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Kawasaki November 23, 2017 posted by

A Pair of Kawasaki ZX7RR Muzzy Raptors for Sale

If you replace or heavily modify every single component of a motorcycle, does it become something entirely new? That’s kind of the philosophy at work behind the Muzzy Raptor, a thoroughly massaged version of Kawasaki’s ZX7RR built by tuner extraordinaire, Rob Muzzy. That might sound like the stage name of an 80s glam rocker, and “Raptor” could definitely be the name of a hair-metal band, but Rob Muzzy’s memorable moniker is outshined only by his incredible racing successes in both AMA and World Superbike.

Muzzy basically disassembled a brand-new Kawasaki ZX-7Rs and rebuilt it from the ground up to build each Raptor, using top-shelf suspension and engine internals, including gear-driven camshafts. Various exotic options were available, including adjustable steering heads and swingarm pivots, along with a very slick, 916-esque single-sided swingarm. The Formula USA class or “FUSA,” required that a minimum of fifty road-going examples be built. Muzzy probably didn’t build quite enough Raptors to qualify, but it seems no one complained too loudly.

Roadbikes displaced either 750 or 850cc, although this pair of competition machines appear to be fitted with 800 and 750cc motors, presumably to meet race class requirements. Both engines have been heavily massaged, with the aforementioned gear-driven cams, and you can see the Öhlins forks and AP six piston front calipers for handling to match the power.

From the original eBay listing: A Pair of Kawasaki ZX7RR Muzzy Raptors for Sale

Twin Muzzy Raptor FUSA Race bikes. These were ridden by Dave Sadowski in FUSA and owned by a privateer. He made a deal with Muzzy to allow Sadowski to run the bikes at several FUSA events. Raptors have gear drive cams, gear drive oil pumps, billet crank, 800cc, with many World Superbike parts, custom pistons, valves, rods… you name it, they have it! One bike currently has the 800 motor, the other bike (with body off) has 1998 Doug Chandler 750 AMA motor. Spare freshly serviced 800 motor comes with bikes. Have all paper work to verify bikes and 750 motor from Muzzy.

Included with the 2 bikes are as pictured:

  • Spare 800 motor that was freshened by Muzzy with 0 time on it. All motors Tuned/maintained by Vic Vasola. Motors were sent back to Muzzy or direct to Vic ever 2 race weekends.
  • Body sets as pictured, I think there are 3-4 spare sets in various conditions. One brand new set.
  • 1 carbon fiber tank with cap
  • 3 spare magnesium wheels with rotors as shown.
  • These are very rare bikes and if they become legal for AHRMA Next Gen Superbike you will have a ready to win package.
  • Bikes will come with PA titles.

I have a ton of spares that are also available that I will sell separate which include several new mufflers, titanium headers, gearing, steering damper, pegs, levers, clutch parts, brake and clutch masters/perch/levers, wiring, coolant plumbing, stock forks, ohlins shocks, steering and engine mount eccentrics, fenders, front and rear sub frames, battery box… The list is huge and there is everything you need to race these bikes. I also have a 1997 ZX7RR street bike in pieces, all body work freshly painted by Sean Lezott of Connecticut Cycle Refinishing.

Hilariously, the bikes are claimed to come with Pennsylvania titles, so I’m guessing that you could theoretically convert them back to road use, assuming you live someplace with a permissive DMV. The Buy It Now price for the package is $39,995. For that price you get a pair of racing motorcycles and a boatload of spares, including bodywork and engines and, as the seller says, enough to use the bikes in anger. Considering the raw materials in this package, that seems like a good deal for someone looking for race-ready bikes or some very serious track day machinery.

