CAGIVA MITO 125 (1991 - on) Review
At a glance
|Owners' reliability rating:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£60|
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
Ducati-esque styling and the promise of almost 30bhp in (easily) from a de-restricted motorcycle make the Cagiva Mito 125 a real object of desire for anyone on a learner motorcycle licence. The Cagiva Mito 125 only just loses out to Aprilia’s RS125 in the sex stakes.
Ride quality & brakesNext up: Engine
No long distance motorcycle this. The seat’s hard and thin, the riding position will quickly alienate anyone over 21. The Cagiva Mito 125's steering lock is very poor, but the handling is sharp and copes with British roads very well considering the motorcycle's lack of adjustability. The gearbox is slick, it brakes well and it’s easy to gel with the Cagiva Mito 125 around twisty roads.
EngineNext up: Reliability
The Cagiva Mito 125 is a fragile, small capacity two-stroke that makes loads of power that shouldn’t be entrusted to teenagers who’s idea of servicing the motorcycle is to run a rag over the headlight once a year. Seizures aren’t uncommon with the Cagiva Mito 125, but a piston and cylinder set is cheap – under £50. Better, though, to warm the motorcycle's engine up properly and use decent two-stroke oil in the first place.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
The Cagiva Mito 125 can quickly become scruffy, though that’s usually due to owners neglecting the motorcycle. Treated right, and fed high quality oil, you should expect to change the piston only every 9500 miles with a Cagiva Mito 125. However, after just 30,000-35,000 miles a Cagiva Mito 125 is fit only for the scrapper by-and-large. Some motorcycles seem plagued by battery and electrical woes.
Value vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
Cagiva Mito 125s are quite dear new and prices reflect their speed, ease of de-restriction (which is illegal without the correct motorcycle licence) and stunning looks. Used prices are more modest, but check your likely insurance premiums before you buy as insurers see Cagiva Mito 125s as high risk motorcycles.
A Ducati 916-style steering damper is standard on the Cagiva Mito 125 and there are comprehensive clocks including a tachometer. With a full Arrow exhaust system fitted to a Cagiva Mito 125 100mph is achievable.
|Engine type||2v single, 6 gears|
|Frame type||Aluminium twin spar|
|Fuel capacity||14 litres|
|Front brake||Single 320mm discs|
|Rear brake||230mm disc|
|Front tyre size||110/70 x 17|
|Rear tyre size||150/60 x 17|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||34 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£20|
|Annual service cost||£60|
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How much to insure?
|Warranty term||Two year unlimited mileage|
Top speed & performance
|Max power||31 bhp|
|Max torque||7 ft-lb|
|Top speed||101 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||13.5 secs|
|Tank range||104 miles|
Model history & versions
1991: Cagiva Mito 125 motorcycle launched.
1993: Uprated Cagiva Mito 125 II version launched with 40mm inverted forks and four-piston Brembo front brake caliper.
1994: Replaced by Cagiva Mito 125 Evolution with Ducati 916 inspired bodywork and styling
1997: Cagiva Mito 125 discontinued.
1998: Cagiva Mito 125 reintroduced.
Cagiva Mito 125 Evo: Seven speed gearbox helps keep the motor boiling.
Cagiva Mito 50: More echoes of the Ducati 916 style with this 50cc version of the Cagiva Mito 125 and there’s a raft of tuning parts available for it, too.
Owners' reviews for the CAGIVA MITO 125 (1991 - on)
8 owners have reviewed their CAGIVA MITO 125 (1991 - on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.
Summary of owners' reviews
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|Value vs rivals:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£60|
Annual servicing cost: £75
Treat it to proper liquids, a good set of tyres, a Renthal set and ample amounts of love and attention and it will serve you three courses of fun!
I've toured on my Mito, but I don't think a pillion would last long. Brakes are cracking gold Brembos, which both look great and work well.
Most exciting bike you will ever buy, you'll never find a 125 that performs as well, easily making 3 figures. It will out shine many 250s!
Gorgeous attention to detail throughout with fab build quality. If you're an amateur mechanic, you'll be fine, but you will need to do work to it! The fairings can be rather fragile, but it is to be expected for a 15-or-more year old bike!
Two stroke oil it a bit steep, but worth every penny.
Don't expect GS levels of gadgets, but the analogue temperature gauge, is a nice touch (and very useful!)
Buying experience: Bought privately as a project that I restored.
Version: Evolution 2
Annual servicing cost: £50
All in all a great bike. Its everything you want from a 125 including speed, agility, looks, sound and the smell of 2 stroke! The main point that will come across on these reviews are the reliability, don't let this put you off. Maintenance is key to ensuring maximum reliability in all vehicles, if you don't look after it and do not regularly service, no matter how reliable they will fail eventually. If you cant be bothered with regular maintenance then buy a 4 stroke, but you will pay a price in terms of overall pleasure - even these will fail if you don't look after them! If I could give the overall rating 4.5 of 5 then I would!
Brilliant ride and brakes! Long windy roads are its home!
Engine is one of the best around for power output! It's smooth, quick, powerful and exciting! You will never get board reaching the power-band and revving all the way up to 13000rpm!
