Return of Cagiva?

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  1. wpbarlow

    wpbarlow Long timer Supporter

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  2. Lion BR

    Lion BR I'd rather be riding

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    A more interesting paragraph, because it goes against the current trends:

    "Old as the brand may be, Cagiva never fiddled with high-tech intricacies, and preferred to deliver blunt all-terrain performance. This old-school approach, with the necessary updates, could be just what adventure riders are searching for these days, don't you think?"
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    I would take one of whatever it might be!

    Would go nicely in the garage next to my Cagiva Alazzura and Cagiva Gran Canyon :)

    Hello everyone. My name is Graham. I have a disease. It is called Cagiva-itis.

    :)
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    That was a near nonsensical paragraph to me. Of course they never fiddled with high-tech intricacies- there weren't any :lol3. And what do they mean by "updates"? FI? Ride Modes?, ABS (which will be mandated soon)?, Traction Control? Other high-tech intricacies? :lol3


    Yeah they won Dakar (Cagiva was in a racing spending frenzy in the 90's), but though I liked the Elephants (though they had some unique and significant issues), the "adventure" bikes (Canyon, Gran Canyon) were ok at best off pavement; neither was near the front of the pack in their respective classes. The 500s and 600s were really stones. The Navigator was a pretty good road bike.

    Besides, imo I expect MV will load it with as much electronics as they can effectively develop, just like their road bikes.

    Like it or not, it's the new normal.
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    HighwayChile greetings from Wa state

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    Gran canyon is one the best looking bikes made in my worthless opinion
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    kirb should be out riding

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    What? Again? :lol3
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    I'd like to see Moto Morini return to the US market. I rode a (3 1/2, 350cc) decades ago and it was probably one of the best handling bikes I've ever ridden. It was pretty potent for a 350.
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    I think that's the first time I ever heard "Moto Morini", "potent", and "350" (or 500) used in the same paragraph :lol3

    One of the reasons they handled so well was because the power output never taxed the chassis.

    I had a 501 Camel and while there were many positive words I could use to describe its many virtues, potent would not be one of them.
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    I think it would be fantastic if they brough Cagiva back, although it would probably be a non-USA thing for awhile...again...

    I just picked up an e900 and besides the PO messing a bunch of stuff up real bad (suspension tune really really sucks, rides like a crappy old garbage truck) the bike is fantastic. Granted my newest bike is an 01 so i would be probably scared and surprised by the new "tech".

    I agree with the GC being ok off road, suspension is too road oriented to do much good in the fast rough stuff.

    Cheers,
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    Cagiva are pretty rare here in Australia and people don't know what they are.

    Small bikes like the Mito were always very expensive but beautifully made.
    Worth the trouble if you are resourceful and want something special.
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    A friend of mine had a Cagiva 125 back in the 80s. It was so highly tuned, it needed a rebuild every 6 months.
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    Must have been a MX bike , 125WMX?
    They were pretty serious then.
    Typically they run 37mm carbs and very close tolerances.
    Euro tuners remark that the tolerances are critical for Cagiva performance.

    Later road bike Cagiva Mito 7 Speed Mk1 has incredible performance if everything is right.
    Rings need replacing regularly.
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    Could be. I recall it was barely road legal and had stupidly tall suspension.
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    Montesa, Maico, Kwaka all needed step-ladder to get on.
    You could drop the forks a little.
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