The Puch Magnum is a top-tank moped that was sold in North America. There is some conflicting information on whether any were sold in the European market.
The Magnum was first released in 1978 with two models: the XK and MKII
- The XK was made in '78-'79 and was the base magnum. It was red (rumor has it there may have been blue also) and had spoke wheels and an E50 motor. Front forks and rear shocks were spring loaded and not all that great.
- The MKII from '78-'79 was silver with green stripes and decals and had snowflake mag wheels, the two speed ZA50 motor, and is fitted with oil injection. Front and rear suspension was hydraulic, which is heavier but makes for a much smoother ride.
- The XK was later replaced with the Magnum II in 1980, also silver and green, and had a ZA50 two speed, and spring suspension and no oil injection.
- The 1980 MKII was the coveted Brown and Gold ("UPS") version, with the same features as the earlier version, plus gold 5 star mag wheels, turn signals, and a dash with key ignition/indicators.
- The Magnum MKII LTD was the final magnum released, with all the MKII features, plus a better dash (with an optional tachometer) and marked (###/500), key ignition, turn signals, black chrome, a front fairing and windscreen, and a special paint scheme: white and red. The 5 stars have a red stripe on the sides, and the tank has a commemorative decal. It was said only 500 were sold, but rumors say possibly 500 were released on each coast.
The Puch Magnum is arguably the most sought after ped in Moped Army. Reasons magnums are popular
Many factory accessories for Magnums were originally sold (5-star rims, Mofast exhausts, Zeta big bore kits, and headlight fairings) and are still quite desirable for the increased stability and mod-ability with the numerous after-market parts available today.
There is some conflicting information on whether a limited run was sold in Europe. A particular book detailing the history of Puch-Steyr, published in Austria, includes an image of a Euro-spec Magnum, indicating that Puch may have planned to release the model in Europe and later cancelled the plans around 1980.
There are many different customizations of Magnums:
- Honda MB5 front ends and wheels make for a bigger, heavier bike, but allows for disc brakes, increased stability at speed and a very different look
- Mini-Magnum's have Maxi forks and shocks, making a low-rider Magnum (it's also lighter), some are stock, and some have been chopped for the popular "cafe" look
- "Cafe" styled Magnums generally have racks, fenders and all other accessories removed and are fitted with clubman or drop bars
- Different motors have been fitted, including Tomos A35, A55, Derbi Flat Reeders, Lifan engines, and more.
The following are internal links to wiring diagrams for various Puch Magnum models:
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