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By Tom White
The Austrian company, Puch, was founded as a bicycle manufacturer in 1903 by Johann Puch. By 1952, the company was building motor scooters, and in 1957, they started exporting the Puch 500 motorcycle to America. It was sold under the name “Allstate” by Sears and Roebuck. In the early 1970s, California entrepreneur Ted Lapadakis became the importer for the all-new Puch 125/175cc machines, which were purpose-built for motocross and enduro. The Puchs were excellent motorcycles, though the motocross models never became popular here. There were a couple of reasons:
(1) Ted Lapadakis was also the Sachs/DKW importer, and those bikes’ popularity overshadowed Puch in motocross.
(2) The Puch 127/175 motocross model came standard with a pickle-style silencer, heavily padded seat and a very beefy skid plate. It didn’t look very moto.
(3) Puch’s private-labeled Sears Allstate motorcycles weren’t well regarded in the racing world.
(4) Puchs were considered excellent desert and ISDT bikes (and Puchs won many events, including the 1972 ISDT in Czechoslovakia). AMA Hall of …
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