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Cagiva March 28, 2016 posted by

Monster Fighter: 2000 Cagiva Raptor 1000 for Sale

2000 Cagiva Raptor R Side Front

Cagiva's Raptor was a followup to the Ducati Monster by the original bike's designer, Miguel Angel Galluzzi. Powered by Suzuki's powerful, reliable and, most importantly, low-maintenance v-twin in both 650 and 1000cc flavors, the Raptor attempted to recreate the magical Monster formula for Cagiva. Unfortunately, while it was better in pretty much every quantifiable way than the air-cooled Monster, it never really captured the imagination of the buying public and was never officially imported to the USA, making this one of only a couple I've ever seen for sale here.

2000 Cagiva Raptor L Side

With 105hp and weighing in at around 400lbs with gearing to suit a naked bike, the Raptor 1000 is a fairly quick machine, although it obviously can't compete with modern supernakeds like the KTM Superduke. But those contemporary bikes would be virtually uncontrollable without modern electronic aids, something the Raptor obviously lacks entirely.

2000 Cagiva Raptor Dash

Unfortunately, the only couple Raptors I've seen here in the US are the "standard" bikes, not the much wilder V-Raptor that featured a slightly insane, very angular pointed headlight unit and a pair of air-tubes that curved back over the tank and look like they were cribbed off a Bimota SB8R... The standard Raptor is a good-looking bike but, in my opinion, lacks the elemental quality of Galluzzi's original Monster. It's bland and overstyled at the same time, with gimmicky gauges and a busy cast frame in place of the simple trellis unit of the Ducati.

2000 Cagiva Raptor Tank

From the original eBay listing: 2000 Cagiva Raptor 1000 for Sale

This bike may look like a Ducati Monster, since it was designed by the same designer, Miguel-Angel Galluzzi. However, when Cagiva divested Ducati (Ducati and MV Agusta were all owned by Cagiva under Claudio Castiglioni at the time) the later-designed Raptor employed the more powerful and reliable Suzuki v-twin motor. Google 'Cagiva Raptor 1000 (2000-2005) Review' to read some of the background of the genesis of the Raptor.

This bike is rare in the U.S. This may be the only Cagiva Raptor in the U.S. If you own one I would be interested to hear from you. I don't think they were ever imported here.
The bike is exotic in its Italian naked bike background but extremely reliable with its fuel-injected water-cooled Suzuki motor which doesn't require the valve adjustment every 6000 miles like the Monster. The Suzuki motor is also much more powerful than the air-cooled Ducati Monster motors of that vintage. The Suzuki motor is still used in production bikes and in flat track racing.
I bought this bike from the second owner in 2005, flew out to Los Angeles and rode the bike the 2000 miles back home to Springfield, Illinois without problems. Since that time I've put relatively few miles on it riding locally. The maintenance history of the bike during the time I've owned it is shown below.
The bike has metric instrumentation, so the speedometer and odometer readings are in kilometers. This requires some mental calculating when riding.
Everything works on the bike, except that the headlight does not come on with the ignition key switch. So I currently have a rubber band around the flasher switch (found on European-version bikes) to keep the headlight on continuously. I have an appointment with the local Cagiva dealer to have this fixed, so that may be remedied by the time of sale if it doesn't require parts ordering.
The bike runs strong and has a great v-twin exhaust note. It pulls cleanly and handles nicely, weighing only a little over 400 pounds. It is essentially in original condition as can be seen from the photos, still wearing most of its original 'MV Agusta S.p.A.' stickers. The tires only have a couple thousand miles on them although they were installed in 2007. The front fender and tank color have been changed to an original factory Cagiva color because the fender and tank were silver with MV Agusta badging when I bought it.
The bike is being sold with its original exhaust pipes which are in very nice condition. I have recently installed a new set of Staintune stainless steel exhaust pipes which have a somewhat throatier sound. These are not included in the sale price, but I would sell them for an additional $800 (these are $1200 retail if you can find them) above the sale price of the bike.
Please note that the photos shown in this auction were taken last year. However, they are still an accurate depiction of the bike's condition as only a few hundred kilometers of local cruising have been put on the bike since the time of these pictures. The bike has always been stored indoors in a heated garage with battery tender during the off-season.
2000 Cagiva Raptor L Side Engine
When new, this would have been a lower-maintenance, more powerful alternative to Ducati's air-cooled Monster. Now, it's role is a bit more ambiguous. The Suzuki V-twin is a fantastic motor. It's plenty powerful, and I'm sure a set of TL1000R cams and other parts would likely slot right in to get the Raptor up to that bike's claimed 135bhp. Unfortunately, electrical parts and bodywork will likely be shipping over from Europe, so "reliability" becomes a relative term.
2000 Cagiva Raptor SeatThis particular machine has very reasonable miles considering its age and looks to be in excellent cosmetic shape. Which is certainly a great starting point for a bike this rare at this price point: you certainly don't want to buy a cheap, basketcase exotic.  In spite of the condition, there are no takers yet at the $4,500 starting bid. Considering a decent Monster of the same era can be had for much less, this may just be priced a bit high.
2000 Cagiva Raptor R Side
Monster Fighter: 2000 Cagiva Raptor 1000 for Sale
Cagiva September 13, 2015 posted by

