MZ Skorpion Sport Review from United Kingdom

1997 MZ Skorpion Sport

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2001
Acceleration marks 5 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 5 / 10
Handling marks 10 / 10
Braking marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance18000 miles
Previous motorcycleMZ TS125

Summary:

Why did they stop making them?

Faults:

Battery would flatten when trying to start the motor if it had been stood for more than a week, as a result of the vacuum operated fuel pump (petrol had evaporated).

Tail light bulb blew regularly.

General Comments:

At the time it was the most powerful big single on the market. After the initial running period, I installed a stage 2 dyno jet kit, K & N filter and Renegade exhaust. What a transformation! Free revving to the limiter, but VERY LOUD!

Sounded wonderful when ticking over and always drew admiring glances.

Excellent back road scratcher with plenty of smiles per miles and good comfort.

Forget the badge, this is a serious bike for enthusiasts.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th May, 2005

3rd Dec 2005, 19:41

All this is true, but you forgot the fact it's like on rails around the corners with the correct rubber.

10th Apr 2006, 15:53

I have owned an R-registration MZ Skorpion Sport for 4 years, and use it mainly for the 12 mile commute and short weekend trips. I have always found it a good handling bike and reliable; the only niggles being; tail-light bulb failure, dash-light gremlins, paint chipping, erratic rev-counter, oil & chain guzzling and throttle-cable failure once, due to nipple departure from handlebar end.

Other than that, it has been a very enjoyable bike to own and ride, pandering to my preference for the big single sound, and so far proving to be excellent value for money.

9th Apr 2008, 22:10

I have a 1996 Skorpion Sport, and loved riding it until I hit a van with it on a dark and rainy night, when he pulled right out in front of me. Said he didn't see me. Shattered the steering head bearing races, and the beautiful Italian front wheel and front fairing.

It did corner like it was on the proverbial 'rails' and sounded great. Never failed to start, Yamaha reliability.

Wish I could find another frame and front end.

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 1 review