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Photo ou archives : F-M. Dumas

Capacity : 125
Model : GS & MC
Production : 1973 - 1975
Category : (Off-Road) Enduro

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125 MC - 1973

Ruler of the motocross roost

In 1970, Zündapp decided to market competition models for motocross and enduro. This new machine used the same bottom end as the contemporary road bikes, but its completely new top end was derived from the machines that won the International Six Days' Trial. The new cylinder and head assembly was instantly recognizable by its oversized fins. The robust double cradle frame was inspired by the works machines.

Terror of the Circuits

Right from its launch, this machine was the terror of the German motocross circuits: The Zündapp MC took five consecutive German Championship titles, 1971 to 1975. In 1973, a 17 year-old Belgian rider named Andre Malherbe won the newly-instituted FIM 125 Cup, beating a Yamaha and another Zündapp 125 MC ridden by Schneider.

Absolute Domination

Malherbe repeated the feat in 1973, with Schneider in second place this time; the Zündapp domination was absolute. However, in 1975, the FIM Cup was abandoned, and the 125cc World Championship was officially created. Malherbe began the season well, but then injured himself, and was unable to defend his position. It was Gaston Rahier who became World Champion on a Suzuki, ahead of the Belgian rider De Roover, on his Zündapp. The success of the 125 MC was perpetuated on dirt with the 125 GS Enduro, which picked up many trophies, particularly in the ISDT. Even more astounding, the road-going 125 KS launched in 1971 used exactly the same frame and engine assembly as the 125 MC. What a bike!


Engine: 123cc (51x54 mm) air-cooled single-cylinder

Power Rating: 19 hp @ 7900 rpm

Valves: two-stroke

Fuel System: 27mm Bing carburetor

Transmission: 5-speed chain final drive

Suspension: Zündapp telescopic forks (front); swing arm with Koni dampers (rear)

Brakes: 5.9 inch Zündapp drum (front & rear)

Wheels: 3.00x21 inch (front); 3.50x18 inch (rear)

Weight: 218 lb

This bike, almost forgotten today, was the dream machine of privateers in 'its day, and left an enviable record of success.

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 :
- Les fiches originales sur papier
- Les photos et archives signées de mon nom en haute définition ou les documents originaux.
Me contacter sur info@moto-collection.org pour les conditions et droits d'utilisation.