MZ ad­ven­tures

Old Bike Australasia - - BLOW YOUR OWN -

The MZ story in OBA 58 is very good. To me ‘form fol­lows func­tion’ and these are a great ex­am­ple. Like others when I first rode one at Paul Spooner’s at Bal­go­wlah I wasn’t im­pressed in the short ride but later Tony Hat­ton con­vinced me to buy a tradein that car­ried me for years on a 60km round trip to work and back. This was where it came in to its own. The 4.5 gal­lon fuel tank, the sim­ple main­te­nance and the en­closed chain were good. When Ron Shoe­mark was to sell his MZs, two 250 ETS Tro­phy Sports and two 250 ISDT repli­cas, I bought them. Ron also had a lot of new spares that I think he got when Will Green sold up in UK and I got them. Now that I had three 250 Tro­phy Sports I stripped them all and re­built them at the same time with all new bear­ings, seals, chains, tyre and spares etc. When they left the fac­tory they had Rus­sian bear­ings, chains, tyres etc and these were very poor qual­ity but once they had been re­built with good qual­ity parts they would last for­ever. Some en­gines had the orig­i­nal main bear­ings seize when the plas­tic cages broke up and all the balls con­gre­gated to­gether, but once re­built they were ex­cel­lent tour­ing ma­chines. The at­tached photo shows Jim Day wel­com­ing me to the Ve­lo­cette Rally in Ke­nil­worth, QLD af­ter rid­ing from home in NSW. When the Ve­lo­cette Rally was held in SA I rode it there camp­ing on the way. Push­ing into strong head­winds across the Hay plains I was of­ten in third gear and wor­ried about my fuel con­sump­tion. In 1976 they fit­ted the five speed gear­box that I needed. When the Ve­lo­cette Rally was held at War­rnam­bool in Vic­to­ria I rode it there and home via the Great Ocean Road. You would not get a bet­ter long dis­tance vin­tage tour­ing ma­chine.

I sold one of the others that I had re­built to a chap in Mel­bourne some time ago and hadn’t heard from him un­til one day he phoned to see if I would sell him one of my ISDTs that he had seen and he told me that he loved it and used it a lot. The peo­ple who call them ugly have not rid­den one. The tank shape and seat­ing etc is just right. The Fac­tory work­shop man­ual tells you how to fix ev­ery­thing and I have it on disc. By the way Ron Shoe­mark isn’t the only side car ex­po­nent as you can see in the at­tached photo. An­drew Dun­can Wil­ton, NSW Thanks for the let­ter An­drew – you’re our Rari­tee T-shirt win­ner for this is­sue. – Ed.

An­drew and his MZ are greeted by Jim Day on ar­rival at the Ve­lo­cette Rally in Queens­land. An­drew’s early ex­per­i­ment with side­cars.

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