MZ Mastiff

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MZ Baghira 660 Street Moto

MZ first introduced this off-roader in 1997. The German historical range of two-… were not suitable for a modern so a Yamaha engine, the single-cylinder motor from the XTZ660 was used. The torquey, rugged uses a five-valve cylinder for efficient breathing and combustion, and the Yamaha Dual Intake which has one CV and one slide carb to the best power delivery of carb types.

The Baghira is basic, but effective. Long forks soak up off-road and a high-spec WP rear shock the long box-section swingarm control. Grimeca disc are not particularly strong, but are designed for use.

So, you’ve just a Crusty Demons of Dirt video and have an itch for a on the wild side. Problem is, is your preferred riding and while a traditional dual-purpose is enticing, you’re looking for with a bit more pizzazz. what you need is a supermotard-style

Supermotard, for those unfamiliar the term, is the French word for an outgrowth of the made-for-TV events at Raceway that were a on ABC’s Wide World of through the 1980s. Designed to the best all-around motorcycle The Superbikers pitted roadracers, and motocrossers against one another on a that was part asphalt, dirt.

Like all television shows, The eventually was canceled, but the French the concept, picking up the ball and with it to the point that are now a number of supermotard racing throughout Europe.

Supermotard generally begin life as or enduro machines, and are then with lower suspension, wheels, gummier street and larger front brakes. And a supermotard setup works well on the road, a natural has been for these hybrids to lights and license plates.

A number of motorcycle manufacturers taken notice of this niche, with several production machines currently in Europe and Japan. KTM was the first to a supermotard-inspired bike into the when its 620 Duke arrived on the three years ago. And MZ is set to duke it out with KTM for a slice of pie, stepping into the with its new Mastiff 660.

If followed MZ’s modernized line over the past few you’ve undoubtedly noticed the company’s modular design Most evident is MZ’s use of the single-cylinder engine from XTZ660 dual-purpose bike. with the Mastiff and its dual-purpose the Baghira, no fewer than MZ Skorpion models share the sohc, five-valve mill.

A free-breathing, boombox-looking muffler is with boosting the Mastiffs and power output to match of the twin-pipe Skorpion Replica, itself offers a slight boost over the rest of the family. On the CW dyno, the Mastiff 2 fewer peak horsepower the Skorpion Replica we tested in 1996, but the Mastiff possesses a spread of torque that’s evident in the lower portion of the rev • Looking beyond the engine, latest duo has greatly expanded the parts inventory.

But once commonality is a key element, because the and Baghira share the same From the steering head these two look like separated at birth, making use of the frame, swingarm, exhaust, tank and tailsection.

Outfitted in regalia, the Mastiffs shorter shock and 46mm Paioli combine with wide, 3.5 x front and 4.25 x 17-inch Akront wheels wearing Metzeler MEZ1 radials. alongside the Baghira, the Mastiff stout, squat and pit-bullish in Indeed, this bug-eyed is bad to the bone, with sufficient to be deemed worthy of its guard name.

With 7.5 inches of travel at each end and measuring inches from saddle to the Mastiff sits quite a bit than your average mount.

And while this may steer vertically challenged novices in direction, that’s a real because the Mastiffs nimble linear power delivery and gear changes all make for riding that would to any cadet.

More experienced however, will enjoy the stratospheric stance. It puts you in the seat with a clear over car tops in traffic. aboard the Mastiff with a on its wide, Superbike-style handlebar, you as though you could hop, or jump any pitfall the urban might throw in your

Weekend rides become adventures as you explore the nastiest, pavement in the territo-ry-the very tarmac you would avoid the plague if you were aboard a sportbike.

Let’s assume good sense of license won’t allow for shenanigans as bunny-hopping curbs or pulling stoppies. Does the Mastiff hold enough appeal? certainly!

Whether it’s the note of a big Single that’s to your ears, or the wheel-standing, torque, truth is, you don’t to be a hooligan to be a Mastiff meister. But be It will arouse a playful from even the most rider.

MZ Baghira 660 Street Moto
MZ Baghira 660 Street Moto

As versatile as a supermotard bike be, the Mastiff is not without its limitations. traversing town on an errand has been this much calling on the Mastiff to pull duty is like asking wife to mow the lawn-she may do it, but buddy, the road you’re going to The Mastiffs range restriction mainly from its firm and dirtbike-inspired saddle and short

And while comfort is certainly the choice in gearing was a viable It’s made low gear adept at power wheelies, and has the bike top-gear roll-on that’s unmatched by any of MZ’s models. But it also leaves the spinning like a blender on 75 mph-plus interstates. While the emits a coarse brand of that is characteristic of Singles, its counterbalancer smoothes the vibes to the that they’re never in fact, the engine is surprisingly through the midrange.

Letting the big dog eat in top netted an even 100 mph on the CW radar Although the Mastiff is no match for the legs of the fully faired Replica, it’s still fast for a … motorcycle offers little in the

way of wind High-speed stability is good, particularly if you ride with elbows up and out, dirtbike-style, even pressure on the handlebar. But speed isn’t what bike is about; nipping at the of a macho sportbike through speed bends is where mastery is found.

Run it in too deep and you can count on the single disc brake to be there a firm, predictable feel at the Got an urge to pitch it into a sideways like some French

Full instrumentation, handlebar and extensive wraparound pales in comparison to the Mastiff’s tank-top roll cage. The MZ is if not different. supermotard specialist? The cooperates nicely, with engine braking to get the rear out with a downshift and some clutch work.

All this and simply underscore the Mastiffs mission: that of the quintessential

We could only stand so fun and frolic with our test-bike being tempted to play for on a racetrack. With a newly SuperTT series getting in Southern California (see story), little more swapping out the stock Metzeler skins for a set of Pirelli MT60Rs have rendered the Mastiff

Only one obstacle prevented us doing so: The MZ importer had just one in the country-ours-and it was promised to other following our test. Oh well, to race another day.

So, whether you are a beginner, an inner-city crusty canyon carver or SuperTT star, the Mastiff has you It’s the sort of versatile that encourages its rider to his horizons and explore new ground. a bike you can grow with, but at it hardly comes at an entry-level if you consider you’re only one piston in the deal. But for Thumper the world over, the joy of feeling and every power pulse as transmitted to the road is the only way to an itch. —

MZ Baghira 660 Street Moto
MZ Baghira 660 Street Moto
MZ Baghira 660 Street Moto
MZ Baghira 660 Street Moto
MZ Baghira 660 Street Moto
MZ Baghira 660 Street Moto
MZ Baghira 660 Street Moto


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