Posts by Category: Cagiva

Cagiva April 3, 2011 posted by

Back to kick-ass motorcycles: 1987 Ducati 750 F1

For Sale: 1987 Ducati 750 F1

Fresh from our April 1 escapades (you DID realize it was April Fool’s Day, didn’t you?) comes this fantastic 1987 Ducati F1 in classic Italian tri-colore livery. Built during Ducati’s dark days of the mid-to-late 1980s – sales were way down and Ducati was struggling financially – the 750 F1 was intended to evoke the company’s TT racing success. The bikes were fantastic pieces: trellis frames, air-cooled desmo twins, Brembo hardware on both ends and Marzocchi suspension components. But with demand way down, Ducati simply did not import many – making these rare models to find today.

From the seller:
1987 Ducati 750 F1

Loud and fast Italian .40mm carbs,dry clutch,Open megaphone exhaust.Original condition,some nicks and scratches but excellent condition.Clear title.

This auction is current right now. The opening bid is set at $12,000, with no takers as of yet. The starting price seems a bit steep for a non-Montjuich model (which had higher performance and upgraded componentry), but this is indeed a relatively rare model and a significant piece of Ducati history. This is a no reserve auction, so the higher starting price is somewhat understandable. With a claimed 600 miles on the clock, this looks to be a relatively well preserved model ready to be ridden by its new owner.

For more pictures and more information, click on the link and . And let us know if you like this sort of stuff – or if we should go back to trikes and ‘Busa customs. Send us some comments, as operators are standing by…


Cagiva February 23, 2011 posted by

Italian Teens Commuter Or U.S. Exotica? Titled 1995 Cagiva Mito

Italian Teens Commuter Or U.S. Exotica? Titled 1995 Cagiva Mito

It is kind of funny how something can be very ordinary in one place an exotic in another.  These little Mitos, in my opinion, are classic bikes.  Their design/look is timeless much like, say a Ducati 916.  Could it be because the same pen designed them?  Maybe but park this next to an Aprilia RS125 and tell me which is the newer bike.  What makes this impressive is that the Mito is considered a beginners bike and they usually look like, well:  beginners bikes.  Only the tiny exhaust and single disc give away its’ lack of cc’s.

You may recognize this garage, as it has been producing some extremely nice grey bikes for sale lately.  Lucky for us the seller has decided to thin out his herd.  Lets go down the checklist for the bike.  Title: check.  Low miles: check.  Extremely clean: check.  There really isn’t a whole lot to say.  If you’ve been waiting for a Mito to come up for sale here it is.  It has everything you could ask for.

Can you see the 916 now?  This one is just smaller and smokes.  I’d love to see some comments from owners about these bikes.  Do they motivate pretty good?  I think back to my RM125 dirt bike and remember that thing was pretty damn strong.  Did Cagiva plug it up with restrictions and if so, are they easy to remove?  What is the fit and finish like on a Cagiva as I’ve never seen one in person.

I think this is one of those bikes that if you got it in your garage you’d find yourself riding more than you thought you would.  I’d take in a heart beat if my wallet would only cooperate.  This one is another Ebay bike and it looks like it has attracted a few bidders although the price is still well below what I think the seller would let it go for.  .

Since I compared the two, here are the RS125 and the Mito together. In all honesty, they are both sharp looking bikes.


Cagiva August 19, 2010 posted by

1993 Cagiva Mito In North Carolina

1993 Cagiva Mito In North Carolina

In my opinion, the Mito is one of those bikes that just has classic lines.  I actually favor the styling of the older model Mito’s like this one.  Nothing wrong with the Cagiva red either.  This one has a few issues but might be had for a decent price.  The seller is asking $2000 or best offer for the little red beast.  No mention on title status.

From the ad:

1993 Italian race bike Cagiva Mito 125cc 2 stroke. I have not had it run in years brought it with me from Italy needs some work but is in good condition. Think the stator is bad and missing the intake manifold, was lost while at a shop and never got it back before i moved to the US.