-tad

A Pair of Kawasaki ZX7RR Muzzy Raptors for Sale
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.
-tad
2000 Cagiva Raptor R Side
Monster Fighter: 2000 Cagiva Raptor 1000 for Sale
Kawasaki September 26, 2011 posted by

Remember FUSA? 98 Kawasaki ZX850RR Muzzy Raptor

Remember FUSA?  98 Kawasaki ZX850RR Muzzy Raptor

“Run what ya brung” pretty much sums up what Formula USA ( FUSA) was all about back in the 90’s.  At any given race you might see a heavily modded GSXR1100 racing against a TZ250.  For a year or two there was even Rich Oliver riding a Roberts YZR500 (I think there was some pissing and moaning after these arrived).  The Raptor was Rob Muzzy’s answer to the dominant Valvoline Suzuki’s of the time.  Basically, give Muzzy a ZX7 and let him have his way with it.

By the way,  can someone please bring a series like this back?  I’ve had my fill of NASCAR on two wheels.  I like the exotic.

50 is the widely stated production number of the Raptors.  50 also happened to be  the number required to be FUSA legal.  The seller states Rob Muzzy claims the actual production number is around 35.  Rare, unique and semi-American made all in one.

This particular Raptor has a very cool mix of Muzzy, Kawasaki kit and high end aftermarket parts:

The motor is the highest spec  873cc ,GEAR DRIVEN CAM, Ti Carillo rods, lighten crank,world superbike head,undercut tranny. 41mm Kehien Flatslides breath through a ram air sealed carbon fiber airbox. It’s making around 175 rwhp.  I did not dyno it but its a torque monster.  The motor sounds almost like a turbo because of the gear driven cam whine. Very sic!

The suspension is full GP spec 48mm Ohlins forks, Special factory Ohlins rear shock, custom suspension linkage and a adjustable triple clamp looks like it could support a bridge!  Massive pinch bolts.  The swing arm and fork are equipped with quick change Ti axles. A KES quickshifter controls the full throttle shift and the guages are all KHI (Kawasaki Heavy Industries) factory superbike pieces.

The brakes are set up with sublime AP 6piston front calipers, clamping 330 mm (they might be 320mm) Brembo Full floating cast rotors, actuated by a Brembo radial master cylinder.  The rear brake is a tiny AP unit clamping a ultra light full floating KHI rotor.

Wheels are a beautiful set of magnesium Marchasini’s, 17 x3.75 front, 16.5x 6.5 rear. I just refinished them and the are perfect. A new set sprockets and a gold DID chain complete the drive line. These a pretty fresh set of Dunlop Ntech’s on the bike right now.

Body work is a collection of one off carbon and fiberglass.  The tank is a one off Carbon Fiber piece of beauty.  The fairings are Jap spec 8hr Suzuka replicas.  There is a headlight custom faired in next to the number plate. The tail/subframe is all KHI SPEC. The battery box is relocated  in a custom Muzzy box along with a billet aluminum oil tank.

Who wouldn’t want that engine with the gear driven cams?  Exotic!

This is where the Raptor was meant to be but it was also sold as a street bike.  This one definitely saw it’s share of track time:

This bike is one of the three prototypes that Muzzy built for contesting the unlimited racing series Formula USA.  The history is as follows.  Doug Chandler raced this bike twice in FUSA for the Muzzy Team.  He won the first time out at Daytona and came in third at Pocono.  The bike then was passed on to Steve Grigg who went on to crush everyone in WERA unlimited series.  Grigg held the track record at Summit Point and Road Atlanta on this bike.  So this is no ccobbed up street bike but a real GP racer. 

Who is going to snap this one up?  A Kawasaki collector or someone who wants to keep it on the track?  With a starting bid  of $20,000 I’m going to lean collector.  There are just too many options out there today for that price for the track.  Is it worth $20,000 or higher?  I have to honestly say, “I don’t know”.  It sure has some trick parts and you can’t argue it isn’t rare.  If you sleep in Kawasaki pajamas I know you want this bike.

There is a decent thread on the Raptor on the Kawasaki forum if you’d like more info and pictures.  There is actually some photos of this particular bike there as well.

You can check out the auction here.

Ian