Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Harley-Davidson to revive Cagiva, resurrect the Raptor and Elefant


Harley-Davidson, the new owners of Cagiva, hope to bring back some of Cagiva's legendary bikes like the Elefant and the Raptor, and do other all-new Cagiva machines as well...

According to a report on Solo Moto, Harley-Davidson have big plans for reviving the Cagiva brand and restoring it to its former glory. After buying MV Agusta and Cagiva from Claudio Castiglioni earlier this year, Harley have been studying the situation at Cagiva and will, hopefully, start work on new product development very soon.

Faced with a severe financial crunch that left no money for developing new bikes, Cagiva have seen a declining product line-up in recent years. In fact, apart from the new Mito SP525 (which, despite the ‘525’ in its name, is only fitted with a two-stroke, single-cylinder 125cc engine…), the company has done precious little in the last few years.

In resurrecting the iconic Italian brand, Harley-Davidson are likely to develop and launch various new bikes under the Cagiva name, of which the first might be a reborn Raptor. The new Cagiva Raptor, which could be launched by mid-2010, is likely to be fitted with a 140bhp, 1125cc liquid-cooled v-twin – the same BRP-Rotax engine that’s also used on the Buell 1125R and the 1125CR.

Harley also have plans for smaller Cagivas – 125s, 650s and 800s – for which the company will look at sourcing engines from BMW and Piaggio. Then, the legendary Elefant name may be revived, with Cagiva building a dual-purpose machine fitted with either the 1125cc BRP-Rotax v-twin, or a different engine of roughly the same capacity but sourced from elsewhere.

Finally, in about three or four years from now, Cagiva may also have a full-blown superbike in their line-up, fitted with a highly tuned 1200cc version of the Rotax v-twin, which could be making up to 180bhp or more. With this machine, Cagiva will take on the likes of BMW, Aprilia, Ducati and all the four Japanese manufacturers in the litre-bike segment. But for now, all we can do is wait and watch, and hope Harley-Davidson will work a few miracles for Cagiva…

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Memorable: The Cagiva 500 GP racer from the early-1990s. More about this bike here

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