1991 Cagiva Mito 125cc (Eddie Lawson Replica)
Founded in 1950 in the Italian city of Varese, Cagiva initially manufactured metal components.
In 1978 the company started motorcycle production and fielded a racing team with riders Gianfranco Bonera and Marco Lucchinelli. A year later, road bike manufacturing was in full swing with a range of two-strokes from 125 to 350cc.
Cagiva went on to acquire other, much older, motorcycle makers – Ducati and Moto Morini in 1985, Husqvarna in 1987 and MV Agusta in 1991.
The Mark I Mito, or ‘myth’ in Italian, appeared in 1989 as a small-capacity race replica. The Italian sales brochure promised Oltre ogni limite, or “Beyond all limits”, and the 125cc looked like it could deliver the goods.
Its liquid-cooled two-stroke single-cylinder engine with electric power valve was equipped with a 28mm Dell’Orto flat-slide carburettor.
Claimed output for the Eddie Lawson Replica was 33.5hp at 10,500rpm, with a top speed of more than 160km/h.
Other features included a seven-speed gearbox, a four-piston Brembo caliper grabbing a single front disc and wide tyres. Later Mitos were equipped with upside-down forks.
The Mito’s powerband kicked in at 9500rpm with redline at 11,000rpm and the skilled rider could use the bike’s gear ratios to keep the engine burbling (or should that be screaming) along there.
Over the next five years Cagiva introduced a series of race replica Mitos based on its 500cc GP program, including a John Kocinski, Rothmans, several Lucky Explorers and a second Lawsonreplica.
This Cagiva Mito was offered at the Sydney Autumn Classic.