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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

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


MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 0

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.


Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

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…


MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 0

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).

MZ Baghira (2001-2007)

Detail Value
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Engine size 659 cc
Power 50 bhp
Top speed 100 mph
Insurance group 9 of 17
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Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 0

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.


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

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

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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.



Top speed 100 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 14.3 secs
Max power 50 bhp
Max torque 42 ft-lb
Weight 180 kg
Seat height 900 mm
Fuel capacity 12.5 litres
Average fuel consumption 49 mpg
Tank range 135 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 9 of 17
Engine size 659 cc
Engine specification 5v single cylinder, 5 gears
Frame Steel tube cradle
Front suspension adjustment N/a
Rear suspension adjustment Preload and compression
Front brakes 298mm disc
Rear brake 245mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 160/60 x 17

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