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MCN overall verdict rating is 3

On face value the Cagiva Elefant was born of an unlikely marriage, but the reality of mating up the (then Cagiva owned) Ducati V-twin with a monster trailie, desert racer type chassis proved something of a masterstroke let down only by poor build quality. The big Elefant (a 750 was also produced) was lively, handled fairly well and was even half-decent off-road. Now looking old, though.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

The Cagiva 750 and 900 Elefants were powered by a standard fare air-cooled Ducati Desmo two-valver, which proved right at home in tall boy chassis offering flexibility and poke and enough verve to make Africa Twins and Super Teneres seem dull.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 2
Owners' rating rating is 5

The Cagiva Elefant's steering, as you might expect from a motorcycle from an Italian firm, is impressively sharp and incisive (for a big trailie) yet it’s reasonably stable and plush too thanks to half-decent Marzocchi and Ohlins suspension components. Seat is unnecessarily narrow and firm, however.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 2
Owners' rating rating is 4

Despite decent cycle parts (the aforementioned Marzocchi and Ohlins plus Brembo brakes etc), the rest of the Cagiva Elefant is unfortunately fairly basic, crude and frills-free. Clocks and fairing do the job but are not in the same league as Honda’s Africa Twin. Compare and buy parts for the Cagiva Elefant in the MCN Shop.

Cagiva 750/900 Elefant (1993-1999)

Detail Value
Engine size 904 cc
Power 68 bhp
Top speed 128 mph
Insurance group 11 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 3 rating is 5
Engine rating is 4 rating is 5
Ride & Handling rating is 2 rating is 5
Equipment rating is 2 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 2 rating is 5
Value rating is 3 rating is 5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 2
Owners' rating rating is 5

Monster trailies need to be more durable than most so the Cagiva Elefant, blighted by typical early 1990s Italian woes of poor paint, iffy reliability and insufficient corrosion resistance, was asking for trouble. No major mechanical disasters, but they need treating with kid gloves…

Value

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 5

The Cagiva Elefant seemingly represents a lot of bike for the money and a cheap way into ‘Ducati’ ownership. The downsides are dodgy styling and paintjobs (brown among them) – so make sure you get a Lucky Strike replica – and iffy finish and reliability, so do your homework when being used. Find a Cagiva Elefant for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 11 of 17

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Model History

January 1993: Cagiva Elefant 900 launched.
January 1994: Cagiva Elefant 750 launched.
1995: Both models receive restyled seat unit.
1999: Both models discontinued.

Other Versions

None.

Specifications

Top speed 128 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 13.1 secs
Max power 68 bhp
Max torque 56 ft-lb
Weight 206 kg
Seat height 835 mm
Fuel capacity 24 litres
Average fuel consumption 42 mpg
Tank range 177 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 11 of 17
Engine size 904 cc
Engine specification 4v Desmo V-twin, 5 gears
Frame Steel tubular type
Front suspension adjustment None
Rear suspension adjustment Preload
Front brakes Single 296mm disc
Rear brake Single 240mm disc
Front tyre size 100/90 x 19
Rear tyre size 140/80 x 17

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4.5(1 review)

  • Elefant - Mans Bike!!!

    ackers

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    As usual the MCN review misses the mark completely. The Elefant always was, and in my mind, still is, the best Adventure Traily ever made. I've had my 1997 Lucky Exporer 900 for 6 years now. It is light, robust, fast, loud and totally rewarding to drive. I recently bought a brand new Guzzi Stelvio but I spend far more time on the Fant. If I had to ride a bike around the world the Stelvio would be left in the garage. Yes I've played around with the bike. I've got a Remus can on it, Dynojetted it, even put 900SS heads on it (bigger valves). The result is a raucous hooligan of a bike that eats up A & B roads, munches miles on the Motorways but can still be used off road. I've had a KTM 950 Adventure and it wasnt as good in my eyes. Perhaps I am in the minority now but I like my bikes with character (that doesn't mean unreliable). I absolutely love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    21 August 2009

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