Cagiva 500 River

 

 

 

Make Model

Cagiva 500 River

Year

1996 - 00

Engine

Four stroke, single cylinder, 4 valves per cylinder

Capacity

497 cc / 30.3 cu-in
Bore x Stroke 92.8 x 73.6 mm
Cooling System Air/oil cooled
Compression Ratio

Induction

40mm Mikuni carb

Ignition 

CDI
 Starting Electric

Max Power

34 hp / 24.8 kW @ 6000 rpm

Max Torque

44 Nm / 32.5 lb-ft @ 4750 rpm

Transmission

5 Speed 
Final Drive Chain

Front Suspension

40mm Marzocchi forks
Front Wheel Travel 150 mm / 5.9 in

Rear Suspension

Boge monoshock, preload adjustable
Rear Wheel Travel 140 mm / 5.5 in

Front Brakes

Single 320 mm disc 4 piston caliper

Rear Brakes

Single 230mm disc

Front Tyre

110/80-17

Rear Tyre

140/70-17
Wheelbase 1390 mm / 54.7 in
Seat Height 810 mm / 31.9 in

Dry Weight

160.0 kg / 352.7 lbs

Fuel Capacity

18 Litres / 4.7 US gal

A rather rare machine from Italian manufacturer Cagiva, the River is a simple, unassuming commuter machine with some pleasing design touches. Powered by an elderly single-cylinder air-cooled engine, the River's moderate power and economical running makes it ideal for commuting. The River is also cheap to insure and eligible for the limited Al licence class in Europe. The chassis is rather higher-spec, with a twin-spar frame, upside-down forks and monoshock rear, while Brembo disc brakes front and rear ensure trouble-free stopping. A small screen and stylish sculpted fuel tank increase the River's appeal, and it coiild also be supplied with factory-approved hard luggage panniers, further enhancing its commuter role.