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Strider
03-04-2015, 05:54 PM
And its appearing in the mag?? :eek::eek::eek:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Cafe-Racer-Jawa-CZ-250-Brat-Style-Flat-Tracker-Bobber-/181699287790?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_3&hash=item2a4e1f1aee

Brat Style Flat Tracker Bobber, all the bases covered then

Horrible horrible bikes, in the long list of what I have had, its the worst. Slow, shit brakes, blows head gaskets, snapped clutch cable with the stupid semi automatic gear shift, every month, a throttle cable every couple of weeks. Not even a proper kick start, the gear lever pushes in and then doubles back as the kick start.

Indicator and headlight controls are cheap and nasty and corrode if somone sneezes 5 miles away.

Someone must like them I suppose if there are bids on it :confused::confused::confused:

ironmike953
03-04-2015, 08:05 PM
I remember seeing one in a bike shop in the 80s. It sat there for two years I know of just collecting dust. Brand new. :D

BikerGran
03-04-2015, 08:12 PM
Someone must like them I suppose if there are bids on it


Reserve not met

Surprised? ;)

harry
04-04-2015, 10:27 AM
Oh Dear :eek:

Does he mean "advertised" in 100% ?

Friar Tuck
05-04-2015, 11:25 AM
CZ, the original ring a ding ding smelly two stroke! People actually bought them as well! Wasn't them that the gear lever also doubled up as the kick start?

Sir Ewok
05-04-2015, 11:49 AM
I had a 125, a lovely little get to work bike until I front ended a car with it. The only bike I had where the kick starter was also the gear lever was a Triumph Tiger Cub.

Strider
05-04-2015, 11:46 PM
CZ, the original ring a ding ding smelly two stroke! People actually bought them as well! Wasn't them that the gear lever also doubled up as the kick start?

Yep, and it had an arrangment of linkages that meant when you eased the gear lever to change, it was the same as using the clutch lever (it wasnt)

John Hopkins
06-04-2015, 05:04 PM
Is it a sign of my age that I think you could probably make a polymer type purse out of the rendered oils of a sows ear that may fool a lot of people into thinking it may be a silk purse..

Or is it just that I am as mad as a hatter..

John.

Strider
06-04-2015, 10:31 PM
Yes .......... but we forgive you :D

Crofty
23-04-2015, 10:06 AM
I quite like it... :eek:

cyberluddite
23-04-2015, 06:53 PM
I had the 125 and quite liked it (but then my previous bike had been a knackered Bantam). The chrome was crap but the lights were quite good for a 6 volter. Brakes were o.k if you set them up properly (full width TLS on the front.) The gear change/kick start was a bit fiddly, especially when you stalled it at the lights (though no more so than trying to get a modern Jap into neutral to restart in the same circumstance). And the footrests doubled as crash bars when you fell off it. Best of all was that they were CHEAP, so you get what you pay for.

And it took me three and a half years to blow it up!:o

Sir Ewok
24-04-2015, 12:59 PM
I had a 175 and hit a car head on with it, found the CZ weakness, which was the gearbox lay-shaft. It went out of true due to the impact and I slowly lost each gear till I only had first and top. Then the box started to seize up and as good fortune would have it, it got stolen. I loved that bike....before the accident, it was canary yellow and ran in all weathers. Being an impecunious apprentice at the time it was family transport and a workhorse for 4 tool bags.:D