Memorable MC Cagiva Raptor 1000 — Motorcycle USA

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Cagiva Raptor 1000

Memorable MC Cagiva Raptor

The Cagiva Raptor 1000, the of Miguel-Angel Galluzzi, was quick, and had all the necessary traits of a contender but circumstances kept it from for the streetfighter crown.

Sometimes and history conspire against a It can be a brilliant piece of engineering, stunning styling and customers who it. Yet, it will be in the wrong in the space-time continuum and therefore on to the C list of motorcycling celebrities.

The Raptor is one such sad case.

The is the brain-child of Miguel-Angel Galluzzi, the man who the revival of the … super-sportster his Ducati M900 Monstro in Galluzzi is a fanatically keen and built the M900 as a summer to meet his own personal needs a fun motorcycle which could be around town but had sport-quality

The Monstro, or Monster, which created, was a real parts-bin built cheaply from which Ducati already had in Viewed at first with by the factory, the Monster went on to 65% of Ducati’s sales: it was that as a motorcycle.

To understand the Raptor, and for that matter, it is important to both the topographical location of the who made the bikes — and the of the Italian customers who formed the backbone of the sales success.

In the of Ducati, Bologna sits on the of the Appenine Hills which Italy. Swooping corners, braking hairpins and challenging were the test track for the In Cagiva’s case, the situation was more radical.

The factory is less than 30 from the Swiss border and the mountains of the Southern Alps. not custom cruiser territory. As for the customers, despite their of being the ultimate race fans, they much … streetfighters when it to actually buying a bike rather than just at it.

In choosing the narrow, powerful, 90 V-Twin Suzuki TL1000 Cagiva was looking for a motor would square up to the Ducati eight-valve liquid-cooled Vee.

The market in the world for hyper is racing-obsessed England where will hand over lumps of cash for exotic This is a truly bizarre in view of the draconian enforcement of regulations, but if you want to sell a bike in Britain it had better be ready for the track. By contrast, the love streetfighters — hyper sportbikes which cool, perform extremely and dovetail into Italian life.

When the Cagiva sold Ducati, Galluzzi was to source an engine for his new Monstro wherever he wished. Rather being tied to Ducati he chose the Suzuki TL1000 powerplant.

Mr. Galluzzi explains his We had engines from all over the but the best two were Triumph’s Triple Three and the Suzuki Both engines had soul and but eventually we decided on the Suzuki

To many outside observers, the was a radical one because at the time, TL1000S was suffering from a of press criticism in terms of the handling and dramatic power Prototype Raptors looked fanning the flames of controversy.

Galluzzi again: The first had a wheelbase of 1390mm and a steering angle of 23 degrees. The engine was as it arrived from Suzuki and meant that it was giving 135 hp. We let six or eight Cagiva people, who very regularly, try the bike and all came back terrified the bike felt as if it was permanently out of

It was fun!

The handling of the prototype was a sketchy, so Cagiva extended the and increased the steering head by 2-degrees.

Then we started to backwards to keep all that and excitement but make the bike friendly and useable. Now, we a steering head angle of 25 and a wheelbase of 1440mm, which neutral handling but still has all the of the original bike. The engine is as Suzuki designed it. It has the same ratio, the same cams and the cylinder heads.

But we have a lot of work with the exhaust, and especially the engine management to make the power unique to the

In practical terms, this that Cagiva’s variant of the loses around 35 bhp when with the TL1000 but gains by a huge amount of torque tickover to 10,000 rpm. The takes the streetfighter/muscle bike in a new direction. It takes only a few to realize two things.

First, the Raptor is a seriously machine in the realms of normal riding. If you really want to go any from a standing start to 100 mph you ought to sign up for a drag-racing and buy a nitro-burning Hayabusa. Second, the handling is so good that it embarrass most sportbikes except a track day at a super-fast like Donington or Silverstone.

version of the TL1000 is a brilliant of budget engineering. Even it would be superb in a sportbike, a wonderful sport-touring powerplant and the muscle bike engine. 2,500 rpm all the way up to 10,000 rpm, just like having an magnet in front of the bike you forward. See a gap in the traffic, tweak the and a fraction of a second later there.

I’ve been bikes all my life and I’ve come across anything to the Raptor in terms of roll-on

The decision to use a TL1000 powerplant the Cagiva Raptor well, roll-on acceleration that even an old-school rider Melling.

Reaching 100 mph is available, and everywhere. Just after the launch, I rode the Raptor for a TV filming at the Three Sisters circuit. This is effectively no than an upmarket go-kart with a 220-degree hairpin into a 200-yard straight. of the way down the straight, just the braking point for the right-hand there was a solid 110 mph on the speedo.

That’s as fast as any racebike can

Best of all, the power is smooth. Forget your big this motor is turbine with the sweetest gearbox and a featherlight clutch. Unfortunately, the critics were ready to Galluzzi’s creation because of its of top speed.

The Raptor has the aerodynamics of a and this means that it is at only 140 mph. But, how many people in real riding on real roads, real police radar, manage more than 140

At first glance, the bike as if it shouldn’t, or couldn’t, handle but this is a motorcycle conceived and by an ardent enthusiast, not a committee. The turns in beautifully, aided by the Battlax tires. The tire on the front Battlax is reminiscent of the old triangular race tires narrow in the centre and falling sharply to the sidewalls.

They suit every bike but are perfect on the Raptor and enable the to be flicked around like a

The Raptor’s front end is anchored by a inverted Marzocchi fork 4.72-inches of travel and 320mm discs that are powerful but not

There is no denying that the is frisky. Give it a big handful and the wheel will pick up and the steering is very loose in the three gears. The good is that this lightness gets out of hand nor is it an essential of Raptor riding. The 1000cc is so flexible, so controllable and so willing you could go trail riding it.

So, if you want a peaceful life, use the sparingly and pull high and cruise all day long at 50 mph.

The are well up to the bike’s performance as well they might be. Brembo discs are powerful but not The secret is that the set-up is so that Cagiva detuned by fitting hard pads.

Fit softer race pads and got anchors well up to superbike

The only downside to the bike for me is the height. I have damaged my so often in racing accidents I just can’t manage periods in the cramped riding caused by the ultra-low saddle. at 6′ 6 tall, has the same Against our difficulties is the simple that the market demands a height. There is the added that the bike is attractive to and this market was of growing to Cagiva during the Raptor’s

In fact, the Raptor sold well to skillful female who wanted real performance and — but with a saddle which allowed them to be

The detail touches on the bike are The Raptor emblem pops up from the speedo/tachometer unit to castings. The overall finish is too, with neat good quality plastic and nicely finished fasteners.

The is not yet up to Honda standards in terms of fit and but it beats Suzuki comfortably.

Who’s to say what the future of the Raptor 1000 would been if Claudio Castiglioni purchased MV Agusta and channeled and money in its direction instead of

So now the big question. With a bike so what went wrong? The is two letters and one word: MV Agusta.

the Cagiva marque being the in Claudio Castiglioni’s motorcycling it became a bit player the moment the Italian millionaire got hold of MV. of the Raptor taking on the role of Monstro, launching Cagiva the motorcycling super league, the was a distraction from feeding the new baby in the family which was MV MV gobbled up investment, factory and engineering time whilst production lurched on inconsistently poor supplies of bikes and to dealers.

Now, the last few are being discounted from showrooms — a sad end to what have been one of the legendary of last decade.

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