MZ Baghira 660 Enduro



MZ Baghira 660 Enduro


1998 - 09


Four stroke, single cylinder, SOHC, 5 valves


660 cc / 40.2 cu-in
Bore x Stroke 100 x 84 mm
Cooling System Liquid cooled
Compression Ratio 9.2:1
Lubrication Wet sump


35mm Carburetor


Electronic CDI
Starting Electric

Max Power

50 hp / 36.4 kW @ 6500 rpm

Max Torque

57 Nm / 42.0 lb-ft @ 5250 rpm
Clutch Wet, multiple discs, cable operated


5 Speed
Final Drive Chain
Frame Steel, Single cradle frame

Front Suspension

Paioli 45mm telescopic fork
Front Wheel Travel 280 mm / 10.2 in

Rear Suspension

White Power gas-suspension mono-shock
Rear Wheel Travel 280 mm / 11.0 in

Front Brakes

Single 298mm disc 2 piston caliper

Rear Brakes

Single 245mm disc 1 piston caliper

Front Tyre


Rear Tyre

Fork Angle 62°
Trail 130 mm / 5.1 in
Wheelbase 1530 mm / 60.2 in
Seat Height 930 mm / 36.6 in

Dry Weight

161 kg / 355 lbs

Fuel Capacity 

12.5 Litres / 3.3 US gal

NO QUESTION, THE BUG-EYED MASTIFF IS VERY cool, but with its wide, 17-inch wheels and sticky low-profile rubber, it's best suited to terrorizing repli-racers in the canyons. Fun, in other words, but not terribly versatile.

If it's all-around ability you want, consider the dual-purpose Baghira. As MZs go, it's inexpensive, undercutting the Mastiff and the fully faired Skorpion Sport Cup by $200. Don't equate inexpensive with cheap, though: Top-shelf compo-nents-46mm Paioli fork, WP shock, Acerbis plastic and Grimeca brakes-are standard fare.

Except for more relaxed steering geometry and an inch-longer swingarm, the Baghira's steel frame mirrors the Mastiffs. Ditto the twin-piston front brake caliper, single-piston rear, one-piece seat, plastic tailpiece and goliath muffler. Tweaks include a smaller-diameter front brake rotor, motocross-style handlebar, an additional 3.5 inches of suspension travel both front and rear and narrower, larger-diameter wheels shod with dirt-capable Pirelli MT60s.

There are no surprises in the engine department. The Baghira (though spelled differently, the name comes from the black panther in Rudyard Kipling's classic, The Jungle Book) is powered by the same liquid-cooled, twin-carb, five-valve 660cc Yamaha Single that propels most MZs. The overall gear ratio is different, though, to compensate for the larger circumference of the 18-inch rear tire.
Swinging a leg over the tall seat takes some coordination-passengers may need a step-stool. Once aboard, even 6-foot riders will find themselves on tip-toes at stoplights.

In all fairness, though, the view from the saddle is spectacular. Only drivers of jacked-up 4x4s have a better take on traffic.
Off the pavement, the Baghira's potential is limited mostly by its mass, much of which is located high in the chassis. Full of fuel, the bike scales-in at 383 pounds, light for around-town work, but positively anchor-like if you're trying to shed speed on a whooped-out fireroad. Nonetheless, the high-fendered machine is a capable explorer, its plush suspension easily soaking up moderately sized rocks and ruts. But be forewarned, the fork has lots of underhang to snag on ruts and tree roots, and there's no skidplate, leaving the waterpump, among other things, unprotected.
For most potential buyers, though, the biggest hurdle will be the skyscraper seat height. Get past that, and the Baghira is one appealing steed, indeed. -M