A Motorcycling Icon

Čezeta's history started in 1957 at the height of the space age when Czechoslovakia was the world's greatest motorcycle producer. It's radical rocket design comes from Jaroslav František Koch - motorcycle racer and engineer who designed the first Čezeta and called it the 'Type 501'.

The Čezeta Koch created is an iconic design all over the Soviet world, becoming famous as the "Communist's Vespa". Recognisable for its aerodynamic look, it captured the excitement of Sputnik, Gagarin and all the wonders of the 1950s space age. Everything about his design captured young Czechoslovaks dreams of a future filled with technological wonders. At home in Prague, we gave it its nickname - The Pig - because of its big round nose.

Its looks charmed the world in the 50s and 60s with over 120,000 being sold. Many of these vintage bikes are still in use today such was their quality (check #Cezeta on Instagram).

In 2013, Čezeta was restarted by Neil Eamonn Smith as an electric scooter (the announcement video Because good things should continue is shown below). This launched in 2018 with the first-series of 30 test scooters. From Spring 2019, the 506 is available across Europe to rent or buy.

Free for Life

Neil Eamonn Smith

"My reasons for building a new Čezeta (after 60 years!) started exactly the first time I saw one. It's one of those things that somehow makes you smile because it's such a charming and quirky thing. That it's knicknamed 'the Pig' by Czechoslovaks makes it all the better :)

After one minute for the idea, it took another 10 people and 3 years to begin the business making the bikes. I'm very grateful to them, they did a great job, and the result is one of the best electric scooters in the world. I really couldn't have asked for more.

The Čezeta 506 is only the first step to our ultimate goal to provide 'total fossil-free transport'. For cities and suburbs it would be a perfect clean air transport solution. We already know how to power the 506 entirely from solar panels and will be showing how it is possible at exhibitions in Europe in 2019. Contact us for details if you want to meet me at one.

Keep manufacturing local. Use sustainable technologies. Pay workers fair wages. This is what we do. Please support us to be successful in delivering these promises."

Model History

The four manufactured models of Čezeta.



The first model, a revolutionary design that became an icon of the 'Brussels style' of the time. A rare example of a luxury product from a communist country.



The second generation brought many new innovations, including proper suspension, higher performace and an exciting innovation that is standard today - a starter motor.



The enduring Čezeta 'rickshaw' was a long-lasting curiosity as the luxury 502 was transformed into production for farm workers.


S.R.O.(CZ.01.1.02/0.0/0.0/17_109/0011087) is co-financed by the European Union.

The award to čezeta motors s.r.o. is for introducing product and manufacturing innovation in the town of Prostějov in the Olomouc region.