In this post, you’ll discover more about this special moped, including:
- Differences between the E50 and the ZA50 engines
- The different models – from the Maxi S to the Guam Edition.
- The engine specs for the standard Puch Maxi
What is the Maxi, and Who Made It?
In total, over 1.8 million were built (the millionth one is in the featured image for this blog post).
- The first generation Puch Maxis had pedals on them which were designed so that the moped could be used as a regular bicycle
- You can see a Puch Maxi S in the movie Spider-Man 2.
- The Puch Maxi sold well in 1970s America, and can even be seen heavily in this cute moped riding safety video from 1979:
E50 vs. ZA50 Engines
The E50 engine is equipped with a one-speed gearbox, while the ZA50 has a two-speed gearbox.
The easiest way to tell them apart is that an E50 engine (picture below) is round-shaped.
3 Different Puch Maxi models
It’s for this reason that some people call the Maxi N the “Poor man’s Maxi.”
Maxi Guam Edition
Unlike the standard S models, the Guam Editions have their switches integrated into the throttle housing – also known as “Honda style” controls.
Aside from that, they come with turn signals as standard and a swingarm that resembles that of a Puch Magnum.
So how can you spot a Puch Maxi Guam Edition? Check the VIN number.
Puch Maxi S (1978) Specs:
Engine: Two-stroke, Single-cylinder, air-cooled
Gearbox: 1-speed automatic (E50), 2-speed automatic (ZA50)
Fuel system: Carburettor
Compression rate: 9.2:1
Front brake: Drum brake
Rear brake: Rear brake
Wheel size: 21″
Wheelbase: 1120 mm/44.1 inches
Total weight (dry): 39 kg/85 pounds