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Uhm...first of all, I'm not really sure if this is the right spot for this topic.



So guys, what are your old all-time-favorites?


I'll start.


- Cagiva Elefant 900 (90/92-93/96)

Man, I just love it. Especially in the Lucky Strike color scheme. Just look at it.


Powered by Ducati, 95hp, 208kilograms (wet)...Look at that skidplate. THAT's a proper skidplate, not the crap the big companies put nowadays below our bikes. And just look at the overall bike. That color scheme, the shapes.

Man, if I could I'd buy one right now. Like, in this moment. Yes, while I write. Like, before this last sentence.
But I can't.


- Moto Guzzi Quota 1000/1100 (92/97-98/01)

Another big, bulky, XL Adv bike made in Mandello del Lario, near the Como lake (Romeo and Juliet, anyone?).
It's not particularly beautiful, or high tech, light, or refined...it was even a flop, sales-wise.

But hey, maybe that's why down here she has such a hardcore fanbase, that wouldn't wanna ride anything else.


Above, a 1000. Below, a 1100.



- Cagiva Gran Canyon 900 (95/00)


I had one of these, a '98 model, black with red dashes. God I loved that thing. For starters, I think it looked wonderful. I think it's also a very underrated bike, that had to fill some very unconfortable shoes: It had to replace the ever-glorious Elefant, and come to think of it, it was literally a Ducati Multistrada ante-litteram.

Speaking of comfort, to this day I'm still convinced that the 'Canyon had the most comfortable seat I've dropped my butt on. Boy oh boy what a lovely bike. Never had a single problem, nothing broke down in 98.000kms, all I had to do to her was fuel her up and do the usual mechanical routine. That's it.


(Oh, and don't confuse her with the Cagiva Navigator: same bike, different engine. The GC had a Ducati engine, the Navi a Suzuki (TL1000) one).




I still have some videos.

This was recorded the day we brought it home (bike was cold, don't judge):


These two clips though, were made on both the Gavia and the Stelvio pass in 2013:



Sorry for the quality!

So, what are yours?

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