Last Call: Orange You Glad I Didn't Say Banana Tank? Edition

Nothing says young romance better than playing a recorder while reclining on an MZ ES50. At least that is, if you were an East German in the sixties.
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  1. mve Avatar

    Don’t do it, kid. She’s dangerous!
    The girl is trouble, too.

    1. nanoop Avatar

      Come on, how can you judge her!
      She’s probably a reliable friend, faithful, fun, maybe a bit too kittenish (then), and when it’s cold – she’ll always start.

  2. dead_elvis Avatar

    That’s an old analog vape pen, not a recorder.

  3. Batshitbox Avatar

    Motorcycle Engines You Should Know:
    The 2012-16 Motus ‘Baby Block’ MV4
    Motus is a boutique, hand built all-American manufacturer. They worked with Pratt & Miller to design an engine they unabashedly admit has its roots in the small block V-8. They pride themselves on having used one of the most commonly available oil filters on the market today, and eschewed more complicated injection systems for the tried and true. While its architecture is pure muscle car, with pushrods shoving 2 valves per cylinder and a 90 degree V, they gave it a ‘Big Bang’ firing order (1-4-3-2). That approach delivers power in pulses, which allows the driven wheel to hook up again if traction is overcome. (This is a good thing, because Motus motorcycles don’t have traction control, because Bubba.)
    Having developed this power plant, Motus is open to applying it to other applications. With the gearbox it measures L 26″ W 20.3″ H 28″ and weighs 225 lbs (internet says a Hayabusa motor w/tranny is about 200 lbs) It puts out 125-ish ft-lbs around 5000 RPM and peaks at 165 – 180 HP in the 8000 RPM neighborhood. With the firing order, that sounds very distinctive.
    So, how long before someone hangs one off the front of one of those new Morgan trikes?

    1. Batshitbox Avatar

      It being Tuesday, maybe you want to check out their motorcycles, too

    2. Vairship Avatar

      How long before someone uses it in a Locost?

  4. Windbüchse Avatar

    Great pic. My son and I have been bitten by the side hack bug ourselves…

    1. spotarama Avatar

      great way of proving to yourself that even the worst handling motorcycle can be made worse

      1. Windbüchse Avatar

        Synergy of parts, price/performance ratio and keeping an autistic teenager happy fulfills the mission of this vehicle. No other proof necessary…

  5. mzszsm Avatar

    Pretty sure that’s a baby carriage out in front, this photo is great, inspires a lot of questions and imagination, thanks Rob!

    1. Tanshanomi Avatar

      Perhaps there’s less intrigue there than you think. Doll carriages were pretty popular with young girls for many years.

  6. tonyola Avatar

    That’s not a recorder she’s playing. It’s a variant of the Melodica. I used to have one as a kid.

    1. mve Avatar

      I never knew what melodica was until The Office. Thanks, Ricky Gervais.

    2. Bradley Brownell Avatar
      Bradley Brownell

      I came here to say this.

    3. Maymar Avatar

      The melodica gave us this. That’s all I really (need to) know about them.

  7. mseoul Avatar

    The MZ was/is a great bike! I had a TS250 like this one in link, new, in early 80’s Poland and it was a great tourer. The big fuel tank was handy for the fuel shortage days on road trips!