The abbreviation ‘CZ’ stands for Česká zbrojovka, a motorcycle brand that originated in the former Czechoslovakia. In 1948, CZ merged with Jawa, a competing Czechoslovakian motorcycle manufacturer. This allowed CZ to become a top-selling brand, becoming well known for its powerful two-stroke off-road motorcycle. By the 1970s, with the advent of inexpensive Japanese motorcycles, ČZ lost an increasing share of the motorcycle market. In 1993, Italian motorcycle manufacturer, Cagiva, acquired CZ, but by 1997, the CZ brand went out of production due to Cagiva’s financial difficulties.