Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Simson Schwalbe comeback

The Simson "Schwalbe", the pendant of the Italian Vespa of the former German Democratic Republic will have a comeback - not with it's 2-stroke engine but an electric motor. The electro moped, called "e-Schwalbe" will be launched on the market in summer 2011.

The original "Schwalbe" was built from 1964 - 1986 in Suhl, German Democratic Republic, and over 1 million mopeds were built. Waiting list for a "Schwalbe" was up to 5 years.
The beautiful "Schwalbe" has cult status in West and East Germany, where it is now as popular amongst enthusiasts as the VW Beetle and even more than the Piaggio Vespa

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Smoking MZ 1000 SF

This wooden model bike is made in the Ore Mountains in the state of Saxony, Germany, by a local craftsman. The bike is the famous big bike MZ 1000SF (SF means Street Fighter) made by the motorcycle manufacturer MZ Motorradwerke Zschopau. The bike comes with a smoking candle which you place in the engine bay and when burning, the smoke escapes through the pipes. Cool, isn't it?!