Test Cagiva Canyon 600

Test Cagiva Canyon 600

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Cagiva’s fun bike looks strong. But with 34 hp, the Canyon 600 seems to be a bit weak motorized for a big single.

A mixture of a Ducati 916 and a long-legged insect: a fun bike can hardly look more beautiful. Not only did all the journalists agree on this at the first presentation in Varese in autumn 1995, but also all members of the editorial team when Canyon arrived in Stuttgart.

A front fairing with double headlights, integrated indicators, two rear silencers, placed symmetrically under the rear section – once again a typically Italian design.

Well-looking looks aren’t all that count. When looking at the technical data sheet, the enthusiasm is initially dampened. The same old, short-stroke, four-valve engine that did its job unspectacularly in the Enduro W 16 and the all-round bike River with a displacement of 601 cubic centimeters and a maximum of 34 hp. Bad prospects for rapid progress.

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Test Cagiva Canyon 600

Test Cagiva Canyon 600
Small ravines

Cagiva has a seat height of 860 millimeters for smaller people, and the large turning circle of just under five meters can sometimes be a nuisance when maneuvering. In addition, the initially comfortable, wide and thickly padded seat is not enough for long tours. After a few hours of driving, the upholstery pushes through and causes discomfort. Special praise goes to the lighting system. The double headlights not only look beautiful, they also donate good low beam and much better high beam.

Otherwise the equipment of the Canyon is only average. No adjustable hand levers, no main stand that would be very useful for easier maintenance of the chain, no luggage rack, although it was originally announced as standard equipment, no reserve tap. Although there is a speedometer and rev counter in the cockpit, a fuel gauge and a petrol lamp, in contrast to the speedometer, the petrol gauge is very imprecise. When the needle hits the red area, the 20 liter plastic tank holds more than ten liters. If the yellow warning lamp lights up, there is still six liters left to safely go to the nearest petrol station.

The Canyon is not at its best here. On average, between five and six liters of unleaded premium fuel per 100 kilometers is too much, and the two uncontrolled catalytic converters in the rear silencers are no comfort either.

In contrast, the price is acceptable. 9990 marks including all ancillary costs are rather below average what a fun bike costs today. Even if the Canyon only has 34 hp. But their performance is far stronger than the performance suggests.

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