CAGIVA GRAN CANYON 900 (1998 - 2000) Review

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 4.2 out of 5 (4.2/5)
Annual servicing cost: £150
Power: 70 bhp
Seat height: Medium (32.5 in / 825 mm)
Weight: Medium (426 lbs / 193 kg)

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
3 out of 5 (3/5)

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

Next up: Engine
4 out of 5 (4/5)

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.


Next up: Reliability
3 out of 5 (3/5)

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.

Reliability & build quality

Next up: Value
2 out of 5 (2/5)

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 vs rivals

Next up: Equipment
2 out of 5 (2/5)

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.


1 out of 5 (1/5)

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.


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

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption 36 mpg
Annual road tax £111
Annual service cost £150
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Used price -
Insurance group 12 of 17
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Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage

Top speed & performance

Max power 70 bhp
Max torque 55 ft-lb
Top speed 117 mph
1/4 mile acceleration 13.2 secs
Tank range 155 miles

Model history & versions

Model history

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

Other versions


Owners' reviews for the CAGIVA GRAN CANYON 900 (1998 - 2000)

5 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.

Review your CAGIVA GRAN CANYON 900 (1998 - 2000)

Summary of owners' reviews

Overall rating: 4.6 out of 5 (4.6/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 4.8 out of 5 (4.8/5)
Engine: 4.6 out of 5 (4.6/5)
Reliability & build quality: 4.2 out of 5 (4.2/5)
Value vs rivals: 4.4 out of 5 (4.4/5)
Equipment: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
Annual servicing cost: £150
5 out of 5 Just one big smile!
01 September 2018 by Nick Woods

Year: 2000

I agree whole heartedly with the owners' comments about this bike, so don't be put off by the stupid comments of MCN that damn it with faint praise. The GC is a total delight to ride, especially once a few mods have been done such as raising the gearing, putting a 17" rim on the front with road tyres and the usual minor fixes are attended-to. In my view, there's no need at all to go chasing bhp with tuning, because Cagiva got it so right in specifying for a torquey, friendly motor. Of course, if you don't appreciate the Ducati flavour, you might want to go for the powerful efficient Suzuki motor in the Navigator, but opinion is split on whether that was an improvement to the character of the bike. It certainly didn't enhance Terblanche's superb styling of the Ducati-powered package.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

With fresh Avon Storm radial tyres on 17" rims, this big bike handles and turns like a lightweight! The brakes are adequate rather than stunning, but this is not a sports bike. Comfort is excellent, the riding position is relaxed and the view is great!

Engine 5 out of 5

A desmodromic delight, with a lovely snarl if the airbox lid is ventilated a little.

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

No better nor worse than for any old bike, but beware of the fragile fuel taps. Backup and information is readily-available on the dedicated Yahoo forum.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

If you don't cane a Desmo but just enjoy the torque and sound, valve clearances don't change and even the cam-belts last a long time.

Equipment 5 out of 5

Buying experience: Bought unseen via eBay, this was one of my very best bike purchases!

4 out of 5 Italian and different.
03 March 2016 by nick

Version: Ducati 900ss engine.

Year: 2000

Annual servicing cost: £200

Steering lock not great and clutch as already reviewed is heavy but I love the looks and you do not see many, if any, on the roads. Having had many bikes this one always makes me smile and feel special. I would definitely recommend it to a friend. Why MCN writes ridiculous service charges I do not know. If you avoid a Ducati garage they are so easy to work on. Just bought a pair of genuine Ducati belts £82 and my mechanic changed them in under an hour. The Cagiva frame allows free access to the belts without taking any other parts off.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

Comfortable to ride for several hours.

Engine 4 out of 5

Accelerates like a rocket with loads of low down grunt. Typical Ducati starting, sounds as if it isn't going to start and then roars into life. I keep my battery on a trickle charger at home which helps with starting.

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

The double fuel caps which are recessed are prone to letting in rain water to the fuel tank so keep an eye on this potential fuel problem. Like any bike regular servicing and keep them clean and you should not have a problem. They are more popular on the continent but never really took off here which suprises me.

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5

The Cagiva is pretty much a standard bike but then it is a sixteen year old bike so no frills but the Ducati engine is for me a delight. Parts are becoming harder to find but there seems to be American dealerships which hold alot of spares.

Buying experience: Bought privately on ebay, unseen, but I had spent a long time researching different bikes. I paid £1100, the buyer was not happy with the price he got, should have put on a reserve, and I know I got a bargain. Seen the same model in (2016) for £2400 again on ebay.

4 out of 5 Brilliant bike which makes me smile.
27 January 2016 by nick

Year: 2000

Annual servicing cost: £100

Steering lock is not great, the clutch lever is tiring with frequent changes but overall if you want a bike that isn't run of the mill a great bike, and I would recommend it to a friend.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Can ride for hours and no numb bum.

Engine 5 out of 5

Loads of low down grunt and accelerates quickly

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

Bike is free from corrosion. Be aware of water getting into the petrol tank from the recessed double caps.

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

where do mcn get their prices?? I have just had the belts replaced. I paid £75 for a pair of proper ducati belts and a bike mechanic took less than an hour and charged me just £28.00. A truly simple job on the 900ss engine when in the cagiva frame.

Equipment 3 out of 5

Seating and exhaust note.

Buying experience: Privately and paid £1100.00

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 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.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 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 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.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5
Value vs rivals 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
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