The Solex, a state of mind, a very accessible means of transport


At the age of 21, Pierre-Yves Machemehl has just created PY Custom. A workshop where he offers to repair the VéloSolex. 'I would like to bring my help and my vision to people who want to have their Solex repaired,' explains the young man.

In vogue in the 50s and 60s, this moped, which was discontinued in 1988, is now finding a new lease on life.

“The Solex was a state of mind, a very accessible means of transportation. Today there is the lovable side of this cyclo. Additionally, vintage is back in style and its a way to chill out too. What corresponds to the current state of mind ”, appreciates the enthusiast who seizes the opportunity there to contribute to the protection of this mythical vehicle for an entire generation.

“Ive always liked two bikes and everything retro. When I was 15 I wanted a vehicle that would serve me well, but on which I could also get my hands on the mechanics. I had my first Solex, which I had to re-enter from A to Z completely. This enabled me to see all aspects of the Solex, ”he explains.

'In one week I received three interested parties'

Pierre-Yves Machemehl, from Clermont-Ferrand, also learned to restore the engines of these machines thanks to the Solex Club 63. He lives in Saint-Just-Saint-Rambert and wants to share his passion with the people of the city and its surroundings. .

'In one week I received three people who were interested in a complete restoration of their Solex, including two from the community,' said the repair shop who works in his garage.

When his activity grows, Pierre-Yves Machemehl would like to start his own company. “Im working on a project that will serve as a showcase, the complete set-up of my Solex,” he concludes.

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