Wednesday, 28 November 2007

What we don't get downunder here. MZ1000

We truly are a long way away from the rest of the world downunder here. Europe, UK and the USA have these bikes. The Australian MZ distributor is trying to get these passed through ADR for compliance. How long will this take? Who knows??

Anyway at least we down here can look at photos of them.
All the photos and specs came from

1000 SF

"The original German motorcycle manufacturer MZ is presenting 2 aggressive design studies in Munich. Based on the award winning MZ 1000 S, MZ presents at Intermot a Naked Bike with an aggressive Street Fighter look and feel, which will be launched into the market soon.
As announced by MZ's Managing Director, "The time has come for a Street Fighter made by MZ. We have asked our designer Peter Naumann to design an impressive Naked Bike which will be able to attract a new group of enthusiasts in the 1000cc segment. The result is fantastic and exceeds our expectations."

Engine liquid cooled: 2-cylinder inline, 4 stroke
Cubit capacity: 998 cc
Max. power: 83 kW (113 hp) at 9000 rpm
Max. torque: 98 Nm at 7000 rpm
Top speed over: 200 kph
front tyre: 120/70 ZR17
Rear tyre: 180/55 ZR17
Front brake: 320 mm double disc brake
Rear brake: 243 mm single disc brake
Front suspension: upside-down fork
Rear suspension: monoshock
Seat height: 825 mm
Wheelbase: 1445 mm
Weight w/o fuel: 210 kg
Max. load: 197 kg
Tank capacity/reserve: 20 l/5 l
Colours: orange, black
Also available in a 72 kW (98 hp) version

SuperTraveller: MZ 1000 ST

"The SuperTraveller is based on the 1000cc MZ model range. Other 1000cc MZ bikes are the sportsbike 1000 S and the naked bike 1000 SF SuperFighter.

Frame and fairing of the SuperTraveller are to a large extent identical with the MZ 1000 S that is produced in the Zschopau factory since 2004. The 4-stroke, inline twin engine is identical with the MZ 1000 SF SuperFighter that has been launched recently. The engine is tuned for torque (98 Nm) and has a top performance of 83 kW (113hp) at 9000 rpm.

The features of the new SuperTraveller have been designed for comfortable journeys: A different handle bar and low foot rests ensure that the seating position is absolutely perfect for long distances. The screen is 30 mm higher compared to the MZ 1000 S to grant more wind protection with an upright seating position. A new rear seat cushion provides more comfort for the pillion rider. Optimised clutch springs reduce the hand-force to operate the clutch by 20%.

In addition, the manufacturer offers a luggage system that can carry the luggage of 2 people for long journeys. The basis of this luggage system are two 40 l side cases that can be upgraded to total 120 l and 25 kg carrying capacity with an additional 40 l top case. A steering damper which has been developed especially for this purpose keeps the bike 100% stable with maximum load.
The name "SuperTraveller" is connected to the successful "Skorpion Traveller" that has been produced until 2000. Due to its reliability and high practical use, most of its owners still use the bike daily.

From May 2005 onwards the ST will be available from the German dealers at a price of Euro 10,290. The complete bike with 2 side cases will cost only Euro 10,790. After the launch into the German market the ST will be exported as soon as possible."

1000 S

"Passion...built this motorcycle. Uncompromising, sporty, Pure and dynamic. "State of the art" and more. It is time, time for the MZ 1000S.

Being one of the world's oldest motorcycle manufacturers is an obligation. For more than eighty years, successful in racing, successful on the road. And, after a long journey, MZ is prepared for tomorrow. Modern, Computer-based and with the toughest test circuit in the world, the Ore Mountains. In vehicle testing, the automotive industry is MZ's benchmark. At all times, in every respect MZ is more than a production plant, more than a factory, it's our passion. The future begins today...

Sporty, Dynamic, Passionate. The driving dynamics are awe-inspiring. The comfort is superior. The high performance engine in connection with a tubular chassis and a powerful brake system are for us a kind of condition and a distinctive character of the MZ 1000S. The design interprets classic design values in a future-oriented way. Desire for dynamics, And more.

