MZ TS 250/1 1978 in Blue For Sale

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TS 250/1
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hastings, East Sussex, United Kingdom
Super 5
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Five-speed manual
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Description MZ TS 250/1 1978 in Blue

MZ TS 250/1 Super 5 - the one to have.
This is one of the best available models of the increasingly collectable MZ motorcycles
The bike in itself has an interesting story and after nearly 37 years, it has been completely restored, nut and bolt, back to better than when it left the East German factory in 1978.
It started out being purchased in Edinburgh from Vic Allen motorcycles in West Lothian on the new 'T' registration in 1978. I have copies from the DVLA archive showing all the owners since the first.
The bike ended up with a rather gifted teacher who organised his pupils in a girls school to restore the bike in the mid eighties and then sold it to The local Vicar who used it for the next 25 years! I bought the bike from him 5 years ago and, with my mechanic friend, completely restored it, nut and bolt, ground up restoration. There is more history I have gained and I have written all this down in a portfolio. The bike has been subject of two magazine articles, one for The MZ Riders Club and another for The British Two stroke club; both I recommend joining.
The Restoration
I have a portfolio of receipts for in excess of £2300 pounds.
All receipts, bills, invoices or even 'cash jobs' were accounted for and recorded. The bike was stripped completely, the frame and other components blasted, zinc and powder coat in black. The frame was sprayed with wax in all its tubes and a new vin plate added as a nice detail and the engine and frame numbers match as original. Every rubber, cable, and bolt not worthy was replaced and every bearing replaced along the way.
The speedometer shows 24651 miles and I have no reason to question this but it is academic; the engine and gearbox have been completely rebuilt with new bearings, piston and rings, seals, gaskets and pretty much all the gearbox internals. It has a new chain and sprockets with a slightly different cog on the front giving a higher cruising speed. A new exhaust was also fitted and the seat base painted and recovered with a new tool box lid.
The bike is completely rewired and benefits from 12 volt electronic ignition with all bulbs and battery upgrade so it's an easy starter from the ghastly 6 volt system! It has a new ignition switch and new keys for the steering lock and tool box.
The paint work really finishes it off. I stripped all the metal work. The mudguards are powder coated and all other parts were bear-metal sprayed in metallic Rover Trophy Blue. The tank, which was in excellent condition inside was Tapox ethanol sealed so forget about it now! It has new fuel tap and lines etc, etc!
To be honest, imagine that  every component was looked at and either replaced or reconditioned, that would be easier to explain! All I am guilty of is leaving a couple of bits, such as the speedo/rev-counter rings, the brake lever and one tank badge which were polished to retain some 'patina' rather than just completely renewing the whole bike! This is why I cannot claim concourse condition.
Also included is a rare factory manual, the obligatory dog-eared Haynes manual, two large photocopied files of factory repair manuals, all the receipts, the last three MOTs since it's been on the road, two old log books, two magazine articles, MZ riders data CD and, at one point, I will endeavour to put the many pictures of the restoration and the people involved with the bike (including the last two owners and a newspaper cutting about the vicar and the bike) onto a disc for posterity! This will be done.
At the end of the restoration, it was so nice I didn't want to use it! It's done 121 miles since last year and 38 from the year before. It has only covered 341miles since total restoration! I'm ashamed to say it's not run in yet.
The bike is taxed till 31/07/15 and MOT till 24/07/15.
This is a wrench to put this bike up for sale; it has no known faults, rides well and is ready to go with all the bits on it they should have. Just ride it and polish it. But be warned, you will be the next 'custodian' of this plucky little survivor with an interesting history on it's rejuvenated journey.............
Considering the crazy prices of Japanese and Italian classics, this is a little bargain and (I hate this word, 'Investment'). These bikes have been touring Europe for years and no one bats an eye lid - best kept secret in the bike world! Why buy a reasonable one and spend money on it when you can just pay a little more and get one completely finished wanting nothing.
Please feel free to call for further details: Paul on 01424 425441 but be patient as I work shifts, though I will get back to you. The bike is located in Hastings, East Sussex.
Payment by bankers draught or cleared funds please. I can use paypal if you wish.

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