1999 Cagiva Gran Canyon Frame no. ZCGAEDJH9XV020153 Engine no. ZDM906LEI*003493*
Lot 283
1999 Cagiva 904cc Gran Canyon
Frame no. ZCGAEDJH9XV020153 Engine no. ZDM906LEI*003493*
Sold for US$ 3,450 inc. premium

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1999 Cagiva Gran Canyon Frame no. ZCGAEDJH9XV020153 Engine no. ZDM906LEI*003493* 1999 Cagiva Gran Canyon Frame no. ZCGAEDJH9XV020153 Engine no. ZDM906LEI*003493* 1999 Cagiva Gran Canyon Frame no. ZCGAEDJH9XV020153 Engine no. ZDM906LEI*003493* 1999 Cagiva Gran Canyon Frame no. ZCGAEDJH9XV020153 Engine no. ZDM906LEI*003493* 1999 Cagiva Gran Canyon Frame no. ZCGAEDJH9XV020153 Engine no. ZDM906LEI*003493* 1999 Cagiva Gran Canyon Frame no. ZCGAEDJH9XV020153 Engine no. ZDM906LEI*003493* 1999 Cagiva Gran Canyon Frame no. ZCGAEDJH9XV020153 Engine no. ZDM906LEI*003493* 1999 Cagiva Gran Canyon Frame no. ZCGAEDJH9XV020153 Engine no. ZDM906LEI*003493*
1999 Cagiva 904cc Gran Canyon

Frame no. ZCGAEDJH9XV020153
Engine no. ZDM906LEI*003493*

• Two owners from new
• New belts installed August 2014

Comparative newcomers to the Italian motorcycle scene, the Castiglioni brothers' Cagiva concern established itself in the late 1970s when it purchased the Harley-Davidson-owned Aermacchi factory at Varese. Its first motorcycles were two-strokes, but in 1985 upstart Cagiva purchased long-established Ducati in a move which ensured the latter's survival and broadened the range of its own models. Sports and sports-touring machines continued to be badged as Ducatis (still from Panigale), while Cagiva made use of Ducati powerplants in a range of stylish off-road bikes (in Varese). One such bike was the 900 Gran Canyon although its talent was actually just as much "on road" as "off road".

Penned by Pierre Terblanche , the bike arrived in the USA in 1999 with an updated version of the Elfant's sturdy steel skeleton frame and a speedometer reading in kilometers. Complete with 5.3 gallons of gas it weighed in at just over 500lb, certainly lighter than the equivalent Triumph or BMW. At 904cc, it was Ducati's biggest 2-valve, belt drive, air-cooled, fuel injected v-twin and pushed out about 70bhp at 7,100rpm and 55lb-ft of torque at 5,000rpm ("a torque span as wide as the bike's Arizona namesake") making a top speed of 117mph possible. The gearbox is a slick shifting 6-speed engaged through a dry clutch. Up front are Marzocchi 45mm forks with a single Sachs shock at the back with both preload and rebound adjustment. For stopping power Varese called on Nissin with a pair of 296mm discs; at the rear, a single Nissin 240mm disc sufficed.

"The Cagiva Gran Canyon's short gearing, narrow tires 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", so said Motorcycle Consumer News. Cycle World quotes in 2001 "...550 examples...were imported..." Instinctively that seems a huge number. The bike is clearly much more rare than that.

This machine, still in excellent condition, last ridden in October this year, is equipped with the touring windshield plus top lip (the optional low screen comes with the bike as does the tool kit and owner's manual) and a Givi trunk mount. The seller is the second owner – from 1600km – and has been religious about its maintenance with oil changes annually or every 3000 miles; last changed at 24,731km. Previously at 6678km the clutch slave cylinder was rebuilt. New belts were installed at 23,000km (August 2014) together with a full valve check and general service. New steering head bearings came in early 2016. All the maintenance work was carried out by Fred Snyder of St. Paul, Minnesota, a certified, experienced Ducati tech.

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