Rare White 1986 Puch Maxi from private collection – as is


I’m a sucker for what we call “super rare variations on super common mopeds.” By 1986, the Puch Maxi had new different colors, decals, and headlight fairings not traditionally seen in the US. BUT beyond that, they had upgraded motors with needle bearing crankshafts, reverse cut gears, lightened trans parts, and 3 shoe clutches with blue springs. Basically all of the standard upgrades we do when building motors today, BUT original and done by Puch. WOW!

When the opportunity to buy and build this rare bike came up, I jumped on it. I even have original owner documents to go with it! Because the bike was so good to start, I did a very mild build on this. It has a high compression head, 15mm Bing clone carb, and 28mm wide header stock-looking pipe. I also did a few small things aesthetically like blue petals and a petal chain to complement the decals. The bike did a fun stock/mod 40mph.  

The bike was done and great… then like many of my mopeds, I put it on display in the front window for a few seasons, and then moved it to storage for a few years. I think it’s time for someone new to own this bike and get it back on the road. All of the new parts probably have like 10 miles on them. While the bike was in storage, we sold the rare “Puch dual small end throttle cable,” and the switch backs. Good news, they are being re-made now so the bike should be easy to get back together. My loss, your gain. As the bike has sat untouched for like 4 years, we are not going to warranty it; but with a tune up and the missing parts installed, the bike should be awesome. It does not seem deficient in any way. If you want us to, we can negotiate a price for parts install, tune up and final review to sell the bike with a warranty.
– Alex, Owner, Detroit Moped Works.

No warranty on as is mopeds.

All vehicles purchased online will be held at our flagship store on Michigan Avenue.

Pick up appointments can be made through the Facebook scheduler.  

National shipping can be arranged through U-Ship at the buyer’s expense. We expect it to be $200-$300 depending on location.

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About selling “as is” mopeds in 2020:

Detroit Moped Works has always felt confident profiting from our wonderful work, selling refurbished or rebuilt mopeds that we could stand behind and sell with a warranty.  

As a matter of principle, Detroit Moped Works has always been opposed to “flipping” mopeds, or making money off of selling non-running mopeds, project mopeds, parts mopeds, and/or “as is” mopeds. 

That said, due to what the media refers to as “these strange times” we are not able to get bikes built for sale this season. Further, we are repeatedly seeing “as is” mopeds selling on the peer to peer market for 2-3 times what we consider “Normal Market Rate.” For these two reasons we have decided to get some projects out of our shop and in the hands of folks who can hopefully get more bikes on the road.

Most of these mopeds will be priced above what we consider “normal market rate,’ but below the high prices we are seeing as the “new normal.” In the time honored tradition of “flipping,” we will be giving the most brief description possible, not promising anything of the individual vehicles, but promising you that you will have a wonderful time working on and learning about your new toy motorcycle! Or maybe it just sits as wonderful decor in your Man Cave or She Shed. Once you buy it, it is out of our hands and yours to enjoy!  

Prices are firm / sales are final / bikes are as is. 

Pick up appointments can be made through the Facebook scheduler.  

Payments accepted: Cash, Credit/Debit card, or PayPal. 

Additional information

Weight1000 oz
Dimensions1000 × 1000 × 1000 in