I have come to the conclusion that nobody reads this blog (or forum), with the exception of Madnorton.
Here are a few possible reasons:
- The bulk of PUCH riders are Austrian, and most importantly live in Austria, speak German and not interested in an conversing in English.
- The American Sears Allstate crowd actually prefers emailing each other via absurdly awkward and Byzantine Yahoo forums (no offense Bill, it’s Yahoo not you!).
- Canadians and Brits view PUCHs as cheap, slow curiosities not work the effort to restore.
- In most parts of the world these bikes are, like point #3, just curiosities of little value, not collectible or iconic. BMWs are strong workhorses, British bikes serve double duty embodying the last gasp of British manufacturing supremacy, and the roaring 60s. American bikes … don’t get me started. What I am saying is that the humble Puch is like a nerdy reliable friend found in movies – inspiring no passion, PUCH isn’t the leading man. There is no swarm of ex-pat Austrians meeting in pubs on Sundays, waxing on about youthful trips to the races in the summer of ’66. You don’t find people telling you that PUCHS are just like the people that built them: strong, reliable and proud – godmit. No, the PUCH is pretty hard to get worked up about. To explore the movie star metaphor, motorcycles have stared as leading roles in movies, so it really isn’t a metaphor.
- BMW: Tomorrow Never Dies , R1200C
- My forum and blog are just plain boring.
So dear reader, I can hear you asking what is the point of all this? It is merely a long-winded way of saying that, from now on, I am going to write about motorcycles, scooter, sidecars in general, whatever suites my fancy. That includes sidecars, Vespas, Nortons, MZs & PUCH.