CZ makes a return at the Czech MXGP

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If you are under 30, you’ll probably never ever heard of CZ. But if you are a tad older you probably have memories of the clunky, yet effective bikes that came out of Czechoslovakia. While never very popular as road bikes outside the former Eastern block countries, the bikes were much more commonly seen in off road competition from motocross to the infamous International Six Day Trial.  In fact America’s first World Motocross champion Brad Lackey started his international Racing career aboard a CZ!

Brad Lackey started his international Racing career aboard a CZ

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But after years off the radar, the former world championship winning machines are back – and how!

It seems that the owner of the Italian-Czech society, the almost predictably named Alessandro Ferrari is a big motocross fan, so his company, which is based in the equally brilliantly named Slusovice has put together a stunning looking machine for 2016.

CZ MAKES A RETURN AT THE CZECH MXGP

The 300cc two stroke which uses an aluminium perimeter frame much like the TM300 or the infamous Honda CR250, has been put together to compete in the EMX300 races in the forthcoming Czech GP at Loket.  The championship is currently being led by the flying dutchman Mike Kras but British veteran and former British MX champion Brad Anderson sits in a comfortable third on his bored-out Yamaha YZ250 for the Gloucestershire based GL12. The series has re-ignited two-stroke racing within the world championships, even if the 300s are only competing for a European title on a reduced schedule compared to the big boys in the MXGP and MX2 classes.

 

The 300cc two stroke CZ motocross bike
CZ first competed in the World MX championship back in 1958

CZ first competed in the World MX championship back in 1958, initially starting with four-stroke machines. With little success on the thumpers, the factory moved to two-stokes and from that point never looked back.  They clocked up seven world titles and also took the Motocross of Nations title back in 1975, before eventually bowing out of the world stage in 1985.  In that time, their bikes were ridden by MX legends from Joel Robert and Roger de Coster to Gaston Rahier and Guennadi Moisseev, Russia’s only world mx champion.

Over the same period, CZs were the bike of choice for many enduro and off-road riders, favoured for their awesome power and bullet-proof engines. The competed in every off-road race from the Baja 500 to the ISDT and had legions of fans all over the world. Despite this, the factory was unable to keep up with the budgets of the Japanese competition and eventually stopped production in 1991.

The emergence of a great looking bike for 2016 will warm the hearts of former fans, but don’t pin your hopes on a return to the big time for the former champions. The looks like a one-off, but all the same it’s a damn fine looking one!

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  1. CZ is still an active company, making transmissions and guns. I’ve long been a fan of Czech engineering. The Czech’s seem combine German precision without the sometimes fiddly hard-to-maintain stuff Germans design. I have two Jawas, a 353 and an ISDT. I have a 1974 250 CZ Enduro with no engine in which I’m going to insert a 380MX engine. I’d like to find a Tatra I could afford.

    1. I raced in district 7 in 250 expert on a yellow tank 250. Finished every moto it started.

  2. I’d love to snag a Falta Replica CZ…such fond memories. I also shoot a CZ pistol in USPSA matches…it just feels right.

  3. Love my 74 cz 400 still own it and restored it ! Great running bike and very strong thanks cr high perf !

  4. I had a 1972 CZ 250. Loved that bike. I rode it in the desert sands of Baja, the snows of the Sierras and every kind of terrain inbetween. I loved that bike. Alas it got destroyed in a house fire.

    1. I’ve got a 1972 CZ 250 MX for sale if you are really interested. It is a matching numbers machine and needs to have a bit of TLC to bring it to a good level of reliability, but it is complete otherwise.
      Drop me a note if you like.

      1. Author

        We don’t normally take classified ads, but for a 72 CZ we’ll let it slide! Hope you sell the bike Bob

        Julian

  5. Hi all I am 72 now and still have 4 CZ motor cycles they are 72 250 mx 72 380 mx 76 400 mx centre port and a 513 250 mx I was actively racing until 18 months ago but it got too expensive so I just parked the bikes I also have 1956 Jawa was a road bike converted to a scrambler, I have an adventure bike now and just go out on trips on it. Motorcycling is still my fun but I am a lot slower now and more careful as it hurts more now.

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      Good work Guy – slow and careful is a good plan at any age, but at 72 it’s perfectly understandable – I guess you’ve ridden more than any of us!

      Thanks for your input

      Julian

  6. Hi. I have some pictures from racing CZ from 1974 till 1983 I was last CZ factory rider who raced on 1983 CZ on 250 GP in France with Guennadi Moisseev ( he couldn’t even qualify )
    then was not possible to ride that bikes ( CZ factory bike where like two years old Japanese production ) , at home we where riding Japanese bikes since 1981 but the Communist regime wasn’t very supportive !! where should I email some pictures ?

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