CAGIVA GRAN CANYON 900 (1998 - 2000) Review
At a glance
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|Annual servicing cost:||£150|
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
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 & brakesNext up: Engine
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.
EngineNext up: Reliability
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 qualityNext up: Value
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 rivalsNext up: Equipment
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.
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 type||4v V-twin, 6 gears|
|Frame type||Tubular steel cradle|
|Fuel capacity||20 litres|
|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||£96|
|Annual service cost||£150|
12 of 17
How much to insure?
|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
1998: Cagiva Gran Canyon introduced.
2000: Cagiva Gran Canyon discontinued.
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.
Summary of owners' reviews
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|Annual servicing cost:||£150|
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.
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!
A desmodromic delight, with a lovely snarl if the airbox lid is ventilated a little.
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.
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.
Buying experience: Bought unseen via eBay, this was one of my very best bike purchases!
Version: Ducati 900ss engine.
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.
Comfortable to ride for several hours.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Can ride for hours and no numb bum.
Loads of low down grunt and accelerates quickly
Bike is free from corrosion. Be aware of water getting into the petrol tank from the recessed double caps.
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.
Seating and exhaust note.
Buying experience: Privately and paid £1100.00
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.
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.