CAGIVA NAVIGATOR (2000-on) Review

Published: 23 November 2006

"Isn't a giant trailie in the mould of BMW's chuffing GS"

Cagiva Navigator motorcycle review - Side view

"Isn't a giant trailie in the mould of BMW's chuffing GS"

  • At a glance
  • 996cc  -  95 bhp
  • 43 mpg  -  190 miles range
  • Insurance group: 13 of 17
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  • Medium seat height (850mm)
  • New: £6,999

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

The Cagiva Navigator isn’t a giant trailie in the mould of BMW’s chuffing GS. Au contraire - this is a sportsbike with wide bars, a super supermoto if you like. The comfort and tank range make the Navigator a great cross-country motorcycle and the ex-superbike motor takes the performance way beyond the reach of its competitors. Only the firm’s fragile economic situation and infrequent spares supply spoils the party.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

Although the Cagiva Navigator's suspension is basic, just preload and rebound at the back, it’s a neat balance between comfortable cruising and poised cornering. The Nissin brakes provide decent stopping power and there’s only a fraction of the unsettling fork dive that so often plagues giant trialies. The seat’s wide and comfy, the screen quiet and the motorcycle is stable right up to its top speed of 130mph.

Engine 4 out of 5

The Cagiva Navigator's V-twin DOHC motor is from Suzuki’s stonking TL1000S, albeit with softer cams, revised ignition and exhausts, which knocks the power down to just under 100bhp. But that’s still some 10 more back-wheel bhp than BMW’s R1200GS. On the road this means the Navigator has easy torque, effortless cruising and easy wheelies. The single-point injection needs finessing to avoid low-speed snatchiness.

Build Quality & Reliability 2 out of 5

Frequent stops in production and corporate uncertainty at Cagiva means that spares supply is patchy at best, but there’s nothing fundamentally wrong with the Cagiva Navigator. Some models had a problem with the battery leaking and corroding the frame and swingarm area. Switching to a dry cell battery prevents this.

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

With questions over the factory’s longevity prices for secondhand Cagiva Navigators are low, which is something to bear in mind if you buy a new one. Find a Cagiva Navigator for sale.

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Equipment 3 out of 5

The Cagiva Navigator is well-specced, but a centrestand is only available on the aftermarket. Hard and soft luggage is available from the factory.

Owners' Reviews

3 owners have reviewed their CAGIVA NAVIGATOR (2000-on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your CAGIVA NAVIGATOR (2000-on)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.7 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.7 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.3 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 3.3 out of 5
5 out of 5

The best kept secret in town

07 July 2015 by Pietro

Can anybody be happy with a £1500 Italian bike made by a now defunct factory? Yes! You bet. I bought his bike because it was dirty cheap and comes with Suzuki twin. I was looking for a big trail/tourer and just stumbled upon an ad for the Navigator... Read more and bought it straight away. Outperform all the Varadero, VStrom and the like making them looking like double deckers! LOL!

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Brakes are OK provided high quality pads are used. Maybe the rear brake is not that powerful but I like it this way. Comfort is superb and the handling is unbelievable. I found scraping my boots on the tarmac more and more. I am 5'10" so on the short side and still I feel more comftable on the Nav than on the KTM950 I owned before. Sometimes I wonder what went wrong with Cagiva: they made history with the Paris-Dakar, on race tracks and made amazing bikes like the Elephant and the Mito. I hope they will come back soon
Engine
5 out of 5
Super reliable, power to spare. just a bit thirsty but thats due to the nature of the bike...she keeps asking for more :) FI is a little jerky at low rev. K&N air filter and iridium plugs help a lot.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
No issues here. The only thing I did was change oil,oil filter, air filter, pads and oil, spark plugs and she has never missed a bit since. Funny enough my Navigator does not show any corrosion and even the fork legs paint is OK. I bought it with 32k miles.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
As I mentioned above no much spent on maintenance.
Equipment
3 out of 5
Unfortunately not much available for this bike. Nonfango used to make side racks and panniers. At present Hepco and Becker is the only brand offering top box and panniers racks for the Nav.
5 out of 5

trusty steed come itallian stallion

22 September 2012 by Anonymous

i have had my navigator for 3 years now and its been great i was worried about the cagiva rep for parts and relibilty but i have had no trouble at all in fact most main parts are taken from jap production bikes so everying works well and its reliable... Read more even the eletrics are good! all service parts have been a off the shelf job i have had some bike that are well known for quality like vfr's and bmw's and its well up there with them. power is good as std and is even better and smoother with a powercommander from a tl100s (same engine and eletrics) handling is realy good for a bike of this style better than most others i have riden and brakes are exelent only down sides i can think of is the bodywork fit between panels on my bike but you need to get real close to see it, no clock and the speedo numbers is hard to read as mph is red and kph is white this can be fixed with stickers or markers to make it simpler to see my bike has 35k burns no oil and starts on the button i commute on it dayly and joyride on the odd weekend never missed a beat

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

2000 Navigator

01 July 2011 by duketwo

Owned for 6 years and never let me down except when knocked over by parking cars or once stolen. Performance is really remarkable- a Multistrada for one tenth the new price. Handling as one would expect for long wheelbase but nimble for size . If you... Read more are tall enough there is not a better all round performer. Improvements would be a centre stand, a side stand that does not require you to tip bike beyond top centre of gravity and proper bungee hook locations

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
3 out of 5
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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2000
Year discontinued -
New price £6,999
Used price -
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 13 of 17
Annual road tax £81
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 95 bhp
Max torque 63 ft-lb
Top speed 132 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 12.3 secs
Average fuel consumption 43 mpg
Tank range 190 miles
Specification
Engine size 996cc
Engine type 8v V-twin, 6 gears
Frame type Ally twin spar
Fuel capacity 20 litres
Seat height 850mm
Bike weight 210kg
Front suspension None
Rear suspension Preload, rebound
Front brake Twin 296mm discs
Rear brake 240mm disc
Front tyre size 110/80 x 18
Rear tyre size 150/70 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

2000: Cagiva Navigator introduced.

Other versions

None.

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