For 15 years between 1994 & 2009 these basic two stroke singles provided me with commuting and winter transport. In total I rode 70,000 miles on these smokers from East Germany.
In January 1994 I found myself commuting on icy roads on my FJ1200. Realising that this was not a good idea I got the little ETZ125 from my brother. The bike proved to be an adequate commuter for a couple of years. It's memorable achievements were getting me to work in December 1995 when the temperature fell to -15 deg C and completing a 400 mile round trip to a rally at Applecross in the north west Highlands.
Prior to the CBF250 I rode a pair of MZ Saxons (250 & 300 cc). Over the years the two bike eventually morphed into one. They were well suited to the horrors of a Scottish winter. The best feature of the bikes was the enclosed chain. Rubbers tubes and a plastic cover protected the chain against the elements. The bikes were mostly reliable but both suffered gearbox failures due to the use of crappy bearings.
|The little MZ laughs at winter weather|
|Touring with 10 bhp. At least you have time to look at the scenery.|
|Saxon on its way to Applecross|
|It didn't often look this shiny|
|Some repairs were occasionally required|
|Honey, I'm home!|