Friday, January 04, 2008

Cagiva Mito 500: More rumours…


Would you buy this with lights, turn-indicators and a 60bhp, 500cc, single-cylinder engine? (We'd much rather have a 1098R really...)

We had earlier reported that instead of using a 500cc single-cylinder Husqvarna engine for their new Mito, Cagiva would use a 650cc v-twin from Hyosung. Well, now the rumour mill seems to be swinging in the other direction. According to a report on MCN, the Cagiva Mito 500 will indeed go into production next year.

Said to be a project of Giovanni Castiglioni (son of Claudio Castiglioni, who owns the MV Agusta group…), the Mito 500 is likely to be fitted with high-spec chassis and suspension components, which would be mated to a 60bhp single-cylinder engine, and the result would be a lightweight, good-looking, sharp-handling sportsbike.

According to the MCN report, the Mito 500 will use a slightly modified version of the Mito 125’s chassis, and may weigh in at only 132kg. Marzocchi USD forks will be fitted at front, and Brembo brakes – a single brake disc at front, with radial-mount four-piston calipers – will handle stopping duties. Top speed is expected to be in excess of 200km/h.

Stay tuned for more news on this bike!

Also see:
Single, Italian and naked: The CR&S Vun!
Wheelsurf: On a prayer. And one wheel...
Dirtbike-based, single-cylinder, 450cc roadracers...
"GSX-Rs are for moped riders!"
Custom streetfighter: The Mad Jack...
Memorable: Cagiva's 500cc GP racer...

External links:
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3 comments:

Phil H said...

They have made a wise move to go back to the 500cc single - there was quite a lot of interesting in the original spec and I think people are willing to pay for it.

I'd be interested - depending on price of course!

Anonymous said...

(We'd much rather have a 1098R really...)

Why ?? There is enough of that already ??? Let's have something light and nimble !

paolo.monari said...

Don't know who is interested in that yet...
I live in Varese, and I can see mito 500 prototypes running every day.
Sounds great. Chassis is bigger and different from the 125 one. Wheels also. The 500cc mono is soo cool on this bike. I had some trouble in following the test guy with my K1200R. He was almost always on weeling...
It seems that the bike will be officialy presented and sold this November @ Milan "Salone".
Ciao

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