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Sporty Single – 1999 MZ Skorpion 660 Sport Cup

A rare sight in-person but almost a regular for RSBFS readers, the MZ Skorpion was a post-East German single 660 with a Yamaha-derived 5-valve head.  This example in Kawi-esque livery may have been owned by a dealer, who has offered other MZ’s and allowed this one only 7,000 miles.

1999 MZ Skorpion 660 Sport Cup for sale on eBay


Actually drafted by Norton designers Seymour-Powell, the Skorp had a tubular perimeter frame with Italian brakes and suspension.  Licensed from Yamaha, the thumper nearly made the magic 100 hp per liter, and the smaller engine block kept weight under control at just over 400 lbs. fully fueled.  Clip-ons are sensibly above the triple tree.  The straightforward handling made believers out of may skeptics.


Presented by a Rhody-based vintage Jaguar parts house, this Skorpion has what might be the factory’s only two-tone paint.  Cosmetics are excellent and it has been nicely prepared for the next owner.  Comments from the eBay auction:

This bike has under 7K miles on it, has recently been serviced, new oil, filter, plug, carburetor and filter cleaned, new battery, new Michelin tires, aftermarket exhaust.
The bike has not been crashed or damaged and needs nothing. Have title, owner’s manual, original tool kit and some maintenance records.


Often seen as the base for a singles track bike, this MZ might be too nice to put the knife to.  Maybe it can be the “before” picture for the racer.  Or could be the most unusual cheap sportbike, maybe the most economical rare sports machine…




  • Wow I always wanted one of these. This is a gorgeous example at a reasonable price.

  • Well guys I just bought this little beauty. Its very rare to see them with a full fairing.I always wanted one of these and this is a great clean example!

    • Congratulations! Let us know how it goes!


  • Will do!

  • That was well bought. You can’t go wrong at that price.

  • Great little bikes. You’ll love it!

  • Well, you got a great bike for a great price. I used to race one of these with WERA…it was a blast. If you ever sell, let me know. I’ll buy it from you!

  • I doubt if I will ever sell it. The seller told me he had this on ebay twice, once at 3500 then at 3000. Same two bidders on it both times. The two goofballs were at 1200 bucks when I hit buy it now.

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