Here's a neat bike I hadn't seen before- the Puch DS50. I found this pic over at Walter's Autowerkstatt, which appears to be the web site of a German auto service organization. As far as I have been able to determine, the DS50 was made from the mid-1950s up through the 1960s. It was sort of a motorcycle/scooter hybrid (not unlike the Honda Cub); note the moped/motorcycle pressed steel style frame and the scooter-like mud guard and floor. It also had a very scooter-ish 3-speed transmission with a hand-operated shifter. It seems to be a modification of earlier Puch bikes like the VS-50 series, which were almost identical but lacked the mudguard/floor.
These must have been extremely popular in Europe- I found 15,000 Google hits, with only a few dozen being in the US. I did find one other DS50 at Mopedarmy.com, in slightly better condition.
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Posted by michael edelman at 4:44 PM