The seldom seen Puch tank rack.

There are thousands of Puch Maxi images online. And I’ve looked a quite a few. One thing that I rarely see is a Puch tank rack. What is most common are the chrome side rails…although many owners choose to remove these. As I understand it, the tank rack was an accessory available on certain Puch moped models. Since it fits on a Maxi, I got one. I’ll admit it’s an unusual look. But frankly, isn’t being unique-looking one of the primary reasons people are attracted to a vintage moped?

Reconsidering signs.

Saw this vintage sign at an intersection of roadway along Mississippi River levee. It welcomes folks to Louisiana and suggests to “reconsider” their littering. Guess the assumption is everyone who visits the state throws trash out of their vehicle. Not likely…especially when both hands are holding on the handlebars of a Puch Maxi.

A proper windshield (or windscreen).

  

For some reason I think a windshield looks pretty cool on a moped. But the wrong size can totally ruin the look. Much care is needed in selection: the proper height, a cutout for the headlight, and vintage styling. So I got lucky with this one. Found it locally on an online classified site for $10. All that was required were two chrome handlebar mounting brackets and about 30 minutes with polishing compound. I’m pleased. So is the Puch Maxi.

A Confederacy of Dunces.

Not far from my home is the Toole-Hecker House. This is the last residence of John Kennedy Toole, author of “A Confederacy of Dunces.” The book was released just before I started LSU and I recall the high praise it received for its rich depiction of New Orleans. Toole earned a posthumous Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1981 for it. If you have not read this literary treasure, you should. It’s hilarious!