock AND linkage that I had left over from another project. I extended the Puch swingarm to the same geometry of the R6 swingarm amd ,made the shock fit onto the bike, one of the linkage mounting points is actually to the rear and bottom-most engine mounting bolt. Everything else on the Puch is sheet metal and would probably tear apart.

The front and rear wheels are stock Puch 5-star wheels taken from a Magnum MKII, mine originally had spokes. The front and rear axles are both front axles from a Chinese pitbike that just happened to be the correct diameter for the Puch wheels. I made the spacers necessary to fit them in the revised swingarm and new forks. The hubs were drilled fo fit some pit bike discs, and the respective pitbike calipers were bolted on. The front caliper was a lucky direct bolt-on to the forks, the rear had to be massaged a little into the swingarm. Both master cylinders are from a Hayabusa and have been reconfigured to work for my brakes.

The seat is shaved down to give it a more sporty look.

I need to completely re-wire this bike, I am not happy with the beat-up OEM Puch wiring, it was just a mess so it is being replaced. I would also like to upgrade to a 12-volt system as 6-volt bulbs are expensive and getting harder to find.

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