Tuesday, July 6, 2010

1976 Factory works CZ400


During the mid to late 1960's, the Czech factory had already won multiple World
Championships in the 250cc class with Joel Robert winning in 1964 and again
in the 1968 and 1969. Other World Champions with CZ bikes were Viktor
Arbekov in the 1965 (250 cc), and Paul Friedrichs in the 1966, 1967 and 1968 in
the 500 cc class. During the 1970's an early 1980's, the open class CZ's were
primarily campaigned by members of the Russian team. They enjoyed little
success rarely finishing in the top ten.

In 1975, at the Motocross des Nations held in Sedicany Czechoslovakia, The
Czech team consisting of Antonin Baborovski, Jiri Churavy, Miroslav Novacek
and Zdenek Velky won the over all beating a very strong Belgium team. The
first and last time a Czech Team has won the Motocross des Nations and it was
done on Czech soil, on Czech bikes!!!

"Works" CZ's featured sand cast magnesium center and outer cases. The
shocks are finned all the way to the mounting bracket. Preston Petty fenders
were standard items on the "works" CZ's in 1976. The air box is aluminum as is
the hand formed "peanut" style tank.

This bike has not been restored, only cleaned and touched up. Currently there
are no plans to take the process any further.

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