Review Cagiva Raptor 650


Review Cagiva Raptor 650

Gloria Raptoria

The economic situation of the parent company MV Agusta does not seem to be quite right yet: Already presented last year C.agiva presented the revised Raptor 650 at the Munich trade fair Intermot, but it is only now being launched. Externally only slightly revised, the most important change is the switch to the current Suzuki SV 650 engine with injection. in the
Japanese original, the exhaust gases are brought to Euro 2 level by means of a secondary air system and U-Kat and disposed of via a single silencer.
The Cagiva manages the same exercise with a secondary air system, but without a catalytic converter and provides each cylinder with its own muffler. This changes the power delivery significantly. The Raptor lags behind the SV by around five horsepower up to just under 5000 revs, and then adds the same amount to 6500 rpm. In the upper speed range, the curves align again and are ultimately congruent at the zenith. And with a measured 77 hp, the Raptor even exceeds the factory specification of 75 hp.
If you want to move quickly, the two-cylinder needs to be turned. This poses no problems for man or machine, the clutch slips with two fingers, and the six gears engage cleanly with short shift travel. The picture is clouded by the large play in the drive train, the resulting load change shocks and the rather hard throttle response.
In terms of effectiveness and controllability, the front double disc brake system with steel-flex brake lines gives no cause for complaint ?? assuming you reach the brake lever. It is adjustable, but even in the last position it can only be reached with thieves. The rear pane, also reinforced with flexible steel, offers effective support.
The chassis is also open to dynamic locomotion. The tubular steel frame is not only torsion-resistant, but also much more beautiful than the SV’s bulky cast aluminum part. At the front, a non-adjustable 43 mm upside-down fork from Marzocchi takes care of the wheel guidance, at the rear this is done by a Sachs shock absorber that is connected to the swing arm by means of a lever and adjustable in the spring base. The tuning of the spring elements is rather tight, but you are only shaken vigorously on really bad roads. Otherwise, the Cagiva driver is happy about the transparency and feedback that an SV does not offer. The Raptor is child’s play
Throw it into the corners and precisely follow the targeted line.
There is no lack of lean angle. And the fun is not even interrupted by a refueling stop for a long time, because the combination of a 19-liter tank and a country road consumption of just five liters of premium gasoline enables an enormous range. Untrained butts are longing for a break even before the reserve lamp lights up, because the newly designed bench is not particularly comfortable.
Hopefully the Raptor will finally get the numbers it deserves. It is a crisp, sporty alternative to the SV 650. sgl

MOTORCYCLE measurements

Top speed1 210 km / h

0 100 km / h 3.9 sec
0 ?? 140 km / h 7.2 sec
0 200 km / h 21.3 sec

60 ?? 100 km / h 5.6 sec
100 ?? 140 km / h 5.5 sec
140 180 km / h 7.7 sec

Consumption in the test 5.1 l / 100 km, super

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