MZ MOTORCYCLES AND MOTORCYCLING
I have been motorcycling for nearly 50 years. In that time there have only been a couple of motorcycleless periods. One due to work and a change in circumstances, the other due to working abroad.
Motorcycles interest me as a machines in their own right, and as an efficient means of personal transport. Speed and sport have only been of passing interest. Consequently I never had an all encompassing desire to own and ride a big fast motorcycle. I have been content to ride along at normal speeds on a machine suited to my needs.
Like many of my generation I started on a BSA Bantam, 125cc two stroke basically copied from the wartime DKW RT125. I passed my test on this machine. It was followed by a Cotton Vulcan Sports, which was powered by a 197cc Villiers two stroke. A short period with an ex police Velocette LE 200cc side valve was followed with a new Honda CD90Z of 90cc. I needed reliability to get to work. It was followed by a new two stroke, a CZ 175cc. There then came my first gap, although I did run a Raleigh 50cc moped for a while. A real basic machine with no suspension.This gap was broken by the acquisition of a new MZ TS150cc for general used and commuting. As this was the direct descendent of the DKW RT125 I had come full circle. Direct descendant as MZ was the DKW motorcycle factory renamed. Before my next break three more MZ followed. Two 250cc stwo strokes and a 500cc four stroke. My couple of years abroad were rewarded on returning with another new MZ, a Skorpion Traveller, which after fifiteen years I still have and use regularly. It has an engine of 660cc, more than I need but due to changing licencing rules reasonable small bikes were for a while virtually non existent. Fortunately it is not an overly large machine and ridden in my laid back style returns the same fuel consumption as I once enjoyed with the 250cc two strokes. Its real advantage is that there is little need to slow for even the steepest hill.
For over 30 years now I have been a member of the MZ Riders Club. Initially when the machines were made in East Germany and imported by Wilf Green and latterly as the machine has morphed towards classic status.
I have also had a long interest in design. One of my ideas was for Harley Davidson to go down the inline 4 route. It is a good idea, but doubt if it will ever happen!