1965 CZ 360cc Motocross
Frame no. C2620576
Engine no. 300576
If scrutinising yesteryears British Championship series it comes as a slight surprise to note that the first listing of a CZ rider wasnt actually until 1967, despite that these machines were already enjoying tremendous success in non-National events. In fact it was Dave Bickers the first official UK importer for CZ who finished 2nd and 4th respectively in the 250/500 Championship that year. At 250 World Championship level, though, CZ made the top six every year from 1962 onwards and, thanks to Joel Robert, ultimately gained 6 world titles. With many identical parts to the 250 models, such as single-sided magnesium hubs and twin low-slung silencers, larger machines are distinguished by their square cylinder fins and non-rounded engine casings. The CZ [standing for Ceska Zbrojowka] factory employed many resourceful engineers. Frequently short of the high-grade materials so readily available in the West the design of their motocross products concentrated on strength and simplicity. Nice touches abounded; a crankshaft mounted clutch for instance, and an unbreakable gearbox, features which reflected in their wide popularity. Professionally rebuilt prior to the present ownership the blue-tanked 360, weighing in at less than 100kgs, is an impressive sight, likewise the power, for [in the magazine test session described elsewhere] Andy Westlake soon found himself spread-eagled on wet grass
after applying too much throttle! Supplied with a quantity of spare mudguard blades, and an additional rear wheel. Offered without documentation.
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