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MCN overall verdict rating is 3

There are no end of single cylinder commuter/trailie bikes around if you have the urge, so the Cagiva Canyon loses out for a couple of good reasons in that hard-fought battle for novice biker cash; first off, it's not the most reliable, even by Italian standards. Secondly, it just doesn't have the oomph to match its city slicker looks. What's more, the Rotax engine is outdated and down on power.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 2
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

Here's an odd thing, with the Canyon, Cagiva started out with a 600cc single, then downsized to a 500. Not exactly progress some might say, although to be fair the old 600 Rotax lump makes about the same poke as the later 500cc unit. But both feel very vibey and are unpleasant above 65mph.

 

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 3

The Cagiva Canyon is nice and soft for novice riders, but once you gain some confidence and riding skills, you'll soon wish the Cagiva had more precision, more panache, than it can offer. Non adjustable front forks and a squishy rear monoshock make the Canyon something akin to a mobile bouncy castle on a country lane.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

Actually, the Cagiva Canyon 500 looks really good. The nose fairing has an insect-like aggression about its bug-eyed stare, whilst the wide saddle, handy carrier and 20 litre fuel capacity help make it a viable commuter machine. On paper it's got all it needs - in reality, few riders fell for its quirky charms.

Cagiva Canyon 500 (1996-2002)

Detail Value
Used price range View Cagiva CANYON 500 bikes for sale to see current asking prices
Engine size 499 cc
Power 33 bhp
Top speed 90 mph
Insurance group 9 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 3 rating is 4
Engine rating is 2 rating is 3.5
Ride & Handling rating is 3 rating is 3
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 2 rating is 3.5
Value rating is 2 rating is 4.5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 2
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

The Cagiva Canyon is just not very well made basically, with the chances of electrical gremlins, bits coming loose or engines spluttering to a halt all realistic scenarios. Starter motors are known to fail on them. Buying one used is a real gamble, purely on Cagiva spares availablity if nothing else.

Value

MCN rating rating is 2
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

Yes, Cagiva Canyons do go cheap secondhand. But there's a whole stack of reasons why and they're mostly bad news. The Canyon's used buy competition in the shape of the Aprilia Pegaso 600/650, CCM R30, Suzuki Freewind 650, BMW F650 etc, all make the Cagiva look like a poor second choice. Which it is. Find a Cagiva Canyon 500 for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 9 of 17

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Model History

1996: Cagiva Canyon 600 launched in UK.
1998: Cagiva Canyon 500 replaces the 600.
2002: Cagiva Canyon discontinued.

Other Versions

Cagiva Canyon 600.

Specifications

Top speed 90 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 13.9 secs
Max power 33 bhp
Max torque 29 ft-lb
Weight 165 kg
Seat height 795 mm
Fuel capacity 20 litres
Average fuel consumption 45 mpg
Tank range 200 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 9 of 17
Engine size 499 cc
Engine specification Single cylinder, four stroke, 5 gears
Frame Steel tubular
Front suspension adjustment None
Rear suspension adjustment Preload
Front brakes Single 296mm disc
Rear brake 240mm disc
Front tyre size 100/90 x 19
Rear tyre size 140/80 x 17

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 3.5(7 reviews)

  • Cagiva Canyon - Cheap mid life crisis fun

    Arsedownandy

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Just bought an old 2000 reg 500, I havent rdden for a long time, Ive had it a couple of months now, and so far, its behaved beautifully, I do about 70 miles a day too and from work, along winding country roads, and its propper fun, I tried it the shorter way back on the motorway, and the total lack of winsheild, made me want to never go on a motorway again. Anything after 60 mile an hour and you need nerves of steel, and fingers to match, clinging on. However, as i said along back country roads, uneven surfaces, its alot of fun, with a big throaty tone from the twin exhuasts I have a smile on my face most days. I have read that they have a real problem with the sprag clutch been a real weak spot, so I have checked the net in search of them for a back up replacement, and I would probably hvae more chance in finding the preverbial rocking horse poop, so fingers crossed, it wil hold together.

    26 May 2008

  • Cagiva Canyon - Cheap mid life crisis fun

    Arsedownandy

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Just bought an old 2000 reg 500, I havent rdden for a long time, Ive had it a couple of months now, and so far, its behaved beautifully, I do about 70 miles a day too and from work, along winding country roads, and its propper fun, I tried it the shorter way back on the motorway, and the total lack of winsheild, made me want to never go on a motorway again. Anything after 60 mile an hour and you need nerves of steel, and fingers to match, clinging on. However, as i said along back country roads, uneven surfaces, its alot of fun, with a big throaty tone from the twin exhuasts I have a smile on my face most days. I have read that they have a real problem with the sprag clutch been a real weak spot, so I have checked the net in search of them for a back up replacement, and I would probably hvae more chance in finding the preverbial rocking horse poop, so fingers crossed, it wil hold together.

