Posts by tag: Alazzurra

Cagiva October 15, 2020 posted by

Alluring: 1985 Cagiva Alazzurra 650

In the twisted family tree that is the Italian motorcycle community, there are many merges and branches. One interesting area is the history of Cagiva and their relationship with Ducati. While Cagiva owned Ducati in the mid-eighties, they were initially a customer as they purchased engines & transmissions to create their own bikes. Today’s Cagiva Alazzurra is such a beast, utilizing a sourced Pantah-based motor for power. In many ways these were seen as a poor man’s Ducati in North America – more exclusive than contemporary Japanese bikes, but with less cachet than other Italian exotics. Today the Cagiva Alazzurra is but a strange footnote for US buyers; once Cagiva took over Ducati they adopted the Ducati name as the stronger brand and the Alazzurra was discontinued.

1985 Cagiva Alazzurra 650 for sale on eBay

The heart of the Alazzurra is very similar to the powerplant that drives the Pantah, such as this week’s 600 model. Ducati produced the Pantah in different displacements, including 500cc, 600cc and 650cc (there was also a 750cc unit built for racing). In many respects, the Alazzurra could be considered a later derivation of the Ducati Pantah, as the 650cc engine was the latest evolution of the unit, with a frame design that was extremely similar to the Ducati bike. With 55 HP pushing 424 lbs (dry) the Alazzurra offered respectable performance for the time, but was typically slower than similarly sized Japanese offerings.

From the seller:
Very good condition. Has collector plates so insurance in BC is 150 bucks per year.New cam belts, braided lines, seals, including crankshaft oil seal, valves checked, oil , filter and plugs replaced, new grips , l.e.d headlight

The legend of the Pantah design long outlived the Cagiva brand in North America. Today the Alazzurra is more an oddity than a true collector’s piece, although time has a tendency to create rarity all on its own. And with 35 years gone by, the pool of well-kept imported Cagivas is shrinking. But the big question is if that helps with appreciation of the model – or its value. This particular example is located in Canada, and is offered for approximately $3,424 USD. That is actually below the MSRP for the bike when it was new. But the Alazzurra does not have as strong a following as other Cagiva/Ducati models; it is seen by many as more of a novelty than an icon. Still for many riders this was a close to a Ducati as finances would permit during this time, creating a bit of nostalgia. Do any RSBFS readers fall into that category? There are not a lot of details available on this one, but you can check it out here. Let us know what you think about the Alazzurra, and good luck!!

MI

Alluring: 1985 Cagiva Alazzurra 650
Cagiva January 11, 2015 posted by

Mellow Yellow: 1986 Cagiva Alazzurra 650/GT

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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

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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.

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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!

MI

Mellow Yellow: 1986 Cagiva Alazzurra 650/GT
Cagiva March 7, 2012 posted by

A Ducati by any other name…. 1985 Cagiva 650 Alazzurra

For Sale: 1985 Cagiva 650 Alazzurra

If elements of this Cagiva Alazzurra look familiar, they should. Until the late 1980s the Cagiva brand name (and elephant logo) were the face of Ducati in the United States. Yes, we all knew about the Ducati brand before then, but with Ducati-sourced engines, the only officially imported brand in the US was Cagiva. Thus, this Alazzurra contains a Pantah-based L-twin rubber-band motor, the same as the Ducati 2-valve, air cooled twins of the era. The componentry was likewise Ducati spec (Marzocchi, Brembo, etc), and the Alazzurra was known as a sweet handling bike in the day.

By 1985 Cagiva had acquired Ducati and dropped the Cagiva name from the U.S. lineup. While Cagiva continued to be a European brand to be reckoned with (including competiting in several seasons of 500 GP road racing with the likes of Randy Mamola and Eddie Lawson), Ducati was the only way forward for the brand abroad. That makes this little Alazzurra a reasonably rare and significant motorcycle.

From the seller:
This auction is for a 1985 Cagiva 650 Alazzurra with 26173 miles. To my knowledge only 300 were built. This bike looks very good and runs and drives good. It is all original. The paint has almost no scratches. The tank is clean and has no dents. The front fender had been repaired. The tires are fair and everything works on this bike, including the clock! The tranny works fine and the engine sounds and feels healthy. The battery is brand new as well. It’s not leaking, not smoking and doesn’t make any noises! The tool kit is included! It might need a minor tune up, but you see me riding it!

If you collect bikes and this isn’t in your collection, you should get this one!

Here is a video of the actual bike in action:

This bike looks to be in fair shape given the years and the miles. These tend not to be uber-collectable, pricey machines – which makes this a nice opportunity for a unique bike you can actually ride. The bike has a look all its own, and that familiar 90 degree Ducati sound. It even comes in the standard Italian color: red.

This auction is going on right now, and the cost of entry is a paltry $3,500. There has not been much interest in this bike as of yet, but I don’t expect that to last. The starting price is a bit higher than I might like to see, but it is certainly in line with the value of the bike. For more information and pictures, click the link and jump over to the auction. Don’t forget to tell ’em you found it on RSBFS!

MI

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.

SG