MZ BAGHIRA 660 (2001 - 2007) Review
At a glance
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Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
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 & brakesNext up: Engine
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…
EngineNext up: Reliability
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.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
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 vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
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.
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).
|Engine type||5v single cylinder, 5 gears|
|Frame type||Steel tube cradle|
|Fuel capacity||12.5 litres|
|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|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||49 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£93|
|Annual service cost||-|
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Top speed & performance
|Max power||50 bhp|
|Max torque||42 ft-lb|
|Top speed||100 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||14.3 secs|
|Tank range||135 miles|
Model history & versions
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.
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.
Owners' reviews for the MZ BAGHIRA 660 (2001 - 2007)
1 owner has reviewed their MZ BAGHIRA 660 (2001 - 2007) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.
Summary of owners' reviews
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Version: Black panther
No good on a long run (for me) 2+ hrs numb bum. Best bike and most fun around town and twisty roads that I have owned in 25yrs. My face always hurts because I,m always smiling when I ride it.
Brakes are amazing, yamaha660 engine,wp suspension,acerbis plastics and it put together well. Use it all yr round and it seems to weather well.
It's not a KTM or ccm, but still great, keeps up with mates duke 2. And nearly half the price used.
Never let me down in 2yrs. Rear brake switch has been done twice.
Do it myself, excellent mz forum for help.
Buying experience: Private