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MZ 1000 ST

First Ride: 2004 MZ

The last time I rode with an MZ badge on the tank, it was a old two-… commuter that like a chimney and had the disturbing of leaving various parts behind it on the road.

This may be what first springs to whenever the name MZ is mentioned, but a reputation that the company is to shed. The smoky two-strokes banished to the back rooms the Berlin Wall fell while the company turned its to large capacity four-strokes. To be it has been making the four-… Baghira supermoto for a while but it’s the new MZ 1000S and its 1000cc twin engine that the is planning its future around.

My impressions of the bike as it is unloaded out of the of a van aren’t that bad. looking like an extra Dr Who, I actually quite the MZ’s angular features. A few in the were a bit more cruel and the rear end looked like it has reversed into a bollard the front reminded them of a bad take on what a future may look like.

But looks are subjective anyway, as I trying to tell the girls I in nightclubs.

Sitting on the bike despite the large chunky looking like they are for people with club everything seems in place and quite refreshing to see an analogue again instead of a digital Hit the starter and. …, broken it.

Rather than the motor over briskly most other bikes, the struggles like hell, like it’s about to then fires the motor life. My first thought was a flat battery, but it did this after a long ride, so I it’s just how it sounds and part of the bike’s character.

the motor running, I was pleasantly by the MZ after a few miles. Although it a bit crude, it actually rides well. The handling through and at low speed is quite good a bit top heavy in an Aprilia Falco way that can make it flop into roundabouts — but the bike feels very at low speed and handles well.

The problem is the motor. The parallel is rougher at low revs than a out in Croydon and it judders at anything 4000rpm, which isn’t too through town. You may say this is characteristic of a twin, but even are reasonably smooth low down now and really start complaining 2000rpm.

With the MZ you have to be in the gear, not a single one too high.

Out of and with the speed picking up, the MZ to improve. The seat is very and padded and the riding position is comfortable. Once above the engine becomes smoother and is quite fast and responsive, too many vibrations.

Add a few fast corners into the and the MZ fails to bat an eyelid on smooth and handles well. Until you hit a suspension looks quite with its inverted forks, but it to get outfoxed on bumpy corners and really feel up to the job. corners I rode had a foot-wide bit of and every time the front hit it, I was sure whether it would let go or

It didn’t, but the resulting shock through the suspension to the bars was and should really have damped out by the forks. I’m a a bit of fiddling would sort out, but as it starts to rain I get the chance to try.

And while having a moan, I might as mention the brakes. Yes they but they just feel and not that powerful. Like were four years missing some initial and requiring a strong pull on the to get the most from them.


Overall, the MZ 1000S a bit crude. It’s a capable but nothing special. When the consists of the superb VFR800, Sprint ST and sporty Ducati ST3 or the MZ is more of an interesting break the norm. It doesn’t have the quality feel about it to the VFR and the Triumph’s motor is miles Also, with no official — just dealers the bikes directly from the — I worry a bit about the care.

MZ 1000 ST
MZ 1000 ST

A dealer assured me the Germans are typically efficient and dispatch parts within 48 but what are the chances of finding an MZ when you’re touring

Then there’s the price. more than a VFR800, ST and even more than the ST3! And finally, if you do buy an MZ for £7999, how is it going to be worth two years the line?

The MZ isn’t a bad bike, but it needs to be than the others. It’s an bike, a talking point, but not one I choose compared to the competition.

More traditionally known for its bikes, MZ launches the four-… Skorpion Tour. Using a XTZ660 motor the bike has a steel frame, box section and cast wheels. A Sport is launched alongside and is basically the but has a half-fairing.

1996: The Sport and are joined by the Traveller. A touring with a full fairing.

A supermoto is added to the range. The uses the same motor as the but is supermoto styled. A more version called the Baghira is alongside the Mastiff and is identical bar and enduro wheels and knoblie

Honda VFR800: £7849 The king of sports touring. The VFR is a top and an excellent back road thing. The tank range is a bit mind.

Triumph Sprint ST: 7149 Surprisingly good from Triumph. Really handling, lovely engine but quality is a tad suspect.

Ducati £7495 New for this year, the ST3 a new three-valve head. Great good handling and a decent The ST4S has uprated suspension and for £8695

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