2004 MZ 1000S — Motorcycle USA

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2004 MZ 1000S

MZ 1000S: first test

It wasn’t the first date. I certainly blinded by her looks and quite had some issues when it to certain manners. Consulting my well-worn copy of Men are from women are from America, I was and forgiving for our next rendezvous.

We met at a little place near my where a knowledgeable friend some therapy, and from our relationship blossomed. A weekend in Virginia, some late-afternoon along the Blue Ridge and the shaky start to our relationship faded into the hazy smoky mountains of my North home. Even the wife was

Of course all good things to come to an end, and a phone from John Stoddard at MZ are you finished with my bloody yet brought a crashing end to the fun. A few earlier John had dropped off a new MZ1000S at my house before I was with a message attached to say he be back to get it in a few weeks. This me the chance to take the bike to the and get some road miles in I hit the keyboard.

As I admitted earlier, it love at first sight. I thought the bike was going to be smaller and to be honest felt it a little dated. With the release being delayed three years since its unveiling, I guess it would be not to, as fast as motorcycles change days. Then when I the bike, it seemed to vibrate at highway speeds and felt in the middle.

A quick call to Monsieur for parts and a trip to my buddy Sutton at Precision Cycle of had everything fixed. Actually, I say transformed.

The rear suspension had wound all the way up to the point of having no and the front was way too soft. The drive was one tooth too high, no doubt for and the tire pressures were something the wife would do to the Jeff kindly installed a smaller sprocket, sat me on the bike and some changes to the multi suspension. Then he set the tire wheel alignment and a few other things before sending me off to it out. (It’s like a factory rider testing for you know.)

Dispatching my umbrella I hit the street, and within three changes had a …-eating grin out of my helmet.

The MZ was styled by designer Kaufmann, who you might remember as the man the carlike BMW C1 scooter-with-a-roof. It’s if a bit bulky.

Winding on through to gear, I took a couple of my turns at triple-digit speeds. The MZ solidly to my chosen line only the slightest hint of input to initiate the turn. off and rolling back on, it pulled cleaner from low rpm, and the shifting felt smoother.

Now I opened the throttle the bike forward with a potent unlike with the taller where I constantly needed to be in a gear than felt Back at Precision Cycle, I my findings to Jeff, we firmed the some for an upcoming track at Virginia International Raceway, and I home to pack.

On arrival at VIR for a Sportbike Tracktime I unloaded the MZ, and before long was a bunch of questions. Being racers and track addicts, it was no that a lot of people were with the name, as the MZ Scorpion has doing battle on the racetracks of for a few years now. Using a Yamaha 660cc single engine, it makes a great racer.

The MZ1000S, with its 998cc parallel-Twin engine, is a new bike, as well as being first large-capacity machine. in behind the fairing at the 40-degree Twin, I can’t help it looks like an over-bored TDM 850 engine, a bike that’s around in Europe for a good of years now. It is said to 118 horsepower at 9000 rpm, maximum torque occurring two rpm earlier.

And, while I have a direct translation the German literature, it sure like it is going to be a pretty number.

Gas and air make their way the big, four-valve cylinders via a fuel injection system, works extremely well. I find any glitches, and it wasn’t for the of trying. The power delivery the 180-degree firing order is smooth, and there is lots of it; don’t try rolling on hard at low rpm in gear.

Even with the shorter the big Twin doesn’t like to lug too It will pull; it just your actions with uncomfortable vibration that is through the footpegs and bars.

it spinning up a little higher and the of drive is totally addictive. progressive, abundant power all the way to its rpm redline, there are no pronounced in the powerband and it feels a lot stronger the current crop of V-Twins it approaches redline. Here an Mille or Ducati 999 will the upper hand, making power and revving higher.

The is aimed to fit somewhere in between and Triumph’s 955i however, so is not all peak horsepower.

The MZ has its wheels 56.3 inches apart, a long wheelbase for a sportbike. with a fairly typical rake and 98mm of trail, the MZ super quick to turn but a stable platform at speed.

Out on the I liked the roomy riding and the bike is actually pretty It is going to make the perfect track day bike for the person who is not out to win races. Quick enough to it is blessed with awesome solid handling and sensible

MZ 1000 ST

Sure it gets its doors off down the straights by a lot of big bikes, but it was how many of them I re-passed to the great brakes.

Nothing here, just a solid dual four-piston caliper set up, par-for-the-course 320mm rotors. I first got on the bike, I didn’t they would work too on the track, as there is lot of movement at the of the lever. This makes for a street set up, as there is so much at the lever before they biting hard.

Once on the this initial movement was forgotten, as the brake lever was back toward the bar and the eight did what they were to do. With the bike hitting up around 145 mph down the long straight before slowing for the second-gear Turn 1, I was glad for power and fade-free operation.

some fun with my wife (minds out the gutter everyone) the two-up session at lunchtime, we got down the back straight by our host Nancy Johnson on a Just to be a pain in the arse, I did late braking to catch her and then rode into 1 right beside her with a big grin on my face: The MZ having than enough stopping for the extra weight on board.

For my John Stoddard had installed a set of Sportec M1s that performed Between my slightly soft set-up and heavy throttle I had some fun sliding and squirming out of the sharp carousel turn up the but nothing unsettling. Wrapped MZ’s very attractive, Twin System Wheels they showed surprisingly wear at the end of a long day of hard

Back in the pits, taking a and talking about the bike more, a common theme was People were extremely and nearly all commented on the frame. It is going to make the MZ stand out in a of alloy box-section-framed sportbikes, and MZ took some clues Ducati and Triumph here. I was warming to the bike by now, and it so easy and pleasurable to ride was sway my judgment.

The six-speed gearbox shifts smooth. I have made it even by moving it down a notch as I a few upshifts, but unfortunately didn’t to find time. The MZ wasn’t quick enough to run with the guys out in the advanced class, but double duties for photos it was at home with the intermediate

The MZ 1000S uses a fully 43mm Marzocchi inverted for front-end control. The nose of bike won’t be mistaken in mirrors for anything else on the

Riding at a slightly more pace at the end of day, I was having fun a blind-apex left-hander on the backside of the VIR course. Swooping up the hill getting up into fourth I would back off a tad, my line and roll through the bike approaching the meat of the It was as close to perfection as it could be, the throttle and plunging down the before getting hard on the for the last two turns.

A quick downshift, lean the right-hander, aim wide, drop gear and dive around the big turn in second. Picking my off the floor, it was then time to in and rip the bike back down the straight for another lap of motorcycling

With solid German distinctive Euro styling, and a enthusiastic engine for fast work, the MZ1000S is a delight for times you want to take it to the Comfortable, quiet and coming to in limited numbers at $11,999, it is going to attract a small following of riders: Riders who to celebrate its differences, without to sacrifice quality, reliability or Full marks from the Big one!

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