Mutt Fat Sabbath 250
This bike has serious attitude, with all the trimmings of a fully customised scrambler. It looks and feels bigger than a 250cc, in a good way! At $8,500 on the road, it’s surprising just how many modern features the Fat Sabbath manages to cram in, including linked ABS brakes and hand-stitched leather seat. Who said learner-approved bikes had to be boring.
Mutt is a UK-based motorcycle manufacturer specialising in customised 125 and 250cc motorcycles. Each model in the Mutt Motorcycles 250 range has a signature look, with classic styling reminiscent of the adventure bikes of yesteryear. Not only do Mutt’s bikes look adventure-ready with their blacked out engine and components, diamond embroidered leather seat and military-inspired mesh headlight grille, but at 250cc they are well-suited to less experienced riders seeking a decent-looking ride that handles well on the road and even the occasional dirt track.
Having recently acquired my restricted (RE) motorcycle license, I was itching to get my hands on this one-of-a-kind custom blue Mutt Fat Sabbath 250.
Read on to find out how the Mutt fared cruising ’round the coastal streets and cascading hinterland roads of Queensland’s Gold Coast.
Mutt Fat Sabbath 250
The Mutt Fat Sabbath 250 model is a sixties-inspired 5-speed motorcycle designed with a solid and chunky feel. Aptly named after the heavy metal band Black Sabbath, this model is dark and moody with black bodywork and components…in fact, everything on this bike is usually black!
Like all of Mutt’s bikes, the beating heart of the Fat Sabbath is modeled on a Suzuki GN250 single cylinder fuel-injected 4-stroke engine. When combined with the custom matte black (…of course..) chubby short exhaust pipe, this bike has enough power to zip around in traffic, with a throaty little bellow to match. Despite being a modest 250cc engine, the sound when you give the Mutt a twist of throttle through the thoughtfully designed custom pipe on the Sabbath is enough to make any bike enthusiast grin.
Chunky twin-duro knobbly tyres are fitted to the 18 inch satin black spoked wheels, giving the Fat Sabbath the look and feel of a bigger bike. These super-wide tyres really compliment the form and function of this bike, providing a stable and surprisingly smooth, grippy ride on the asphalt due to the tyre composition, which despite the knobbly form factor are actually intended for 80% road use, 20% offroad.
Other thoughtful features which give the Fat Sabbath the feel of a fully-customised scrambler include the hand stitched diamond-pattern black leather seat, electric start and linked ABS brakes front and back. The blacked out Renthal-style handlebars give the bike a super-comfortable ride position, and had me reminiscing of my childhood propelling BMX bikes over backyard dirt jumps. My Mutt’s also fitted with bar-end mirrors which take a little getting used to but look the part and offer surprisingly good visibility.
It could be because of the custom blue gloss paint on my Mutt, but this bike is a real head turner and gets plenty of attention everywhere it goes. Whether it is stopped at traffic lights, parked up at a beachside carpark or sitting out the front of a cafe while refuelling my caffeine tank, the bike gets more side glances than Kim Kardashian at a heavy metal concert.
Are Mutt 250 Motorcyles LAMS Approved?
First of all, if you are not familiar with the term LAMS it stands for ‘Learner Approved Motorcycle Scheme’.
In Australia, there are variations in the classification of LAMS approved bikes for each state and territory.
The good news is that the Mutt Fat Sabbath is LAMS approved in all states of Australia! That means the Mutt is ideally suited to those on Learner’s and Restricted licenses. Happy days!
Mutt 250 Top Speed
The Mutt Fat Sabbath 250 is reported to have a top speed of 129km/h.
I haven’t found the opportunity to push the bike up to that end of the speedo just yet, but what I can tell you is that the Sabbath sits very comfortably around the 80km/hr mark. At this speed it feels well balanced, and with surprisingly little vibration giving its knobbly tyres, corners well and still has a bit in reserve if you need to give it a quick squirt of speed.