Sophisticated aerodynamics and ergonomic technology saves energy. The intelligent lightweight construction provides more usable power and the innovative instruments delight through precision and ease of use. With its aggressive face, sharp body lines and distinctive tail section, the MZ 1000S takes us into a whole new motorcycle dimension with a new standard in motorcycle technology. A strong inline twin cylinder - 4 stroke - 999cc, 86 KW (117hp), 95 Nm engine powers a 6-speed cassette gearbox. A dual exhaust system with 3-way catalytic converter expels clean spent exhaust gasses. The MZ 1000S engine concept is unique in its alignment. The most powerful series twin cylinder inline engine worldwide. The sound is phenomenal. Optimum power development, low noxious emissions, low fuel consumption and all this at the same time. That is not only modern, it is new. That makes us not only proud, but the MZ also damned fast. Weight was saved everywhere but not compromised. We chose the strongest chain. Quality-coated with sealing rings, constructed for a long life. That's coming on strong for the MZ 1000S. The dual tube bridge frame made of highly stable chromium molybdenum steel (CMDT), allows extraordinary road performance. In contrast to other bikes, the MZ 1000S is not only designed for uncompromising sportiness, but also features fully adjustable suspension, sporty or comfortable - even individual. The upper and lower fork bridge is a high pressure alloy casting. The removable rear subframe is exchangeable in the event of damage. The advantages compared to aluminum constructions are impressive. Higher rigidity at an equal weight, more stability and a longer life. The dual- cantilever- swing arm is made of highly stable aluminum alloy and therefore extremely rigid. This makes sense. The optimal kinetics of the rear wheel suspension combined with the high quality, fully adjustable rear shock for individual chassis tuning. That is nearly ingenious. These principles are not only to be permanently felt when riding the MZ 1000S, they also make the bike absolute magic to ride.

The holistic design of the MZ 1000S glistens with engineering competence. Individual in both worlds - engineering and design, sovereign in every situation and from every perspective, dynamic in realization of power and appearance. Therefore the driving performance of the MZ 1000S is not only convincing, but purely addictive. This philosophy continues in the tail light design: the perspective for the others - that is the MZ 1000S. The high-quality suspension is fully adjustable. Rebound, compression and hydraulic spring preload are way above class standard. An external compensating nitrogen reservoir optimizes heat dissipation for consistent damping. Fully adjustable inverted forks work in an equally convicting manner. Suspending the MZ 1000S precisely and providing optimum control in every situation. The wheels continue the design concept. Patented and new: Twin System wheel, exclusively produced for the MZ 1000S. This revolutionary technology enables a 10% reduction in rotating mass compared to cast rims. Precisely balanced 3.5 x 17 front and 5.5 x 17 rear. A unique look and a magnificent technological feat, a feast for the eyes.

The brake system permanently proves the concept of the MZ 1000S, uncompromising. 320 mm full floating dual disk brake and four-piston caliper provide the stopping power up front. With a single 243 mm disc brake in the rear. It goes without saying that both brake and clutch levers are adjustable. The true build quality is reflected in the brake system, the MZ 1000S has one of the best. We believe that you should always have everything under control. The multifunctional electronic instrument with its individual design is extremely light weight and precise. Analogue speedometer and odometer with 8 control lights. Multi-function display with mileage, trip odometer, coolant temperature display, digital clock and warning flasher. Acoustic turn signal reminder via way/time registration (optional). A unique instrument in design, function and ergonomics. You could call it obsession, our love and lust for detail.

The MZ 1000S proves once again their top priority is high technical aesthetics in functionality and material engineering. Quite simply, perfect. Need we say more?"

Sunday, 25 November 2007

SR500 run, Sydney. But where are the SRs???….

The Sydney SR500 club guys had a ride on today. So I tagged along. Due to Telstra’s slack service I didn’t get the meeting place and time info till 8:30am via the SR forums. Thanks for PM’ing me Wizz954. So I had about 45 mins to get to Loftus from Granville. I made it with 5 mins to spare. At one stage I was down on the tank in behind the fairing. I have never laughed so hard on a bike before. It must have looked a sight with little fat me trying to get in behind the fairing.

I arrived at Loftus Oval, the meeting place, to see a BMW 650 sitting there. It was Milkman. Then curly001 rolls in on his much modified XT500. I look at the road tyres and how stripped down this bike is know that he is a quick rider. After about 10mins in rolls Wizz954 on his Fireblade.