Help keep two storkes alive, give the man a call.  You can find his number here.


Cagiva January 2, 2010 posted by

(1991) Yamaha TZR250 & 2001 Cagiva Mito Evo II

Located in Torrance, California is a Yamaha TZR250 and 2001 Cagiva Mito.  These bikes are available from the same dealer of a GSX-R400R we posted earlier.  The TZR250 has 3,400km, a clean California Title, SP swingarm, fully adjustable suspension, Ohlins Damper and DID ERV2 chain.  The Cagiva Mito is unfortunately untitled but has only 65km.  These ads appear to be over a year old but they may still be available.  See these bikes on Moto-Tec’s website here.


Cagiva December 31, 2009 posted by

Cagiva Mito Evo 1

Located in Oakland, California is a Cagiva Mito.  This bike isn’t registered nor titled but has been available for quite some time–hence why I decided to post it.  The seller doesn’t state much about the specific bike for sale but from the photos it looks to have some cosmetic damage while looking to be overall very original and in okay condition.  The asking price of $4,200 seems to be high especially compared to the California Titled 2000 Evo II I posted previously.  If you’d like to make an offer, see the Craigslist ad here.


Aprilia December 30, 2009 posted by

Private Collection in New Jersey

I haven’t see this website before but, Motorcycles For Sale Classic, is apparently a broker for a collection of motorcycles out of New Jersey.  It looks to have been recently updated but has some obvious errors–make sure to contact the seller by phone to confirm anything on their site.  Anyhow, these are some of the bikes that are still available that I found interesting:

  • 1977 MV Agusta 850SS with 1,791 original miles.
  • 1977 Ducati 900SS with 2,500 original miles.
  • 1986 Suzuki GSX-R750 Limited Edition with 2,358 original miles (Vance & Hines exhaust fitted).
  • 1985 Suzuki RG500 with 385 original miles.
  • Yamaha TZR250 with 22,245 miles.
  • 1984 Yamaha RD500 with 31,600 miles.
  • A second Yamaha RD500 with less miles.
  • Aprilia RS250 with 610 original miles.
  • 1995 Cagiva Mito.

These aren’t all the bikes listed on the site–and more appear in the background of photos–but again, I would caution anyone against acting too quickly.  The website listed features errors and older dates but, I haven’t seen these photos featured anywhere else and they all look to be correct and from the same location.  Titles and registration isn’t mentioned and only a few bikes have asking prices.  Regardless, take a look at the site as it may be an undiscovered mine!


Cagiva December 24, 2009 posted by

MidAmerica Auctions, Inc. January 7-9 2010 Las Vegas, Nevada.

This is an odd post as it isn’t about a specific bike in the sale but there will be some very interesting ones available (to name just a few):

  • 1967 Aermacchi CRTT
  • 1971 Benelli 250 Cafe Racer
  • 2000 Cagiva Mito
  • 1978 Ducati Super Sport
  • 1958 Gilera 125 Race
  • And much, much more.

It’s worth looking at the current consignment list to see if there is something in there for you–there is everything from vintage road racers and flat trackers to Harley’s.  Remember, it’s not too late, you can always phone in a bid.  See the bid list here. See the MidAmerica Auctions, Inc. website here.


Cagiva November 13, 2009 posted by

Another pair from Italy – 1985 Ducati Cagiva Alazzurra 650 – both for sale on ebay

Here are two interesting motorcycles, both are 1985 Ducati Cagiva Alazzurra 650’s and are offered on ebay.

The first one is red, located in Damascus, Oregon and has 11,521 miles – .

The second is located in Phoenix, AZ and is described as a “barn find” with only 3,131 miles – the listing states the original “The owner parked it in a barn in 1985 after the kick stand cut-out switch failed and it sat covered for all those years…” .

