Produced for just three years, the Cagiva Alazzurra was a rebadged Ducati street bike. Cagiva purchased Ducati in 1985, and was looking to grow their market share in larger-displacment bikes. Instead of building one from scratch, they used a 650cc version of the Pantah engine for both the Alazzurra and the Elefant.
MSRP wa $3,893, putting it slightly above the Japanese competition that were producing more power. But Cagiva was competing on the emotions of owning an exotic bike, and style. Frankly, we think this bike looks a lot like the BMW K75S of the same vintage, but the Italian ‘exotic-ness’ can’t be denied. The 650 V-Twin engine produced 55 horsepower (less than the competition) and the bike weighed 424 pounds dry (also less than the competition). All of that translated to a 0-60mph time of 4.6 seconds. Want to learn more? Cagiva Online has a period motorcycle review from Cycle Guide’s February 1986 issue.
This specific Cagiva Alazzurra is one of the last year models, and it needs a bit of cleaning as it’s got some water spots. Apparently, it also needs a battery. While it is also missing the chin fairing, you have to remember that was an optional extra at the time of sale. The seller is a little reticent, but these are minor issues for a bike that you don’t see every day…or year.
Find this Cagiva Alazzurra for sale here on ADVRider (registration required) for $2,200 in Norfolk, Virginia.