Click here for an CycleVIN Motorcycle History Report on this 1996 MZ Skorpion Sport. Additional photos are available here for your perusal.
From the same seller of a wonderful custom Cagiva Mito we sold 8 months ago comes another motorcycle that’s rare in the US!
Per the seller:
“The MZ factory is in former East Germany. With the collapse of Communism in November 1989, the MZ factory (which produced a 125cc 2-stroke single) was no longer able to sell their bikes.
The West German government wanted to help the East Germans. At the time, the rate of exchange was 7 East Marks for 1 West Mark. The West German government gave the East Germans an exchange of 1:1. The East Germans suddenly had a lot of money and as such, German, Italian, British, Japanese, and other bikes were now available for sale.
The MZ factory decided to build a hybrid. The frame is British, the engine (660cc 4-stroke Yamaha water-cooled single) is Japanese, the rear shock (Bilstein) is German, and the bodywork is Italian. The stock engine has two carbs, one small and one large. The previous owner installed a flat slide Mikuni.
Weighing just 380 pounds and packing 48 horsepower, this is a rare sportbike that has become quite the cult classic. The Skorpion was available in a variety of models, such as Tour, Traveller, Cup, and Replica. This is a Sport model, which got a half fairing and low bars. But a previous owner added some nice cosmetic twists with touches of white on the front fairing as well as custom “MUZ” and “Scorpion Stinger” logos.
There is a “K&N Filtercharger Equipped” sticker (the bike is equipped with one). There’s also an “Edelbrock” sticker on the lower engine mounts on both sides of the frame though that is just a cosmetic touch. Note that the battery is under the seat – there is a string under the body work on the right side which you can pull to lift the seat. There is also a cable towards the rear that will release the top of the cowling to access the oil tank.
Cosmetic imperfections include very minor scratches in the bodywork, staining of the exhaust pipe, and scratches on one of the fork tubes. Photos of all known flaws are included in the photo album up top.
It’s rare to find a bike that’s unique, fun to ride, easy to work on, and an excellent bang for your buck, but that’s exactly what you’re staring at right now with this MZ Skorpion. And with no reserve, it’s guaranteed to find a new home!