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SIP in Southern Germany

A couple of years ago I was on my honeymoon, we stayed in Southern Germany visiting family. I knew I was just minutes away from Germany’s (and worlds) largest suppliers of Vespa parts – SIP. Scooter Innovation Parts (SIP) have an impressive array of parts for classic scoots such as Vespa and Lambretta as well as modern buzz boxes like Aprilla, Benelli Kymco etc. SIP develop a lot of custom performance parts as well as bolt on goodies.

They started in 1989 and have grown to 50 employees shipping over 400 packages a day! Wow! I am jealous of their success. I spent the summer of ’89 working close by in Bavaria,  buzzing around on an ancient small frame loaned to me by my cousins, so I have a soft spot for Germans on Vespas.

Here are a few pictures of SIP facility on Graf Zeppelin Str. in Landsberg, gotta love the street name. They have a small showroom with a selection of great classic scooters.

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Mid Ohio 2012

As I was in Indiana this summer, I took the opportunity to drive 3.5 hours west to the  AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. I was mostly interested in what treasures were hiding in the legendary swap meet, and just to check out the festival in general. This year’s theme was Mods & Rockers, so I was hoping there would be lots of British bikes and Vespa/Lambretta kicking around.

The swap meet has 250 odd booths and I was imagining tables overflowing with a cornucopia of exotic parts. I envisioned bikes in boxes, bags and baskets piled in heaps; I expected trailers jamed with  fresh barn finds, crusty Cushmans, bobed Harleys, and Puch Allstates five to the dollar. It’s wasn’t just me that was hyping the swap, here are a few tidbits from the website:”The Worlds Largest Swap Meet”, “the continent’s largest motorcycle swap meet” and ” It features 35 sprawling acres of old, classic and even some new bike parts and memorabilia.” Well it must be good I reasoned.

Just before I packed the family into the car and headed south to Indianapolis, I spoke to George. George is local vintage collector and has a ’58 AJS for sale that I was contemplating, his opinion was that the CVMG National Rally is better than Mid-Ohio; more selection, more variety and less junk. Bah humbug said I, how can our humble event come close to something as big as Mid-Ohio, besides, there are like 300 million people in the USA to our 30 million, Mid-Ohio has to be at least 10 times better! Yes the swap was big, but big isn’t better, like those all you can eat restaurants, quantity does not translate into quality. If I was looking for a milk crate with a turnsignal, brake caliper,

I was only there for 3 hours on Saturday afternoon, from 3-6 so I didn’t get an opportunity to explore everything. Unfortunately the Mods & Rockers tent was cleared out by the time I got there, so was most of the exhibits on the lawn and tents. So suggestion # 1 is:  come on Friday, stay the night.

My photos reflect my particular interest in the swap, they don’t do justice to the whole event. All day there are races on the track and loudspeakers throughout the park are tuned into the announcer, this combined with the wahhh wahhh of the track give the venue a great atmosphere. There are photos on the AMA website that give a good sense of the event.

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Choke on this

In response to Ed’s implied question, and I paraphrase here, “What the hell have I been doing?”
I could drag out the usual answer of too many irons in too many fires, but this time I’m being vaguely logical about my target of being up and running for mid June. I asked myself “what need be done to ride?” The obvious answer of a choke sprang to mind. I did start and run the bike, but last time I tried it wanted to be choked… so off to the local Goodwill and $2.02 later I have a dog biscuit tin, soon to be a choke.
Here’s my progress so far….


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Puch parts – and progress

I bit the bullet and ordered a new (low) Magura handle bar, and a complete headlight assembly as my chrome rim is shot and the reflector is completely fried (see photos). Ed (from the forum) and I grouped up on an RBO order to save on shipping.The headlight is euro spec, with a different build and a separate pilot bulb. Luckily I found I have a euro spec bulb, I think it was thrown-in at a swap meet purchase. I love the Puch logo on the lens.

I took the opportunity to dig into cleaning up the handle bar clamp as it is not available from RBO (I didn’t bother to check other vendors). The clamp was so corroded it was like a flaky bar, I took off a lot of material to get it down to where it was reasonable to try and polish, it came up rather ok, the before photo doesn’t show the actual corrosion eating into the alloy. The levers polished up nicely too, the lever and the clamp seem to be different alloys as they patina differently. I’m not going too crazy polishing, just getting them back to shiny so it looks good with those sparkly new bars.
Its nice to actually do some work on the Puch 250, it has been a long time sitting in the garage, waiting patiently.

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Twingle motor in a crate.

NOS Puch 250 motor

NOS Puch 250 motor

Ebay listing in Alabama:

250cc Sears Allstate twingle puch motor new in original Sears shipping crate. Includes mufflers and tailpipes, new carburetor, new coil, everything needed to install.

Bidding started at $1,100 with a final selling price of a whopping $1,651.00  USD – with only 9 bids! I gotta say that is over triple what I paid for the whole bike… mind you mine is a bit rusty, but still. I wouldn’t have imagined these parts fetching such a high price.

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