The first example has a detailed history of the 1985 Ducati Cagiva Alazzurra 650:

First, Let’s start with the history of the Cagiva Alazzurra.  Here is a brief description courtesy from “Classic Motorcycles”:

“Badge engineering” is a familiar term in the automobile industry, loosely defined as the rebadging of one make and model to create another. Think of a Chrysler sedan from the Eighties, and it will undoubtedly have one or two nearly identical siblings. And while this is the kind of marketing one might expect from decades past in Detroit, it wasn’t common in Bologna, even during their toughest times.

In 1985, Ducati had just been purchased by Cagiva. Cagiva, then the largest Italian motorcycle manufacturer, was primarily making mopeds and small street bikes at the time, and many of them were two-strokes. To expand into the middle- and heavyweight street bike market, it needed four-stroke engines. As the March 1985 issue of Rider magazine said, “There were several reasons why Ducati’s engine manufacturing facility was the logical candidate to supply Cagiva with motors: The physical plant was already there, the product was good, and it was the only segment of Ducati’s operation that had been profitable.”

Cagiva’s owners, the Castiglioni brothers, had a new direction in mind for the company, and it included widening the scope of the company’s products beyond that of just sport bikes for enthusiasts. Two years before Cagiva purchased Ducati, Ducati had agreed to supply engines to Cagiva for two models, the Elefant dual-sport bike and the Alazzurra, a bike very similar to the earlier Ducati Pantah. It was 1985 before the two bikes hit the production line.

The 650cc Alazzurra was essentially the latest version of the Ducati Pantah when it debuted in 1985.

1985 Ducati Cagiva Alazzurra 650 for sale

The detailed description of the first bike:

This pristine example has only covered 11,360 miles and is in impeccable condition.  The 650 L-Twin Ducati Desno motor is similar to current Monster motors. Rated at 56 HP and a weight weight of only 435 pounds gives it a top speed of over 115mph.  Carbs are 36mm Dellorto pumpers. 5spd transmission, Brembo dual discs on the front and a single disc rear provide excellent stopping power. Suspension is by Marzocchi, both the front forks and the rear remote reservoir shocks.  This a very comfortable sport tourer with a more standard riding position and a very comfortable seat.

Excellent all original example except for the Yamaha brake master cylinder that was installed to give better brake feel by it’s original owner, the late Merlyn Plumlee, the famed HRC crew chief who purchased it for his wife.   The bike has had the belts changed and valves checked, and the carbs were recently gone thru.  Bridgestone BattleAx tires have less than 500 miles and the battery was new last year.  Complete with owner’s manual as well as parts and service manuals.  You won’t find a nicer one, even the clock works!

I will assist with shipping and can deliver locally to the shipper of your choice.  The PDX Forward Air terminal is not far away and has worked well for me in the past.  Check out my excellent feedback and thanks for looking.

The barn find:

This bike is the definition of a barn find! The owner parked it in a barn in 1985 after the kick stand cut-out switch failed and it sat covered for all those years in Prescott Az. I cleaned out the fuel tank and sealed it, replace the petcocks, fuel lines, spark plugs, cleaned the carbs and rebuilt them, replace the battery,replace the leaking front master cylinder, changed the oil and the bike fired right up! Lukily when put into storage the cylinders were oiled and on inspection looked new. I rode the bike and it runs and shifts smoothly, but with original tires I wouldn’t ride it very far. The paint was abused badly from bumps and hits so I had it repainted with the original colors, otherwise it’s as it came from the factory. It is not perfect, the hand grips are cracked but are embossed with Cagiva so I did not replace them. The turn signals do not work but I suspect it is a defective flasher but couldn’t find a replacement and didn’t want to molest the wiring. The wind screen has a warp in it but isn’t that bad, other than that it’s as sweet an Alazzurra as you will ever find.

It would be really hard to chose between the two but depending on the barn find’s reserve, I don’t think you could go wrong with either.