MOTORCYCLE – MZ Introduces Third 1000cc Unit
May 19, 2005
Filed under Features
MZ Motorrad — und Zweiradwerk GmbH, Zschopau, Germany, has launched a new touring bike, the MZ 1000 ST SuperTraveller. Like the upcoming 1000 ST (see the April 25 issue of Powersports Business) the SuperTraveller is based on the MZ 1000 S that recently arrived stateside.
In fact, the frame and fairing of the SuperTraveller are to a large extent identical to the MZ 1000 S that has been produced at the Zschopau factory since 2004. And, the four-stroke inline twin engine is identical with the MZ 1000 SF. The engine puts out 113hp at 9000 rpm.
The features of the new SuperTraveller have been designed for longer journeys. Different are the higher handlebars and lower foot pegs, a higher windscreen, a new rear seat cushion to provide more comfort for the passenger, and optimized clutch springs to reduce hand-force by a claimed 20%.
In addition, the manufacturer offers a luggage system — two 40-liter side cases that can be upgraded to total 120 liters, and a 40-liter top case. The company developed a steering damper to aid riding with a full load.
The ST arrived in German dealerships this month and retails there for Euro 10,290 ($13,321). The luggage system raises the price to Euro 10,790 ($13,968).
MZ product is imported into the U.S. and distributed by Motorrad of North America, Miami, Fla. No word on when the ST will be available stateside. The SF is scheduled to arrive mid-summer.