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MCN overall verdict rating is 5

The most beautiful novice 125cc bike money can buy – yes, it even outclasses Yamaha’s YZF-R125 and biggest competitor Aprilia RS125. The Cagiva Mito SP525 is essentially the long-running two-stroke Cagiva Mito 125 brought up to date in every area and then dressed in bodywork to honour John Koscinski’s 500GP efforts onboard the Cagiva V594 circa 1994. In unrestricted form its claimed 30bhp (approx) performance means anyone on their two-year licence probation period can make use of its sporty nature. Effectively two bikes for one price with a lot of fun.


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

Based on Cagiva’s original Mito 125, the SP525’s engine has undergone a revamp to keep it functional within the boundaries of tightening emissions regulations. Two catalysers in the exhaust, an electronic two-stroke oil pump and ECU controlled carb are part of the clean-running process. In unrestricted form the engine is unstressed; derestricted will see the return of explosive two-stroke performance…  

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

The Cagiva Mito SP525 is nothing but pure sports focussed. Compact, quick steering, light, with firework-like performance in full-power form (14.5bhp restricted). Think 125cc MotoGP machinery and you’ll be very, very close to how the Cagiva Mito SP525 behaves. But it is a road bike, for this reason the bike is also stable and the suspension is road biased (not hard, not soft, just suited to deal with road riding).


MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 3

Modern running gear and up to date engine ancillaries are part and parcel. If full marks could be given to just plastic then the Cagiva Mito SP525’s bodywork rates 5 out of 5. Brembo single front brake and non-adjustable Marzocchi forks work fine up front, the Sachs rear shock is preload adjustable only. Compare and buy products for the Cagiva Mito SP525 in the MCN Shop.

Cagiva Mito SP525 (2008-current)

Detail Value
New price £3,999
Engine size 125 cc
Power 14.7 bhp
Top speed 103 mph
Insurance group 7 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 5 rating is 5
Engine rating is 4 rating is 4
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 4
Equipment rating is 3 rating is 3
Quality & Reliability rating is 3 rating is 3
Value rating is 3 rating is 3

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 3

Component quality has never been an issue with the Cagiva Mito, it’s just the bikes always, always get a hard time from youthful owners. Keep it clean and serviced and there’s no reason why so many secondhand Cagiva Mitos should look like they’ve only just survived a nuclear holocaust. Engine-wise it should fare well in restricted form. When full power is sprung free the engine will undoubtedly get a hard time – after all it is only a 125cc machine and most seventeen year-olds will struggle to maintain a high performance two-stroke.


MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 3

A quid short of £4000 is a lot of money for a 125cc machine in anyone’s book. But what a machine! If you can afford the mostest 125cc machine available then the Cagiva Mito SP525 is exceptional value. Otherwise the Yamaha YZF-R125 and others are very much value for money. Find a Cagiva Mito 125 for sale.


Insurance group: 7 of 17

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Model History

2008: All-new Cagiva Mito SP525 introduced
2009: Cagiva Mito SP525 UK introduction.

Other Versions

At present Mito SP525 is a stand alone replacement model for the Mito 125


Top speed 103 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 14.7 bhp
Max torque 8.5 ft-lb
Weight 129 kg
Seat height 760 mm
Fuel capacity 14 litres
Average fuel consumption mpg
Tank range miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 7 of 17
Engine size 125 cc
Engine specification Liquid-cooled, single-cylinder two-stroke. Six gears
Frame Aluminium dual beam
Front suspension adjustment Non-adjustable
Rear suspension adjustment Spring preload only
Front brakes 1 x 320 disc with 4-piston caliper
Rear brake 230mm disc with two-piston caliper
Front tyre size 110/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 150/60 x 17

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 3.5(1 review)

  • Cagiva Mito SP525 review

    Robin Johnson

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    24 June 2014


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