If you'll remember two years ago Slugo and I set the Lake Erie Loop record for mopeds circumnavigating Lake Erie's 677 miles in 24 hours and 3 minutes. I'm kind of getting the itch to do it again only this time on a Puch, a Magnum to be exact.
Two weeks ago I was fortunate to win a bid on eBay for a 1978 Puch Magnum that had been sitting for 20 years. My biking buddy Ron Craig volunteered to drive to Philly and off we went. For those of you not familiar with the new Turnpike incentive system it is as follows; the further you go the more it cost! Ha,ha about $57.00 in tolls to Philly and back but I think it was worth it.
A couple of days after unloading the bike I pulled the STEEL (that's right quality German made) tank and bought some Evaporust and headed over to Kenny Sampson's for a crash course in tank cleaning and rust inhibitor! It took the better part of three hours to get all the gunk out. I cannot believe how light the tank is now! Anyways the tank is cleaned, rust proofed and ready to go now onto the motor.
Magnums have two power plants and usually one or two levels of horsepower. My Magnum is single speed (versus other models whose power plants are two speed) and it's a 2.0 horsepower rated. Earlier in the year (like May 2012) I purchased a Puch Newport 1.5 horsepower at Moped Larry's ride. This motor I sent to Nick Voight in Wisconsin along with tons of race parts to have Nick do his special brand of MAGIC on the motor. The accompanying pictures will show the detail and care in which Nick is beginning the process of making this Puch motor higher horsepower and dependable enough to bang out the miles running around Lake Erie wide open!
The motor will feature matched crankcases, ported cylinder, reed induction, Stuffed Race crankshaft, lightened internal parts, braced three shoe clutch, 24 mm Mikuni flat side carb and a Techno Boss expansion chamber.
I'm looking to hit 55 miles per hour which would mean no 24 hour run! That would be awesome I've run out of my 5 hour energy drink!
Click Here for a gallery of photos from custom engine builder Nick Voight!