Rare Curiosity in the USA: 1986 Cagiva Aletta Oro S2 for Sale

1986 Cagiva S2 L Side Front

Cagiva's "Aletta Oro" S2 was designed to be a stylish, entry-level sporty motorcycle for countries where a "starter bike" is defined as something other than a 600lb, 883cc machine with no cornering clearance. The name translates as "gold wing" and the little bike offered up the usual light weight and nimble handling required to compete in the class.

1986 Cagiva S2 R Side Rear

This is no race-rep corner-carving two-stroke like Aprilia's RS250, and had comfortable ergonomics, oil-injection, a six-speed gearbox, and a convenient electric-start that set it apart from other bikes in the class. Interestingly, that little door in the right-side fairing doesn't cover the fuel cap. Instead it allows you to access the water-cooled bike's radiator filler. And that comprehensive dash looks like it was taken straight off the Alazzurra 650, something that can't be said about too many bikes...

1986 Cagiva S2 Dash

So while this was really never intended to be much more than a starter sportbike, it is still very cool and a far-cry from the Ninja 250s that passed for beginner "sportbikes" here in the USA. With 23hp and a sub-300 pound dry weight, it should be fun and very manageable.

1986 Cagiva S2 R Side Engine

This example isn't in absolutely perfect condition, with a few minor chips and scrapes and those aftermarket rear signals, but looks to have been well cared for all 2,500 miles, and the body panels appear to be in good shape, a serious concern when shopping for a weird budget bike.

From the original eBay listing: 1986 Cagiva S2 for Sale

Up for sale is a clean, and very rare 1986 Cagiva S2 125cc motorcycle. We are a multi-line motorcycle dealership, selling new BMW motorcycles in addition to Honda, Suzuki, Kawasaki, and a few other brands. This Cagiva S2 125cc is both electric start (although there is no battery currently installed) & also kick start too.  Motorcycles like these are getting rarer & rarer each year & a bike like this deserves to be part of somebody's Italian motorcycle collection!  This bike has not been started in the past 2-3 years, but was in great running condition last time it was on the road.

A hard to find and rare motorcycle like this needs to be preserved in this original condition.  This Cagiva has just over 2,517 miles and was previously registered in New Hampshire, which does not issue titles for motorcycles older than 1999.

1986 Cagiva S2 R Side

I'd expect parts to keep the engine running wouldn't be difficult to obtain in this era of eBay, although shipping times could have you waiting a while. Bodywork however, could be a pain and/or expensive to ship, so while this will probably prove to be a cheap buy, don't drop it or you might find yourself creating the world's first S2 "streetfighter..."


1986 Cagiva S2 L Side

Rare Curiosity  in the USA: 1986 Cagiva Aletta Oro S2 for Sale
Cagiva April 18, 2015 posted by

Mini Strada: 1987 Cagiva Freccia 125 on its way to UK


Don't feel bad if you aren't familiar with this mini Ducati Paso; this is only the 2nd Cagiva Freccia posted on RSBFS.  This little Italian two stroke from Cagiva is called the Freccia (which means arrow). It was introduced in May 1987 and was designed by Massimo Tamburini who is now famous for the 916 and MV Agusta F4. The Freccia was effectively a 125cc version of the 750/907 Paso.

Cagiva claimed the Freccia could hit a top speed of around 97 mph, which was close to what most 250s could achieve at the time.  Reviewers of the the Freccia wrote that it had decent revs at around 3000 rpm but really came on the boil at 7000 rpm.

"Rev it and you get  a big rush in power as the exhaust valve opens fully... put the power bump together with a new chassis and riders get a 125-class MotoGP experience, provided they kept the engine at the upper reaches of the rev range."

