- Gepubliceerd: maandag 18 april 2016 14:49
- Geschreven door René
There were several other prototypes after Steyr-Daimler-Puch sold the twowheeler division back in 1987.
Back in 1994, i was at the IFMA twowheeler exposition in Cologne, Germany. At the Hero Puch stand, there was this mockup of a Puch Maxi Plus, redesigned to look like a light scooter. Mockups are generally build for insiders only, to study lines and construction. Hero Puch decided to take it with them to the expo, to check out visitors response. A chaindriven automatic Maxi Plus motor of 65cc would be at the heart of the machine, alucast rims with a front diskbrake for extra brakepower would be fitted, and a radical new cockpit with speedometer on top of the steer. A nice long buddyseat suited for 2 persons would sit even better than a saddle, and the footrests replaced the original pedals. It would be outfitted with a battery, blinkers, electric starter and a new headlamp.
This was some serious developments for the Indian market, where the roads are amongst the worst in the world. Puch would have been champion in that terrain, and the Maxi Plus versions like the Sheriff and the Shakti proved it right. This prototype however never made it into production, but i would love to show it to you, because of the Maxi Motor.
What do you think about it, in retrospect? Hero Puch did some serious work after the purchase of the Maxi Plus model from Steyr-Daimler-Puch. Hats off to them for continuing development back then.