Bike of the day: Cagiva Raptor 650

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Why it’s MCN’s pick:

Suzuki’s SV650 engine has appeared in a variety of guises over the years, but this is probably one of its more exotic.

The Cagiva Raptor 650 and V Raptor 650 were the smaller siblings to the Raptor 1000, Xtra Raptor 1000 and V-Raptor 1000, all of which used Suzuki’s TL1000S motor. Launched in 2003, the 650 models used a stock SV motor that Cagiva tweaked the fuelling on (in 2006 they added their own fuel injection system to an updated Raptor) and lowered the bike’s overall gearing to give it a bit of extra poke. Added to the chassis was a set of Brembo brakes, all topped off with a cool angular look and the result is a surprisingly appealing Italian/Japanese middleweight. Pleasingly, it also has a lower seat height than the SV, how practical…

Yes, Cagiva are no longer making bikes, but the heart is Japanese, so unless you are after major chassis components, spares aren’t an issue.

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Seller says:

“Just four former keepers and showing only 27885 miles from new. A great looking naked street bike, will come fully serviced and with a new 12-month MOT. A very clean example.”

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Jon Urry

By Jon Urry

MCN contributor, original 916 & R1-owner, human labrador