I thought i was passed restoring old German/Austrian motorcycles but a week ago(October 2016) i came across the sad looking Puch 175SVS on ebay UK. I have restored 2 Puchs in the past .The Austrian Puch’s made in Graz are not well know in the UK although they did sell in good numbers,they are a real quality motorcycle and are very sought after in Austria.
The previous owner got the Puch from a friend who’s father owned the bike,but from looking at the bike it must have suffered some sought of piston trouble ie the bike came with no Barrels or Pistons and cylinder head it has come with the 2 carbs but missing the float chamber and other scarce parts also the Puch’s crankcase had been left open to all the elements so it is very siezed.A quick look on German /Austrian ebay resulted in not many bits i needed! if they were available prices are very high ….500 euros for a barrel equals to £500 (due to brexit!!!!!) so i know why the previous owner decided to sell. But i felt like a challenge so for good or bad! i am going for it! It’s a ongoing thing(how long????) but pictures will appear as i progress, Prost
The positive side of being involved with restoring bikes for the last 30 odd years is you build up a reference cache of friends ,names! telephone numbers and contacts who were and are still doing restorations! so i rang a old friend who has a nice Puch 175 SVS and pop the question ‘Got any old puch spares Mike’ to which he replied ‘Yah a think i have a 175 engine under my workbench’ felt like saying you are kidding! when you think Martin (the previous owner) had spent the best part of a year searching for the same thing. I just got lucky and six days after buying the Puch i have a engine plus the 2 carbs as a bonus by the way the engine cost more than the bike did!!
So now i can go ahead with the restoration unfortunately the euro is near to 1 pound so spare parts i do need will not be cheap!! I found the picture below of my wife on the Puch 175SVS i restored about 10 years ago looking at it gives me the inspiration to start! so i am off down my workshop/shed haven!!
RBO specialist Puch dealer in Austria organise a get together of old timer Puch motorrad in the summer 2016