I was at a Oran Park test day way back when and Mladin was trying his one of these for the first time..... I thought I was going Ok until he lapped me within about 5 laps
was a wild machine, perfect for Sepang though, come on who's cashed up!!!
Cagiva's most successful 500cc grand prix motorcycle will go on sale in Australia early next year.
The Gold Coast-based Paul Feeney Group, Australian distributors for Italian brands Cagiva and MV Agusta, confirmed today it would soon take delivery of a two-stroke 500cc machine raced by American John Kocinski in the 1994 world championship.
Kocinski rode a Cagiva to third position in the 500cc world championship in 1994, and his results included winning the Australian Grand Prix at Eastern Creek, six other top-three podium finishes, and three pole positions as fastest qualifier.
The PFG's Managing Director Paul Feeney said the Cagiva 500 headed for Australia would be placed on the market for sale after it arrived from Italy toward the end of January, but he said the price had not yet been determined.
He said the 130kg Cagiva was a genuine grand prix machine, and not one of the 25 replica models the Italian company was building to celebrate its 25th anniversary this year, and which will reportedly cost about $250,000 each.
Feeney, who organised delivery of the Cagiva 500 through Italian-based MV Agusta boss Claudio Castiglioni, said the machine would be delivered in operating condition.
"This will be a unique opportunity for someone to own a piece of grand prix history," said Feeney. "Everyone remembers the Cagiva was the best looking 500 on the grid in its day, and the '94 model won races and had plenty of podiums so it was very competitive."
"The bike will come in running order, and some spares will be available. It can be used on track days, or perhaps it will find a home in a private collection or in a motorsport museum somewhere."
Feeney said the eventual owner would receive introductory personal tuition from the PFG's official ambassador Daryl Beattie, who raced against Kocinski's Cagiva in the 500cc world championship in 1994, before finishing runner-up to fellow-Australian Mick Doohan the following year.
"Anything that weighs 130kg and puts out around 180-horsepower can be a handful, especially with the narrow powerband the 500s had back then," said Feeney. "Fortunately we can call on Daryl's expertise to give some tips on riding these bikes."
Cagiva won a total of three 500cc grand prix races during it's period in the world championship. Apart from Kocinski's win at Eastern Creek in 1994, Cagiva's other 500cc victories were by American Eddie Lawson in Hungary in 1992, and Kocinski at Laguna Seca in 1993.
The list of Cagiva 500cc riders in the late 1980s and early 1990s also included Americans Randy Mamola and Doug Chandler, Brazil's Alex Barros, Briton Ron Haslam, Spaniard Juan Garriga, Belgian Didier de Radigues, Frenchman Raymond Roche, and Australia's Mat Mladin.
1994 CAGIVA 500 – Specifications
Engine Type: 2 stroke, water cooled, 4 cylinders (80-degrees V formation), crankcase reed valve
Bore x Stroke: 56 x 50.6mm
Exhaust Device: CTS varying ex-port height by electronically controlled valve
Max Power/Torque: Over 177 horsepower at 12,600rpm/10.5kgm at 12,100rpm
Carburettor: Mikuni TM (flat valve) type with electronically controlled power jet, air funnels modified
Ignition: CDI digital with battery
Gearbox: Extractable 6 speeds
Clutch: Dry multiple discs
Frame: Twin spar – hybrid of aluminium and carbon fibre reinforced plastic
Front Suspension: Ohlins upside-down telescopic fork, adjustable spring pre-load, compression and rebound damping
Rear Suspension: Ohlins swing-arm and mono shock with linkage, adjustable spring pre-load, compression and rebound damping, carbon fibre reinforced plastic swing-arm
Front Brakes: Disc: carbon-composite (320mm). Caliper: Brembo 4 pistons. Mechanical anti-nose dive system
Rear Brakes: Disc: carbon-composite (194mm). Calliper: Brembo 2 pistons
Front Wheel: 3.75-17 (Marchesini, magnesium alloy)
Rear Wheel: 6.25-17 (Marchesini, magnesium alloy)
Wheel Base: 1,390mm
Fuel Tank Capacity: 21 litres