SELLER SAYS: 2002 Cagiva V Raptor for sale, with an incredibly low 10,000km since new, this is in stunning condition and mechanical excellent. This bike is also rare, as very few were made (many less than the X Raptor). What we have here is quirky Italian styling and great handling with the thumping TL1000 engine from Suzuki. Huge grunt! The bike is dripping in carbon parts that adorned the X Raptor, plus carbon pipes, rear seat cowl etc. Alarm, headlight protector, stainless steel radiator and oil cooler guards, crash knobs (not fitted), brand new Pirelli Corsa II tyres (maybe done 300km), 11 months rego, full set of keys, all books including work shop manual, all receipts for all parts on bike, all original parts go with the bike. This bike is like new and well priced at $9990. Very reluctant sale. Phone Michael 0458 748 916 (Gloucester, NSW)

EDITOR TERLICK SAYS: Ever thought it might be fun to take a Ducati Monster, with all its Italian style and cornering finesse, and drop a nice big-bore Japanese V-twin motor in it? Well, there’s no need — Cagiva did it for you. A bit over 20 years ago, the very same man who designed the original Ducati Monster, Miguel Galuzzi, was recruited by Cagiva. One of his first creations was the Raptor — considered by some as the true successor to the Monster. The sting in the tail was the Japanese motor — and a much-loved one at that. Suzuki’s 996cc TL1000 was designed to take on Ducati’s 996 (or at least pinch a few sales). The big twin Suzuki was never a huge seller, but everyone who rode one just loved that motor. Road tests from the day were suitably impressed with Cagiva’s Italian/Japanese marriage — the Raptor was seriously fast, more than a bit hoon flavoured, and a joy in the corners. This spotless bike of Michael’s looks like an absolute pearler, with very low mileage. Being a ‘V’ model, it’s blessed with a bit more bling, a snazzy front cowl (I can’t call it a fairing, can I?), and a few more horses than the base model. Cool as.




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