My old sidecar outfit. The only MZ Dark Star in existence.
This started life as an MZ Silver
Star, which had a 500cc Rotax engine mounted in an ETZ chassis with the frame
being used as the oil-tank. Single disc brake on the front and a drum on the
back. Adequate, but could have done with a bit more bite. It was hitched to a
Watsonian Stratford sidecar.
It would cruise along between 65mph -
70 mph all day. Fuel economy wasn’t too bad for an outfit, but if that is
something that concerns you then maybe you shouldn’t be riding a sidecar outfit
in the first place.
Loads of small modifications, as well
as car wheels and a bigger fuel tank. All the silver stuff was eventually replaced
with black, although I notice that the visible side-panel is still original
equipment at this point. As everyone kept commenting on how little of the bike was actually silver I had some decals made up which
read ‘Dark Star’ after the film of the same name
It was eventually broken up for spares after
losing an argument with a bus about who had right of way.