Hmmm. I keep looking around for any SR’s. None have arrived. The 3 other guys all have SRs. But not on the road. Wizz954 races one. Curly001 has 3 in the garage, none road worthy. Milkman has one at home that needs working on.

It is soon decided that no one else is turning up. So off we head to the Royal National Park. Curly is leading us. Even with eye plugs in I can hear Curly’s XT. What a lovely sound it is to.

The road for the first half of the RNP is dry and a good pace is set. Soon we drop down off the plateau into the rain forest area. The road is damp in lots of places. Curly is off like a shot. Milkman on the old R65 is also getting away from me. I have only ridden the RNP twice on a solo. And that has been this year. I have done it with an outfit a few times a few years back but it is so different on a solo. I have backed off. Not that I could feel the front end get loose in the damp but I am not 100% with this road. Still going fast but no way can I catch up with the two in front of me. I also have lost sight of Wizz954 in my mirrors. He did get caught up by a guy on a Harley that was putting his foot down in corners. I bet the Harley guy didn’t want to scratch his footpegs. Hehehehe. Lots of bikes going back the other way. Most going fast. One guy on a new black R1 flew past. He was right into it.

Soon we are at Stanwell Tops. Heaps of bikes gather here. Today is no exception. All types and sizes of bikes come and go. 250s with fresh L plates riding with mates on 600s. Harleys cruise in. GXRs and R1s head off into the RNP. I much prefer the RNP over the Old Pacific. It is longer and the road is so much better surface wise. None of those wiggly fresh tarmac lines in the cracks on the RNP road that are so slippery. The RNP is narrower and can take a new rider unawares with some of the blind corners. But it does not have that stupid 50kmh speed limit that the Old Pac has.

After a break and a look at the beautiful scenery we head further south to the Scarborough Hotel at Scarborough. This hotel was opened in 1887. It over looks the ocean and has been restored inside and out. It is a great place to sit and chat and have a drink after a good ride.

After cake and drinks we head off for home via Bulli Pass. That’s when we come upon the push bike riders. They are on some form of official ride. There are so many of them all over the road. I see one pull up next to Curly and Milkman while we are riding though one of the villages. He is keeping pace with them. What?!. A break in the oncoming traffic sees us overtake a big bunch of them and off we go. Up Bulli Pass and onto the Freeway heading north for Sydney. Wizz954 had to get home fast so we all decided to head for home too. The Freeway is boring as usual. It’s just there to get you from A to B quickly. Wizz954 is off in the distance. Heathcote Rd comes up. A wave to the other 2 guys and turn off down Heathcote Rd. All too soon I am back mixing it with suburban traffic and am home.

I enjoyed today’s ride. All 3 of the guys are very good riders and I enjoyed riding with them. I was able to push myself today and know that I still have heaps to learn after all these years about my riding skills. I think I need to do the RNP a few more times and learn this road.

Telstra when do I get the SMS from wizz954 with the meeting info. He sent it last night and I still have not received it.

Sunday, 18 November 2007

Outnumbered this time.

There is an advantage to having a friend who not only owns a Skorpion but is also a member of the BMW Touring Club NSW. He invites you along on their rides. Thank you Bruce. Today’s ride was to The Dome which is between The Oaks and Oakdale for lunch.

You may have read the report I did on the last BM ride I went on. The one the MuZs out numbers the BMs. Not today. They turned the tables on us. Of the 10 bikes on the run. There were 2 MuZs, a Kwaka Ninja and the 7 BMs. It was great to see 30 year or more old R75s out with a K100Rs, a very modified R100, some later model GS’s and one very nice and new R1200ST.

We all meet up at the Caltex on the M4 at Blacktown. After a quick meet and greet, Bruce led us off. Heading west along the M4 we soon turned left onto Mulgoa Rd. Old man out for a Sunday drive held us up for wee bit. It was an 80km zone and he was just doing 60. He had the good sense to pull over and let us all past. The views along this route are good when you look off to the right and see the Blue Mountains in the not too distance. Look to the left and you see the heat and smog haze of Sydney. Roads are a bit rough with some not nice potholes. We both yelled in pain when we went into one. Just love NSW jackhammer roads. At least the corners made up for this.

