September 17, 2014 at 9:29 pm #15484
I was in Berlin recently to help a friend celebrate a landmark birthday. Great city and as I was with Thumper and our great leader, ID himself and Rich from my recent biking adventures in Spain we couldn’t resist checking out the Museum dedicated to East German bikes produced behind the Iron Curtain during the cold war.
Tucked away in a little side street, surrounded by restaurants, the museum had three halls over two levels, packed with some great looking bikes and artefacts.
More than a hint of Ducati Paso here
The last of the line MZ, 1000S…looks good
Neat BMW single, there was also a virtual dead copy of this bike built in East Germany badged as a EMW, that is the lower picture. Note the red and while rather than blue and white badge
Nice headlight…MZ Trophy Outfit
Neat flat twin showing more than a hint of BMW
More than a hint of BSA Bantam here in these IFAs…the British bike was based on a German design, handed over at the end of WW2
The amazingly ccomprehenive toolkit supplied with ERA and latterly MZ bikes
MZ500 stroker – I think this was a home made special from two MZ250s…neatly done…looks factory
This rather funky take on the MZ250 of 1987 was never sold in the UK
Some pretty funky scooters on display too
Who needs a Fire Engine when you can have a Fire MZ!!??
Please chase me with this!
My personal favourite was this stunning Simson…I didn’t realise they made bikes like this in the Eastern Bloc
Note the position of the fuel tank and the luggage rack….stabilty, safety..pah!
Overall a cracking museum and well worth the €6 entry feeSeptember 18, 2014 at 10:10 am #68181imperialdataKeymaster
Yep, that’s a great museum, full of some unique bikes. Nice to go round one that shows some Eastern European history.
My favourite has to be that BMW R35 I think.September 18, 2014 at 12:08 pm #68182ThumperParticipant
I thoroughly enjoyed it chaps
Really fancied a go on the MZ500!September 18, 2014 at 9:44 pm #68183
I liked the EMW and your right a go on the MZ500 stroker would be great funSeptember 21, 2014 at 8:23 pm #68184
I was at the RAF Museum Cosford today…they have a collection of ultra rare missiles used, or under development by the Nazis in WW2. Some of them were made by EMW…May 27, 2019 at 9:34 pm #68185
I was pleased to see this superb museum has been featured in the UK magazine 'Bike' in this month's edition (July 2019)May 18, 2020 at 1:48 pm #72268999bluesParticipant
Awesome, added it to my bucketlist. Shame about the photobucket banner, pics look excellent.
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