Thursday, 23 January 2014

buying a cagiva mito 125 buyer guide

They are not unreliable bikes, forget all the stories you  heard. These are solid bikes. They are one of the most highly tuned road bikes, and as such demand high maintanence high quality oils and sensible riding procedures.
there is no bad mito just badly maintained ones




Yamaha R1  150 hp per litre , mito produces a massive 250 hp per litre!!!!!!!!!!!
this power demands race quality maintanence  , avoid any bike that look uncared for unless your willing to 
spend time on getting it back to tip top condition(which can be fun but expensive) , having said this most used cagiva mito  bikes will need a good overhaul prior to riding , me i personally rebuild every bikes engine and fully look the bike over , i then know im riding a good bike  .

when first looking at a bike, check its mileage like any bike,check to see of its stolen recovered hpi clear or a previous insurance write off these are important and must be done prior to buying ive lost count of how many people have been done this way .

if the buyer has no V5 or documentation then dont buy , ive known people get in serious trouble going to court over stolen engines in bikes they have bought .
check the overall condition of bike in parcticular the braking systems , chain and cogs inside fuel tank (rust),does it start well from cold and sound good but like i say expect to need to rebuild an engine soon , its just needed on a 125 2t so if this scares you or you cant afford it you might be best of with 4t .
Be aware in the MITO manual, it suggests you check your piston rings at around 9,000km and change the piston and rings at 16,000km. So if its past these mileages ensure that this has been done by the previous owner but most bikes i see advertised say fully rebuilt engine , this would worry me more i prefer to do my own engine builds i know then the best parts are fitted and are fitted correctly if someones suggesting they rebuilt there own engine then beware , ive seen weetabix boxes used for gaskets and all sorts of horrible stuff  .

an engine compression test is a good test to see if the engines piston and rings are good here is a post  of how to do a compression test ensure you throttle is in wide open position

if the bike has more miles around 20/30000 for a well looked after rs125 then a complete engine rebuild should be done this will include barrel , piston, conrod , bearings etc etc.
can you afford to rebuild complete engine , can you do this work yourself if not 2t mito might not be for you 






 If you are purchasing a full power bike it will have a power valve in it. This is a mechanism that makes the exhaust outlet wider and narrower as the revs increase and decrease giving the best performance. 

this can also mean that the bikes engine has extra wear and tear due to more power and will mean that its not suitable for a 17yo riders licence   .











The earlier evo bikes had a 35mm carb on them, but they were replaced with 28mm carbs. This means the newer bikes do not get as much mid range power. So if your test riding different years beware of this. You can always get hold of a 35mm carb and manifold inlet and put this straight on to the bike without any extra parts to get that performance.










Mods. If you get to an mito and its not standard make sure its been set up correctly. If you notice its got a fancy air filter on there make sure it has been jetted accordingly by the owner. If not the bike could be running lean! 

This is very bad, meaning a seizure is very likely when a bike is running lean. If you notice a different exhaust and expansion chamber, make sure it has been jetted. As if it originally had a standard expansion chamber with a CAT in it, it will be running far too rich.
a good Cagiva mito will have been looked after properly. E.g. chain and sprockets are in decent condition, just the general condition of the bike , where it was stored etc etc .

below are some good links to motorcycle buying guides 


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