Quality does lack in some cases, but I think this is simply down to the intended purpose of the bike. Mito's are race bikes, and therefore you will find foam round the clocks which do wobble when you're on a bumpy road, but it's all to save weight plus this means parts aren't as expensive! The structure of the bike is immense, I don't know whether they came standard or they were after-market parts but when I bought my Mito it had marzocchi forks and brembo brakes! Reliability was mentioned in the Overall section. Again maintenance is key to these bikes, if you not prepared to look after it don't buy one!
Value and running cost are 3/5... this is just because I am comparing it to rival bikes (all of which are 4 strokes nowadays) therefore the bikes are less efficient and require more frequent servicing. However it's all part of it and it provides you with a chance to learn!
Again the bike I have is equipped with marzocchi forks, brembo brakes so no expense has been spared in that department! The internet will provide you with endless amounts of spare parts and aftermarket modifications at reasonable prices!
Buying experience: I bought my Mito from a private seller who was local to myself. The advertised price was £2200 and I paid £2100. They was no budging below as he wasn't desperate to sell and plenty of interest from other potential buyers made me get my hand in my pockets!
I've had my 1999 mito evo for 7 years now and i still love it! Ok the 125 powerplant isn't amazing when compared to bigger bikes but it's a laugh a minute. If you want a bike to ride day in day out and you not under 20 (i'm 24) it will hurt you but as a fun bike for the weekend it's awesome. Mine has an arrow system on it and the power band is narrow to say the least, that said learn how to pedal it right and she goes very well indeed. Handling is the main thrill with the mito get it on a nice twisty smooth road (suspension is a bit hard and can becom scitish on bumpy roads) and just watch the so called "fast bike" disapear in the mirrors. Reliability is great starting every time, however a good engine rebuild is advisable every 10000km, 125's don't go that fast and last. I've just blown mine at 13000 with no rebuild...........saying that it's been ridden hard as long as i've had it. In summary an amazing handling and looking bike that stops yesterday thanks to it's brembo and can cut it with the big boys on the twistys..................bye one!
Ive had this bike now for a few months, has good acceleration in the lower revs and when it hits 8000 rpm it just explodes and leaves most other things a good distance behind. The handling is also very good, big chunky tyres (specially the rear) which helps with stability and cornering and also makes the bike look alot better. They are abit pricey to buy from new, but you can get a decent second hand one between £1300-£2000. The only concern ive ever had with this bike is the reliability. The first month that i had got it its engine blew up and i had to pay for a top end rebuild, and make no mistake, the engine WILL blow up. Its just a matter of time, every 8000 miles is a good bet (if its de-restricted) around 12000 miles if its still restricted, if you can buy one which has just had an engine rebuild, then you have got yourself a great bike for a long time, but otherwise, you just never know when its going to go.
actually its not any smaller just lighter, this bike is amazing i loved it, the only downside was knowing it was two stroke i was never reassured i'd actually get home, is not cheap on fuel and the good oil required aint cheap either. if you can afford to run one and dont rely on it then you cant go wrong, fast acceleration, excellent handling, excellent forks and suspension, not skinny tyres for a 125, you get all the looks and probably faster through the corners than a gsxr750. I might get another and put a single 500 or 660 engine in as only need to engine brackets and fits straight in, that way i can have the fun with a little more reliability. also dont forget i dont know another bike with a 7 speed box.
yes 5/5 for overall is alot, but for a 17yo there's nothing better!! I had 2 mito's in my time as a learner and i've had 8 other motorcycle's since from KX250 with daylight MOT to my current 00'R1. of all my bikes the Mito is still the favourite, realiabilty was never a problem, i ride year round and used the mito for commuting ( I was a daft 17yo with no other transport!) but so long as you warm them for 5 mins they'll never let you down, i covered over 30k on mine handling is superb and rock steady (for a 125) compared to the flighty RS125, the RS might just have it on the track but on the road i the beefy forks and over engineered frame helps soak up the bumps a bit better and i never had another small bike pass me. on a good day and the right road often used to be able to hunt down and shame many a weekend warrior on there bigger bikes. I never had a problem with parts and in this day and age of flee bay its even less of a worry. Buy it, rag it, break it, buy another - you won't regret it.
Great bike very fast for 17 yr old, brakes are really good it handles well in most conditions, the only problem is th reliability which is poor but added up for by the great looks and fast speeds.
I really love this baby Duke when she's on form.Yes it's like a woman!If you don't treat it right it can go quiet on you for a while,So when she's happy you'll really be happy.It's quite big for a 125 and has the power to go faster than the National limit with a pillion too!(Sorry Officer I wasn't trying!).When the chain is adjusted and the battery is full of life all the water,oil(Good stuff!)and fuel(Vpower from SHELL)is working in harmony this bike can really go!.I've had mine for 2yrs(3 on Aug 21st)And had it's 2stroke probs but a few due to neglect from me as I don't know the insides of a bike just how to ride it!So it's taught me to learn as I go and she's well looked after now.Ducati916 looks and handles a dream even 2up what more can I say apart from bring on the 500!!!!.