Posted: Aug 11, 2008 6:32 pm
I had pretty much that same Puch. I also had a Peugeot when I lived overseas.
The Puch was way better than the Peugeot. For one thing, it has a variable gear system, not just two gears like the French one.
As you mentioned, the advantage over a Vespa/motorbike/etc. is that with a Moped, it has pedals so classified as a bike and therefore no need for a license, etc., in most states. This means they can't issue you parking tickets, which really matters in SF.
It was pretty dependable and got up all the hills, and maybe topped out at 35 mph. Carrying two people it was slower but could still do it.
You have to mix oil into the gas, 'cause it's a 2-stroke, so if the previous owner didn't do that you would probably need an engine revision. As I recall it has an odometer so at least you can check for low miles.
The hipster crowd here in SF has discovered them so now it's a trend. They even have "moped rallies". Dunno if the mopedists like the Small Faces however.