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A lockdown project.

This is my 1991 ETZ301 purchased last year as a sort of “café racer” with an assortment of badly fitting parts. It was completely stripped and everything cleaned and repainted. The ETZ250 tank  was sold and replaced with a replica Suzuki GS125 one. The seat base came from a breaker in Athens. The bars are replica Z900. The side panels are ETZ250. The headlamp is a 5″ custom one on Moto Guzzi brackets and the tail light is LED. The speedo is a bicycle GPS one. The rear mudguard is a universal fibreglass one. I shortened the forks by 1 1/2″. I completely rewired it and fitted an electronic ignition and charging system by Vape from the Czech Republic. This was very easy to fit and set up and works brilliantly. The H4 halogen headlight bulb is super bright as is the LED tail. The paint is all aerosol by me and the stripy scheme makes people smile. My thanks to The MZ Shop for supplying new and second hand parts at fair prices. It is currently running on premix, but I do have the oil tank and pump.

Malaysian workhorses

It’s a little off-topic, but I thought the utilitarian nature of these vehicles might appeal – I spotted these in Kuala Lumpur.

There were quite a few of these box sidecars lashed to step-thrus of one description or another:

All well and good, but I would have thought, physically challenged or not, the rider of this contraption would be more at risk than if he just had two or – at a pinch – three wheels. Don’t fancy trying to get round any corners on this:

This in temperatures of plus 30 Celsius in the shade, mind you. I won’t admit to my choice of riding gear in Ho Chi Minh City, which is where I am now. You know how bikes are great for slipping through the jams in the morning rush hour? Well…

Phil Krix in the UK

As many of you will already know, Phil arrived in the UK on 9th September after his epic 14,000km ride from Oz to England on his ETZ 250. Unfortunately, my plan to welcome him at Dover went pear-shaped when his text failed to get through, but Phil found time to jump on a train and head down to Broadstairs on Sunday 22nd so that we could meet up for a natter. We also, of course, had time to drag all of the bikes out of the garage so that my wife could take a few photos. Here is Phil and me (no prizes for guessing who is who!) with, from left to right, Mitzi, Ezme, Olive and Maizie. Phil did mention that he may get round to penning a few words about his trip for a future issue of MZ Rider (no pressure from me, honest!!). An occasional ‘Australia Section Report’ would also be most welcome!!!

To see more about the trip, Google ‘MZ Adventure Facebook’




Whitchurch AGM 2013 – award winners’ gallery

AWARDS (no particular order)

Ian Bulmer and Wife (name not known). Special Award – Outfit.

Tony and Debbie from Kent (surname(s) unknown). Furthest Travelled Award – 336 miles, Jawa 350 outfit.


Tony Bishop. Best Two Stroke Award.

Lance Gilrass. Best Four Stroke Award.

Adrian Foot. Furthest Travelled Overseas (…Scotland!). 330 miles Harley.

Peter Killan. Oldest MZ.

Paul Codling. “O Cor Blimey” Award. 250 miles on a 125cc Minsk.

Two other pictures – Eric Hagon – punctured tyre – recovered back home.

55000 km in 13 years. Not a lot but in that time it has been to Spain, France, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. It resides in England in a nice dry garage. Generally I try to ride it at least once in every month. These days I try and pick a fine day. So far this year I have managed every month! January and February might have been just once each, but it has been out.

Photo is from 2010 and I am with the bike at a camp site in Cannock Chase. I was on the way home from the 2010 AGM in Porlock. Robert Saunders tent behind.

Home from AGM 2010

Homeward from AGM