26 Nov 2021
CAGIVA ELEFANT 900 IE. GT. The GT acronym says it all about the true identity of this Cagiva 900 IE GT, the last of the “2 big valves”, and the last Elefant with a digital clock. Although it may seem like a reinterpretation of the Cagiva Lucky, it comes from the urge to understand the world of the 2 wheels through its true vocation: travelling. Equipped with the efficient electronic Magneti Marelli IAW injection system, introduced in the previous version, the new Cagiva has a radically changed profile and user base. The elegant “gunmetal” livery seems to soften the sprinter’s skills of the engine, but only in its appearance. Maximum power is 64.33 hp against 63.08 hp of the first 900 IE Lucky Explorer. In addition to the unusual livery, the air conveyors on the outer sides of the fairing are also improved to facilitate the airflow. Lowering the centre of gravity with respect to the Lucky Explorer means that the GT is 4 cm lower. This translates into a “greater feeling with the vehicle” and a wide range of use even for the shorter riders. If we find a powerful 45 mm Marzocchi fork at the front, the travel is reduced from 250 mm to 210 mm. The Öhlins monoshock adjusts itself by reducing its travel from 230 to 190 mm, but the hydraulic brake always adjusts through an external knob. The choice of a Nissin’s floating caliper brake system is still valid for the this model, both at the front and rear, and the diameter of the discs remains unchanged. A new gearbox that benefits from a long 6 speed gear, with a lowering of the rpm between one gear and the next. A Cagiva that on a technological and emotional level is a confirmation of the quality of its initial design, but that had to be refined with this “gentleman” version. An element which breaks with African races and which, on a commercial level, is also well received by overseas markets. A vehicle exported all over Europe, also thanks to the absence of the “famous sponsor”; on the brochures of Cagiva Lucky it was not uncommon to find a “ sale forbidden with that livery” warning. In France it also happened for the 750 AC L.E. in its 1995 version, because of the restrictions on tobacco advertising. A period of success for the company of Varese with growing sales, often just outside the border. Although it is the less successful version of the Lucky Explorer 900 IE, it counts with passionate admirers around the world, which makes it unique, even rarer to find given the fact it was on the market for just one year.