Electric Mito at Snetteton for TTXGP UK
The Cagiva Mito has finally hit the racetrack thanks to Ian Goodman from LiFeBATT UK. The bike sustained an average speed of 62.45mph on the Snetterton racetrack. It was ridden by Harry Hardi for the LiFeBATT LiFeTECH entry.
The Cagiva Mito is an excellent handling chassis. Lightweight and nimble the Mito was made for the track and it is great to see it competing once again in such a cutting edge event as the TTXGP UK.
Many thanks to Ian Goodman from LiFeBATT UK and the LiFeTECH team for bringing this bike to track. I think you will agree that this is a fantastic achievement from all involved.
Electric Cagiva Mito 125
It has taken about one month to complete but here you have it, the Cagiva Mito chassis completely deICE’d and ready for some electrification. As you can see in the images below there is quite a bit of space for the electrical components inside the engine cavity.
One excellent advantage of the Mito is that the fairing completely encloses the engine bay. It is very possible to make this electric without any of the EV components showing.
Making this bike electric now is a matter of working out where the motor will go and building the mount to support it together with the batteries and controller. There is enough room in this little cagiva for at least 40Ah at 72V using LifePo4 cells. Looking at it now, I am very glad to have chosen the Mito. This will be sooo much fun when it is running. It is a very light chassis. The knee-down potential of this one is very high! Bring on the electricity!
Cagiva Mito – The bike with the flip top lid!
One great feature of the Mito is the flip up tank. This will be very handy for getting to the electrical components once installed! I have finally got the brakes sorted also. This rolling chassis is almost complete now!
Back on her wheels after 16 years!
It’s hard to believe that this bike is 16 years old! At the time, these little Italian rockets broke the mould for handling and performance. These bikes were released in 1990 and I believe this is the MKII version of the machine as it has the upside down front forks. Not a bad looking machine even by today’s standards. With a lot of time and effort it is possible to turn even the worst case scenario into something special.
Brakes are next to be sorted out
The next part to be worked on are the brake calipers. I have stripped them down and have found that the seals are totally destroyed. Hopefuly they will clean up okay but they will need all new seals and possibly hoses. For the moment I am working on getting the bike as complete as possible to see which parts I am missing. So far this bike will require a full set of indicators, Hand grips, brake seals, screen and rear seat. The wiring loom is rough enough but it looks complete. I guess there is only one way to find out!
When choosing a bike for conversion I would advise getting one that is in half decent shape. This Mito was a disaster zone! If you don’t mind spending a LOT of time working on the rolling chassis then go for the cheapest, othewise get yourself a good one! I am enjoying getting this one back into shape though, as it is one of my favourite 125’s and rare to get one of these 1993 ones in good condition now!
The Mito is a very light machine!
It is no wonder why these machines can get over 100mph with the two stroke motor in there. It is extremely light. It can be lifted clean off the ground easily as it stands now. For making the motor mount and battery cage, alloy will be the way to go on this one.
Cagiva Mito rolling chassis
So here we have a 1993 Cagiva Mito resurrected from the dead! She still has a few nuts and bolts loose but right now she is sitting pretty in her new spray job! As well as the paint, new fork seals have been fitted together with new wheel bearings all round. I am still working my way through the box of parts that are here but I reckon that I have the complete bike apart from the front screen and rear seat, oh and of course the stinky little two stroke engine that once inhabited this bike! It’s difficult to get one of these bikes in a decent condition. Mostly (as was the case with this one) they are resigned to the scrap heap after only a few thousand miles or so if not looked after correctly. It is especially difficult to find a straight one with undamaged rims also. This will make a stonking little EVMOTORCYCLE. It has to be AGNI and lifeBatt for this one for sure!
The Mito has a good bit of space for fitting EV components. There are basically three main locations in the Mito engine cavity where a frame can be made to accommodate the mounting of the batteries, motor and controller. Looking at the way Jozzer worked out the battery boxes for the GSXR, it should be possible to install something similar in the Mito. Potentially it would be possible to build a aluminium box that would fit snugly in here with the motor beneath and another set of batteries underneath. I am not sure if the Mito is the same size as the Aprilia RS. It should be possible to get at least 40Ah of Lifebatts in here.
