So I took my Girlfriends newly acquired Skorpion out for a spin, just to get a feel for it before giving it a service and a good going over.
It's a 1994 with 40 000 miles on it. The tach is drunk, the speedo might be way out, not sure yet but the bike is in pretty decent shape. There's some cracks on the plastics and it's had a rattle can paint job but I'd say it's a good bike at the buying price. The motor and clutch sound sweet to me.
My first impressions are obviously going to be seriously affected by the fact that I'm riding a cruiser which is heavy, low and seriously hampered by bad suspension.
All I can say is...wow. I love it. It's light, nimble, slim and frisky. The whole package feels tight and light, I'm used to sitting IN a bike and the Sport is a sitting ON or rather sitting ALONG the top of the bike so it felt pretty weird. Roads I's take at 50 were done at 70-75 with ease and I was taking it easy.
. I really had to work at slowing down as the bike feels like it wants to be pushed on.
I was expecting a bit more poke at the bottom end somehow, dunno why as I've never ridden a big single before. Pre servicing, I'd say it's power is good from mid range up. The motor certainly likes to be revved more than I was expecting, although I wasn't thrashing it. The crazy tach confused me for a bit until I just ignored it.
All In all I really like the bike and I know the missus will too. She likes different and quirky which is is. It's a real grin maker with character and a bit of a hooligan bike. I'm looking forward to feeling the benefit after a good service and cleaning up the wiring connections. I've got a louder can to fit too. That stock can must be the quietest can in the world. I couldn't hear ANY exhaust note at all on the move. I mean NOTHING. On the plus side it allowed me to really hear the engine which sounds sweet to me although I'm a stranger to these engines. It's certainly quieter than my v twin XV750 engine.
One question if I may...Clutch adjustment. There doesn't seem to be a traditional clutch adjuster in the sense of lock nut-grub screw-soft seat then- out 1/4 turn- type of thing. Is the only available adjustment on the cable where it enters the clutch cover?
His - 1995 Yamaha XV750, 21 000 miles.
Hers - 1994 MZ Scorpion Sport - 40 000 miles.