Soon we arrived at The DOME. I laughed when I saw it. As you will see by the photo. Bruce had told us what it looked like. Boy did it stand out amongst the Aussie bushland. It is a mix of petrol station, take away food shop and $2 dollar shop. As it was lunch time some ordered hamburgers from the take away shop. As we sat around the tables outside and the hamburgers were opened a swarm of flies descended upon as. No sooner had the hamburgers been eaten that the flies disappeared. They must be trained to attack only when a hamburger is about. Besides the fliss it was good to sit around and chat with new people and enjoy their company.

After lunch some went their own way home. Some of us went up to Burragorang Lookout. This over looks Burragorang Valley that was flooded to create Warragamba Dam. All the people living in the valley were relocated. The village in the valley was left standing when they flooded the valley. As we are in a very serve drought you can see this by how low the water level is. Really hammers home why we have such strict water restrictions.

All too soon I had to leave and head for home. I travelled back via Picton, Camden, Leppington and Liverpool. It was far hotter the closer I got to home. Picton was like an oven.

To Bruce and the NSW BMW people. Thank you. We both had a great time with you all.

Here are the bikes that were on the ride today.

Saturday, 17 November 2007

Nice Sport. Very Nice indeed.

Douglas Roy, from the USA, has sent in some photos and details of his modified Sport. At first glance it looks like he has done very little if anything at all to the bike. This just goes to show how well he has changed the bike. Here is a list of what he has done to date.

Bike was bought new in September 1995

Current modifications:

Lighten subframe
Beastly rear bodywork
Sargent Seat cover
Lots of SS bolts to replace the stock rusted pieces
Jet kit ( foam filter) with stock air box - Cover removed
Foot pegs and foot controls intended for Yamaha R6 ( minor modification required)
Lightweight 5 amp hr battery
Race Tech fork valve with 1995 VFR fork caps to allow for preload adjustment
Barker exhaust headers with cheap end cans
Double bubble wind screen
Woodcraft clip-on's
Hella fuse block
Lightened read rotor
WP Shock (intended for the Replica)

Working on super light TZ 250 wheels for Spring of 2008

You sure have one very nice Sport there Douglas. Please send photos when the new wheels go on next year.

Friday, 16 November 2007

Hope for those of us that need spares...

Most of you MZ/MuZ owners would have used or known about BSA Regal in the UK and the fantasic service they supplied as a spares dealer for MZ/MuZ parts. They no longer supply spares for MZs.

There is now a new dealer in the UK for both MZ bikes and spares. GRAHAMS MOTORCYCLES

They has a small stock of Skorpion spares up on their site so far. Click here to see this. This is a sample of what they have...

Head race bearing kit for all Skorpion models

Price : £17.16
Stock Item : Yes

Front brake lever
Price : £16.09
Stock Item : Yes

Rear wheel bearing ( requires 2 )
Price : £6.30
Stock Item : Yes

They also have an eBay Store. This has no items listed yet.

Lets hope they will end up stocking a full range of spares so we can keep our Skorpions on the road for many years to come.

I am in now way contected with this shop.

17/11/2007 {EDIT} I emailed Grahams Motorcycles to let them know that I had put this artcile up about them. Besides being thankful for this they also passed on this info.....

"We have actually been an MZ dealer for 10 years and decided it was time for someone to have a good go at the MZ spares. So we have taken it on from BSA. As you have seen, there is a web shop, which i will be adding to daily when time permits ! We have lots of skorpion spares, including fuel tanks and body work. "

Monday, 12 November 2007

Postcards from 8... Trip to Finland...

Two more photos from Michael's trip to Finland. Thanks again mate for sharing these great photos.

Village of Framlingham , (Suffolk) like the lid on a Quality Street box of chocolates.

French town ; the correct name is Montreuil-sur-mer,
it was the headquarters for the whole British Army
under General Haig. It copped it heavily in WW1 .

Sunday, 11 November 2007

Postcards from 7... Trip to Finland...

More postcards from Michael Barnes. I have not yet asked him how many photos he took on this trip. Maybe I should ask how many memory cards he used. ;-) This time two shots from Aland Island group in the Baltic Sea.

An inter-island ferry; the outside. And; the inside.

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