Meet the 1969 MZ ES 250/2, the pride of the German Democratic Republic. Is this the ugliest motorcycle ever made?

1969 MZ ES 250/2

MZ motorcycle In the pantheon of oddball motorcycles, the MZ ES reigns supreme. Built in the former German Democratic Republic, it was nicknamed the “TV LAMP” on account of the enormous square headlight.

1969 MZ ES250/2 (Photo by Kim Scholer) "In the late 1950s the role of motorcycles was changing. Not just utilitarian transport anymore, bikes were being ridden more and more just for the pleasure of riding. One of the few brands that kept making motorcycles that were about function first and foremost was East German Motorradwerk Zschopau, commonly known as MZ motorcycles." (Motorcycle Classics September/October 2011)

The Iron Pig: 1969 MZ Motorcycle - Classic German Motorcycles

The Iron Pig: 1969 MZ Motorcycle - Classic German Motorcycles - Motorcycle Classics

Oldtimer, Klassiker - MZ ES 250 02 mit Beiwagen

Oldtimer, Klassiker - MZ ES 250 02 mit Beiwagen

MZ ES250/2

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Miss Ceylon 1965 – Shirlene de Silva with a MZ ES 150 Motorcycle shot in Ceylon, in the Der Deutsche Straßenverkehr of July 1965. MZ was a manufacturer in Zschopau, Saxony in former Eastern Germany, famous for its motorcycle industry such as DKW. Began in 1962 ES125 / ES150 series, had the highest production rates of any German model & was the first motorcycle to feature an asymmetric low beam headlight pattern in the classic streamlined shell that became the hallmark box light of the brand.

MZ ES 150 Motorcycle shot on-location - in Ceylon appearing in the cover page of the July 1965 issue of ‘Der Deutsche Straßenverkehr’. Model: former miss Ceylon Shirlene De Silva

DDR Museum - Museum: Objektdatenbank - "Werbebroschüre MZ" Copyright: DDR Museum, Berlin. Eine kommerzielle Nutzung des Bildes ist nicht erlaubt, but feel free to repin it!

DDR Museum - Museum: Objektdatenbank - "Werbebroschüre MZ" Copyright: DDR Museum, Berlin. Eine kommerzielle Nutzung des Bildes ist nicht erlaubt, but feel free to repin it!

Mz ES Trophy 1968

Mz ES Trophy 1968

FOTO - galerie MZ-center MOTO Centrum motorek, motorkářů a fandů motocyklů MZ

FOTO - galerie MZ-center MOTO Centrum motorek, motorkářů a fandů motocyklů MZ

Fotka uživatele MZ Zschopau.

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