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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

The cousin of the successful, ‘mini 916’ Cagiva Mito, the Cagiva Planet 125 takes its engine, running gear and chassis from the mad little sportsbike so it’s got a good pedigree. It’s also beautifully designed and knocks the socks off its competitors (largely scooters). Let’s face it, which would you rather have?


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

The Cagiva Planet 125's engine is taken from the mini sports 125 Cagiva Mito, the two-stroke, single cylinder engine’s detuned to provide the Planet with more town-usable grunt and a little less manic top end. It works a treat. Plenty of acceleration is perfect for filtering through traffic and leaping away from the lights and it’s all delivered in a neat, controllable but fun little package.


Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

The Cagiva Planet’s tiny but has great brakes, excellent handling and lots of go, for a little ‘un. Throwing it around is easy, as is its slow speed manoeuvrability (perfect for urban riding) and its suspension deals with whatever city streets can throw at it. A teenager’s dream but, frankly, anyone could have a go and enjoy mucking about to their heart’s content.


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

It’s pretty, very comfortable to ride and the Cagiva Planet 125’s very much a baby Ducati Monster to look at. Single, round headlight, basic clocks and mirrors, USD forks and Brembo calipers: it’s a mix of the simple and the sublime. There’s underseat storage and, get this, room to store a helmet under the tank!

Cagiva Planet 125 (1998-2003)

Detail Value
Engine size 124 cc
Power 23 bhp
Top speed 80 mph
Insurance group 6 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 5
Engine rating is 4 rating is 5
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 5
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 5
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 5
Value rating is 3 rating is 4

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

Sexy, smooth and curvaceous, all wrapped in a flingable little body. Nope, not Kylie, but the Cagiva Planet 125. It may be a starter motorcycle but the attention to detail is impressive: that beautifully-sculpted chrome exhaust is rather lovely, for a start. The engine/chassis are proven but check clutches for wear and, similarly, paintwork.


MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

The only downside. The Cagiva Planet 125 is not cheap and, when lined up next to modern scooters, you’d wonder if it’s worth considering at all. It is. It’s well made, easy to ride and provides more fun than any scooter ever will. And, above all, it’s a bike and it looks cool. Find a Cagiva Planet 125 for sale.


Insurance group: 6 of 17

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Model History

1998: Cagiva Planet 125 launched. Remained unchanged until discontinued in 2003.
2003: The Cagiva Planet morphs into the Raptor. With a new exhaust and suspension tweaks, it lines up next to its bigger Raptor brothers in the Cagiva range.

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Top speed 80 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 13.7 secs
Max power 23 bhp
Max torque 13 ft-lb
Weight 125 kg
Seat height 775 mm
Fuel capacity 12.5 litres
Average fuel consumption 38 mpg
Tank range 120 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 6 of 17
Engine size 124 cc
Engine specification 2-stroke single, 6 gears
Frame Aluminium beam
Front suspension adjustment None
Rear suspension adjustment Preload
Front brakes 320mm disc
Rear brake 230mm disc
Front tyre size 110/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 150/60 x 17

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4.5(1 review)

  • Little Stonker !!!


    milton keynes , UK

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Ride and Handling
    Quality and Reliabilty

    Bought a W reg one for my son about 4 years ago, he rode it for a bit then let me play with it,what a brilliant little bike!!,it comes with Marzocchi upside down forks,Brembo brakes and ohlins suspension as standard. Perfect for a learner or someone wanting a bike for shorter journeys ,not a tiddler like some 125's,so great for taller riders (I am 6'1"),it handles like a dream and the front brakes are stonking. I derestricted it(easy job)and it goes like stink for a little bike... really honest opinion ....."wasted on learners" lol . I'm keeping this one for a few more years. Only thing I have done (apart from derestricting it) is to change the handlebars to flatter ones (personal taste) and give it a spray job.

    14 June 2012


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hi, i am looking into getting a cagiva planet/raptor 125 for my second bike. i fell in love with this bike the first time i saw it and have wanted one ever since. was just wondering if anybody can give me any advise on them. problems? parts? maintenance? cheers, kieran

25 June 2013 18:39

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