Cagiva Gran Canyon Roadtest

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Cagiva Gran Canyon

It’s universally acknowledged any work experience kid who progresses the corridors of AMCN must be shitless at least once their two-week tenure. all, they’ve got to get more for their time than a paltry $5.00 a day. where Wayne comes it; the latest ankle-biter to try his hand at journalism.

All had been proceeding too much fuss on our big day out on the Ducati-engined Gran Canyon. We set out during the wee via a couple of windy back for an appointment in the bush with the enduro weapon featured in this issue. Nothing too so far.

But then it was time for on the gravel stuff.

Of course, I wasn’t to know was the young — despite hailing from a in western Victoria — is not to fond of the So as soon as I tweaked the big twin for a second — resulting in a slow slide — Wayne tightened up and let out an wimpy, high-pitched scream. All the banter about his horn skills and bravery turned out to be lip-service.

“Mav, I got a little bit scared on the way up but that slide really my daks a work out,” an Wayne said afterwards.


Call the slide a for Wayne, but I reckon that in the gravel was the highlight of my day on the Gran Let’s make it clear the outset — the air-cooled 900cc habitat is really on the blacktop, its dual-purpose moniker. With its road-like suspension it doesn’t a great deal of throttle to get the MT80 rear tyre

That’s why I enjoyed it so much.

The Canyon (there’s also a single-cylinder Canyon model) its roots from the Cagiva which was first released in Since then, Cagiva has a number of other dual-purpose including a Paris-Dakar replica in Then the Gran Canyon along in 1999.

But don’t pussyfoot around about buying a Canyon. You now that Cagiva and Ducati are companies once again, will no longer be using a 900SS desmo engine in the The model is to be run out. Instead, out for an all-new Suzuki TL1000-engined Navigator later this

Among other things, the new will have remapped and a higher screen.


But let’s concentrate on the now. As the $16,500 Canyon (there’s a Gran Canyon T model a topbox and panniers for $17,500) is by a 900SS engine, which has top end mumbo in Ducati trim for midrange on the Canyon. Cagiva 75ps at 7500rpm for the bike to the standard 900SS’s 80ps.

torque is 7.4kg-m at 5000rpm.

gearing is quite short on the certainly enough for easy in top (sixth) gear — even a pillion. At 100kmh the bike along at 4400rpm — redline is The bike pulls from as low as with a minimum of fuss and is negligible.

Incidentally, fuel consumption saw two-up on the highway and 14.9km/lt in with a pillion.

So while the engine is up to the task of long touring or commuting, it does a lot of heat which is radiated on to the legs. That wouldn’t be a real beef, but the huge cladding at the front of the bike a constant flow of fresh Great for the cooler stuff; in summer.

Besides that, the blast during general wasn’t too bad, although pay to give the neck a short after a few hours on the go.


The Canyon is very nimble on the Although it tips the scales at combine that with a 100-section Pirelli MT80 tyre and 92mm of trail and you can see why it with aplomb through the

Similar to what the AMCN found when we took the Varadero along for the Tour of in 1998, you can punt these things along just as quickly as a top-notch sportsbike — all in comfort.

The seat height on the Canyon is 850mm while to peg clearance is 190mm. That me 660mm of room to fit my tiny torso into; not a problem. The and plush seat is positioned so you sit a way forward in the bike with the within easy reach.

pillioning on the back, also on the comfy seat as soon as we Melbourne for the ride. Obviously the day downhill from there.


The mirrors on the Cagiva are with more than the shoulders in normal view.

is also an easy affair on the bike — when you manage to the choke. It was only while over the bike before I writing the test did I find it; on the left-hand side of the bike easy reach. Oh dear.

There’s a plastic bashplate on the but it’s definitely not in the ball-tearing as the one that was fitted to the original in 1991. That was a whopper.

The is clean and well-laid out and includes all the including a fuel warning and clock.

Fuel-filling duties for the tank is via twin filler which overflow very if you’re too rabid with the


The big-bore class is hotting up at the moment. the Gran Canyon and the soon-to-be-released the Navigator, there’s Honda’s ($15,490), Moto Guzzi’s ($18,495), Triumph’s Tiger and BMW’s R1150 GS ($17,900) to from. And it’s rumoured Aprilia is about to release a Pegaso using a version of its V-twin.

Exciting times

What you can be rest assured on is if you’re after out-and-out performance, then the Canyon is left untouched. But if something a less brutish on the loose but beautifully-equipped for the road is your then look no further. As it on the bike, it’s full of emotions.”

Perhaps Dumb Dumber IV the snow with a couple of big on hand will settle a few I’ll put that to the Woose.


Photos: Paul


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