I bought this year a Cagiva Gran Canyon 900, and just finished a 7000km trip with it from switzerland to Ukraine and back, and thought I should share my experience with you about this incredible bike.
I bought the Cagiva Gran Canyon from a garage with 52'000km for 3000$, with top case and 2 side boxes, the bike was fully serviced, new tires, new chain kit, new battery and and in very good condition. It's a 1998 bike.
During the whole trip, 7000km, the only maintenance I had to do is adjust the chain once and after 5000km add 2 dl of engine oil.
Alone with the luggage, the consumption is 4.5 to 6 litres for 100km, the bike has a 20 litre tank, so a good range. Driving 2 up, you get more 6 to 6.5 litre/100km.
The saddle is pretty hard, but I always travel with my airhawk cushion, so no problem for me.
I've been riding motorcycle for 15 years and owned many bikes (BMW R100 GS, TDM, Tenere, Dominator, XT, Raptor, F4) and tested many others, and I have to say, for this price, the Cagiva in unbeatable. The chassis is fantastic, the brakes are perfect, this Ducati 900 engine is really fun and has plenty of torque and you really can rev it if you want to get some action. I really appreciate the fact that it has a 6 speed gearbox, especially for highway and long boring strait lines..
Even fully loaded the bike feels really light.
Honestly, I have not much negative to say about it. Maybe that the wind protection is not good... I got the 2 screens with it. The high one makes a lot of turbulences (but I have this problem with every bike, except the GSA), and the short one doesn't give any protection. But I prefear the short one. For me it could make more noise as well, I like loud bikes and it's pretty quiet unless you rev it over 7000rpm.
Now, the bike need some maintenance and I will service it myself. The valves needs to be adjusted every 10'000km. Ducati engine are special, and I still don't know how difficult it is, but will do it myself anyway. And the oil change is every 10'000km as well. Timing belts needs to be changed every 20'000km. SO I'm good for 10'000km more.
The weak point of these bikes are the quick couplings of the tank. They are in plastic and with the time they start to leak. I just bought 2 other Gran Canyon that don't run and both have the same problem. The fuel pump is dead. Because these bikes were not in use for a long time, and the owned disconnected the tank, air could penetrate the fuel circuit and the consequence is corrosion of the fuel pump...
There Cagiva Gran Canyon shares almost everything with the Cagiva Navigator. The main difference is that the Navigator has the Suzuki TL1000 engine, the rest is the same. I haven't tried it, but I suppose it's a pretty good bike too. The injection on my Cagiva Raptor was a bit tricky, really on/off, so it might be the same on the Navigator as it's the same engine. The GC is much smoother.
Every engine parts comes from Ducati and for Cagiva parts, better look on ebay, you find almost everything.
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