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Old 09-21-2012, 11:27 AM   #2086
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Old 09-25-2012, 11:13 AM   #2087
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Here's one for sale outside Seattle: (not mine)

Rare 1985 Cagiva/Ducati Elephant 650 - $2900 (Wenatchee)

Date: 2012-09-24, 3:03PM PDT
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Rare 1985 Cagiva/Ducati Elephant 650 twin dual sport. Bike is all original and is in excellent condition. Always kept in heated shop. I have the owners manual and shop manual. Runs great and a hoot to ride. Please reply with phone number if interested. Thanks.
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your bike is suitably dirty. Well done.
So I sold my GS and went shopping for a G/S!
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Old 09-25-2012, 11:36 AM   #2088
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Solo Lobo: Thanks for the link! I am looking specifically for the E900, and in the "Lucky Explorer" livery if possible. Mint and unmolested as possible is a must.

Wyvern: JUST noticed your PM if you can believe it - sorry! I did send you a PM back - let me know if you get it.

I would really, REALLY love to get one of these picked up - I posted the entire story over at, but my dad had one of these when I was younger and I went on an epic trip with him. I lost him just a few years ago, and my son and I would like to take a similar trip. I will end up keeping the E900 and adding it to my long term "keeper" collection, and would really like to make this trip with my son on an Elefant in memory of my dad and all of the good times that we had on his bike.

Thanks again everyone!
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Old 01-28-2013, 02:09 PM   #2089
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1989 elefant 750

need some details from 750 owners .
whats the top speed and mpg on standard gearing.its a euro spec 1989 750 elephant the owner mentioned it runs on a single mikuni carb(is this stock)
are they dual start or leccy start only.
thanks ian.
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Old 01-30-2013, 03:24 AM   #2090
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Originally Posted by tractor4play View Post
need some details from 750 owners .
whats the top speed and mpg on standard gearing.its a euro spec 1989 750 elephant the owner mentioned it runs on a single mikuni carb(is this stock)
are they dual start or leccy start only.
thanks ian.
I can't help too much, but bear with me for a second. If it's a 1989 I'm assuming it's a Pantah engined air cooled "pre-E750" bike. If this is the case then fuel economy is brilliant (whatever that means) because it can be geared to do whatever you want. Mine had tall road tyres on it and a 15 tooth countershaft sprocket when I bought it and it would fly past 200kph and still hauling. mpg on standard gearing and tyres? Wouldn't have a clue - it's been faaar too long for me to remember that kind of detail.

My 1988 Elefant is kick and electric start and I'm pretty sure a 1989 will be the same. The early E750's I'm not so sure about, but I don't think they appeared until around 1992 or 1994. They came with two carb's - Bing, not a single Mikuni. Converting to a pair of Mikuni's was a common modification but not a single. In fact there were pre-made "kits" to convert to Mikuni's complete with throttle cables to suit. I'm not sure how that (a single Mikuni) could be done so doubt it's true. The early 750 Paso's used a single downdraft Webber carb, but that was a very different bike. It's possible that a conversion to something like that could be done, but I'm pretty sure it would require cutting the frame downtube to eliminate the branches for the air intakes of the standard carb inlets. I've thought about doing that once upon a time, but can't bring myself to cut the frame on such a rare bike. (Mine's a Lucky Explorer). Also, having owned a 750 Paso for a few years I don't think I would head down that path anyway - I got a little tired of it being a 375cc bike every time the slighest bit of crap fell into a jet, which happened with uncanny regularity!

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Old 01-30-2013, 09:34 AM   #2091
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Originally Posted by tractor4play View Post
need some details from 750 owners .
whats the top speed and mpg on standard gearing.its a euro spec 1989 750 elephant the owner mentioned it runs on a single mikuni carb(is this stock)
are they dual start or leccy start only.
thanks ian.
Don't know much about the Euro 750's. I have two Elefants, one converted to 750cc and the other a standard 650. Both are electric and manual starters. Mileage on both in 50/50 pavement/off-road approaches 50mpg. I have no idea what the top end speed is since I refuse to stress these old engines much over 90% and that equals about 85mph. Both of mine are dual carburetor (DelOrto) models with debris screens every where in the circuits. I have never seen a single carbed Elefant, so doubt that was a factory solution. HTH
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Old 02-02-2013, 07:22 AM   #2092
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Originally Posted by MotorCade View Post
Dusty Elefant - she got lots dirtier later - but I didn't snap pics to prove it...

