CAGIVA PLANET (1998 - 2003) Review
At a glance
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Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
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 & brakesNext up: Engine
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.
EngineNext up: Reliability
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.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
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 vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
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.
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!
|Engine type||2-stroke single, 6 gears|
|Frame type||Aluminium beam|
|Fuel capacity||12.5 litres|
|Front brake||320mm disc|
|Rear brake||230mm disc|
|Front tyre size||110/70 x 17|
|Rear tyre size||150/60 x 17|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||38 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£20|
|Annual service cost||-|
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Top speed & performance
|Max power||23 bhp|
|Max torque||13 ft-lb|
|Top speed||80 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||13.7 secs|
|Tank range||120 miles|
Model history & versions
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.
Owners' reviews for the CAGIVA PLANET (1998 - 2003)
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.
Summary of owners' reviews
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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.