CAGIVA RAPTOR 1000 (2000-2005) Review

Published: 22 November 2006

"The wise alternative to a Ducati Monster?"

Cagiva Raptor 1000 motorcycle review - Riding

"The wise alternative to a Ducati Monster?"

  • At a glance
  • 996cc  -  105 bhp
  • 39 mpg  -  125 miles range
  • Medium seat height (805mm)

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

Is the Cagiva Raptor 1000 the wise alternative to a Ducati Monster? Penned by the same designer, the similarities are outstanding. The Suzuki engine is more reliable than any Duke but Cagiva parts back up can be patchy and specialist knowledge scarce. Small, fast and unstable on rough surfaces and stacks of fun.

Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5

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.

Engine 4 out of 5

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.

Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 5

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.

Value & Running Costs 3 out of 5

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. Find a Cagiva Raptor 1000 for sale.

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Equipment 2 out of 5

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.

Owners' Reviews

1 owner has reviewed their CAGIVA RAPTOR 1000 (2000-2005) 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 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

It's my bike, therefore great!

05 October 2006 by philattersall

Had it couple of months. I think it's the bee's knees. great riding position. Lovely engine (of Suzuki tl/sv fame) in fact one of the great engines. Pull all the way through the rev range. Quite rev for a v-twin mind. Handling is good. Get's... Read more quite skittish when really pushing it. Part of the fun though. Looks cool. nice touches. Raptor claws everywhere. Frame and petrol tank are a work of art. great bike. Top engine, USD forks, brembo brakes. cool design. Still want that SV1000? Strengths: Engine. design.  Weaknesses: fuel range......

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 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
Read all 1 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2000
Year discontinued 2005
Original price -
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 14 of 17
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 105 bhp
Max torque 66 ft-lb
Top speed 150 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 11.8 secs
Average fuel consumption 39 mpg
Tank range 125 miles
Specification
Engine size 996cc
Engine type 8v V-twin, 6 gears
Frame type Tubular steel trellis
Fuel capacity 15 litres
Seat height 805mm
Bike weight 192kg
Front suspension None
Rear suspension Preload
Front brake Twin 298mm discs
Rear brake 220mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

2000: Cagiva Raptor 1000 released.
2000: Cagiva V-Raptor released.
2001: Cagiva Xtra Raptor introduced.
2005: All models discontinued.

Other versions

Cagiva V-Raptor: Similar to the standard bike but has straighter, lower bars, 7bhp extra, carbon cans and a wacky fairing.
Cagiva Xtra Raptor: As V-raptor but with lashings of carbon fibre and superior Marzocchi suspension, different rear linkage for faster steering and a steering damper.

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