Cagiva 500 River




Make Model

Cagiva 500 River


1996 - 00


Four stroke, single cylinder, 4 valves per cylinder


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


40mm Mikuni carb


 Starting Electric

Max Power

34 hp / 24.8 kW @ 6000 rpm

Max Torque

44 Nm / 32.5 lb-ft @ 4750 rpm


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


Rear Tyre

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.