When it came to the MZ Special, we’ve just been stumbled after the new shop, specializing in vintage, racing-inspired customs. But we were dead wrong.
It turns out that just a regular bloke: “I’m a 41-year-old hopeless motorcycle enthusiast, now amateur bike builder, from Brisbane, Australia. He is a woman of some kind. ”
A couple of years ago at a moto expo. Jeff knew he wanted a cafe racer. It was a bizarre — and surprisingly capable of — MZ Skorpion comes in.
Launched in 1994, the British chassis, the Italian chassis and the engine chassis - borrowed from the Yamaha XT660. Everything was assembled at MZ’s home base in Germany.
It is a world of the world’s most popular parts. It also became a curious-looking machine.
“The large-diameter-tube frame was a real standout — I hadn’t seen anything like it before,” says Jeff. “It reminded me of the frames of the 1960s Puch scooters and mopeds.”
Jeff snapped up a 99-model Skorpion Tour, “with no touch-up, electrical tape, cable ties, hope and WD-40.”
Despite the fact that, despite the fact that he was one of the most creative, After countless sketches, he finally stripped the bike out of sheer desperation.
“I had a lot of parts, more ideas, a bike that wasn’t usable, a builder’s block. This didn’t really help. ”
Ellaspede’s workshop. Ideas were exchanged, made sketches and emails sent back and forth. A clear brief was soon on the table.
“They’ve gotten the idea of taking it into my dreams,” he said. I’ve got a lot of bits and licked my wounds. ”
“It’s a bit of a lot of money.”
At least Jeff now had a clear direction. It was an outsource that was beyond his means.
It was sorting out the fair. It is a fact that it has been contacted by a fiberglass.
“When it came to your payment,” said Jeff, “It’s a trail of unanswered phone calls and emails. Eventually the internet has been made, ironically, from Germany. ”
This is a one-piece fuel tank and one-piece fuel tank. Jeff Shaping More hiccups ensued ...
“He couldn’t have brought him to tell me (or himself) he couldn’t,” says Jeff. "For the last seven months,
“John Allen, fabricator extraordinaire. The ex-Honda rider is the 80s and the early 90s, the former is the racer of the TZ750. And a just nice, modest bloke. ”
Adding it to the park, while it’s adding out, it’s necessary to make it work. “It’s actually humbling.”
In the meantime, Jeff had been busy with smaller details. Every part was cleaned, refreshed, refined, painted, replaced or right down to the last bolt. “Wynnum Bearings and Bolts were invaluable help,” says Jeff.
He also built his car for the bodywork. Once it was perfect, he sent it upholstery.
The finish on the levers is equally homemade. Jeff wrapped in a leather case, then it is enlarged. “The end result feels good offers good grip and was good fun!”
Off-the-shelf parts include, clip-ons, minimal posh switches and a lobster-tail exhaust.Radi Chroming to rebuild and re-chrome. They even carry new, vintage Paioli stickers, tucked safely under a clear coat.
There’s a new, adjustable Wilbers shock out back too. John helped relocate the rear frame mount. It was a junction. “It worked ... once.”
It was finally working for the 2000s. Roberto’s Custom Powder Coating.
Then Ellaspede re-entered the picture. “I hadn’t been able to make it happen, and I’m not sure how to make it happen. I needed them. ”
Ellaspede finished electrical work for him — including some additional fabrication, and even sorted out.
They also tackled the final fire-up, test and tune, finally helping to get around the finish line.
Jeff admits that he didn’t save it. But he learns a lot of a lot along the way.
“It’s not in the motorcycle land,” he says. “But for every John Allen there’s not a lot of dreamers.”
“If you’re an inspiration or motivation. Brisbane Café Racers and FB groups, members,
He adds that he adds up for his long-suffering wife, for his motivation.
But what you really want to know? “Honda MVX250 — a two-stroke V3.”
There’s a little more smoothly next time.