MZ 300 Review from United Kingdom

1985 MZ 300

Model year1985
Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership1987
Most recent year of ownership1987
Acceleration marks 3 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 3 / 10
Handling marks 3 / 10
Braking marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
2.4 / 10
Distance when acquired15000 miles
Most recent distance16000 miles


An ugly piece of junk


Gearbox seized up 16000.

General Comments:

Bought for £600 as a cheap run around, but was anything but. On a trip to Dover and back from London, it would not do more than 20mph.

On a trip up the motorway, the gearbox seized up and then freed itself up, and it rattled to a stand still.

Had it picked up by the garage it was bought from a few weeks previously, and told then to keep it for the price of the tow and fault find, it was that embarrassing.

Top speed was 90 on the speedometer. It was an orange colour and is very agricultural. The engine's 30bhp was too much for the gearbox to handle.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 29th July, 2006

21st Apr 2010, 18:49

Sorry, but I think you were just unlucky. Generally MZ 2-strokes are solid reliable motorcycles, although some of the designs can be very idiosyncratic. I love them!

Average review marks: 2.4 / 10, based on 1 review