CAGIVA PLANET (1998-2003) Review

Published: 23 November 2006

"Cousin of the successful, 'mini 916' Cagiva Mito"

Cagiva Planet 125 motorcycle review - Riding

"Cousin of the successful, 'mini 916' Cagiva Mito"

  • At a glance
  • 124cc  -  23 bhp
  • 38 mpg  -  120 miles range
  • Medium seat height (775mm)
  • Suitable for A1 licence

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

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?

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 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.

Engine 4 out of 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.

 

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 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.

Value & Running Costs 3 out of 5

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 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 4 out of 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!

Owners' Reviews

1 owner has reviewed their CAGIVA PLANET (1998-2003) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

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Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Little Stonker !!!

14 June 2012 by gsxxxrrr

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... Read more 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.

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
Read all 1 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 1998
Year discontinued 2003
Original price -
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 6 of 17
Annual road tax £17
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 23 bhp
Max torque 13 ft-lb
Top speed 80 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 13.7 secs
Average fuel consumption 38 mpg
Tank range 120 miles
Specification
Engine size 124cc
Engine type 2-stroke single, 6 gears
Frame type Aluminium beam
Fuel capacity 12.5 litres
Seat height 775mm
Bike weight 125kg
Front suspension None
Rear suspension Preload
Front brake 320mm disc
Rear brake 230mm disc
Front tyre size 110/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 150/60 x 17

History & Versions

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.

Other versions

None.

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