Cagiva’s prototype Mito 500 will go into production next year despite factory officials denying the project is confirmed for production and we want to know if you would buy it.
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The Cagiva Mito 500 is the personal project of Giovanni Castiglioni (son of the MV Agusta group’s owner, Claudio Castiglioni), and mixes the Mito 125’s razor sharp chassis with a big single-cylinder four-stroke engine making over 60bhp.
Modifications to the chassis have been kept to a minimum to avoid blunting the handling, so the geometry is identical and weight is claimed to be only 3kg more than the 125 two-stroke at 132kg.
The chassis has gained some improvements over the 125, which has been in continuous production without major changes since 1994.
The forks are new Marzocchis with distinctive angled forks bottoms, and a single radial four-piston Brembo caliper is matched with a radial master cylinder to rein in the Mito’s increased top speed – 130mph is possible with the high power to weight ratio.
The wheels are the lightweight aluminium Marvics seen on the 525SP, a track-only version of the 125 used in an Italian one make race series.
Since the first prototype was shown at the 2006 Milan Show, Cagiva has changed the bodywork to match the new C594-styled 125 Mito, and the crude belly pan exhaust of the first Mito 500 is replaced by a much neater silencer box exiting just below the right hand footrest.
The engine in the show motorcycle was still the Husqvarna 500 seen in the first prototype.
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