Introduced in 2000, the Cagiva Raptor was designed as alternative to the Ducati Monster – they were even styled by the same man. Though there are plenty of similarities, the Raptor comes with the V-Twin heart from a Suzuki TL.
While the Suzuki V-Twin made 124 horsepower in the TL, it has been retuned to about 105 in the Cagiva – thought you got more torque in the process. The base model (which is up for grabs here) was simply called the Raptor, and it looks an awful lot like a base Monster. There were two higher spec versions – one was the V-Raptor (I’ve actually featured one before), which got 7 extra horsepower and a bizarre fairing, the other was the Xtra Raptor, which was introduced in 2001 and added carbon fiber, Marzocchi suspension, and a steering damper (among other things) to the V-Raptor package. Want to learn more? Check out this writeup from MotorcycleUSA.
This example (VIN: zcgm200aayv000793) has 9,900 miles (though all the gauges are in kilometers) and everything is claimed to work. The seller is the third owner, he acquired it in 2005 and rode it from California to Illinois without a problem. Since that time the seller has put on very few miles, a new front fender, new paint on the tank, and a set of Staintune mufflers, though he wants $800 extra to include the exhaust in the sale. I love this bike – it will only get attention from those in the know…or people who like yellow.
Find this Raptor for sale in Springfield, Illinois with an unmet opening bid of $4,500