Mutt Motorcycles are one of a new breed of motorcycle manufacturers. They take otherwise mundane Chinese built machines and give them that edgy shed built vibe before selling them on at reasonable prices through small local motorbike dealerships, just like rivals Herald and Mash.
Although the bikes are built in China, Mutt themselves grew out of a custom shop in Birmingham – which perhaps explains their slight obsession with Brum’s leading heavy metal band – the one and only Black Sabbath.
A few years ago they named their stripped down, blacked out scrambler after Ozzy, Geezer, Tony and Bill – dubbing it the Blackest Sabbath – and now they’re back with yet another heavy metal offering – the limited edition Fat Sabbath.
Fat, of course, refers to the wheels and Mutt’s latest mongrel rolls on chunky 4×18” wheels front and rear, fitted with some hard core Continental TKC80 Twin-duro tyres. High end Renthall alloy bars are nice and high for that authentic scrambler look, while the detailing is beyond what you would expect from a budget bike – especially the cool black diamond patterned handlebar grips and a hand made saddle that’s a distinct nod to Mutt’s custom house heritage.
Colours? Well, how does black work for you? We’ve scanned the pics in great depth and, aside from the brake discs and some machined finishes on the engine, we’re struggling to find anything that’s not coated in the blackest of matt black paint. We’re sure Ozzy’s would be proud.
Mechanically, it’s what you would expect from a Chinese built bike with a low-tech air-cooled 125cc single putting out 12bhp through a five-speed gearbox. Simple is as simple does and, despite the hipster looks and the name, the £3495 Fat Sabbath is no Sunday morning play thing. For all its tough tyres may suggest otherwise, it’s definitely more Shoreditch than Sahara, and certainly makes for a distinctive city hack.
Despite the name calling, it ain’t no fatty either. At 105kg dry, it’s as light as you’d expect from a 125cc learner bike, while the 780mm seat height should make it nice and manoeuvrable on the city streets.