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Old 7 Apr 2007
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am I crazy? MZ ETZ 251

hi folks
Am I really crazy? or

considering a 1991 MZ ETZ 251 (11000Km)for a one year tour
Looks like a very simple engine, a tough bike (and aparently quite off road aspirations.... or am i ????
a budget that fits me...
a look thats.....
Anybody did experienced this bike? ( or should I simply stick to my XT ?????????????????
Thanks for sharing any experience
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Sure your crazy

So admit it and go ahead.
where are you headed on your one year tour? Heres where I was last night.
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somewhere less cold

somewhere less cold than your location, I Hope...
I don't like a to elaborated planning... I like the improvisation
But a A few things on my" I want to do....

Nord of India (plan to leave the bike there and rent bikes further on)
SE Azia
and Australia
I have an apointment in New zealand in january 2008
so far my planning.....
Still hesitating to drive to Turkey passing trough the nord of Afrika or to follow the old Hippie trail ( like I did a century ago)
oh yeah (we go two on one Bike...
So the MZ still an option.....???????????????????

Where are you ????? looks pretty cold
what are you driving with??? looks pretty havy
Take care and...Who knows
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Hello from Montana USA

This photo is about 30km from my house. The bike is a 1980 550cc kawasaki 4 cylinder. This is spring time in Montana 200km north of yellowstone national park. Something to consider is spare parts for your traveling bike, are they available and how much to ship to other countries.
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Go for it! Had thought about using one myself but went for an Enfield in the end. As a thought you can get spares for them in quite a few countries around the place so that should make things easier, but then they're simple so not a lot should go wrong.... Another plus is that the carnet deposit should be really low!
Only worry I would have is using it two up - fine without camping gear but if you decided to camp as well you'd be pretty well loaded up for a small bike. You could sort that problem out with a small trailer though - there's always a way around these things!
look forward to seeing the blog.
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Smile Not crazy after all...or

hello again
I must admit....after consulting MZ websites...chatting with MZ owners ....and somebody usely on the back of my bike

I cracked for.........XT 600 (with anatomical seat adaptions to my beloved for her pain in the @


Thanks folks for the great advice and more but , the confort (the sound the vibrations) and the @ of my beloved...
sometimes its hard ...but MZ
See U...
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