You sit very low in the Cagiva Raptor 650 – great for shorter folk but it’s too low for urban riding. Out of town it’s a nifty mover – light weight and wide bars keep it nimble while comparatively conservative geometry means it’s stable. Great brakes – noticeably better than the SV.
The Cagiva Raptor 650's engine is lifted straight from Suzuki’s SV650 but with fueling mods which make the power delivery smoother and it feels faster thanks to lower gearing. It’s a cracking engine – there’s pleasingly lumpy character at low revs and it’ll make that distinctive twin noise but the mid range’s smooth and it revs high enough for a little rush at the top of the tacho.
We’re being harsh with a ‘2’ here – not because the Cagiva Raptor 650 is a bad motorcycle, an unreliable motorcycle or a poorly built motorcycle. The problem is dealer back up or, more specifically, the lack of it. If you want parts and specialist servicing knowledge, you’ll probably have to travel. Finish is patchy but no worse than many Japanese bikes.
This is a competitive sector of the market where seasonal discounts can take 25% or more of bikes’ prices. The Cagiva Raptor 650’s a few hundred quid more than most competitors – but arguably worth it for the exclusivity, decent brakes and standard Pirelli tyres. Can be a real bargain used. Find a Cagiva Raptor 650 for sale.
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The Cagiva Raptor 650 has not a lot of surplus kit but on a bike like this you don’t need it. The riding position’s surprisingly comfy and the small fairing from 2005 on reduces bullying from the wind blast at higher speeds. A removable seat hump is a nice touch and up-side down forks are rarely seen at this price level.