MZ BAGHIRA 660 (2001-2007) Review

Published: 24 November 2006

"Great for taking you to work or throwing you around mountainsides at weekends"

MZ Baghira motorcycle review - Riding

"Great for taking you to work or throwing you around mountainsides at weekends"

  • At a glance
  • 659cc  -  50 bhp
  • 49 mpg  -  135 miles range
  • High seat height (900mm)

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

The MZ Baghira is a great bike for taking you to work or throwing you around mountainsides at weekends, the Baghira’s a torquey little beast with brilliant, light handling. Cornering’s hilarious. In town, that towering seat comes in handy. Quirky looks and a good price should make it real competition against its rivals

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

Forget dual purpose, the MZ Baghira is a street bike, perfect for negotiating rush hours and school run traffic. Loads of grunt, good brakes, tall seat: it’s ideal. Take it out on the twisties, tweak the suspension to suit (it’s quite soft as standard) and the handling’s magical. Slightly vibey though, steer clear of motorways and it’s pretty lardy for this type of bike…

Engine 5 out of 5

The ubiquitous Yamaha XT660 engine strikes again in the MZ Baghira: the liquid cooled, four stroke single powers other steeds such as the MT-03 and Aprilia’s Pegaso Strada. Gutsy down low, it propels the bike around town and corners like there’s no tomorrow. It can cruise at 80mph and peaks at around 100mph but the rider’s likely to have passed out by then. Carbed, not injected.

 

Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5

Excellent, which surprises those who don’t equate MZ with quality… Things have changed. The Baghira boasts plastic parts made by Acerbis, an engine by Yamaha and WP suspension and is, overall, very well put together. Finish is very good, and seems to last well, and that engine’s proved itself more than capable over the years.

Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5

For a commuter/weekend fling, the MZ Baghira’s pretty good value. What’s more, parts are affordable, fuel economy’s great, insurance is a pittance and reliability means garage bills should be minimal. Yamaha’s own XT660X is an option at more money for less power while KTM’s lovely 640 Duke may be cooler and hold its value well but it costs significantly more. Find an MZ Baghira for sale.

 

Insurance group: 9 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 3 out of 5

The MZ Baghira's seat is very tall, the bars are wide and you ride close to the tank, supermoto-style. There are basic clocks, pillion provision (optimistic) including grabrails, a fairly small tank and a funky, chunky (and heavy) pipe. The single headlight’s not great. A lower seat/shorter wheelbased option is available too: 850mm/1465mm (down from 900mm/1530mm).

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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2001
Year discontinued 2007
Original price -
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 9 of 17
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 50 bhp
Max torque 42 ft-lb
Top speed 100 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 14.3 secs
Average fuel consumption 49 mpg
Tank range 135 miles
Specification
Engine size 659cc
Engine type 5v single cylinder, 5 gears
Frame type Steel tube cradle
Fuel capacity 12.5 litres
Seat height 900mm
Bike weight 180kg
Front suspension N/a
Rear suspension Preload and compression
Front brake 298mm disc
Rear brake 245mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 160/60 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

2001: MZ Baghira launched, a more road-going option to the original, Enduro machine (and very similar in spec to the marque’s Mastiff model). No changes since.

Other versions

MZ Baghira Enduro: Launched in 1998, the more off-road version has a taller seat, semi-knobbly tyres and weighs about 10kg less. Current.
MZ Baghira Black Panther: Launched in 2001, it’s the same as the Street Moto but painted all black. Current.
MZ Baghira Forest: A camouflage version of the Enduro. No longer available.

 

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