Rebuilding the Cagiva Mito
Finally the Mito is beginning to look like a bike again.
Anyone for some Cagiva nuts?
It has been in a box for long enough so this week the plan is to get this little mito back to a rolling chassis. Just spent the entire day cleaning and sorting out all of the nuts and bolts for the machine. In this picture there is a combination of two Mito’s! So the next step is to work out where all of these nuts go! There will definately be some left overs from this lot! 🙂
Mito rear shock stripped and spray painted
Once again, thanks to my mate Tom for stripping the paint from the Mito shock. It took a while but the result is fantastic. Here you can see the rear spring from the Mito. The shock itself has been spray painted metallic gold. It is looking very sweet indeed. Amazing what can be done with a rattle can and 20 mins!
Cagiva Mito Fairing – Primer Stage
Compared to the Varadero the Mito has a lot of fairing. The whole thing was a total mess. Luckily my good mate Tom came to the rescue and both of us got stuck into getting them sorted.
Firstly, they were absolutely caked with oil and muck. Secondly, the paint was peeling so badly from these that much of the orginal paint had to be removed. Thirdly, the decals were an absolute nightmare to remove. Many hours with a heat gun and blade sorted them out. The front mudguard had one leg broken. Tom sorted it out with some fastglass. There were a few other areas that needed some fibreglass repair also. It was also necessary to fill in many scratches with some stop putty. They are almost ready for color and clearcoat.
There are so many parts to the Mito. Quite a lot of plastic and metal make up this little bike! Many of the fasteners that were on this Mito are rusted and will need replacing. Once everthing has been painted and ready for the rebuild I have to source many of the smaller nuts and bolts for the bike. The shocks are next for attention. Both the front forklegs and rear shock require a repaint. This bike was really through the mill. There are less than 20,000 miles on the clock of this little Mito. I think she lived a very short and abused life! 🙁
MITO Chassis ready for assembly
Finally got the Mito chassis sorted. All of the major parts have been completely cleaned, stripped and powder coated! The next stage of this process for this machine is to work out the battery space frame and motor mount. The Mito will have 72V and 40Ah. It will basically be the same spec as the Varadero however the motor will be an AGNI motor with reinforced windings for those extra RPM. The controller will be a Kelly with regen and it’s lifebatt all the way with this one also. Zivan NG1 72V 10Amp charger. This little Mito is gonna be wicked when finished! 🙂
Before and After
This Mito chassis was dumped in a back yard and was bought for €80.00. I actually bought two Mito’s as the first frame was incomplete and the front wheel was ruined. The second Mito was €50 and this one had upside down forks. By using the parts from both bikes I managed to get one good bike together. There are still a few parts missing, the rear seat and front windscreen.
The Italian engineering and styling on the MITO is beautiful and it was such a shame to see the abuse that the bike had been subjected to. In Ireland there are many of these bikes discarded. the only problem is that they will corrode quickly if left! The tank on one of the bikes, when sandblasted, started to show holes in the metal! Lucky there was a second better tank on the other bike. The front wheel of the second MITO was damaged so it was sent off to be repaired. Further, the wheels were stripped and checked before being powder coated. This process cost around €150.00.
The sandblasting and powder coating took a couple of days and was not too expensive. Basically it cost around €150.00 for the cleaning and in the region of €200.00 for the powder coating. Well worth it in my opinion, as the bike comes up like brand new. So this bike has cost roughly €630.00 to get to this point. I reckon that it will be completely sorted, less EV components for around a grand. Not bad for a spanking, sweet little 916 replica! 🙂
Battery Space Frame and Motor Mount
The space frame and motor mount will have to be made as one complete unit for the MITO. On initial inspection there are three locations for mounting the original motor to the frame. The motor effectively hangs from lugs in the frame. The advantage of the Mito over the Varadero is that there is a lot of empty space to play with. The fairing will also completely enclose the space frame which will help to shield the components from the elements. Without the exhaust, that back wheel and well oversized sprocket should stand out nicely!