CAGIVA RAPTOR 1000 (2000 - 2005) Review
At a glance
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|Annual servicing cost:||£50|
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
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 & brakesNext up: Engine
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.
EngineNext up: Reliability
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.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
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 vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
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.
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.
|Engine type||8v V-twin, 6 gears|
|Frame type||Tubular steel trellis|
|Fuel capacity||15 litres|
|Front brake||Twin 298mm discs|
|Rear brake||220mm disc|
|Front tyre size||120/70 x 17|
|Rear tyre size||180/55 x 17|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||39 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£93|
|Annual service cost||£50|
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Top speed & performance
|Max power||105 bhp|
|Max torque||66 ft-lb|
|Top speed||150 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||11.8 secs|
|Tank range||125 miles|
Model history & versions
2000: Cagiva Raptor 1000 released.
2000: Cagiva V-Raptor released.
2001: Cagiva Xtra Raptor introduced.
2005: All models discontinued.
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.
Owners' reviews for the CAGIVA RAPTOR 1000 (2000 - 2005)
2 owners have 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.
Summary of owners' reviews
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Annual servicing cost: £50
Poor fuel range but surprisingly comfortable and usable.
Brakes excellent feel and power for an older bike suspension typical italian stiff.
TL1000 tuned for torque, any gear any revs it goes
still looks good at 12years old
Do it myself.
Puig screen looks good and works.
Buying experience: Superbike for the £2000 but you are taking a gamble on the chassis parts.
<p>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 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......</p>