The Cagiva Alazzurra — Classic Italian Motorcycles — Motorcycle Classics

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Subconsciously, I have been with myself for some in an attempt to justify the purchase.

on eBay: 1978 Ducati

It didn’t take us much wandering around on eBay to come up with this Once we found t.

My Perfect

Character, reliability, simplicity and are all important pieces of Pat Parziale’s mo.

Robert Westercamp’s Pair of

Claimed power: 55hp @ (claimed)

Top speed: 107mph test)

Engine type: SOHC, air-cooled V-twin


Weight (wet): (435lb)

Price then:

Price now: $1,500-$3,500

an Alazzurra? Or a Cagiva for that In this case, consider it a motorcycle rebadged.

Badge is a familiar term in the automobile loosely defined as the rebadging of one and model to create another. of a Chrysler sedan from the and it will undoubtedly have one or two identical siblings. And while is the kind of marketing one might from decades past in it wasn’t common in Bologna, during their toughest

In 1985, Ducati had just purchased by Cagiva Motorcycles. then the largest Italian manufacturer, was primarily making and small street bikes at the and many of them were To expand into the middle- and street bike market, it four-… engines.

As the March issue of Rider magazine There were several why Ducati’s engine manufacturing was the logical candidate to supply with motors: The physical was already there, the product was and it was the only segment of Ducati’s that had been profitable.

the Castiglioni brothers, had a new direction in for the company, and it included widening the of the company’s products beyond of just sport bikes for Two years before Cagiva Ducati, Ducati had agreed to engines to Cagiva motorcycles for two the Elefant dual-sport bike and the a bike very similar to the Ducati Pantah. It was 1985 the two bikes hit the production line.

The 650cc Alazzurra was essentially the version of the Ducati Pantah it debuted. The Pantah began as a 500cc, grew to a 600cc and stopped being produced when Ducati’s troubles hit the fan in 1984.

The frame was similar to the Pantah, but the majority of the parts of the were different. In 1986, a Alazzurra was added. Called the GT it also came to be known as the SS 650 due to the SS on the side covers of the bike.

As a period testers seemed with the bike. The March issue of Rider magazine that The new Cagiva 650 Alazzurra is and less expensive than of its Ducati predecessors.

hat said, found faults with the including lean jetting the factory, attendant cold-bloodedness and a on/off enrichening lever had no in-between positions. Set at on, the ‘Zzura drown in its own gas shortly after the caught. But once turned the bike required a good minutes of blipping the throttle the engine reached regular temperature.

By 1987, jetting had been from the factory, which in problems on the other end, as it was now enough to cause the engine to bog if full throttle below

Riders weren’t particularly with the brakes, either. twin 260mm cast-iron up front and a single, identical in the back should have plenty to bring this bike to a screeching halt, were not impressive, and both and rear suffered from a feeling right out of the box, more lever pressure riders liked.

And while the seat was fine for sport testers complained of its plank-like when it came time for The transmission was one of the high points of the with smooth throws and a Japanese feeling.

The suspension was as about what you’d from a bike of this definitely on the firm side, but not The rear is home to twin units, adjustable for preload and while the front has non-adjustable forks, which, while fancy, do their job just

Gone are the swoopy paint, lines and radical seating of the Pantah, Rider said in its 1985 review. Instead, the has been designed to appeal to a far spectrum of riders … Whereas the was an outrageous Italian flashbike, a machomobile, the Alazzurra is a sensuous sculpture of tasteful and graceful

It wasn’t long before the brothers realized that the name had far more draw in the of sport riding, and soon the Cagiva name (except for on the

Today, the Alazzurra is one of the most ways to ride and enjoy is, despite the name on the tank, much a Ducati motorcycle.

Cagiva 650 Alazzurra

alternatives to the Cagiva Alazzurra

Vision 550

— 64hp @ (claimed)/113mph

— Air-cooled, four-…, double overhead cams


— Single-disc (1982), drum rear

374lb (dry)

Made only for 1982 and the Yamaha Vision 500 was truly a before its time, as Yamaha hoped to suggest through its name. Though a great bike, it was, unfortunately, underestimated, demeaned, discounted and discontinued. Thus 1982 led to which led to nowhere beyond, testers in the April 1985 of Cycle magazine.

Designed and as a technological tour de force, the was home to a 72-degree, liquid-cooled, eight-valve V-twin engine was smooth, torquey and powerful. it also had skinny tires, a front brake and a lousy at both the front and rear.

not as sporty as the Cagiva Alazzurra, the with some upgrades, can be into a respectable motorcycle. brake lines, new pads, wider tires, progressive and a fork brace for the front and a new or reworked rear damper this bike into an different beast (one you’ll actually want to even!). But unless your pretensions are few and far between, don’t buy a one in hopes of canyon carving.

Though they were made for two years, a fair of them are still out there. here is the 1982 model. For the bike was the proud recipient of a somewhat like the one found on the 650 Turbo, along with a front disc and slightly suspension.


— @ 7,250rpm/108mph

— Air-cooled, horizontally-opposed twin

— Dual-disc front, rear

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