Model: 1969 MZ ES 250/2
It is one of the classic models by MZ. MZ stands for Motorradwerk Zschopau. Zschopau is where the factory was located. The ES model series was manufactured between the years of 1956 to 1978. Only the “Trophy” variation had the Art Deco tank / headlight combination. It looks square from the front. The 250/2 version was only built between 1967 and 1969 and is the more rare of the two. They are easy to ride, very reliable and quite quick. The model is best known for its Art Deco.
In the pantheon of oddball motorcycles, the MZ ES reigns supreme. Built in the former German Democratic Republic, it was nicknamed the “TV lamp” on account of the enormous square headlight. Here are a few subtle upgrades: a modern 12V ignition system, a new carburetor and military-style seating.
Motorcycles by MZ are renowned for rusting away: very little plastic was used in their construction, and East German steel was not of the best quality in the 1960s and 1970s. The MZ can reach 120 kph (75 mph).