1994 Ca­giva Mito Evo

Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - In your shed -

Owner: Mark Stoner, Here­ford­shire Owned for: six weeks

What’s the story? This is the start of a ground up resto of the best-look­ing road go­ing 125 ever sold (in my opin­ion). The fact it was de­signed by Mas­simo Tam­burini who also penned the Du­cati 916 says it all for me. The bike came to me in a right mess, which is usu­ally the way these bikes end up af­ter years of ne­glect, and main­te­nance be­ing ig­nored.

I’m a proper Ca­giva fan – I’ve got four at the mo­ment; this Mito and three Plan­ets. My last Mito was a ‘Black edi­tion’. Only 27 were sold in the UK. I re­gret sell­ing it. It was the one that got away. I’d re­ally like to get this one up to the stan­dard of that one. No pres­sure then…

Progress so far? I re­moved the cylin­der to check its con­di­tion as the seller said it needed rings. When some­one says that you know it needs a top end re­fresh at the very least. Sure enough it had zero com­pres­sion.

What’s next? The hard­est part of this resto is go­ing to be find­ing good re­place­ment fair­ings. They’re very scarce and al­most im­pos­si­ble to find un­dam­aged. They are still avail­able new – but at over £1300. The fair­ing on mine is pretty beaten up, and the tail piece is also worse for wear. I’m hop­ing the guys on the Mito FB page will be able to help (face­book. com/groups/ca­gi­vami­touk/). I hope to have the en­gine re­built and back in the bike within a cou­ple of months.

He’s not wrong, it’s a very good-look­ing thing

PROJECT IN PROGRESS

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