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MZ June 7, 2012 posted by

Real Men Don’t Need Fairings: 1995 MZ (MUZ) Scorpion And 1993 Suzuki Bandit 400

Real Men Don't Need Fairings:  1995 MZ (MUZ) Scorpion And 1993 Suzuki Bandit 400

Here is a little treat for the crowd that has an aversion to plastic!

 You know, it may be a little mundane looking but I really could not find a bad thing written about the MZ (MUZ) Scorpion.  Owners seem to love the little MZ and rate it a very solid bike.  Even if you aren't interested in the little MZ you might want to give a little thanks to MZ the next time you riding your RG500 or RGV250.  Without them and a little corporate intrigue the Gamma's may have never been.  Pick up a copy of Stealing Speed if you are intrigued.  I couldn't put the book down until I was finished.

The engine is from a piano company you may have heard of.  The engine, electrics and switch gear are from the Yamaha  XT660.  HP is in the high forties.  Grimeca provides the brakes and suspension.

It is simple and straight forward but still has its' own style about it.

From the seller:

Factory built cafe racer made in 1995 in Zschopau, Germany at the legendary MZ Motorradwerk.  Created with high quality German, Japanese and Italian components. Powered bya Yamaha sourced 660cc single cylinder SOHC five valve engine, Grimeca brakes, stainless steel braided brake lines, Paolo Tarozzi adjustable clip-on's and rear set foot controls, Holeshot Vortex stainless exhaust system and jet kit. Progressive fork springs.  A factory service manual comes with the bike. On the road it's a light weight, agile and fun bike. It always gets many admiring looks when parked. This is a rare bike in outstanding condition, garaged kept and well cared for.  I am the second owner.
The speedometer reads in "miles per hour" and the odometer reads in "kilometers" (30,597 kilometers = 19,012 miles) As far as I'm aware all Skorpions came this way.

 

Yes, it has a few miles on it but it obviously has been well cared for and is sorted out for you.  Looks like a nice way to have a unique bike but not break the bank.

The auction.

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Still a little uneasy about a bike with Eastern Block heritage?  How about a 1993 Bandit with only 1210 miles!  The little Bandit's weren't around for long and are few and far between.  Does the engine look familiar?  It is a retuned/detuned GSXR400R unit.  Although it didn't last in the U.S. it lived on in other parts of the world until 1997.  The lineup included a limited edition and a model with variable exhaust valve timing.  Red head covers are the giveaway for that model.

Again, a relatively simple bike that has some style to it.

One of the cost cutting measures.  I bet with a little detective work you could find a dual disc set up that would work.

The asking price is a steep $5,000 but the seller is open to offers as well.

Check out the listing here.

Ian

MZ September 1, 2011 posted by

German Intrigue – 2005 MZ 1000S

MZ is an old German bike manufacturer that can trace its history back to 1906.  They are noted as an East German manufacturer due to their location ad after WW2 of course they ended up in the east.  The MZ name is actually an abbreviation for VEB Motorradwerk Zschopau and the company has had a successful racing career in road racing and also the International Six Day Trials competition.  During the cold war year the company did not get support from the East German government as so its racing successes faltered and the bikes stagnated somewhat.  This particular example is the largest engine they produced and is also noticeable in that it is the first four stroke engine, all others before it were 2 strokes.

The seller has the following to say:

"You are bidding on a fairly rare(around 30 imported into the USA) 2005' MZ 1000S sport bike in excellent condition,and not even broken in yet with only 2,055 miles!This bike is highly underated,with superb German engineering & craftsmanship that rivals many of the Europen marques!All top rate components are used throughout,and this bike is really a "sleeper" in the sport tourer market.Check out this link for a period roadtest,and to get an idea of the bike's engineering at www.cycleconnections.com/articledetail.asp?TypeID=32&Id=572 .Also,parts are readily available from Grahams Motorcycles in the UK at www.grahamsmotorcycles.com ,and arrive usually within 7 business days.