Click here to rear a review of the Freccia.


1987 Cagiva Freccia 125 for sale on ebay uk

This particular Freccia is being offered by a UK seller but apparently its still in Japan right now.   The seller indicates it will be available in the UK in a few months so inspection of the bike isn't possible right now.

As for condition,  the bike looks dirty with a few scuffs/decal removal residues but I don't see any evidence of crash damage.  Color scheme appears to be correct (available colors were Red/White and Blue/White).  Also I don't see significant amounts of rust which is always a concern with bikes from Japan.

The seller is a dealer and the ebay post provides limited info about the bike.  Here is what the seller has to say:

  • low mileage (only 778 on the odometer!)
  • original condition
  • turns over with good compression ,requires general servicing.
  • sold AS IS


So what's this little Italian two stroke worth?  Well it's certainly rare, it's a two stroke, and it was  designed by the legendary Tamburini.  The price when new in in 1987 was 4,698,900 Lira which converts to about 1,750 GBP or $2,2624 USD today.  But the "As-is" statement from the dealer is a bit of a concern since this can mean anything from "all servicing must be done by new owner" to "its held together by zip ties".  I would think that anyone interested in this junior version of the Paso might want to chat to the dealer and if possible, do a visual inspection when it arrives in the UK later this year.


Mini Strada: 1987 Cagiva Freccia 125 on its way to UK
Cagiva March 20, 2015 posted by

Bite-Sized Italian: 1998 Cagiva Mito125

1998 Cagiva Mito L Side Rear

At a glance, it'd be easy to mistake this frisky little Cagiva Mito for something else... Looking for all the world like a 2/3 scale Ducati 916, right down to the instruments and the transverse steering damper mounted to the headstock, it's really just that aluminum beam frame that gives the game away. Ironically, the Mito is much, much rarer, especially in the US, than it's bigger, more mature cousin.

1998 Cagiva Mito Dash

The Mito was introduced in 1989 and powered by a water-cooled 125cc two-stroke single that put out 34hp and used a seven-speed gearbox to keep the peaky little motor on the boil. Ridden to victory in the 1994 Italian 125cc championship by none other than Valentino Rossi, this little race-replica is a sharp-handling little machine, and while 30-odd horses may not sound like much, consider that it's coming from just 125 screaming cubic centimeters...

1998 Cagiva Mito Cockpit

Earlier bikes had a less 916-ish design, but the bike was restyled in 1994 by, not surprisingly, Massimo Tamburini himself.

1998 Cagiva Mito R Side Rear

From the original eBay listing: 1998 Cagiva Mito for Sale

When I saw this  machine for the first time I was sure that it was a 916 Ducati like the one I have owned since 1995.(designed by the same designer). The difference was the 7 speed gearbox which was my first clue that it wasn't a 916.The Mito is quite rare in the USA cuz the 2 strokes are not popular here in the states. They are very popular in Europe and in fact in some countries can be ridden by younger riders with the speed reduced. In fact it would only register the equivalent of 65 mph(its KM equipped).After modifying with racing parts I was seeing 112 mph(180 km) on the speedo. My investment is over $8000.00 plus labor. The machine has only 399KM and now is for sale(too many toys).

This machine has never been raced ,only ridden on the street to prove the package. If you are an inspiring racer there is a class for it here in the USA ,or its a crazy cool street rod.

1998 Cagiva Mito Front

The Buy it Now price is set at $6,000, with plenty of time left on the listing. That is a lot of cash for a 125: an Aprilia RS250 would provide similar lightweight performance for less money. But, as good-looking as that bike is, the "baby 916" aesthetic of the Mito really can't be beat and, if you're a collector, you're unlikely to find a more original, low-mileage example. Especially with just 399km on the clock, it'd be a shame to thrash this the way the builders intended.


1998 Cagiva Mito R Side Fairing

Bite-Sized Italian: 1998 Cagiva Mito125
Cagiva January 11, 2015 posted by

Mellow Yellow: 1986 Cagiva Alazzurra 650/GT


Cagiva Alazzurra models have long since been considered bargain Ducatis. Much as Nissan is to Datsun (hopefully I haven't lost our younger readers), Cagiva was the parent brand to Ducati following bankruptcy of the Bologna manufacturer back in 1985. But even before then, Cagiva purchased engines directly from Ducati for some models of their line-up. By the late 1980s, Cagiva decided that the Ducati brand was stronger outside of Italy, and the US distribution of Cagiva models dried up. While Cagiva shared Ducati componentry, the bikes themselves were manufactured in separate facilities. Thus the Cagiva/Ducati tie-ins can be confusing. Since Cagiva owned Ducati, used many of the same components and were built under the same parent company, perhaps Fiat - Ferrari would be the better comparison. Regardless, the pedigree is there and these are indeed unique Italian machines generally at a price point below that of a commensurate Ducati model.

