Saturday, May 19, 2007

Cagiva Mito 500 will now be a 650, will be made in India!

The Mito's 916-inspired styling still looks pretty cool...

Back in December last year, we had reported on Cagiva’s plans of building the Mito 500 sportsbike, which would be fitted with a single-cylinder, 510cc engine sourced from Husqvarna. Well, Cagiva have changed their minds it seems. The Mito 500 will now be the Mito 650, and will be fitted with a liquid-cooled, DOHC, 650cc, 79bhp v-twin sourced from Korean motorcycle manufacturer Hyosung. (The same engine is also fitted to the American-made Fischer MRX.)

To keep costs down, the new Mito 650 will be built in India, by Pune-based two-wheeler manufacturer Kinetic, who also have tie-ups with Hyosung, SYM and Italjet. Though it’ll only be moderately powerful, The Mito 650’s Ducati 916-esque styling, light weight and low-ish price (we hope!) should make it an interesting proposition for some.

And for those who may be worried about a Hyosung engine powering the new Cagiva Mito, this video should allay your fears a bit...

Also see:
Memorable: The rotary-engined Suzuki RE-5
Nitroduke: The world's fastest KTM!
God's own bike: The MV Agusta F4 Senna
Your game's oval: The Honda NR750
The amazing 1980s Suzuki Katana GSX1000S
Hyosung TrendKiller and GT650X


Anonymous said...

I just helped a friend put a CRF450x motor in a MITO. Their is no way you could fit a 650 twin in that chassis.


Darrell said...

I call BS..for one no way a Hyosung gt650 motor makes 79hp.
What a crap way to go with this project. If your going to source a reliable inexpensive twin that puts out power look into the Suzuki SV650. Mike how is it you have a (Mito500/650 what ever they are going to decide to make)this bike has no production date?

Anonymous said...

i am looking for a aprillia rs 250 roller to do my own mito. have a motor, just need a street legal chassis. anyone ?? 562-822-3357

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