IMG_4785 by MotorCade77, on Flickr

Wine in a tin cup

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Baby is also not impressed

IMG_4771 by MotorCade77, on Flickr

Napping in the pines

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Elefants and fire!

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Riley and his riding buddies from another camp

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Old 02-11-2013, 01:05 PM   #2093
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Elefant Owners

OK ... People ... someone needs to help out here .... I am in if someone can make this happen and supply the slider..
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Old 02-13-2013, 06:25 PM   #2094
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I ended up buying one from Europe... cost 147 dollars to get it here.
It really is a nice one, but cost waaaaayyyyy too much.
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Old 02-13-2013, 06:29 PM   #2095
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Chain Sliders for Elefant and Gran Canyon

Originally Posted by desmo916sp View Post
OK ... People ... someone needs to help out here .... I am in if someone can make this happen and supply the slider..
I've emailed Dewey to offer my unused chain sliders for both the Elefant and the Gran Canyon/Navigator. I am waiting on a reply. I have 2 different chain sliders for the Elefant, both with the same part #. I'll take a pic of each to confirm we are all on the same page. These sliders were obtained from different sources.

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Old 02-14-2013, 07:00 AM   #2096
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Originally Posted by Dewey V View Post
I put the same post up on the Elefant Technical thread. If no one comes through then another option would be that one of you guys could physically bring your bike to scenic Lititz. Just drop it off, enjoy the town for a few hours and then come back and collect your bike with the new slider kit installed. You get your sliders and I get what I need to start making kits again so these classic ADV bikes can stay roadworthy.
I went out to see how hard it would be to remove mine and send it to you, but discovered that most of it is missing!
So it's a "no go" on mine!
I have plenty of other bikes to ride while mine would be down, but since it's missing most of the top block and the chain is against the swing arm I ill have to either build one for myself or buy one off you when you get one to make a pattern off of!

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Old 02-17-2013, 03:01 AM   #2097
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Not many 'Elefant Sightings' of late, so here's one of mine from a couple of weeks ago and a reminder of why it's a god idea to Stop at Stop signs......... even in the middle of nowhere..........

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Old 04-03-2013, 04:08 PM   #2098
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'95 E900 for sale - Northern California

I've decided to sell my '95 E900

Cosmetically it is in fair-to good condition. Engine runs great. Valves recently adjusted - engine purrs and starts right up.
I bought it basically stock about 5 years ago with about ~14K miles (~22K KM) on it
Shortly after buying it the speedo cable snapped. I've purchased and installed two replacements, and they both snap immediately. I haven't spent any more time on it trying to figure out what's the story with it. I just use a GPS instead, and I think I've added another 7 K miles since I bought it.

I have done a bunch of things to it:
1) Odyssey Battery
2) DDL Aftermarket starter wire kit
3) DDL Aftermarket Headlight wiring kit with relay
4) DDL Aftermarket High performance Dyna coils
5) DDL Aftermarket VDO Voltmeter kit
6) ProTaper Handlebars / riser
7) Rebuilt the front forks, new seals & fluid
8) Corbin seat
9) Rebuilt carbs with new DDL aftermarket jet insert
10) New cylinder studs for horizontal cylinder from Nichols Engineering
11) Aftermarket StainTune High performance exhaust
12) Aftermarket wider foot pegs
13) Aftermarket clutch slave cylinder
14) K&N reusable air filter
15) H&K front frame guards

Most upgrades are described here:

Things I will throw in:
Second rear wheel
Tank bag
Givi monokey rear pannier racks. Needs some work
Cortech soft bags for rear
Extra brake pads
Acerbis hand guards

Asking $2850

Pictures can be seen on Craigslist ad:

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Old 04-03-2013, 07:55 PM   #2099
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This is a bargain, if I did own one already I'd be all over this. Make sure you post in the flea market section.
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Old 04-08-2013, 09:25 PM   #2100
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Cry So sad to hear about the slider dilemma...

I've been trying to make my own, but without a milling machine it is nearly impossible. Vacation time is coming up in CT and if no one has a set of "Dewey V Specials" to send so he can get the measurements I might just have to trailer my e900 the 312 miles to Lititz, PA.

Another option would be, since I'm replacing my chain and sprockets anyway, I could ship you my rear swing arm. I would pay for shipping there and back and maybe we can work out a deal on the sliders. Any thoughts?
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