Dakar suc­cess: 1990 & 94 Elefant 900 (Edi Ori­oli)

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“This is ac­tu­ally a 750 Elefant and not a 900, but I am cur­rently restor­ing a 900 so it will be joined soon by its big­ger brother. In 1990 Ca­giva nicked Edi Ori­oli from Honda and put him on a bike that was a Ca­giva off-road chas­sis with a Du­cati air- cooled V-twin stuck in it. To be hon­est, the fact an Ital­ian bike fin­ished the race in the first place was im­pres­sive, the fact it won was a mir­a­cle! Es­pe­cially as Ca­giva re­moved the elec­tric start and fit­ted a kick­start in­stead to save weight!

“The 750 is a to­tally dif­fer­ent an­i­mal to the 900 as it has a wet clutch as op­posed to the 900’s dry one. This makes the 900 very hard to ride of­froad as the clutch is re­ally grabby, so fair play to Ori­oli. As a road bike both the 900 and 750 are bril­liant fun, far lighter than the other repli­cas and real rider’s bikes with a won­der­ful ex­haust note and en­gag­ingly raw spirit. They are su­perb road bikes and amaz­ingly cheap – al­though Ca­giva parts are a night­mare to find, I’m still search­ing for re­place­ment clutch lever!”

To­bacco brand­ing and Ital­ian style make the Elefant the ral­lyõs coolest win­ner A rider was­nõt all Ca­giva nicked from Honda! Ca­giva lo­gos boost the cool of these clocks Ex­haust was a two-into-one to save weight

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