1986 Cagiva Alazzurra 650 GT for sale on eBay


From the seller:
1986 Cagiva Alazzurra 650/GT

Very well maintained and restored piece of Ducati History for the price of a run of the mil Japanese sport bike. Only around 200 of these were imported into the United States. This is a 650 cc, proven L twin Ducati motor in a Cagiva Alazzurra frame. Equipped with Marzochi forks and shocks. Brembo disk brakes front and rear and great sounding buds exhaust. This bike need nothing and is ready to ride.


This late model Alazzurra looks great in full bodywork. The seller has included only a few, artsy pictures. I must admit the black/white/yellow pics look sharp, but I want to see more! This striking bike is located in Oregon, and has the BIN set at $4,500. The auction is currently sitting at less than half of that, with reserve still in place. Check it out here and be sure and let us know what you think!


Mellow Yellow: 1986 Cagiva Alazzurra 650/GT
Cagiva January 4, 2015 posted by

2003 Cagiva V-Raptor 1000 for Sale in California!

Update 1.4.2015: The seller has alerted us that this bike is back on the market. There have been some updates since our first post in June 2014 and all new pictures as well. Links updated. Good luck to buyers and seller. -dc

Hey, speaking of British bike magazines, here’s one you’re probably not too familiar with unless you read those publications. Suzuki’s V-twin was intended to compete with Ducati, but the bikes they stuffed it into never really seemed to be able to cut the mustard. The TL1000S was brawn over brains, with a dangerous reputation and a compromised rear suspension, and the TL1000R wasn’t quite right either, a bit too fat, maybe too soft, maybe not twin-y enough?

But they sound amazing, and both make pretty cool road tools, if you want the sound of a twin without the headaches of Desmodromic valves and $120/hr labor charges. And other manufacturers clearly agreed, since it ended up powering Bimota’s SB8 and Cagiva’s V-Raptors.

2003 Cagiva V-Raptor 1000 for sale on eBay

2003 Cagiva VRaptor L Side Crop

The V-Raptor was pretty wild-looking and designed by Miguel Galluzzi of Ducati Monster fame, although I think the design is trying a bit too hard. Period reviews suggest that packaging for this powerplant continued to be an issue and comfort was severely compromised for style, but Ducati Monster owners should be familiar with that. But the bike was striking and provided Italian style and booming noise without the pain of 6000 mile valve-checks. Yes, unless you do them yourself, those are every bit as annoying as you’d imagine.

From the original eBay listing: 2003 Cagiva V-Raptor 1000

Missing Left Side Panel (Plastic, can order Carbon Fiber Replacements for About $100)- Bent Right Side Exhaust (Due to Slow Fall in Muddy Puddle)- Missing Right Side Chain Tension Adjuster (Easy to Fix with Bolt/Washers from Home Depot)- Will Need New Chain, Sprocket Set, Valve Adjustment, & Front Tire within Next 2k-5k Miles Jet Black Paint with Metallic Clear Coat (Professionally Done), Seat Re-Upholstered to Black Carbon Fiber, Dual Zorstec Exhaust Pipes

Look, I hate to once again be the resident Cheap Weird Bike Guy, and this bike has all the hallmarks of being ridden hard, lightly crashed, and put away wet. But it's a Cagiva V-Raptor! You can take it to a Suzuki dealer and get it worked on!

2003 Cagiva VRaptor Title

To be honest, I had no idea these were ever available in the US and is registered in CA, a notoriously strict place relatively intolerant of DMV shenanigans. Maybe a quick email to the seller to ask the bike’s provenance? He does include a photo of the title, which is nice. And a list of things that have been done or need to be done suggest that at least the seller is representing the bike fairly.

The photos aren’t great, and the bike needs a bit of work to make it presentable, but might be worth it for the great, grunty motor and all the very confused looks you’ll get at local bike nights.


2003 Cagiva VRaptor R Side AMERIKUH

2003 Cagiva V-Raptor 1000 for Sale in California!