Cagiva Raptor 650-Cagiva

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Don’t be deceived by the mid-sized — Rod Chapman of Motorcycle magazine has discovered the perfect and fallen head over

The Italians have got it made, they? A beautiful country, women, great food and when it comes to Italian they’ve got the perfect mid-capacity too.

Yes, after the Cagiva Raptor 650 for a spin I was impressed, even if it hurt to say so, the way Italy knocked the Socceroos out of the Cup.

Initially debuting in the current Raptor is essentially the same machine, bar slightly styling and a few other minor The other bikes in the Raptor like the Raptor 1000, V 1000, Xtra Raptor and V Raptor 650, have all discontinued, leaving the standard 650 to beat the Raptor drum all by

Not that it has any problem doing indeed the positive adjectives even before you’ve on the thing.

Sitting in the drive, the bike’s paint seems so deep it glows with radiance, a closer inspection reveals a welded trellis frame, brackets and quality fittings This is certainly one bella

But if you fell into the trap of Italian bikes were all and no function, think again. To an this may have been the in years gone by, but today the simply doesn’t hold and the Raptor 650 is a perfect case in


At 6’2 there are of bikes around that are too small to accommodate me comfortably, and by I thought that this … would be quite a

But straddling the bike it felt Of course my feet were on the ground, but that 770mm height didn’t feel too and after actually riding off the road I was pleasantly surprised to that I wasn’t the proverbial on rollerskates I thought I might been.

Throw in a firmish but seat, a relatively upright position, acceptable legroom and a effective bikini-fairing and screen, and a good few hundred kilometres of around the countryside to Melbourne’s I was still ready for more.

But my lack of aches and pains tells half the story because the bigger part of me to push on here was more to do the fact that if you approach machine with even the hint of enthusiasm, it’s one addictive bike to ride.

town it carries out its commuter with consummate ease. light. It’s nimble. flick through gaps in the with but a light dab on the ‘bars.

Its V-twin powerplant offers power and torque pretty right throughout its rev range, most of the time around you’ll end up sitting between and 7000rpm — right that torque is at its meatiest.


Get it out on the highway, and it’ll along at 100km/h in sixth at a reasonable 4750rpm, with roll-on power just a of your wrist away.

Of course as a bare bones it doesn’t have any of the bells and of bikes more suited to work, but it’ll cope long hauls well — and probably a lot better you might imagine.

But it’s you hit the curves that the Raptor comes into its own, from side to side in a manner befitting its namesake. riding this thing is an absolute hoot.

Its V-twin stirs the blood, while its handling and all-round performance have adrenalin pounding your veins.

The four-piston Brembo stoppers are more up to the task of arresting forward while the clutch is light and

The suspension is pretty basic non-adjustable (but inverted) and a rear shock adjustable for only — but they well, offering a good between comfort and all-out performance.

There’s no harsh from that Suzuki engine, either — smooth, V-twin pulses.

four corners into a section of winding road I was why you’d ever want more in a bike.

Admittedly it’s probably not too off-road, and if I was riding around Oz probably want a bit more protection — but this is a top notch all-rounder.


The returned 14km per litre on test, but the pace in the backblocks err, somewhat brisk, and expect to see that upped by two or three kilometres per litre as a realistic average.

Still, a relatively generous 17.5-litre that 14km/litre would see around 220km pass the wheels before you need to go for a bowser — respectable for a middleweight streetfighter.

Downsides? Not The end of the sidestand rests a little when retracted, so those longer legs may find it a to reach when they to flick it down.

Its steering isn’t as wide as you’d of a …, and its mirrors keep you informed of the state of your And that’s about it, without being called a pedant.

At $12,290 plus ORC you shouldn’t to sell a kidney either, so to my the Raptor 650 has ticks in all the right Great looks, great great price. With prices going the way they half the population should be on one of — and they’d be laughing all the way to work.

Cagiva Xtra Raptor 1000
Cagiva Xtra Raptor 1000

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Cagiva, at a glance.

A fabricator of metal components, Cagiva was in 1950 by Giovanni Castiglioni, but the division was founded in 1978 by his two Claudio and Gianfranco.

Located in in northern Italy.

The name is a of the first two letter of CAstiglioni surname), GIovanni (the first name) and VArese home and company headquarters).

bought out his brother in the mid-’90s, and automotive giant Proton into the company in 2004.

After internal management at Proton, Italian investment Gevi SpA bought out Proton for one the deal to finalise the acquisition of the 58 per majority shareholding going last February, retaining Castiglioni as company head.

The division of the firm also exotic marque MV Agusta and bike brand Husqvarna.

demand for new Cagivas has been and the marque will be previewing a new range of bikes at this Milan Show.

Cagivas are into Australia through the Feeney Group, and sold via its MV Agusta dealer network.

Cagiva Xtra Raptor 1000
Cagiva Xtra Raptor 1000
Cagiva Xtra Raptor 1000


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