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Cagiva Elefant 650
Cagiva Elefant 650

350/650

Though the dual-purpose initially seemed an unlikely for the Pantah engine, it was to become one of the running of all Cagiva/Ducati models. many years it built a following, particularly in Italy and where large dual-purpose have always been popular. The Elefant also had a competition life in important races such as the Paris-Dakar and rallies.

First dis­played in form at the end of 1983, this was the 750-cc version of the Pantah in a production motorcycle. As with the 750 Fl, it was some time before the went into production. pro­totype 750 was a high-specification model, gaitered Forcelle Italia and a single Grimeca front brake.

The turn signal were incorporated in the sides of the tank, and the black-painted 750-cc featured a reversed rear head, hydrauli­cally actuated wet and Dell’Orto PHF 36 A car­buretors. The red-painted, steel frame and “soft-damp” rate rear suspension an alu­minum swingarm set the layout for Elefants.

Unveiled at the Cologne Show at the end of was a further prototype, now 650 cc, with forks with exposed tubes, and normal indicators on While some prototypes had a drum brake, the show featured a rear disc and De Carbon shock absorber. The production Elefants, in 350- and rolled out of Cagiva’s Schiranna at Varese in May (650) and June 1985, differing from the in several details.

Most of these was the addition of a kick The general layout of the engine a reversed rear cylinder frame, and suspen­sion would through to the Gran-Canyon of 1998. It to be a successful formula and the Ele­fant and its were highly competent motorcycles, with an emphasis on the street than off-road.

However, its off-road capabilities vindicated when Hubert rode a works 650 Elf/Ligier to seventh place overall in the Paris-Dakar Rally. He followed with a fourth place in the Rally in October 1985. almost won the Paris-Dakar event in on an 860-cc proto­type but for an accident only a day to go.

The 92×64-millimeter engine 80 horsepower at 8,500 rpm, to propel the Lucky Explorer to speeds of more than 180 per hour (112 miles per

Engine and Drivetrain

Early had the cable-operated wet clutch of the 350, the actuated 14-plate dry clutch of the 650 (the later type, “HC” cast into the In an effort to reduce clutch the Ele fant used a rectangular cylinder with a smaller, 13- piston. Unfortunately this reduced the travel in the clutch cylinder, resulting in an abrupt

The engines of both the 350 and 650 Elefant shared with the respective though with black cases. This included the ratios and primary drive, the Elefant also had a kick in addition to the normal electric The lever was on right, with the start shaft positioned at the of the engine.

The 350 used the Dell’Orto PHF 30 DD of the 350 Indiana, but the 650, rather featuring Bing carburetors, had Dell’Ortos. These were PHF 36 A two-into-one exhaust exited a large muffler on the right. for the 350 was 33 horsepower at 8,000 rpm, 650 producing 52.4 horsepower at rpm.

The 650 Elefant also had an


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Cagiva Elefant 650
Cagiva Elefant 650

Early 650s had the wet clutch of the 350, Final was by a 106-link Regina 0-ring For this soon becoming the actuated 14-plate dry 1986 were some further In response clutch of the 650 Alazzurra later type, with cast to complaints of overly throttle slide return into * the cover).

In an effort to clutch effort the Ele ………………- the now featured a push-pull linkage and used a rectangular master with a smaller, 13- lighter springs.

Millimeter piston. this also reduced the

in the clutch slave cylinder, in an abrupt Ignition and Electrical engagement. TI-ic engines of the 350 and 650 Elefant Unlike the Indiana its Kokusan ignition, ignition shared with the respective though with on the Elefant was the Bosch BTZ with Moto­black cases. This included the ratios and plat coils.

This was a three-step type, 5 degrees primary drive, the Elefant also had a kick in of advance to 1,700 rpm, 25 to 2,600 rpm, and a addition to the electric start. The lever was on the advance of 32/33 degrees at rpm. Spark right, the kick start shaft at the rear of the plugs were L82Y. In keeping with the engine.

The 350 used the Dell’Orto PHF 30 DD of the mid-1980s, much of the equipment was or tors of the 350 Indiana, but the 650, than * featur- rectangular. included all the lights and instruments. ing carburetors, also had Dell’Ortos. were These were a left-mounted speedometer and PHF 36 MD/Ss.

A two-into-one exhaust exited a right-mounted tachometer, with a set of six large muffler on the right. for the 350 was 33

lights and the ignition key incorporated on the top at 8,000 rpm, with 650 producing 52.4 diebar clamp. Switches were new and the horsepower at 7,500 rpm. The 650 also had an oil pattern of other Ducatis. During 1986

Cagiva Elefant 650
Cagiva Elefant 650
Cagiva Elefant 650
Cagiva Elefant 650
Cagiva Elefant 650

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