Monday, January 17, 2011

2000-2005 Cagiva Raptor 1000 Beautifull:)

The Cagiva Raptor 1000′s engine is borrowed from Suzuki’s TL1000. It’s a gutsy V-twin which made 124 bhp at the rear wheel in the TL – it’s detuned to a claimed 105bhp in the Cagiva Raptor but short gearing means it’s still rapid. Showing its age next to the latest power plants like KTM’s compact V twins but still a legendary engine.
There’s so few Cagiva Raptors in the UK it’s hard to identify any trends. The Suzuki engine is reliable and other problems seem scarce although electrics can be troublesome. Finish can be patchy and can rub of where clothes of boots touch the bike. Exhuast down pipes can rust if exposed to water and salt.
The Cagiva Raptor is a bike at it’s best being flicked into tight turns on twisty roads – and it excels at it. The stubby chassis and relatively simple suspension means bumps on the exits to corners can make the bars shake – it’s all part of the fun. Brakes are excellent if in good condition.
The Cagiva Raptor’s list price is too high for a niche bike. Resale values are pretty low – second hand buyers don’t get an importer backed warranty. Best go for a discounted new bike – we’ve seen them advertised for as little as £3999 – probably the cheapest 1000cc new bike you can buy.
The Cagiva Raptor 1000 is not over endowed with extras but it’s a minimal, purposeful tool – like a shotgun with the stock cut down and the sight filed off. The clocks and peg hangers are nice styling touches. You can always add a screen if the wind blast gets too much but that’s not really what the Cagiva Raptor’s all about.


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