Cagiva can go to hell...

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by Scotocon, Feb 21, 2010.

  1. Scotocon

    Scotocon Tripartite Member #3

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    It's not that I harbor any great anymosity to them, it's just that they provided me with an amazing bike and then made it ridiculously hard to do anything to the bloody thing!

    I own a Cagiva Navigator. Which is great in an "I don't ride past 50 of them every fucking day" kinda way, but is bad in a "WHERE THE F*** AM I SUPPOSED TO BUY PARTS" soul destroying kinda way....

    My gorgeous wife bought me soft panniers for Christmas. I had no way of affixing them to the bastard bike. Much searching online and conferring with many people had me stumped for options, until I started running out of time - the Supers are on soon, and I wanted to use these for the trip down.

    I decided to make my own. It's midnight, I've had a few beers, and I can't be stuffed typing much more, so here are a sequence of pictures to explain.

    We found some scrap steel in the shed which would serve the purpose...
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    Some vice work and hammering, plus some crafty braising by the Father-In-Law Maurice gave us this...
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    We welded on some tabs so we could bolt it onto the exhaust mounts...
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    Please note correct safety gear is worn at all times...
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    And some primer and black rattle can leaves us with this!!!
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    We slapped the bags on to see how they would look...
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    And I think they turned out really well!

    Many thanks to the master craftsman, Maurice, and to Cameron for his "seagull management"...
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  2. Byrdman

    Byrdman Fat guy on a little bike!

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    Looks great, I appreciate the hell with them, I'll do it myself attitude.

    I just hope the brazed joint lasts.
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  3. Cambambalam

    Cambambalam XR six-fiddy ahrrrr

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    You're welcome... I think that they look great. The old fella sure is handy with the welder

    Like the handy work on his scrambler:
    <table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="http://picasaweb.google.com.au/lh/photo/q6FxoSPzmSpZWZMssz93Hw?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh3.ggpht.com/_PGZ5U1gJVBM/S4EyGn5XHmI/AAAAAAAAAhY/5ebrcYpLhhk/s800/IMG_0521.JPG" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com.au/Cameron.Tully/TriumphScrambler?feat=embedwebsite">Triumph Scrambler</a></td></tr></table>

    Now bring on the weekend at the Superbikes. Only 5 more sleeps to go...
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  4. Scotocon

    Scotocon Tripartite Member #3

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    Hahaha just messing Cam - your material procurement and mounting suggestions were invaluable.

    And yes - bring on the weekend.
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  5. a1fa

    a1fa Throttle Jockey™

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    :evil
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  6. sTE610vE

    sTE610vE Looking for 7th gear...

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    I'm not 100% sure they will work on the Navigator but it appears you can still get HB bag mounts, crash bars and such for a Cagiva Gran Canyon, which has the Ducati 900 monster motor rather than the V Strom engine. Somebody around here should know if they will fit.
    http://www.elefantadventurebikes.com/elefant_hepco_and_becker.html

    When I do a search on that page for "Navigator" it turns up you can get the engine crash bars for your bike.

    My Cagiva is a great bike, I wish they would make this new Elefant concept with the 1125 Rotax engine.....I would be very interested.....Lucky Strike or Red, it would be a tough choice

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