New Cagiva Xtra Raptor 1000 Bike 2011

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New Cagiva Xtra Raptor Bike 2011

New Cagiva Raptor 1000 Bike

If looks defined character, this is a bike that probably bite your leg off if you got too to it. Like a leashed Doberman the Cagiva Xtra Raptor aggression, from its beak-like at the front, all the way through to the twin end-cans at the back. The dark paint finish, described as Bat in the brochure, only adds to the air of that this bike

Like stealth fighter up at the end of a runway, the Xtra Raptor like it means business. And some nice little touches, like the bike’s machined into the carbon and the rows of three teeth protect the cans from the heels. Not that riding on this bike is that Remove the seat hump and find that perch is a on the small side and there’s a strap to hang onto.

A trip down the road is all it’s good for.

As as attitude, the Xtra Raptor bristles with carbon Those strange trademark horns that connect the fairing to the tank, the side below the seat, the heel on the exhaust pipes, the single hump and the number plate are all made from carbon It’s the real thing too not some cheap look-a-like

This is one predatory looking

Okay, so you’ve designed a that looks like out of Mad Max without the furry bits, but you need an engine to make it go. from A to B is not going to be enough This is a bike that has to itself, so a transverse four or just won’t cut the mustard.

We need an engine with a to match the rest of the bike, a to go with the bike’s lean mean looks, an engine achieved almost legendary when it first appeared years ago, although not for the right reasons. That’s we’ll use the Suzuki TL1000S and it’ll be the full power not one of those de-rated types edge taken off the power

Pull in the clutch, thumb the button and the engine barks life on the fast idle, down to a steady tickover as warms up. Even the exhaust is in character, and sitting in a traffic it sounds like those cans are firing bullets the radiators of the cars behind. You can the throttle to increase the rate of

The instruments are another … of the pen, although the triangular rev counter which looks at first, is surprisingly easy to on the move, as is the lcd panel below it. shows mph and total miles and has two trips for recording individual Less useful were the mirrors fitted to the test

These were far more for hanging things on than for what was on the road behind and were of a size and type associated with single-seater cars. They also an 11mm spanner to adjust and very few people keep one to when they’re out riding!

The cable-operated clutch is light and but with a fairly sharp and who could forget the on/off action of the of the original 1000S Cagiva have calmed down a bit for the Raptor version, but switch-like throttle control is lurking down there in the engine management system. meant my first couple of from rest were a bit rocket launches, but you soon get the for getting the bike smoothly off the

There’s little danger of the motor with too few revs, as TL1000S engine is a real monster. In fact that seat hump can be a positive to stop you sailing off the back of the when you really give it Another good reason for not a pillion — if you needed

On the move and the riding position is a strange at first. The wide hint at relaxed upright but the high(ish) footpegs tend to you into more of a sportsbike position and you’d really want the grips to be narrower and to you. While this uncomfortable, it didn’t feel natural and my arms were a lot straighter than I would liked.

What was uncomfortable was the seat. Now I’m not known for a bony backside, but after the 70 miles the seat had all the comfort of a tree trunk, and I just had to a break. Subsequent journeys the range of my …, but when the low warning light came on at 100 miles, I have to say that time I was glad to get off and restore the to my legs.

Although the tank capacity massive at a fraction over 15 you should still be able to over 150 miles before you to get off and push. There’s a whopping 5 designated as a fuel reserve, is down to some strange of European legislation which has to do you always being able to get to the petrol station on some or other. Thank you Strasbourg for the circulation to my legs!

The Xtra has massive 43mm USD forks at the and a progressive monoshock at the rear, on their standard settings a ride that’s on the hard of firm. This may be alright for tracks, but for the variable quality roads it’s not too pleasant. To things down I backed off the all round and this gave a better ride, although too encountering bumps mid-corner sudden throttle position and some lively moments.

It more as through the spring were a little on the high although we didn’t have the time or opportunity to take or make changes. Having all that though, the ride was and the bike went where you put it. The bars were good for tipping the bike into although the riding position encourage hanging off too much.

As you expect from a Suzuki gear selection was positive and were no false neutrals, the lever needed a firm The ratios were well and suited to the power delivery of the and it was always easy to find at rest. Not so easy to find was the stand, which was very and difficult to operate and looked as it was made out of a left over of chassis tubing. A minor I know.

A little more worrying was the that a lot of the plated fasteners and on the bike were already signs of corrosion after six However this bike was a and may not have had the same degree of bestowed upon it as it would had if it was privately owned.

While wonderful TL1000S engine launch you out of corners like a almost irrespective of which you’re in, when it comes to the four-pot Brembos at the front do an impressive job. They a smooth progressive action and one or two at the most are all you need to haul the down from highly speeds, aided in no small by the massive amount of engine from that V-twin.

Cagiva Xtra Raptor 1000

the back brake was quite and had a surprising amount of feel to it. quote a top speed of around 140 mph for the Raptor, which is probably right although I was never in a to prove or disprove it. However I can say after about 5 minutes at a speed, I felt that my had stretched by a good two inches and my was about to disappear off down the behind me.

Maybe this is a for speedy rugby prop Backing off to around 85-90 mph was more comfortable and it seems the beaky headlamp fairing helps deflect some of the air the rider.

As well as weekend blasts your mates or trips to a watering hole (orange and lemonade please), the Xtra also makes a fine of urban transport. The riding gives a good view the traffic and the wide bars and steering lock means it’s easy to manoeuvre the grid locked cars. The from the TL1000S engine gear changes an irrelevance, and the speeds mean that people can see how aggressive the bike looks.

You never know, you even frighten one or two car drivers submission simply by them in their mirrors (I’ve they do that occasionally).

But face facts, in spite of the that Cagiva gives the Raptor, this is not a sportsbike in the way we understand such a term uttered by the likes of Ducati or the Big Four. We’re not talking a razor-sharp handling trackday a bike that falls corners just by thinking them. What we have in the Xtra Raptor is a bike has to be ridden in a sporty manner; a that needs the rider to at getting it from A to B, a bike needs a lot of the right inputs, but rewards the rider with a big because you’ve made the do what you wanted it to do and it all came beautifully.

Brief Second

I only got to ride the Xtra for about 10 miles when I met for the photo shoot. First were brilliant — rarely seen a bike such road presence. It fantastic, the detailing is wonderful and the is pretty good as well.

OK, so it’s crying out to be ridden in camouflage gear with a black Bandit helmet, but hey it works fine with one leathers and an Arai as well, so OK.

The riding position is interesting, fairly rearset pegs but bars. Which should that with a 1000cc vee below you the front wheel spend more time than steering. Not so, though, although there was certainly of urge to indulge in such should you wish, it all remains controllable.

But the combineation of bars and didn’t feel natural, and I would be happier going the clip-ons fitted to the race run by importers Three Cross.

is exactly what you’d from an Italian thoroughbred. accurate and stable if needing a hand to get turning. The brakes are and everything comes nicely to

Except the mirrors, which are the size and shape of a 10-pack of And not king-size, either.

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


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