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Old 04-28-2015, 10:00 AM   #1
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'94 MZ (MuZ) Silver Star 500 Gespann

So ... I have an opportunity to buy this very inexpensively. It's a 1994 MZ Silver Star, with a factory sidecar (Velorex 562). From a mechanical perspective, it's been sitting for years. It was last run probably 4 years ago, but as you can tell it's never really run for very long. It' only has a bit more than 1.5K on the clock ... and the 'clock' is in Km. It's a 500cc Rotax Single.

It would be for tooling around the town and toting the kids to school. Hopefully, when I've had my fun I can pass it on to someone else again ...

Does anyone have experience with these? The company is in bankruptcy and parts will be getting difficult. The Rotax engine is bulletproof ... and I'm guessing that I will be able to get parts for it, which may satisfy the need.

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Old 04-28-2015, 10:08 AM   #2
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Old 04-28-2015, 11:22 AM   #3
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The fact that I can still keep my 1951 International L112 on the road has given me the confidence to buy less daunting projects like this one without thinking twice. Most likely there are owners clubs to network with and more people than you would think sitting on part stashes, the fact that the motor is Rotax and so much on the bike can be maintained with generic parts if it were near me and cheap I'd scoop it!
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Old 04-28-2015, 11:42 AM   #4
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Don't know anything about the MZ brand but nice looking outfit. For your intended use probably be a lot of fun. Please spend the time learning and practicing piloting a 3 wheeler before hauling your kids in it.
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Old 04-28-2015, 12:14 PM   #5
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OK ... and yes this would be my first hack, so there will be a some learning involved with it. Good news though, I like BMW Airheads so I'm naturally a bit slow.

As in speed of travel.

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Old 04-28-2015, 12:53 PM   #6
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I would be all over that. The silver star was the best looking of the mz bikes that came out that year. The Saxon tour and the dual sport country were the others and just looked a little odd. Looks great with the sidecar too. Buy it now!
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Old 04-28-2015, 01:01 PM   #7
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Go for it Fred!!!
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Old 04-28-2015, 05:34 PM   #8
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Wish me luck. Gonna have to talk the wife into this one ... maybe she'll like it.

I'm also a dreamer, you know.

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Old 04-28-2015, 06:34 PM   #9
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Good luck

It's been fitted with a rear rim that takes car tires. And that right there is a major money saver.

Bit of elbow grease to address the flaking paint on the tub, and you're in business.


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Old 04-28-2015, 08:39 PM   #10
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Let me know if you decide to pass , I have several Rotax single bikes now and like them.
I also have an SR500 Yamaha with a hack. The MZ will probably perform in a similar fashion to the SR. You should be able to maintain 55-60 , no problem and top out above 80 mph. The MZ will be smoother , the Rotax is counterbalanced unlike the Yamaha.
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Old 04-29-2015, 05:41 AM   #11
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Beater, I read your R80RT to GS conversion thread, enjoyable read and I really like the way the bike turned out!
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That is a good looking rig! Go for it!

One pipe for each exhaust valve?

Belt drive? That might be challenge to find.
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Old 04-29-2015, 06:28 AM   #13
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Beater, I read your R80RT to GS conversion thread, enjoyable read and I really like the way the bike turned out!
Thanks! That bike started with 19K on the Odo, and now has about 56K. I will never sell it. This upcoming winter she will undergo the knife again for a frame swap, and general clean up to correct some of the 'quick fixes' that I did to get her on the road. In any case, she's been a wonderful companion!


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Let me know if you decide to pass , I have several Rotax single bikes now and like them.
I also have an SR500 Yamaha with a hack. The MZ will probably perform in a similar fashion to the SR. You should be able to maintain 55-60 , no problem and top out above 80 mph. The MZ will be smoother , the Rotax is counterbalanced unlike the Yamaha.
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Good to know. Out of curiosity, how available are parts for the engine? This is a '94, 500cc ... was that a 'common' Rotax?

On a side note, the engine has been sitting for a while ... what would you do as an initial startup procedure? Clean carb? Change oil? Filter?

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That is a good looking rig! Go for it!

One pipe for each exhaust valve?

Belt drive? That might be challenge to find.
I haven't put my hands on it yet. One of the reasons that I'm getting a good deal is that the bike has been sitting for a while, and the owner doesn't want to mess with it. The owners a friend, and has 20+ bikes and I do believe him to be honest. "Ran when parked", gas drained, oil still in it. Etc.

So .. I'm unfamiliar with 'belt drives' ... but aren't there some generic manufacturers for them? Granted that does seem to be a connection part that would wear ... hmmm ...
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Old 04-29-2015, 07:12 AM   #14
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Iron Horse Motorcycles in Tucson was a dealer for MuZ where I saw my first and only Silver Star in 1996. They just might have some parts still on the shelf.
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Old 04-29-2015, 07:20 AM   #15
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I have owned one just like this one three times now, The original owner has owned it twice. Not that there is any problems with these bikes, people just have either lost interest or moved onto a larger rig. Fun little bike however for me the over all size is a bit small, fits my wife better. Fit and finish is very good on the bike. Well thought out rig however the Velorex is still very light even on this small bike so we kept 50 LBS of ballast in it when we did not have a passenger. As MZ purchased pretty much every thing from other companies it should be no problem keeping it going. The engine is a Rotax.
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