MZ BAGHIRA 660 (2001 - 2007) Review

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Power: 50 bhp
Seat height: Tall (35.4 in / 900 mm)
Weight: Low (397 lbs / 180 kg)

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
4 out of 5 (4/5)

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

Next up: Engine
4 out of 5 (4/5)

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

Next up: Reliability
5 out of 5 (5/5)

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.

 

Reliability & build quality

Next up: Value
5 out of 5 (5/5)

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 vs rivals

Next up: Equipment
4 out of 5 (4/5)

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.

 

Equipment

3 out of 5 (3/5)

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).

Specs

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

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption 49 mpg
Annual road tax £93
Annual service cost -
New price -
Used price -
Insurance group 9 of 17
How much to insure?
Warranty term -

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

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.

 

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.

Review your MZ BAGHIRA 660 (2001 - 2007)

Summary of owners' reviews

Overall rating: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
Engine: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
Reliability & build quality: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Value vs rivals: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Equipment: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
4 out of 5 The Grinner.
05 January 2016 by Mashup

Version: Black panther

Year: 2004

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.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

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.

Engine 4 out of 5

It's not a KTM or ccm, but still great, keeps up with mates duke 2. And nearly half the price used.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Never let me down in 2yrs. Rear brake switch has been done twice.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

Do it myself, excellent mz forum for help.

Equipment 5 out of 5

Maxxis

Buying experience: Private

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