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Capacity : 250
Model : TS 1
Production : 1979 -
Category : (R) Street Bike


250 TS / 1 - 1979

The last real utility bike

Now that all the Western marques have followed the lead of the Japanese towards sport and leisure bikes, only the Eastern European countries remain rooted in the utility market. With no great competition in this area, and thanks to highly competitive pricing, these ex-communist manufacturers have succeeded in holding on to their export markets. That is particularly so with the East German firm MZ, based at Zschopau in the old DKW factory.

A Slow Starter

The first version of the 250 MZ appeared in 1956; it was a modern design for its day with swinging arm rear suspension; it was more original than the 125 directly derived from the DKW. The new design, retained the basic qualities of the lead-in model: remarkable comfort and excellent reliability.

Obsolete from Day One

It was, on the other hand, already obsolete on the mechanical front, despite its new five-speed gearbox. The new design, with the very square-cut engine silhouette, could not conceal the fact that the rider still needed to mix oil with the fuel. Its principal originality lay in the engine mounting. It was bolted at the rear and fastened to the frame by a flexible mounting on top of the cylinder head. A comfortable touring bike, the 250 MZ attracted many adventure-loving riders who rode it to the four corners of the world. It was also available with a particularly well-conceived light sidecar. The 250 MZ is still marketed, though today it has separate lubrication and a front disk brake.


Engine: 244cc (68x65mm) air-cooled single-cylinder

Power Rating: 19 hp @ 5500 rpm

Valves: two-stroke

Fuel System: 30mm VEB carburetor

Transmission: 5-speed; final drive by enclosed chain

Suspension: telescopic arm (front); swinging fork with twin spring-damper units (rear)

Brakes: 6.3 inch drum (front and rear)

Wheels: 18 inch (front & rear)

Weight: 285 lb

Maximum Speed: 75 mph

Only the deluxe version of the 250 MZ was exported.

Le fichier Moto Passion réalisé par François-Marie Dumas réunit près de deux mille photos accompagnées d'un historique très complet des machines présentées.
Il sera progressivement mis à jour ici et toute information complémentaire est la bienvenue sur info@moto-collection.org.

Cette documentation unique, qui constitue sans doute l'encyclopédie la plus exhaustive jamais écrite sur l'histoire de la moto, a été réalisée avec l'assistance de nombreux spécialistes dont principalement Didier Ganneau, Christophe Gaime, Mick Woollett, Jean Goyard, Bernard Salvat, Christian Rey, Yves Campion, Helmut Krackowizer, Michael Dregni, Michel Montange, etc. que je remercie ici.

Disponible sur demande :
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Me contacter sur info@moto-collection.org pour les conditions et droits d'utilisation.