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Mito SP525 - Recollections of a Racer in New Colours

May 8th, 2009



The Mito SP525 is now available in the colours white and red/silver, priced at $8,995.00 incl. GST. Plus dealer delivery + ORC. For your nearest Cagiva dealer visit www.cagiva.com.au.

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"Cagiva Mito" are words from racing that still deserve to be heard even after all these years. It was in 1991 when the Cagiva Mito logo first appeared on a rider's leathers. The leathers belonged to Eddie Lawson who rode a Cagiva, albeit the 500, a dream motorbike and the very best in its category. "Cagiva Mito" was emblazoned on his breast. The name was used again in 1989 on the 125 road version that was created as a racer without a fairing but that it acquired one year later. The 125, apart from delighting the younger riders for whom it was designed, won races in the Italian Sport Production class. Even Valentino Rossi, in 1994, won his first championship aboard a Mito 125. This machine underwent changes for the first time in 1995 with the introduction of the EV model that took looks to a new level. A racing machine, the SP (Sport Production) was, as always, created in parallel with the road-going version and the performance and equipment levels left little between it and a GP bike. Needless to say, these machines won numerous races and championships in the 125 class. Nowadays the Mito is "conservative" both in principle and design. It offers the sheer pleasure of riding a two-stroke, of hearing it scream through the gears like the glorious Cagiva 500, even if it has three cylinders less. When the racing bike won, Italy celebrated, especially when John Kocinsky came home third in the World Championship. It is exactly the recollection of those times when motorbikes were almost untamed beasts and more difficult to dominate than any of today's machines, that made the name of the little Mito resurface. The SP525 with the 1 of "125" replaced by a 5 in memory of the legendary much loved Cagiva 500.

THE LOOK

If the 125 had a racing number carrier instead of a headlight, it would be difficult to tell it apart from the legendary 500 racer. The streamlined profile and compressed nose cone, the twin air scoops and low screen create a very close resemblance to the Cagiva 4-cylinder. In size too there is little difference especially regarding the superb riding position on the 125. The design of the bike has in fact been retouched to a large extent. A new twin light cluster at the rear blends with the mirrors (fixed shell and adjustable mirrors) that, with their differing lines, offset the smaller more compact size of the screen. The tank remains the same shape: generally square but flat along the top and concave along the sides. It is highly efficient from the rider's points of view in terms of both riding position and comfort and perfectly matches the new lines of the bike. It is the only "aesthetic" component remaining from the previous Cagiva Mito. The black side panels stretch from the tank to a new tail section that is more streamlined, especially on the upper surface, and the paintwork is exactly the same as that used on competition bikes.

Both sides of the fairing bear the words Cagiva SP525 and the screen is decorated with an Italian flag.

EQUIPMENT

New items relate to both looks and the engine and involve the following components:

• Euro 3 engine
• Screen, mirror supports and mirrors
• Handlebar switches
• Instrumentation
• Light units and indicators
• Colours and graphics
• Screen and tail section sub-frames
• Tail section, side panels and saddle

The new instrument cowl is fitted with vibration-proof foam and houses an electronic rev counter that is set well apart from the other dials (speedometer and water temperature gauge) as on all racing machines. The warning light panel has one addition: the MIL ("Malfunction Injection Lamp"). This small emergency light comes on if the electric pump, carburetor or ECU signals a malfunction. The shape of the indicators has been modified to blend with both the new light units. The front unit has been split whereas the one at the rear is more streamlined than the previous (8 LED) unit. Other non-visible changes have been incorporated in the Mito SP525 project and the repositioning some of the electrics toward the front of the bike is one of these changes. The ECU that manages the Euro 3 system has been relocated thus making it possible to create a small but handy luggage space under the tail section.

FRAME

The frame on the Mito 125 is so good that there is no need to change it. When regulations were less severe, racing machines were capable of reaching speeds of over 190 km/h and had power outputs of almost 40 HP. During all this time, the Cagiva aluminium double extruded frame never showed any signs of weakness and, in fact, almost seemed as if it would be happier carrying an over 500cc engine. It therefore comes as no surprise that many of the hand-built four-stroke 600 cc bikes currently taking part in the "Supermono" championship use Mito frames. The 125 is now restricted by law to 11 kW (15 HP). This explains why the frame has been left untouched. There is nothing needs done after all those years spent fine-tuning and testing it.


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