Cagiva/Ducati 980cc Elefant Project.

11th April 2020: 

My brother, Tony has recently completed his latest Italian motorcycle restoration project.

Original bike was a 1986 350cc Cagiva Elefant (manual clutch), bought on eBay on 07-02-2009.

Replacement engine was a Cagiva 900cc Elefant engine (hydraulic clutch), from a fire damaged bike, bought on eBay on 20-01-2008. He bought this with the idea of replacing the heads on his 900 Monster because the guides had started to leak oil, a faulty batch of guides at that time apparently.

Front brake and clutch handlebar switchgear assemblies were from a job lot of spares from a Ducati 900SS.

Restoration work began on 14-01-2019.

Frame plastic coated by Triple "S" Powder Coating, Bingley.

Wheels by Central Wheel Components, Coleshill, Birmingham.

Engine work, bead blasting, crankcase "throat" opening as 980cc cylinders are +2mm O/D on standard 900cc cylinders, cylinder re-bore, new valve guides and heads re-assembled by Paul Klatkiewicz, Ducati Technical Services, Crofton, Wakefield.

Engine 980cc, high compression, big valve, gas flowed heads. 41mm Dellorto carbs, K&N air filters, original exhaust.