Post-Listing Update: This Elefant got no love at the opening bid.
The Cagiva Elefant is an interesting odd-ball – an Italian dual-sport with the heart of a Ducati. Available with a 900cc or 650cc engine, this is definitely the most unique option compared to the KLR, DRZ, and XL/XR options available from Japan.
The V-Twin engine is shared with the Alazzurra 650, so the $4,632 MSRP got you 49 horsepower to lug around 454 pounds, enough for a top speed of 104 miles per hour. I do have to warn you though – parts for this can be a nightmare, so you’ve got to make sure that you buy a solid example. Though the engine is a Ducati unit, Cagiva had to redesign and rotate the head to make room for the single Ohlins rear shock. This means that some parts are unique to just this bike, which wasn’t exactly a best seller. Someone on ADVRider mentions that even though he lived in Los Angeles, he couldn’t get anyone that was willing to work on his bike. The rear master cylinders are NLA, as are all brake hoses and cables, air boots between the frame and carbs, and other parts. Plus, some available parts will take you months to get. This is definitely a bike for patient types.
This specific Cagiva Elefant 650 has 12,045 miles and looks to be in good shape. The Dell’Orto carbs and the Ohlins shock have been rebuilt, and you’ll get a new battery, belts, and tires.
Find this Cagiva Elefant 650 for sale in Lima, New York, with a BIN price of $3,695
Note that if you go straight to the dealer’s site, they’re offering it for $3,495.