Category: Cagiva

1987 Cagiva Alazzurra for Sale

1987 Cagiva Alazzurra L Side

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.”

1987 Cagiva Alazzurra L Rear

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.

1987 Cagiva Alazzurra R Engine

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The photos show that the standard instrument gauges have been replaced by a large tachometer.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.

1987 Cagiva Alazzurra Dash

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!

1987 Cagiva Alazzurra Wiring

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.


1987 Cagiva Alazzurra R Front

Don’t call it a Ducati: 1987 Cagiva Alazzurra

For Sale: 1987 Cagiva Alazzurra 650

The Italians have a certain style that seems to captivate the enthusiast. They also have a manner of procedure and nomenclature that befuddles everyone who tries to follow along. This bike, this company, and this piece of corporate history are perfect examples of style and confusion rolled into a beautiful design.

Cagiva was a producer of mopeds, scooters and small offroad bikes. Formed by legend Giovanni Castiglioni, the company name is what is known as a portmanteau: a blending of multiple words into a single name. In this case, Cagiva takes its name from the founding father as well as the region where the company was born: CAstiglioni, GIovanni, and VArese (this is similar to how BIMOTA is named). Originally started as a metal manufacturing concern in the 1950s, Cagiva did not turn to the motorcycle world until the 1970s.

The Alazzurra is one of the more confusing bikes produced in the modern era of motorcycling. Long considered a form of “badge engineering,” the bike started out as an engine deal – namely the Ducati 650cc Pantah engine – and comprised a Ducati engine married to a Cagiva-designed and branded chassis. And while Cagiva and Ducati were separate entities when the Alazzaurra was first introduced, one was bought by the other by the time this 1987 bike was introduced. Confused yet?

Cagiva, lead by Giovanni Castiglioni, actually purchased Ducati in 1985. That same year the company also completed a buyout of Moto Morini. Two years later Cagiva added to their holdings by purchasing Husqvarna. Meanwhile, they continued to market in the US under Cagiva, failing to understand the strength of the Ducati brand in America.

If we are to follow the story to its natural conclusion (i.e. to the present day), Cagiva purchased the rights to the MV Agusta name in 1991, sold off Ducati and Moto Morini to US-based investment firm Texas Pacific Group in 1996, restructured under the MV Agusta banner in 1999 (MV Agusta now holding rights to Cagiva and Husqvarna), were acquired by Harley Davidson in 2008, and in late 2010 after HD poured millions into MV Agusta in terms of production facilities and clearing the books of debt, Giovanni Castiglioni stepped in and bought his old company back. Ironically, Ducati has also been resold (private firm Performance Motorcycles SpA), and is now Italian owned once more.

From the seller:
Up for auction is a 1987 Cagiva Alazzurra 650. I am selling this for my Dad who is selling his collection. The bike has 1,667 Miles on the odometer. It has been fully serviced within the last 200 miles and is ready to ride now. The service included all of the mechanical maintenance as well as New Tires, POR 15 sealed the inside of the gas tank, Powdercoated the frame and wheels, all of the bodywork newly painted (except for the tank), and new BUB exhaust pipes.

This seller has offered many classic and rare bikes on eBay as of late – somewhere in Michigan there is an awesome collection slowing being parted out. Thankfully, there is a video of this particular bike running:

That is a classic Ducati sound, and those BUB pipes sound awesome. The bike is not stock, has had some re-paint work done, and has had other modifications that one can only find out by talking to the seller (for example: do the lack of belt covers simply make a statement or indicate other modifications below the surface?).

The value of an Alazzurra – the closest thing to a “real” Ducati you could purchase in the US during the early 1980s – is downright reasonable. This particular gem, with only 1,667 miles, is currently sitting at $1,000. And this is a no reserve auction! With a capable chassis, Marzocchi suspension and the legendary Ducati L-twin desmo powerplant, this is a classic that begs to be ridden. For more information, pictures and info, . Good luck, and tell ’em you saw it on CSBFS!