    26 May 2008

  • Cagiva Canyon - Cheap mid life crisis fun

    Arsedownandy

    Average rating rating is 4

    Show Details

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    Ride and Handling
    Equipment
    Quality and Reliabilty
    Value
    Engine

    Just bought an old 2000 reg 500, I havent rdden for a long time, Ive had it a couple of months now, and so far, its behaved beautifully, I do about 70 miles a day too and from work, along winding country roads, and its propper fun, I tried it the shorter way back on the motorway, and the total lack of winsheild, made me want to never go on a motorway again. Anything after 60 mile an hour and you need nerves of steel, and fingers to match, clinging on. However, as i said along back country roads, uneven surfaces, its alot of fun, with a big throaty tone from the twin exhuasts I have a smile on my face most days. I have read that they have a real problem with the sprag clutch been a real weak spot, so I have checked the net in search of them for a back up replacement, and I would probably hvae more chance in finding the preverbial rocking horse poop, so fingers crossed, it wil hold together.

    26 May 2008

  • Cagiva Canyon - Cheap mid life crisis fun

    Arsedownandy

    Average rating rating is 4

    Show Details

    Overall
    Ride and Handling
    Equipment
    Quality and Reliabilty
    Value
    Engine

    Just bought an old 2000 reg 500, I havent rdden for a long time, Ive had it a couple of months now, and so far, its behaved beautifully, I do about 70 miles a day too and from work, along winding country roads, and its propper fun, I tried it the shorter way back on the motorway, and the total lack of winsheild, made me want to never go on a motorway again. Anything after 60 mile an hour and you need nerves of steel, and fingers to match, clinging on. However, as i said along back country roads, uneven surfaces, its alot of fun, with a big throaty tone from the twin exhuasts I have a smile on my face most days. I have read that they have a real problem with the sprag clutch been a real weak spot, so I have checked the net in search of them for a back up replacement, and I would probably hvae more chance in finding the preverbial rocking horse poop, so fingers crossed, it wil hold together.

    26 May 2008

  • Cagiva Canyon - Cheap mid life crisis fun

    Arsedownandy

    Average rating rating is 4

    Show Details

    Overall
    Ride and Handling
    Equipment
    Quality and Reliabilty
    Value
    Engine

    Just bought an old 2000 reg 500, I havent rdden for a long time, Ive had it a couple of months now, and so far, its behaved beautifully, I do about 70 miles a day too and from work, along winding country roads, and its propper fun, I tried it the shorter way back on the motorway, and the total lack of winsheild, made me want to never go on a motorway again. Anything after 60 mile an hour and you need nerves of steel, and fingers to match, clinging on. However, as i said along back country roads, uneven surfaces, its alot of fun, with a big throaty tone from the twin exhuasts I have a smile on my face most days. I have read that they have a real problem with the sprag clutch been a real weak spot, so I have checked the net in search of them for a back up replacement, and I would probably hvae more chance in finding the preverbial rocking horse poop, so fingers crossed, it wil hold together.

    26 May 2008

  • Cagiva Canyon - Cheap mid life crisis fun

    Arsedownandy

    Average rating rating is 4

    Show Details

    Overall
    Ride and Handling
    Equipment
    Quality and Reliabilty
    Value
    Engine

    Just bought an old 2000 reg 500, I havent rdden for a long time, Ive had it a couple of months now, and so far, its behaved beautifully, I do about 70 miles a day too and from work, along winding country roads, and its propper fun, I tried it the shorter way back on the motorway, and the total lack of winsheild, made me want to never go on a motorway again. Anything after 60 mile an hour and you need nerves of steel, and fingers to match, clinging on. However, as i said along back country roads, uneven surfaces, its alot of fun, with a big throaty tone from the twin exhuasts I have a smile on my face most days. I have read that they have a real problem with the sprag clutch been a real weak spot, so I have checked the net in search of them for a back up replacement, and I would probably hvae more chance in finding the preverbial rocking horse poop, so fingers crossed, it wil hold together.

    26 May 2008

  • Cagiva Canyon, Whats that?

    Dave201288

    Average rating rating is 3

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    Some of the commments on the engine power are pointless if your looking for a 33bhp legal (restricted licence) bike without having to pay £200 for a restrictor. This is what appealed to me when looking at this bike. A rider with more experience may find that this bike lacks the power. mf'The bike has a reasonably comfy seat and handles well. However i found that near 80 you got alot of vibrations, and you would not be able to keep at that pace for a period of time. The ride is soft (you wont feel every bump in the road), but i wouldn't advise trying to ride this bike like a YZF-R1, its not built for that type of abuse. The quality of the bike is questionable. I'd only buy one of these that has already had some money spent repairing the engine. I have had to wait 2months for some parts. However i've been told this is not Cagiva's fault, It is the importer (3cross motorcycles) who are useless and incapable of getting an order correct. (thanks 3x) What causes the biggest delay in parts is that somewehere along the line a company will ship every 3 weeks (mostlikly to save on distribution costs). So it is quite likly that you will wait upto 6weeks for your parts. The Parkers guide price for this bike is wrong! A well looked after model can cost upto £2000. However private you are looking at closer to £1600 for a W/X reg (as at July 07)

    30 July 2007

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