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Praga presents the Praga ZS 800 motorcycle

  • Praga, the Czech Republic based manufacturing and engineering company behind the Praga Bohema hypercar, launches the Praga ZS 800 motorcycle
  • A modern take on the iconic Praga BD 500, the reimagined model beautifully combines classic design with advanced production technology
  • The Praga ZS 800 weighs just 142kg,with itschrome molybdenum steel frame supporting an air-cooled, 773cc four stroke parallel twin engine
  • A limited run of28 motorcycles, with a premium price point of£75,550 (€86,000) each,is now available to order with deliveries starting mid-2023

Prague:Praga, the Czech Republic based manufacturing and engineering company, has launched the Praga ZS 800 motorcycle – a modern reimagining of the iconic 1928 Praga BD 500.

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Created by the same expert engineering team behind the acclaimed Praga Bohema hypercar, the new Praga ZS 800 combinesa suite of advanced motor racing production processes and materials with the character and design details of its 1928 BD 500 ancestor.

Sporting a chrome molybdenum steel frame and titanium exhaust system, as well as unique woven carbon wheels, the ZS 800 weighs just 142kg dry (158kgwet) and with its air-cooled, 773cc four stroke parallel twin engine, delivers a riding experience certain to stir the soul.

Praga will producejust 28 of the ZS 800, which are now available to order with deliveries starting mid-2023, and the first of these heading to a client in Dubai.

Modern vision with a 100-year heritage

In 1928, the first Praga BD 500 rolled out of the Breitfeld-Daněk factory in Prague. Seen as a modern motorcycle in its time, the design was initially conceivedby the young aviation designer andpassionate motorcyclist, Jaroslav František Koch.

Featuring one of the first ever four stroke DOHC engines designed by Koch, the BD 500 not only presented multiple innovative design features, but earnt its place in motorcycle history when Koch himself rode the bike from Rome to Prague, covering a distance of 1,480 kilometersin 35 hours and 40 minutes, setting a new endurance record.

Now, in 2023, history is repeating.

The brainchild of Jan Žuži, an engineerworking on the lightweight 700hp luxuryPraga Bohema hypercar, the ZS 800 began life as a passion project to create a BD500 remake.

Alongside fellow engineer Radek Šebesta, Jan developed the concept, combiningengineering expertise and dedication with Praga’s exceptional production capabilities and racing technology. And, so,the Praga ZS 800 was born, a modern reimagining that retains the character and design of its ancestral BD 500.

The Praga ZS 800: Cutting-edge technology applied to classic design

The Praga ZS 800 is amasterclass in craftmanship. A combination of the very latest production processes and ultra-lightweight materials brings this motorcycle to life.

Within achrome molybdenum steelframe rests theair-cooled 773cc four stroke parallel twin engine. The modern yet classicallystyled unit is lightweight and marries perfectly with the aesthetic of the ZS 800, offering beautiful architecture that resembles the original BD 500 engine structure, bevel gear cam drive, fuel efficiency, and complies with Euro 5 standards.

TheZS 800’s unique forged carbon wheels work in harmony with its hydraulic drum brakesystem – a system chosen to complement both the motorcycle’s style and performance. The hand-woven carbon rims area complex artistic pattern of overlapping carbon fibre with intricatecarbon tensioned spokes to emulate the look of the BD 500.

Asculptedfront forksits at the fore of the motorcycle; a structureonly made possible through five-axis machining and chromemolybdenum steel. Nestled within the fork is fully adjustableÖhlins suspension with a titanium spring that effortlessly delivers a smooth and exclusiveride.

With its 11.5Lfuel tank embellished with a forged carbon cover, the Praga ZS 800 has an incredible dry weight of just 142kg, complete with 50:50 weight distribution between the wheels – all of which culminates in anotablypoised ride.

The Art of Engineering: Mastering materials

The Praga ZS 800 is a product of skilled engineering and true understanding of complex, high-grade materials.

Titanium is used throughout the design, with almost every screw, axle, nut and bolt of the chassis and engine made from the lightweight,high strength metal. The exhaust system is also fully titanium and weighs just 4.8kgas a result – with select elements constructed using state-of-the-art 3D printing.

Premium materials such as duralumin alloys, noble chrome molybdenum steel and forged carbon are also incorporated into the ZS 800’s design. Dedicated to achieving the perfect structure, the engineering team utilises the very latest production processes to manipulate the complex materials, including over 300 hours of five-axis machining.

The ZS 800’s Chief Designer, Jan Žuži, said: “Strong and extremely lightweight materials – such as carbon, titanium, chromemolybdenum steel and aviation duralumin – enabled us to reimagine the rigid rear wheel suspension, the front swingarm fork, and the hydraulic drum brakes.

“These futuristic materials and Praga sports division’s latest production facilities have enabled us to transfer those elegant historical design elements to the present day, and to build a motorcycle with contemporary driving characteristics and a unique feel.”

The premium price point of £75,550(EUR 86,000 (excl. tax)) is testament to the intricate and tireless engineering that goes into everyPraga creation, including the limited run, £1.1m Bohema hypercar. With deliveries arriving from mid-2023, the Praga ZS 800 is a machine for both collectors and motorcycle enthusiasts alike.



Full specification


  • Engine type: Four stroke parallel twin cylinder, SOHC, four valves per cylinder
  • Bore & stroke: 77mm x 83mm
  • Capacity: 773cc
  • Compression ratio: 8.4:1
  • Exhaust: Titanium alloy


  • Gearbox: 5-speed
  • Clutch: Multi-plate wet, Manual


  • Power: 50hp
  • Torque: 65Nm


  • Seat: Single seater with Öhlins fully adjustable suspension unit
  • Fuel tank: 11.5 litre
  • Mudguard: Forged carbon


  • Frame: Chrome molybdenum steel frame – Swedish steel called DOCOL 15CDV6
  • Handlebars width: 800 mm
  • Handlebar circumference: 28.6 mm
  • Wheelbase: 1,435 mm
  • Rake: 27º
  • Trail: 100 mm
  • Seat height: 795mm


  • Front brakes: Hydraulic double simplex drum 200mm
  • Rear brakes: Hydraulic simplex drum 200mm


  • Front suspension: Girder front fork with Öhlins suspension TTX22
  • Rear suspension: Hard tail rear with Öhlins TTX air under seat suspension


  • Front wheel: r18” x 2.5” forged carbon wheel with carbon tensioned spokes
  • Rear wheel: r18” x 3.5” forged carbon wheel with carbon tensioned spokes
  • Front tyre: Dunlop Roadmaster TT100 GP 100/90-18 56H F T TL
  • Rear tyre: Dunlop Roadmaster TT110 GP 130/80-18 66H R TT
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