Cagiva River

Bertie Simmonds
April 25, 2017

Q: Can anyone help me? Do you know what other starter motor will fit this machine as I cannot get one and I’ve tried everywhere.

A: This is a Mitsuba motor, identified as 36496 on the outside I believe, though I do not think that is a code used by Mitsuba.

You could try to contact Mitsuba in Japan directly: the email is

Alternatively, would it not be possible to repair your current motor? I assume that it has burnt out in which case it could be re-wound by a specialist such as startermotorman, who can be contacted on 0239 234 8920. Hope that helps!

About the Author

Bertie Simmonds

As a child Bertie (well, Robert back then… blame his sister for the nickname) was exposed to motorcycles thanks to his uncles. They would show up at his house with a lovely lady as pillion throughout the 1970s and 1980s. After a naughty time on field bikes (it’s what we did back then) Bertie passed his test in the early 1990s and became a reporter for MCN in 1995, moving to the sports desk and covering World Superbikes in 1996. With a change to Bike Magazine in 1997, he stayed until 2000 as news, features and road test editor. Moving into PR with Cosworth, Bert was bored with cars and returned to bikes in 2001 with Two Wheels Only, becoming editor in 2002 and leaving to be freelance at the end of 2004. With almost a decade freelancing, Bertie joined Mortons in 2013 and became editor of Classic Motorcycle Mechanics, a post he’s desperately clung to, to this day. And no, he’s never had a pretty girl on the back of his bike.

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