MZ 125 SM

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MZ SM 125

Road test pictures by Henneman

If you’ve entered teens with a need for lusting after Fireblades, GSXR1000s, ZX10s and the like, the start your eighteenth on this planet is the moment of From this point on, the UK That Be have said you, yes you, are responsible and enough to be ‘trusted’ with the of a real motorbike with and a clutch. Are they sane or

But there’s a catch — always is!

They say that it have an engine capacity than 125cc and may not develop than 15bhp. Hmm?

it can still have style, and most important of all — Can’t it?

So what can you get?

for a larger imageWell your criteria have ruled out all commuter-hacks so loved by the training there’s a couple of 2-… but you’re never going to get Dad to up nearly four grand for one of and all the used ones have de-restricted and thrashed senseless you can say second-hand. That leaves

Well, you have to say that recently the answer was not a lot. Now globally the sales of sub-125cc exceeds all other bikes together, in the more affluent market these bikes are as very small business.

face it, it’s only of our licensing laws that really exist here at and most of us can’t wait for our 125 probation to be over before we can go out and buy a bike and scare ourselves with all that extra and speed. However, some are now beginning to realise that and riding a 125 is not a sentence that has to be before society will let you on a real set of wheels.

When I collected the MZ 125SM Jack Nice Motorcycles in I have to admit that I was not relishing the 60 miles ride to the Thames Valley with 125-power. But I was pleasantly surprised. MZ a power output at the maximum of 15bhp, and I for one have no reason to that number.

While few horses are never going to see you rubber at the traffic-light GP, they do the bike a quite surprising of acceleration and a comfortable cruising of 60mph without resorting to white vans and the backs of In fact, indicated speeds in of 70mph can be attained without flat on the tank or searching out 1 in 3 but you do need a lot of road with the pinned to the stop.

click for a imageThe engine is MZ designed and and it seems to be a good one. no 4-… is ever going to rev a 2-…, the 4-valve DOHC allows the little engine to well, and it revs happily no flat spots all the way up to 10,200 the limiter cuts in and brings to a halt for the sake of mechanical

The other thing that was noticeable was that this is a proper bike. There are 125’s out there that are like scaled-down versions of the thing, a bit like mini-moto’s on You know, spindly forks, plastics, frames that to be made of welded water and castings that would be appropriate on toys than on

Not the MZ 125SM. The plastic body are thick and substantial, with a deep paint finish, are properly applied and lacquered — unlike some offerings I won’t mention! the 40mm fork tubes be out of place on a sports 400, the system is stainless throughout, the lines are braided stainless, and black-anodised wheel rims are tasty. In fact this is one well put together machine, the frame has been black coated for protection.

But the proof of the is in the riding. Throwing a leg over 820mm saddle height a little daunting at first, but the long travel suspension a long way, and most will have no problems getting both feet on the ground. Up front, the wide have all the usual controls in all the places and the switches have a quality feel to them.

The headlamp shroud hides a basic instrument cluster a central analogue speedo and lights for main beam, low oil coolant over temperature, and neutral. There’s even a

A turn of the ignition key powers up, set the manual choke if the engine’s and then a quick press of the button fires up the engine on a tickover that seems it could go on until Hell over. Given that MZ an average fuel consumption of and the tank holds 12.5 this is probably not too much of an I make that 242 miles on a tank before you have to get off and

click for a larger imageThe box has a light if slightly clunky and the lever is set well into the like some Ducatis. caused one or two lever/boot interaction in the first couple of miles of but this was soon overcome.

interestingly there were false neutrals, mostly fourth and fifth and once or the box failed to move through when trying to change second to first and first to requiring a second stab at the to get it into gear. In its defence, the was almost brand-new when I it up, and this may have been a matter of getting everything in properly. Certainly the problem the more I used the box.

On the side, the ratios are well-spaced and upchanges are a doddle, which is as well as with only 15 bhp on tap constantly going up and down the box if you to maintain a decent rate of And lets face it, this is a for some serious, if low-powered, about.

The suspension is well-damped and soaks up the bumps and potholes, so so that you may wonder why there’s all that fuss over bumps. The down side is serious dive on braking, but of this can be dialled out by balancing up with the rear brake. The which are Grimeca items, do a good job and are well-matched to the performance of the of the bike, with a solid and a smooth progessive action.

The wide bars and the 17-inch make the bike a quick so much so that it quickly impossible to resist the temptation to the bike around corners … abandon. And you should, it’s so good at it!

The handling of the MZ is really excellent, but it can get a bit upset on bumps if you’re getting a on. However, it never gets too and all you get is a bit of a shaking as the long-travel suspension and rebounds. More importantly it on the line.

The test bike was with tyres from a company called Heidenau, I hadn’t heard of before. were a soft-compound tyre a narrow block-pattern tread of race intermediates, and they did the biz. Wet or dry roads seemed to little difference to the grip and inspired the confidence to throw the around the twisty bits the way it was for.

Lean angles can get so that if you’re not careful, soon you’ll be tempted to the inside boot on the ground corners in true supermoto

In fact it’s fair to say this is a learner-legal 125 that has MZ obviously think so too, as in they’re promoting the Youngster Cup for to race these things. The is stock and all the lights and indicators are and they’re allowed to change the springs and the rear monoshock, the chain sprockets and fit handguards.

And that’s about it to go racing.

The is close, fast and furious, but at the I haven’t heard of any plans to the series to the UK. It would be great to see kind of racing on some of our circuits and it could provide of our younger riders with a low cost entrance into racing, as well as developing useful riding skills.

Now to the road version. This is an 125, and just because learner-legal, Fireblade and R1 owners be put off. There’s more to fun on two-wheels than just speed and racebike handling, and the MZ will soon have you from ear to ear without having to too much about racking up penalty points on your

And if you’re 17, then your Dad love you for riding a bike been properly built real components, and doesn’t like it’s been from spares in some shed.

There are a few small though.

click for a larger the bar-mounted mirrors give an rearward view — you can read the label on the back of jacket — they do out an awfully long way. can make squeezing, what is all quite a narrow bike, gaps in the traffic, a bit of a nightmare. A of shorter-stemmed mirrors on those bars would make through the traffic a breeze and give you a good view of going on behind.

Another concern, for me at least, is supermoto seat. This is not a for travelling long distances, so even think of going unless you take your with you! And he wouldn’t of travelling pillion.

About 30 is as far as you’d want to go without a substantial break, and 50 miles have you thinking of seeking assistance.

Finally, in true fashion, the plastic fuel has a screw-on filler cap. obviously an issue with in today’s urban environment, but interestingly the tank vents the centre of this cap which that every time you up your nostrils tend to get with unleaded fumes. A fix would be to replace the standard cap one from Ascerbis with a vent pipe that can be led and secured to a lower part of the

But these small problems this is one very good The build quality is first the fun-factor is immense, and I only there bikes like around when I took my all those years ago.


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