The Fat Sabbath 250 isn’t the bike to break any land-speed records, but if you are riding around town and the occasional open road it’s actually pretty ideal. Enough grunt to enough to live a little, yet still compact enough to maneuvere in traffic.
Mutt 250 0-60
The acceleration of the Mutt 250 Motorcycle is not going to take down a Lamborghini at the traffic lights, but it is certainly quick enough for nipping in and out of traffic.
From my highly non-scientific testing this Mutt 250 reached 60km/hr from a standstill in approximately 6 seconds.
Let’s just take a second to remind ourselves, feeling good isn’t measured in seconds…
Mutt 250 Exhaust
Just like the catalogue says, the Mutt Fat Sabbath 250 ‘has a healthy low down rumble’, thanks to the flat black heat treated stainless steel exhaust and silencer. I’m not going to lie, when I started her up for the first time and twisted the throttle, I couldn’t help but grin. It’s a unique, old school warble that’s unique to the Mutt.
Take a listen to my Mutt Fat Sabbath exhaust in action here (my iPhone microphone does not do it justice):
Weight of Mutt Fat Sabbath
The dry weight of the Mutt Fat Sabbath 250 is 130kg.
Dry weight is the weight without fluids like fuel, oil and coolant.
So we’re probably looking at about 150kg with a tank of fuel and all the other stuff necessary to keep the Mutt moving. Compared to similar bikes in this category such as the Royal Enfield Classic 350 weighing at almost 200kg dry, the Mutt Fat Sabbath is quite light despite it’s chunky appearance, assisting with its appeal and maneuverability for less experienced riders.
Mutt Fat Sabbath 125 vs Mutt Fat Sabbath 250
What’s the difference between the Mutt Fat Sabbath 125 and it’s 250cc variant, you ask?
Well firstly the 125cc is not available in Australia. I’m not sure whether this is because the lower-powered 125 simply wouldn’t be appealing to Aussie rev-heads, or whether there are other reasons associated with our LAMS legislation here in Oz.
I’ve spoken to a couple of owners of the global Mutt Owners Facebook Group (which is definitely worth joining if you buy a Mutt) and they all seems pretty happy with their 125s, keeping in mind their common motivation for purchase being a safe yet cool learner bike.
Either way, being a relatively inexperienced rider and having ridden only the 250, I’d still choose a 250cc Mutt any day of the week. It’s not overbearingly powerful, but has enough grunt to propel yourself out tight spots and to cruise quite comfortably on highways and motorways as your riding progresses.
Mutt Fat Sabbath 250 vs Mutt Hilts 250
One of the other popular Mutt models here in Australia is the Hilts 250. Whilst both models are built on virtually identical platforms with all of the same components, the fundamental difference is really the aesthetic of each bike – the Fat Sabbath is a dark and moody street machine, whereas the Hilts has a bit more of a ‘Steve McQueen’ motocross feel to it.
Here are a few other differences to consider if you’re tossing up between the two models.
|Mutt Fat Sabbath 250||Mutt Hilts 250|
|Matte paint (tank, fenders etc)||Deep gloss paint (tank, fenders etc)|
|Renthal style handlebars (low rise)||Motocross style handlebars (high rise, cross brace)|
|120-90-18 chunky road scrambler tyres||80/20 road scrambler tyres|
|Black leather seat||Brown leather seat|
So when you’re weighing up which Mutt is best for you, aside from the handlebar design and tyre tread there are very few material differences between the Sabbath and the Hilts. It really comes down to personal taste, and in my eyes they’re both amazing bikes that pay homage to the styling of bygone eras.
Mutt Sabbath 250: Final Verdict
You won’t find a better motorcycle with the feel of a fully customised blacked-out scrambler in the Australian marketplace for under $8,500 off the showroom floor than the Mutt Fat Sabbath 250.
With features you’d expect in high-end bikes such as linked ABS brakes, a hand-stitched leather seat and that signature custom exhaust this is a 250cc bike that gives the learner rider the opportunity to own a bike they feel proud of, and also gets plenty of attention from seasoned veterans too.