2005 MZ660 Baghira — Motorcycle USA

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MUZ Baghira 660 Black Panther

2005 MZ660 Baghira

The firm MZ has been making since 1922. We decided to one of its latest offerings the Baghira, but in to really test its enduro we had to throw it out onto the dirt.

You may not be familiar with the oldest motorcycle company on the planet, but we It’s called MZ and it’s building and racing motorcycles 1922. With a combined 45 and GP championships to its credit, it’s to say they know a thing or two building an off-road weapon, or at they used to.

That the question everyone wants to How good is the MZ Baghira enduro? what we’re here to out.

After sampling the version of the MZ Baghira earlier year, we patiently waited for a unit to become available, and it did we gave it hell. Before we get the nuts and bolts of the test, take a look at the history of particular machine.

Back in MZ introduced two new liquid-cooled bikes to line-up that utilized the XTZ660 Single as a powerplant. The Tour and Sport models their Seymour/Powell-designed double-beam frames paved the way for the creation of the Baghira models that be released two years later.

A investment from Hong of Malaysia allowed MZ to develop the as a replacement for the single-minded Skorpion with the intention of revitalizing role in the international motorcycle The Baghira was, and still is, in two different versions, the Enduro and the latter known as the Mastiff. turned out to be just what MZ to claim a share of the European and burgeoning Supermoto markets.

forward a half-decade and the Baghira is still going strong. we first got a taste for this it was in full supermoto trim, 17 wheels, Dunlop race-rubber, a brake up front and an aftermarket system. I spent a good hours blasting around the rack at Firebird International after which I acquired a for bikes of this flavor.

There was also an enduro equipped with the larger 21 and 18 rear wheels wrapped in OEM tires. It turned out that were equally entertaining on the but it got me wondering how it would do in the dirt.

The needed a little work to get for the dirt, which included a set of tires and some handlebar and adjustments to better accommodate riding.

The first month the Baghira was spent on the stock tires, commuting on my favorite roads. It also pulled as our support mule for some shoots, which gave us a to experience how it performed on the street we really put the spurs to it. After a few pavement miles were it was obvious that the enduro was a truly user-friendly motorcycle.

The position is very comfortable, the is plush and the brakes were yet predictable. It is pretty tall so riders will have to get to tippy-toeing at stop lights. The is pretty bland overall, with not much in the way of a powerband to with. Instead it churns out a dose of power that really peaks or drops

Add into the mix a fairly decent from the 3.3-gallon tank 1-gallon reserve and a host of switchgear, and it has all the necessary stuff to be a decent streetbike.

My main concern was that the doesn’t have a considerable of low-end grunt, since the of the power is diluted by tall It’s a good thing it nice usable torque low in the rev that never really too much. All that was left to do now was a perfect place to toss it the dirt.

When the invitation from Oregon Motorcycle to join them on their Oregon Back Country Route tour, the Baghira was on. The first big change we had to make was a set of DOT-legal Dunlop knobby so that traction wouldn’t be an Then we adjusted the bars and to accommodate more stand-up than … of the seat, the air filter and made tracks to the side of town.

We got an excellent to test the Baghira’s off-road when we took it on the 400-mile Back Country Discovery tour. Along the way we were to ride through some scenery.

When the pavement the fun really begins on the big black It is tall, but that’s the price you pay for ground clearance. Plus, the added weight of all the street goodies and gadgets and the extra MZ uses, this thing is a

Good thing the deceptively-mellow is up to the task.

Powering the Baghira is a 660cc single cylinder 5-valve motor. Sounds doesn’t it? That’s because the same motor Yamaha has using for a long time, recently in its popular Raptor

MZ claims the Baghira produces a 50 hp at 6500 rpm. The reason it as a surprise was that it does not that strong. In OEM trim, the is pretty high for dirt

This thing has a tough getting the front wheel up on the road an off. When on the street it’s no big deal, but on the it is. A few times I hit some crazy-… road and was unable to loft the wheel over the obstacle.

As you all this can be a pain in more than one.

