Cagiva 125 C 12 R

Presented at the Bologna Motor Show December 3, 1988 and marketed since March 1989, Cagiva Freccia C12R is the swan song of the Arrow series and adopt technical solutions that provide the basis for his successor, or the Myth.

Although the Arrow begins to feel the weight of years in a market as eclectic as that of 125 road, the few cosmetic changes made to make leaner and C12R C10R fashionable and 7-speed, a true first fruits in the landscape motorcycle world gives the new Arrow that touch of exclusivity which is good mai.La C12R was replaced in 1990 by Mito, although production survive in the economic variant throughout FY 1992.

Price in 1989: 5,295,000 Lira

Available colors: White, Black and Red (all with white circles)

The bike soon

The C12R has a line practically identical to C10R, although some small differences, color aside, help make it more modern and attractive:

Slight reduction in the size of the already small spoiler in this Plexiglas on top of the windshield and now it is more pleasing to the eye.

New front fender smaller and more traditional hours. Definitely the element that most characterizes C12R than its progenitor.

New wheels Brembo three spokes.

Instrumentation similar to Arrow C10R, but with different graphics now more clear and readable. Now when the gearbox ‘in neutral, as well as its light, lights also indicates that the oil reserve to confirm the effectiveness of the bulb. A feature that will resume later also by Myth.

Now handle rear color-keyed

Despite a few changes, the C12R has a less heavy and decidedly more modern than the C10R. However, part of the cosmetic changes were introduced with the C12R are not exactly new: Cagiva anticipated because the new livery red / white and the new three-spoke wheel on the special edition Anniversary C10R.


The chassis and suspension do not differ significantly from the C10R. Are rather new floating front disc Brembo 298mm to 260mm instead of fixed mounted on C9 C10R Brembo wheels and new beautiful three spokes that take A39 Michelin tires and have now the following sizes: 100/80×16 (identical to previous arrow) to ‘front and 130/70-17 rear (110/80×17 previous arrow) at the rear. All changes Cagiva had also adopted the special series C10 Anniversary.

Cagiva 125 C 12 R
Cagiva 125 C 12 R


The power unit of Arrow contains the most important changes that characterize the C12R and is the basis on which will be developed after the engine of Myth. We see the main innovations in respect to C10R:

Amended in the new drum decanting (code 60433 cylinder) and the exhaust system and calibration Dell’Orto PHBH 28RD granted.

New electronically controlled exhaust valve instead of the mechanically actuated. The valve and ‘hours controlled electronically via a control unit and an actuator that analyze the impulses on. The electronic system ensures greater precision of the point of opening and closing the valve.

The guillotine type valve, in aluminum, begins to open to 7250giri to complete his trip in 7500. To avoid blockages and deposits at every start-up, the servo motor forces the valve to a complete opening-closing movement. A system very similar to that adopted on the Honda NSR-F on the issue and adopted by CAGIVA C10R Anniversary limited.

New shift at seven gears instead of six. The guard, however, remain the same and additional space for the relationship is obtained by decreasing the excursion of the grafts between the gears. The pedal travel and ‘now more limited, although research is now the crowds standing difficult.

Defect that also characterize all the Cagiva Mito.

The data collected from the Motorcycling in May 1989 confirmed the goodness of the amendments made by technicians Cagiva: The C12R detects a maximum output of 29.68 hp at the wheel 10250giri (27.72 hp at the 10250giri C10R) and a maximum speed of 163 km / h (162.4 km / h C10R). With regard to evidence of recovery in the 400 meters from 50km / h, the calibration of the sportiest C12R shows a time of 19.538 seconds at an output rate of 101.02, a much higher performance than the result of 20.702 seconds at a speed of output of 89.100 km / h obtained from C10R, confirming the better delivery of the motor.

Cagiva 125 C 12 R
Cagiva 125 C 12 R
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