MZ ETS 250 G5

The MZ, manufacturer of the former GDR, with a factory in Zschopau (50 km from Dresden), is one of Germany’s most famous motorcycle brands. In the sixties, after building racing bikes with some success, the MZ begins the production of off-road motorcycles. In the seventies it dominates the regularity race, especially the “Six-Day”, the most important event of the specialty. Displacement greater the MZ will have two main rivals: the motorcycles built in the capitalist countries and those of the Eastern bloc (as the Jawa). The MZ is characterized by the simplicity and reliability: good shot at low and maximum power insignificant. The engine, derived from road bikes on the market, were not “designed” for racing. The spread of these bikes was greatly influenced by the commercial relations of East Germany but some specimens, passing from Britain, they arrived in Italy and competed with riders known as Carlo Rinaldi, Gigi Caroli, Romualdo Consonni and Pierluigi Mapelli. The latter, in October 1974, imported in Italy just the unit involved. Today this movement is part of the prestigious collection of Gramitto Alfredo Ricci, a great lover and President of the Historical Register Ancillotti.

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