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2001 Cagiva Raptor 650

Hemishpere, January 15, 2001

If is to be believed, those polite and Italians — fine that churn out design by the truckload — were a rowdy crowd.

For ages, battles raged between Kingdoms. Unfortunately, it seems serious conflict between and Bologna is once again on the horizon. The matter of dispute?

The … bike market.

shall not take this The granddad of them all, the Monstro, brings in close to of Ducati’s income these But Cagiva’s boss, Mr. Castiglioni, is not to let the Bolognese people dig this mine all alone. After the 1000 Raptor at the ’00 show, a smaller but no less 650 brother appeared at this Munich Show.

When you the fact that in Italy, the 600cc Monstro is number in the sales hit parade with pieces sold (twice the of the 900), it’s no wonder why came out with a smaller of their own.

After Ducati to American hands, motorcycle industry king Mr. Castiglioni, brought Miguel the designer of the original Monstro, to In a rather short time he a fresh and wild looking that took the … quite a few steps forward.

Coupled to the Suzuki TL1000S it made for one tough package. The new baby Raptor follows its big steps by using the Suzuki V-twin’s motor.

Just a few ago I had the chance to visit the Cagiva/MV in Varese. After drooling row after row of assembled MV 750 engines regrettably would not fit under my I was handed the keys to the new 650 Raptor.

first look, I was hard-pressed to any differences from the 1000cc parked next to it. The 650 keeps the design of its larger sibling hard and somewhat ornate The only external clues to the capacity (engine externals are the smaller silencers and 20 millimeter back wheel.

Other that, the 650 keeps the same equipment found on the 1000 That means 43 mm inverted forks, dual 298 mm front Brembo calipers all around and a schock.

Cagiva’s parking lot is a nicer place than a exhibition hall for close of the endless design details in the Raptor. Look closely at the and you’ll be amazed at the amount of parts that have specifically designed to fit with the lines: The footrests and hangers, the covers under the instrument pod and the pod itself all carry those and oval design cues. the eye rests it’ll find touch.

No off-the-shelf items. Oh no. It’s no feat for a small company Cagiva to resist the temptation of universal parts in order to be to the designer’s vision.

This is no Japanese bike. Each is the result of a few people’s dream.

straddling the 650, hand, and foot location put your in a very neutral position. is a slight cant forward injects some aggression the seating equation and the seat-to-footpeg is greater than the Monstro’s. The analog rev counter/digital speedo is a bit of a shock: Straight off of Robin’s Bat


After some key twirling and starter button the SV650 engine responds a rather polite and restrained note. First gear in typicallly smooth Suzuki and away we pull, courtesy of small but torquey V-twin. The few miles find me splitting while looking for the shortest way to the restaurant.

Those MV Agusta engines whetted my appetite.

After a dish of pasta marinara, off to look for some twisties. as it should be, the short and nimble slashes through city admirably. The straight bars, brakes, upright riding and immediate though not intimidating make the 650 a wonderful city

At slow speeds over and train crossings the suspension Italian — taut but not so. The lack of nose diving braking is a blessing compared to a Suzuki SV650.

As I head from Varese, the road up and it’s time to stretch the a bit. The V-twin pulls in fashion to 9,000 rpm and I did manage to see 205 on the speedo (that’s 122 mph, before a truck in the left spoiled my Boneville Flats Eventually, I arrive at a nice twisty road section. here that the Raptor shines.

The flickabilty that flat bars bring must be already known to any rider. The fact that the has 25.5 degrees of rake to the Suzuki SV’s 30-something must be of help, too. But the sure-footedness while leaned way that really impresses me. The suspension is a bonus here considering the fact that is no sport bike at heart, it very planted.

From the second sweeper I feel confident enough to chuck the thing hard at 90 mph corners.

Direction changes and are a real doodle with almost off-road riding and wide bars. There is an satisfying feeling when you the Raptor inclined at sport angles while you’re there, bolt upright, at the world. When the time for some serious slowing, the pot Brembo calipers grip the just fine while a high and controllable rate of

Switching from the 650 to the 1000 that keeps me company for a few is an eye-opener. The 1000 pulls of steam out of every corner in any while the 650 asks you to play more with the gears something that the smooth box is more than happy to do. the biggie responds to throttle a lot harder, but almost in an intimidating

This is especially nice if you to play stunts all day. you don’t really want to be at more than 90 mph on a Naked do you? While cruising, the motor has a smoother feel to it its hairy-chested big brother.

When you that the 650 has almost the same power of Ducati’s 900 cc air-cooled (about 70 rear wheel hp) start getting down to perspective you look at things The 650 Raptor might not pull as from down low as the Ducati, but the makes up for the deficit with its revving engine and shorter Then there is the typical lack of mechanical noise.

Italian bike buffs certainly complain that the lacks that special charisma ever so present in any Let them talk while you Japanese reliabilty wraped in Italian clothes.

So is it the perfect … bike? I would a less cheapo looking and give up on a few quarts of gas for a less fuel tank. As it is, it spoils the fun a little bit. But those be the only serious complaints.

It is really what an everyday, street bike should be with the added bonus of a that will make you and will stand out even in local Italy Day, choked gathering. And just in you feel a normal Raptor is not enough there is always the V-Raptor version with its extreme Star-Wars looks.

OK is it a Monstro beater? At a price undercuts even the much Monstro 750 it should be, although has yet to accumulate even a fraction of street, race and sales But then, don’t be surprised to about bad riots between mobs armed with and Monstros at the halfway point Varese and Bologna.

These have a tradition to maintain.

Cagiva Raptor 650


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