MZ 1000SF Press Launch

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1000SF Press Launch Costa del Sol

Words and pictures by Henneman

Is it a bird? — No

Is it a — No

It’s a Superfighter, new 1000cc streetfighter-styled … derived from the 1000S tourer.

We liked the 1000S a lot it was launched in the UK last year, so from the fact that the in Malaga was going to be a lot better England in February (or so I thought!), I was looking forward to a first on the 1000SF. I’m glad to say I wasn’t disappointed, but more of later.

2004 wasn’t a good year for the motorcycle or the German economy, and MZ have the pinch as much as anyone However that hasn’t them developing the 1000SF the 1000S. Put the two bikes side-by-side and the are immediately obvious, as are the differences.

Not then that Peter designed both of these The chassis and suspension are identical in with Marzocchi USD forks and a unit at the rear, both easy adjustment for compression and damping, and preload. In place of a the 1000SF has a neat black aluminium engine cover, is only spoilt by the use of pop rivets to some of the parts together.

Now water-cooled engines that originally designed to hide fairings are not the prettiest of things to when the clothes are ripped — the CBR600 engine in the being a case in point. MZ’s 1000cc in-line is a neat package that make you turn your away in …, and even the amount of external plumbing is executed.

The engine itself is a slightly version of the 117PS unit the 1000S. Changing the camshafts and the ignition has only lost 4PS the top end, but increased both the and the torque at the bottom end, and the unit much more and usable below 3000 The exhaust system has been slightly as well to improve the engine response.

Talking to CEO Ramasamy Vasuthewan, they’re in the early days developing the of this 2-cylinder engine. states of tune are being with, and the block has the ability to be out to 1100cc, all of which could power outputs of 125+ bhp are on the Now that would be interesting!

Up the headlamp unit has a family to its faired cousin and gives the an aggressive look that well with its streetfighter MZ told us that they a lot of time talking to universities and companies to try and come up with that would give wind protection to the rider, but the they got was that you could get this with a full Obviously not an option on a …

However, after delving airflow theory and some in a wind tunnel, they us that they came up a design that controls the around and behind the screen to turbulence. But would it work? of that too later.

For the rider, the has been lowered by 15mm and the aluminium handlebar gives a upright and comfortable riding without altering the height of the And if your inside leg measurement is too short to reach the ground, a different seat pad that it another 15mm, and even a suspension unit link to the seat height down to The analogue instrument cluster and the controls are lifted almost change from the 1000S, and are span adjusters on both the and brake levers.

From the seat backwards, the is pretty much unchanged the 1000S. The bike comes as with a pillion pad, but a seat hump is available as an extra. There’s plenty of storage by modern standards, but are no bungee hooks.

However the hangers and the substantial number bracket are more than for this job.

Although I do any two-up riding, I can’t say the pillion passenger is that catered for. The pillion is large enough and the pegs are low to avoid the knees under posture, but there’s only a at the font of the seat to hold on to, is only really good for very short trips.

brings us nicely to riding the .

Strange to say, the rain in doesn’t always stay on the and when I arrived on the Costa del Sol it was obvious that some rainfall had taken place morning. Still, we weren’t due to the 1000SF until the following and that would give the plenty of time to dry out — it. But there was heavy rainfall and when the bikes were out the next day, the roads still pretty damp and was more moisture in the air.

Best take things then — Hmm!

the key, all the instrument lights on and the dials sweep full while the electronics do their check thing. A quick jab on the button and the twin immediately into life, with a bark from the exhausts and a rumble down below lets you know there’s interesting underneath the tank.

The has a light and smooth action but the shift is a bit clunky at rest, once on the move the action is and positive, and clutchless upchanges are no Then we’re away and there’s no doubt that a big twin throbbing away there. The torque and power in almost from tickover, this a very easy to ride at low speed and in traffic.

is helped by the relaxed and upright position and the wide bars make it very manoeuvrable. In this is one of those bikes everything seems to be just right — almost in fact.

MZ 1000 SF
MZ 1000 SF

The suspension is just perfect straight out of the box, a smooth comfortable ride and up the bumps and road irregularities so that they might not be there. Quick check Oh yes they are! The next was the brakes, smooth and progressive pulled the bike up sharply very little of the dive I expected from the smooth

Add to this mirrors that a clear view of the road without having to tuck the in and things were looking promising. Time to head for the and try out the twisties.

And this was the real The 1000SF is a bike that can be hussled through the bendy Up the pace and the suspension seems to up the at the same time, firming up the but never to the point that the odd is going to fire you out of the seat.

The always seems composed, no what you do, and while you’re not razor-sharp 600 Supersport handling, the turns in well and holds a line through the corner, no helped by those wide which make it easy to the bike from side to And the twin-cylinder engine has all the smooth and torque you need to fire composed chassis out of the corner and up the to the next bend without the front or back getting out of shape. I’m beginning to this.

Time to try some roads, so it was off down the Autovia to the map promised to be some fast sweepers. Cruising along at the speed limit was so effortless it took me a few minutes to realise I wasn’t riding a fully-faired So maybe this small that MZ designed does then — but how well?

only one way to find out — there? Purely in the cause of your Honour, it was time to the throttle a little wider. For my 6ft and without crouching down on the I saw 220kph (137mph) on the clock my neck started to complain. And for a bike that ain’t

However, the higher speeds up a high-frequency buzz on the mirrors made rear vision a more difficult, but not impossible. And at speeds what was behind you as not too — unless of course it had a blue light on the roof!!

Off on to the roads again, and this a series of wide open showed that the 1000SF really be ridden with — although I’m not too about the style! The bike came into its own here, a good line and really a good grin factor. The fit Metzler Sportec M-1 tyres add to the plot, and inspire confidence in the with plenty of grip and

There’s no getting away the fact that MZ have a very good bike in the It’s not often these that you can find a bike equally at home commuting the traffic, going for a blast at the or touring across a continent. I bet it also give a good of itself at the occasional trackday. The and build quality is right up in the BMW/Honda league, although I expect it to do too well in the rigors of a winter (but I’d be to be proved wrong!)

As far as the competition is the MZ 1000SF is pitched against the of the Aprilia Tuono, the Benelli the BMW Rockster, the Ducati M1000S the Kwak Z1000, the KTM Superduke and the Speed Triple. A formidable segment, but in terms of on the road it’s £750 less the cheapest of these and £2,500 than the most expensive, in hard cash numbers it an extremely attractive proposition. But add to this the low cost-of-ownwership (2 years mileage warranty / first at 600 miles / service intervals 6,000 miles / valve every 12,000 miles), and a full service only 2-3 hours, then it’s got to even better value for

However, the MZ brand, like the car company, has a previous incarnation difficult to shift from the memory of previous generations. But me you should, because the bikes MZ are turning out now bear no resemblance to of its past heritage. So if you’re in the for an all-round-capable … bike, forget those smelly, but utterly reliable 250cc of old, and get yourself a test on a 1000SF when it comes the UK market in the second quarter of

You won’t be sorry that you and that’s a fact!

MZ 1000 SF


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