Category Archives: General interest


Sorry To do this again but the Kent Sunday Meeting will be a week Earlier at the Hollyville Cafe on 19 September 10 am to midday. If good weather we can have a ride out to somewhere near by. And for those Itching for a ride i will be at the Willesborough Windmill for Norman Day on the 26 September 10 to midday, Address Just of Junction 10 m20 Down Hythe Road. TN240QG..

Saturday 25 I will be at Headcorn Airfield for the Buzzing Club camp.


To let all Kent members know that i have changed the Sunday meeting place The Bull. To Meet at the Hollyville Cafe, West Kingsdown Nr Brands Hatch on the 22 August. This is the 4th Sunday. I will be there at 11am. It is a classic Bike meet every Sunday. If most turn up on bikes then we can have a ride out from there.

Simson good, Trabant bad

Lying awake at 3.50am this morning listening to the world service, I caught a ten minute interview with the designer of the Simson 50, talking about that, and the Trabant on which he also worked.  It can be heard on BBC Sounds:

Witness History, World Service, 3.50 am, Friday 18 June 2021.

12 volt generator/ electronic ignition

Thinking of fitting a Power Dynamo / Vape 12volt generator and electronic ignition unit on my 1996 301 MZ. I have been having a number of charging problems lately and as my bike has done getting on for 150,000 miles now maybe the original generator system is getting a bit worn out. I would appreciate any advice about this idea, good or bad.


Dave Gillespie

Rebuilding ES250/2 engine

Hi everybody.  I’m a new member and this is my first post here.

I bought my MZ about 6 years ago.  A rather sad specimen off ebay that someone had brought over from Poland I think.  I got someone to weld up the cracked kickstart shaft boss and I bought a new crankshaft, piston, bearings and seals from Ost2rad.  I started putting it back together in earnest recently, but all is not going to plan.

The crankshaft is not turning easily and I think it has to be the seals.  I was sure I’d fitted them flush with the inner faces of the crankcases, but I’m not so sure now.  Is there minimal clearance between the crankshaft and seals?  What else could I check?MZ ES 250-2

Suggestions welcome.

Cheers David

NW England camp Seathwaite

Anyone who may be thinking of meeting up with other MZ Riders Club friends at the Turner Hall campsite on 11th – 13th September will be pleased to know that the Newfield Inn pub is definitely opening on 1st September. To book a table ring 01229 717243 which is the number of the new owners other pub as the Newfield Inn is still closed at the moment. When booking mention that the booking you are ringing about is for the Newfield Inn. Those on Facebook can check out this news on the Newfield Inn page.

Cheers   Dave Gillespie

NW England camping weekend

Regarding the camping weekend at Turner Hall campsite Seathwaite September 11th – 13th. If those who are definitely going could please let me know as soon as they can as well as booking with the campsite owner so that we have some idea of numbers. This has been requested by Hilary at Turner Hall. It might be a good idea when booking to mention that  you  are from the MZ Riders Club.

Thank you

Dave Gillespie

NW England camping weekend

The NW England section are holding a camping weekend on 11th September – 13th September 2020 at the Turner Hall campsite, Seathwaite, Broughton in Furness, Cumbria, LA20 6EE. The prices are as follows; Adults £7, Tents £1, vehicles £1, Campervans £2.

OK that’s the easy bit done! As you are all aware, because of the present situation regarding Covid 19 there are some conditions attached to anyone thinking of having a camping weekend up in the Lake District. Firstly you will have to book in advance via phone, email or messenger and you have to give your name and contact details. Payment is preferred by BACS but they will take cash if necessary. They cannot take cards as there is no connections. If you have to cancel please give at least 48 hours notice otherwise they may not be able to sell your pitch and you will only get a partial refund of 80%.  The number of pitches are limited and they need to be at least 6 metres apart. There will be no day visitors.

Please arrive after midday and pitch your tent and once you have settled in let them know you’ve arrived. They will then check your booking and give you a label to display. It’s a working farm so don’t worry if you can’t find them, they will be around the site somewhere. Remember, pitch your tent 6 metres away from other campers who are not in your group.

PAYMENT DETAILS. Sort 40 09 14    A/C 61896970   Turner Hall Campsite Ltd   HSBC Business Account.

As of this moment the pub, Newfield Inn, is closed for refurbishment but according to their facebook page it due to open in the autumn but when in the autumn is not certain. Hopefully we will know more soon.

I can be contacted; Dave Gillespie 0151 474 1877 0r        also

I understand that it seems to be a lot of phaffing about, however it is what it is and we are all stuck with it for the foreseeable future. However I am starting the process of getting my life back and this camping weekend is another way of doing it.    Cheers Dave Gillespie

MZ TS 125 gearbox issues


Any advice would be appriciated.

My MZ starts making a metallic rattling noise and the rev counter drops to zero when idling after being out for a long ride. I have had the clutch cover off and all the gears for the rev counter seem fine.

I am not sure what it is. I do know the gears on the clutch basket are worn and I will have to replace the basket and the chain, but this seems to be unrelated. When I drained the gearbox oil, alot of metal particles were being collected on the gearbox plug and on the inside of the clutch cover.

If I can make a video or take some pictures, that may explain my problem a bit better.

Thank you, Alastair


ETZ Gear lever spline

Could anyone  tell me if the gear lever spline on the ETZ 250 is the same as that on the ETZ 150? I am making some rearsets for my ETZ 250 and think that a straight gear lever would be a better starting point than the cranked 250 one – but only if it fits the splined shaft of the larger engine.

I am sure that someone will know.

Thanking you in anticipation


Heated Grips on a 500R or ETZ

Hello folks, has anybody fitted heated grips to a 500R or ETZ? (Same twist grip) if so how did you get over the problem of the twist grip inner steel sleeve being 28mm OD which is bigger than most other bikes on the planet and of course means the stiff heated grip with a 26mm ID can’t be slid into the twist grip sleeve. I could of course get a universal fit twist grip but they all take a barrel style cable end nipple whereas the MZ cable has a small ball type nipple, I could then either buy a different cable or butcher my own but I can’t help thinking there must be an easier way. Any suggestions appreciated.