Gavin’s Cagiva V-Due 500 Squalo (part 2)
This unique motorcycle, based on a single sketch by Massimo Bordi when he worked for Cagiva, is nearing completion. It features the 500cc two-stroke V-twin engine developed by Bimota in the 1990s. You know – the direct-injected one which famously didn’t really work.
These days it can be made to behave, mainly by chucking the fuel injection and fitting carbs. The guy who does this lives in Germany, so a few months back I built it a quick ‘n’ dirty loom, so that he could get the carbs and ignition set up.
This time it needed a full road loom, complete with indicators, sat nav, fuel pump, electric start, warning lights, fuses, Scitsu tacho (Gavin is an ex racer), a charging and cooling system, temperature sensors and more. Big job.
The underseat exhausts and 916-style suspension rocker under the seat make space incredibly tight behind the tank, but there is enough room. It’s a pleasure to work on something so bespoke. It’ll be back in 2021 for a final run-through after the bodywork and paint is done.