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A rising Mississippi River.

puch on the river

Took a ride to see the Mississippi River. It’s on pace to rise up to near flood-stage heights. According to the US Army Corps of Engineers, rainfall upriver and in the Mississippi Valley have fed the river’s growth. The river is projected to rise to 16.5 feet above sea level, just shy of the official flood stage of 17 feet for New Orleans. The levee system is built to protect the city if the river crests up to 20 feet. That’s reassuring given my Puch Maxi does not have pontoons.

Custom Puch fender ornament.

I really wanted a pedestrian slicer. Searched and searched but could not find anything smaller in size to fit the bike’s chrome fender. Desiring something unique-looking, a fender ornament seemed to be a better option. This distinctly different and totally unnecessary piece of moped jewelry was assembled using a vintage Puch tank decal and other assorted chrome and stainless steel parts. Plus it attached to the existing fender mount so no holes had to be drilled in the fender. Sure it’s custom, but at least for me, it’s a pretty cool one-of-a-kind accessory for the Puch Maxi.

A monumental presence.

Puch John James Audubon

Puch Maxi admiring the statue of John James Audubon, namesake of the Audubon Zoo and surrounding area. Audubon was an American ornithologist, naturalist, and painter noted for his detailed illustrations of birds in their natural habitats. He lived from 1785 to 1851 (predating Puch’s founding in 1899 by nearly 50 years). This monument, with sculpture standing high on a pedestal, was created by Edward Virginius Valentine and unveiled on November 26, 1910 in Audubon Park, New Orleans.

Headlight eye candy.

Started with trying to add a headlight visor but I could not find one the correct size to fit. So I went with a headlight grill–also called a stone guard. Boy I’m glad I did. This chrome version from Moped Division is the proper size for my Puch and provides a unique look in daylight and at night. This is purely aesthetic, that is, I wonder how many times a rock has actually cracked the glass on a moped headlight.

Cool tool bags.

Searched online for a couple of weeks looking for something that would serve as rear saddlebags. Goal was to have a vintage look while being an appropriate size for the scale of the bike. These tool bags from LongLifeLeather fit the bill with combination of black leather styling and chrome buckles. Also the straps were a perfect fit to the existing rear seat frame–no zip ties needed!