We couldn't possibly express the degree to which we lusted after a Cagiva Mito when we were 16. Valentino Rossi won his first championship aboard one in 1994. Since then, the Mito's lost its Tamburini-penned 916 looks and gained something akin to that of a contemporary 125GP bike. Sadly, most are now limited to 12.5 or 15bhp depending on local regulations, but basic engine tuning will take that to 40bhp, which is enough for 120mph. The huge aluminum beam frame has never changed. The whole thing weighs just 129kg or 284.4lbs (dry). New for 2009 is the option of either all white or red/silver paint, but really, this is just an excuse to run images of one of purest motorcycles on sale today.


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