This bike is in excellent condition throughout,with no issues,flaws or problems.Fuel injected 1000cc twin fires right up and runs strong through the 6-speed cassette transmission.The original owner installed a Power Commander to map the fuel injection,and a set of HMF Performance pipes,but the bike has not been Dynoed yet which will really make a difference in both the performance & response.This bike is geared for top end,and would make a perfect sport touring mount to both eat up the miles,and have fun in the twisties.Also,I recently installed a set of R&G upper fairing crash protectors.

The front forks are Marzocchi,the rear shock is Sachs,the brakes are Nissin,and the tires are Michelin Pilot Sports-All first class components.The engine is of MZ's own design,and is very smooth & balanced.Very useful power band,with alot of smooth power delivery on the top end.The chassis & handling provide light,stable,and predictable feedback,with no surprises.Really alot of fun to ride in the twists!

These bikes retailed when new for around $11K,but you can get this one for half of that!And thats before you add the extras such as the pipes & Power Commander!Also included with the "Buy It Now" price is a copy of the factory repair manual,parts manual,a brand new set of plugs,along with unopened bottles of Fuchs/Silkolene ProCool radiator fluid,and brake/clutch fluid.

You can see the auction for yourself here on eBay.

Pricing a bike like this is always hard but this example has a low mileage of not quite 2,100 and personally I think you get an awful lot of bike for the money which here is $5999 (the seller is also open to offers).  The bike has a style of its own with a strong V Twin engine, so if you fancy turning up on something a little different for your next bike night then this could be for you.

AS

MZ August 8, 2011 posted by

More Relevant Than You Might Think: 0 Mile MZ1000S

More Relevant Than You Might Think:   0 Mile MZ1000S

I know it doesn't have the wow factor of  a lot of the bikes we post but if you are a history buff you know some of the strokers we feature here owe their beginnings to the East German built MZ's of the past.  I'll get to the history in a bit.  What you are looking at is the last gasp of MZ:  well sort of, more on that later as well.  The 1000S sports a unique trellis frame and it houses a MZ built parallel twin engine.  I read one article saying the body work was designed by an engineer that worked on the Stealth F-117 Fighter, who knew?  I'm guessing this a 2005 model but don't hold me to it.  The bike was introduced to the United States in 05 as a sport/tourer with an emphasis on sport.  Most of the reviews I read were quite positive about the bike with maybe a feeling that it was just kind of "vanilla".

You can't deny it has a unique front end.  If someone doesn't want the usual cookie cutter bike I could see this as an alternative at the right price, with an *.  What about parts and service?  The seller claims only  40 were imported and as far as I can tell all the MZ infrastructer has folded.  The engine was designed in house, as well, so God only knows how you would source parts. 

So why is MZ relevant?  The extremely abbreviated story:  they developed the modern two stroke engine.  Suzuki was having a heck of a time getting a bike through a race and not grenading.  In a real life story of polictical and corporate espianage,  they managed to spring the top MZ rider (he was basically an engineer as well) from East Germany.  He brought with him some parts and the knowledge Suzuki needed to redesign their racing two strokes.  That technology was used in Suzuki race bikes and would trickle down to the RG series we all love so much.  I highly suggest reading Matt Oxleys, Stealing Speed.  It is a great read on the MZ story and all its' twists and turns.  To a certain extent every two stroke that came out of Japan owes a little (or a lot) to old MZ.

That is the past.  The future is uncertain but there is news on that front.  In 2009 former GP riders Ralf Waldmann and Martin Wimmer (backed by investers) purchased the rights to the MZ name.  There have been rumors of a Moto2 bike and possibly a 600cc road bike.  Keep your fingers crossed.

It has a BIN of $10,000.  That sounds very optomistic to me but for the right price I would think there might be a collector or sport/touring rider who might take a chance.  Das motorbike is here.

Ian