Launched at the same time as the firm’s unfaired Tour version, and seven years previous to the fully-loaded Traveller incarnation, MZ’s Skorpion Sport was a breath of fresh air, and on the face of it, a much better bike than anything you’d have imagined possible when you consider the image the MZ name sometimes conjours up.
Housing Yamaha’s XT660 motor within a beautifully simple frame helped create a light, affordable and generally reliable workhorse that had more than a dash of style to it, too.
It was a refreshingly able antidote to the Japanese multis of the era.
It was a triumph of sorts in the world of no-frills motorcycling.
Even 18 years ago the single-cylinder 660 engine was a known – and proven – quantity, providing easy torque and a decent top end.
The handling was lithe, assisted by low bars and light weight, as the three UK owners who keep theirs on the roads will no doubt attest.
Shame on the five other owners whose Skorpion Sports are currently off the road. hese little beauties deserve to see the light of day, and show a clean set of heels to a sport 600 down a back lane.
Next stop: Classic or crusher?
Against all odds, the MZ-badged roadster proves itself worthy of classic status in our eyes. What’s not to like about an easy-going thumper that simply works, and works well?