This 1987 Cagiva Alazzurra is a bit newer than most bikes we usually try to feature here. Bikes from the 80’s, while not quite yet considered classic, are definitely old… And they’re getting very close: 1987 was 27 years ago! I’d bet that 80’s sportbikes will be the next big thing in terms of classic bike trends, and before you know it, early “slingshot” GSX-R’s that haven’t been polished and stretched into cruise-night machines will be getting gobbled up for outrageous prices.
The Cagiva Alazzurra was a simple badge-engineering job from the period when Ducati was owned by Cagiva, a rebodied Ducati Pantah with the 650cc version of Ducati’s famous belt-driven, desmodromic v-twin cloaked in very chunky 1980’s styling. It was pitched as a sports-tourer with the emphasis on “sports.”
The smaller Ducati twins sound just like their bigger siblings with the right pipes on them, so if you’re worried about being seen on a “learner bike,” no one has to know. And even if they do, it’ll just make passing them on the outside at a trackday that much sweeter.
This bike deviates a bit from original, but I’ll let the seller tell you about it. After so many bikes recently featuring very little information, it’s very refreshing to see something as seemingly honest as this.
From the original eBay listing: 1987 Cagiva Alazzurra for Sale
The photos show that the standard instrument gauges have been replaced by a large tachometer. I purchased the motorcycle like this and therefore I do not know the exact mileage. I can tell you that the compression is strong at 160psi per cylinder. There is no ignition switch and so there is no key, the on off of the ignition system is controlled by a toggle switch mounted inside the headlight fairing which I can be seen pointing out in the photos. Both front brake calipers, rear brake caliper, front axle, rear axle, and oil filter are secured using safety wire. Has a very unique APE steering damper installed. The front and rear brake lines are all steel braided. The following services were all completed at Desert Desmo in February of 2014. Timing belts have been replaced, both carburetors have been rebuild, fuel lines replaced and fuel filters have been replaced. This bike originally came with unreliable ceramic style fuses. The fuse box has been replaced and now uses blade style fuses that are much more reliable. I have receipts and old parts. Engine starts and runs extremely well. Has Bridgestone Battlax tires front and rear that are about 1 year old with less than 300 miles on them. I have had the motorcycle stored indoors however the paint is probably around 20 years old and has many chips and cracks. The fuel tank has a few minor dents and the frame also has a few chips. The seat is starting to come open on the left side as can be seen in the picks.
The tachometer is original, but the speedometer, clock [?!], and idiot lights have been removed and replaced with a single bracket for the remaining instrument. It looks like the bike is well used, but also well maintained and updated. Learn to do the valve adjustments and belt changes yourself and these engines aren’t nearly as expensive to run as their exotic reputation suggests. Ducati’s two-valve twin can be very reliable when properly taken care of, and they seem to like it much better when ridden they’re ridden regularly. It’s when they sit idle that they seem to fall apart…
No danger of that with this one! It’s especially interesting that the bike has been safety wired for the track. On one hand, that may be an indicator of a hard life. On the other hand: track bike!
The paint isn’t original, but if you can handle the garish design, I think this could be a really unusual, low-cost way into Ducati ownership and you net a trackday bike in the bargain.