Cagiva’s 1978 purchase of the Aermacchi/AMF Harley Davidson factory in Varese saw them producing a range of 2-stroke powered on and off road bikes many of which were essentially re-badged Harley Davidson machines. In 1985, Cagiva purchased the struggling Ducati company and began utilising Ducati engines in a range of Cagiva badged machines including the Alazzurra roadster and the Dakar inspired 750 Elefant adventure bike. The late 1980’s saw the launch of one of Cagiva’s most successful machines the Mito 125, a bike which appealed to the growing market of young riders seeking ever more stylish and sporty learner legal machines, whilst the Cagiva Raptor 650 and 1000 (both with Suzuki engines) is a fun to ride naked bike. Cagiva motorcycle production ended in 2012 but good used examples are relatively easy to find.
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