CAGIVA GRAN CANYON 900 (1998-2000) Review

Published: 23 November 2006

"Shines around town or on A-roads"

Cagiva Gran Canyon motorcycle review - Riding

"Shines around town or on A-roads"

  • At a glance
  • 904cc  -  70 bhp
  • 36 mpg  -  155 miles range
  • Medium seat height (825mm)

Overall Rating 3 out of 5

Cagiva’s Gran Canyon is a great motorcycle to ride, with nimble handling, lazy, easy-to-love power and plenty of tuning potential. Sadly, though, it’s let down by crummy component quality and ridiculous servicing costs. It shines around town or on A-roads, but it’s a less assured performer on longer, faster routes.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

The Cagiva Gran Canyon's short gearing, narrow tyres and wide bars make for a quick-turning and flickable machine that loves to romp from corner to corner. The seat and screen are day-long comfortable, and the package still works well with a pillion. The Nissin twin-piston brakes worked well when new, but all bikes will benefit from braided steel hoses.

Engine 3 out of 5

The Cagiva Gran Canyon's 904cc V-twin, DOHC desmodromic motor comes from Ducati’s lovely old 900SS. It makes a mere 63bhp at the back wheel, but there’s decent low-down shove from the fuel-injected, air-cooled lump and a goodly mid-range, too. It can quite easily be taken out to 944cc and there a re-chip kit that releases a further 12bhp.

Build Quality & Reliability 2 out of 5

The Cagiva Gran Canyon's motor is expensive to service thanks to the Ducati motor’s cambelt system (£700-£800 every two years), the fuel-injection occasionally throws a wobbler, bolts need Loctiting in place and spares are hard to source.

Value & Running Costs 2 out of 5

You can pick up a late model Cagiva Gran Canyon for about half the price of an equivalent BMW 1150GS. But the GS is more reliable, more powerful and less of a financial gamble. If you must buy Italian Cagiva’s Suzuki TL1000S-powered Navigator is a much better bet. Find a Cagiva Gran Canyon for sale.

Insurance group: 12 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 1 out of 5

The Cagiva Gran Canyon has little in the way of equipment – you don’t even get a centrestand and the clocks are marked on in kilometres. Watch out when you fill the 20-litre tank via the twin filler caps – it’s easy to overfill and spill petrol everywhere.

Owners' Reviews

2 owners have reviewed their CAGIVA GRAN CANYON 900 (1998-2000) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

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Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 4.5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

Corner slayer

19 March 2008 by davemacc

This is the best bike i have ever owned, i've had about 15 bikes from 350LC to 748R and whilst these were superb at scratching, the Gran Canyon is superb at everything.Commuting,touring,mountains,motorway,gravel track,wheelies, it does the lot but... Read more most of all you can't stop smiling! It pulls so hard low down, even from high gears with a roar you can never tire of hearing. Supremely comfy and wide bars mean you can bomb through the bends without any ridiculous hanging off hysteria. I recommend putting the front hub onto a 17in front wheel (you can shorten the spokes by an inch),then put on supersports rubber. I have Pirelli Diablo's on my bike, the smaller front quickens the slightly lazy steering and obviously grips like a sportsbike. The conversion is cheap and turns the bike into a 70bhp, 120mph, v-twin supermoto (albeit a heavy one) which destroys just about anything in the twisties. It's done 30,000 km with no problems whatsoever including a 5000m tour of Europe. This bike is a keeper,and you can buy a good one for less than 2 grand. Just awesome.

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

Surprise Package

23 April 2007 by honeybee40

Having commuted to central London on a Suzuki SV650 and loving that great little engine and the handling I moved onto a Honda Pan European which was brilliant to get to Spain on after which I had a Yamaha Virago 750 which was just great for cruising... Read more about on enjoying the scenery. Each of those bikes was good in its own way but only the Cagiva seems to manage to all of the things that the 3 others did and I still wallk away from it and look back to admire it! It's very comfortable for long runs and you can spend hours in the saddle. It's nimble and compact enough to commute on and is high up to see over the traffic. It is relaxed enough to pootle about on without having to feel that you have to squeeze every last ounce of power but the greatest thing about it is that it is fun! Every time I get on it the power and handling make me smile. It has a simple set up which seems to work - it gives you confidence but also feels like you've achieved something when you'ver ridden it hard. The engine is gutsy and sounds great but not vibey or annoying and although its top speed is relatively modest compared to sportsbikes the acceleration and torque are great with decent brakes and mirrors that work! I also like that fact that there are so few around (although all Ducati dealers support them) and this rareness makes for what I think will become a classic for those who like some style and flair with the pragamatic and the fun. High Recommended.

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
Read all 2 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 1998
Year discontinued 2000
Original price -
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 12 of 17
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 70 bhp
Max torque 55 ft-lb
Top speed 117 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 13.2 secs
Average fuel consumption 36 mpg
Tank range 155 miles
Specification
Engine size 904cc
Engine type 4v V-twin, 6 gears
Frame type Tubular steel cradle
Fuel capacity 20 litres
Seat height 825mm
Bike weight 193kg
Front suspension None
Rear suspension Preload, rebound
Front brake Twin 296mm discs
Rear brake 240mm disc
Front tyre size 100/90 x 19
Rear tyre size 150/70 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

1998: Cagiva Gran Canyon introduced.
2000: Cagiva Gran Canyon discontinued.

Other versions

None.

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