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Memorable Motorcycles - Cagiva Raptor 1000 Photo Gallery

Memorable Motorcycles - Cagiva Raptor 1000 - The Cagiva Raptor 1000, the brain-child of Miguel-Angel Galluzzi, was quick, agile, and had all the necessary traits. Check out the full story in Memorable Motorcycles: Cagiva Raptor 1000.

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Melling says 'Forget your Big Fours, this motor is turbine smooth with the sweetest gearbox imaginable and a featherlight clutch.'
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Cagiva took the naked look to the extreme because there's not much between the engine and the ground.
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In choosing the narrow, powerful, 90 degree V-Twin Suzuki TL1000 engine, Cagiva was looking for a motor that would square up to the Ducati Monster's eight-valve liquid-cooled Vee.
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Cagiva's styling includes a generous amount of carbon fiber throughout the bike.
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The Raptor's front end is anchored by a 43mm inverted Marzocchi fork with 4.72-inches of travel and 320mm Brembo discs that are powerful but not overdone.
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With a 98 x 66mm bore and stroke and a claimed 105 hp the TL1000 engine delivers the power you'd expect from a big V-twin.
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Though the 2001 Cagiva Raptor 1000 had muscle and handling, the timing of the bike's release resulted in lower sales figures than the bike's worthy of.
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The Raptor's light weight and low seat height are attractive features for riders of smaller dimensions who desire the thrill of a sporty over the pull of a mid-sized cruiser.
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The handling of the prototype was a little sketchy, so Cagiva extended the wheelbase and increased the steering head angle.
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The Cagiva Raptor 1000's gauges are minimalist but include a digital speedo and a scrollable digital readout for coolant temp, an odometer, trip mileage, and tach.
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The Cagiva Raptor 1000 was the brain-child of Miguel-Angel Galluzzi (of Ducati Monster fame).
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If the Raptor 1000 would have received the funds and attention Claudio Castiglioni's other enterprise MV Agustu did, the bike could have been a serious contender in the streetfighter class.