- Gepubliceerd: dinsdag 05 april 2016 15:15
- Geschreven door René
Another road not taken, was the Bullit.
Again, we go back to 1990. As wellknown, the Maxi/Macho model needed replacement badly. For the scooter, first was looked upon the Scatto. Declared too old a model, two years later, the Puch Zip and Puch Typhoon both replaced that wish into practice, and with great success. But that was future music, unknown in 1990. Let's take a look at a 1990 model Rider Macho:
It was all cosmetic trics that prolongued the lifespan of the Maxi and Macho models. Metallic paint, white lettering on the tyres, painted cilinder, it looked great and was a bestseller, but Puch needed new models urgently, like the Scatto scooter. Again, Piaggio looked inside the own inventory and came up with an excellent high-end model: the Bullit.
Titanium alloy wheels, diskbrake, aluminium deltabox frame with mono-suspension, watercooled 6-speed engine, scooterlike slick tyres, blinkers, buddyseat and a mount for a topcase for luggage. This truly was the best option that could have replaced the Maxi/Macho models. It had a unique design, so no competition on the local market, it was high-end, so exclusive, it had everything a Puch-owner would love to have, plús: it would draw in new customers to Puch. This would have all been a fact.
So what happened? Why didn't it come to the Netherlands? The arguement was: price. It would have costed alsmost double the price of a Rider Macho and the same as a scooter. Nevertheless, this was a great sportsbike, with plenty of accessories and a unique look that would have been excellent in line as the official successor of the Maxi/Macho. It would have taken a big leap forwards in model development and create a new high-end market above the Rider Macho. In the end, it was just too expensive for the Netherlands and thus it stayed in Italy, where it was sold as the Gilera Bullit for several years with some success.
I would have loved to own one with the Puch brand!