Despite the of snort the bike gets just fine. If you let gearing you away then you’re a With a little effort to the gearing and suspension to your needs, the bike is going to you very happy.

On the street it all the way up to nearly 100 mph without complaint, and the of noticeable powerband makes it to ride on dirt or gravel But a hard-core enduro rider more grunt to get out of a sticky every now and then. Despite a of arm-stretching power, there is really fun about riding bike that initially I pin down.

With its weight up top the Baghira made navigation in the trails a little challenging.

The itself is pretty well despite being so tall, and the position is very comfortable riding on the seat or the pegs. The is held high in this so it doesn’t help the bike with cat-like agility in the technical terrain, but it does fine when ridden at a trail-riding pace. It seems to track fairly well, but it never really gave me in the front end.

It always a bit vague, and when it washed out was a rarity) it happened fast.

Suspension is woefully soft for use, so if you plan on jumping the you are going to need to re-work the to your liking. But if the majority of trail time is spent at least one wheel on the ground, find the plush accommodations to be a plus. That’s not to say the bike capable of being ridden

The fully adjustable 45mm fork is, like we stated, a bit too for off-road only duty, but it a fine job of keeping the bike along with the White rear shock under riding conditions.

When you are in the cockpit of this multi-purpose machine, you have an assortment of at your disposal. The dash of an analog speedometer, tripmeter, lights, oil and temperature warning, light and odometer. Add into the mix industry standard switchgear and you everything necessary to be DOT-legal. The although unsightly, are very

They provide a clear of things stalking from the but they get in the way when the path narrow.

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One knock we had on the Baghira was it get the front wheel up off the ground easy. Although Ken managed to get up off the ground right here.

we took off on the OMA Tour ride, the riders were pretty of the Baghira, but by the end of the first day they intrigued. It started innocently with everyone making about how bad-… the Baghira It was compared to a fictitious look with the bad guys from a 007

I expect to see a fleet of these chasing Bond through a with mini-guns and rocket-launchers to the front brace, quipped one tour rider. That in set off a series of events that led the MZ to affectionately referred to as the ‘MZ I think they were all jealous.

The second portion of the off-road we ran the MZ through was the Parts Unlimited Colorado 400 VIP ride. Two days motoring around in the Rockies was to solidify the Baghira as a competent machine. We did a lot of road riding tight and technical single-track and road riding during the

The altitude affected the bike’s as it did with many other on the ride. The bike was starving for air at elevations, but I had no spare jets so I was to plod along at half-throttle a few of our massive ascents above feet.

The Baghira’s high provides adequate ground for most any terrain including a water crossing.

It was on the descents the weight of the bike reared its head. Its rear brake on one particularly long downhill of rocky and just plain single track that in a nice get-off. I fidgeted it to see if a rock was stuck or some mud was on, but neither was the case.

I rode for a without using the brake after a brief stop 15 minutes later, it was working

The final complaint came up on the leg of the ride when I pinched a on the rear tire. However, the Dunlop has stiff enough that I was able to limp the shoulder of the road at about 20 mph for the hour-long street ride

No matter what you call it, the will go anywhere you want it to. hill climbs to water single-track to super-moto, the MZ holds its Hold the throttle open and the linear power of the ‘Einzylinder’ get ‘er done. I hate phrase, by the way, but I couldn’t

This bike really is the answer to off-road.

No matter obstacle it faced, the Baghira to hold its own, including Ken it across the creek over and again.

In the end, I realized why it was so fun to ride: Because it’s the No one expects to see a bike with mirrors, lights and passenger successfully navigating single trails a few hundred miles the nearest paved road, but it it quite well. Plus, you can to the trailhead from your

It does everything well but nothing superbly. It is affordable an MSRP of $5995 and it’s up of a bunch of quality components sum is greater than the parts

As this article was being we began to hear rumors the instability of MZ. Apparently the Malaysian group Hong Leong were hemorrhaging cash with dim prospects to be competitive in the it has shut down its operations. to MZ — North America, for an official comment remain

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MUZ Baghira 660 Black Panther

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