Cagiva 650 Raptor Review Motorcycle Trader New Zealand

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Cagiva 650 Raptor Review

650 Raptor

If you don’t mind, and girls, a short history on the before we get to the fun parts.When the Cagiva were planning their new the MV Augusta F4, they spent a fortune on developing their own then they wrapped it in an styling package and ensured all of was complimented with top handling.

The was a sticker price out of reach of the Joe Public. What Cagiva was something equally stylish, but

Their solution was the Raptor and How did they keep the price They let someone else the engines.

By dumping a Suzuki engine into the mix, came up with theperfect — stylish Italian coupled with a power equal to the task.

Right, stats for you. The 645cc Suzuki engine which the Cagiva Raptor has undergone slight mods for the 2006 It now has a dual throttle valve system, with secondary butterfly valves housed in throttle body throat to air intake and maintain air-flow to match power output.

The primary butterfly valves are controlled by the throttle grip the secondary valves are activated by servos, controlled by a 32-bit that constantly monitors position and engine revs to injector apertures and ignition Raptor 650 also has pulsed air injection that introduces air the exhaust ports to ignite hydrocarbons and reduce emissions all you greenies out there).

Another you might notice from models is the new instrument cowl, from the

X3 concept bike.

An beak houses the instrument pod and is off with an almost horizontal The surface area of this cowl has been designed to more lift to the front end is further laden because of the positioning. The lower steering is set back by 15mm, offering a riding position, better distribution and more directional The saddle has also undergone improvements.

The rider’s section has covered in an anti-slip material, the dreaded nut-cracker slide heavy braking which the earlier models. The pillion has also been addressed, both broader and longer.

So what’s it like to ride, to say, the Hyosung GT650 I a few months back? The engine has been designed by the same but that’s where the similarities

With a much higher range and a smoother overall this puppy outshines its brother in every respect as far as concerned.

Hit the starter and the engine into life first every time. Wind the on from a lazy 2000rpm, or onto the throttle all the way past the redline and you’ll be rewarded loads of go. This is a brilliant make no mistake. Whether flying away from the blasting past a row of cars, or out of a slow corner this baby smokes ’em.

The is so good you’ll keep down just so you can wind it on and revel in that satisfying, fat band.

Just as it should be, the and nimble Raptor slashes city traffic admirably. The bars, sharp brakes, riding stance and immediate not intimidating power make the 650 a city tool. At slow over Auckland’s sometime roads, the suspension feels and taut, but not excessively so.

As with most … I’ve had the privilege of riding, the speed and motorway riding is not the best. However, if you want to do type of riding, then get a

tourer wouldn’t you.

the tight and twisties around it’s a different story. here that the Raptor shines. Direction changes and are a real delight with the off-road riding position and bars.

There is an extremely feeling when you have the inclined at sport bike while you’re sitting bolt upright, smiling at the The flickabilty that those bars bring along be already known to any …-bike The fact that the Raptor has degrees of rake must too.

But it’s the sure-footedness leaned way over that impressed me. The stiff suspension is a here and, considering the that this is no sport at heart, it felt very From the second sweeper felt confident enough to chuck the thing hard at 50km corners.

When the time came for serious slowing, there’s Brembo 4-piston calipers up that grip a pair of discs. These are backed up by a disc at the rear, with a caliper. The rear brake is balanced and powerful, but not so sensitive it locks at a mere touch perfect. The front brakes quite a bit of lever effort to get really working and they bite hard like on sport bikes.

Used they give a high and rate of deceleration, even in the

The bike is light, with the low down. This, and its small size, means it’s an bike to manage, even if body isn’t held as far off the by your legs as you’d (ideal for a hobbit like This, as well as its low and narrow seat height, makes it an choice for the ladies who don’t to default to a cruiser.

Even wheeling it in and out of the garage is a aided by the upright bars and low of gravity.

When pushed a thirsty wee beast, with the holding 18 litres and seeing out over 250km before the light comes on.

It isn’t the selection for hyper sports either; a well-ridden sport will trounce it on both and absolute speed. But point it some twisty back and it’ll return you to home a huge smile that it hard to fit your helmet on head. It’ll also you with a burning desire to get the back out of the garage and go back for

Roll it slowly through neighborhood and it’ll turn Whilst the styling may not be everyone’s cup of fuel (I prefer the look of big brother the V-Raptor 1000), still get looks of envy those stuck in their as you weave you way through the morning jams. Dyed-in-the-wool Italian buffs will certainly that the Raptor lacks special mechanical charisma so present in any Ducati.

Let them talk while you Japanese reliability wrapped in Italian clothes.

I give the 650 Raptor a Buddha-rating of 8.5 out of 10. Chuck on gruntier-sounding pipes and a more clutch lever and it would go up point. Big thanks to Truimph, who are the for Cagiva in NZ for the loan of the test In my humble opinion the overall handling and Italian looks of the coupled with the punchy and engine means this dinosaur is definitely in no danger of 

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