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View Results: What bike to transplant Capo suspension to?
KLR650 0 0%
Wee 2 18.18%
F650GS 1 9.09%
other 3 27.27%
You're a fool! 5 45.45%
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Old 07-23-2014, 06:00 PM   #1
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Caponord basket-case impulse buy

So I find this partial 2006 Caponord and buy it after seeing pictures only (lol yeah, my wife already said that). I'm thinking it's too far gone to resuscitate but there are good parts here so now I'm thinking project bike. The suspension seems pretty beefy, Brembo brakes with stainless lines and the wheels are like the BMW cross-spoke setup for tubeless tires. I'm making this a poll to see what the inmates think other than I'm a dumb-ass. Maybe I'll add that as an option for you guys.


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Old 07-23-2014, 08:02 PM   #2
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Well, at least you're honest. To much work to type though?
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Old 07-24-2014, 05:21 AM   #3
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Keep it as is, and stick a sportster engine in there.

I say that even though I voted wee.
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Old 07-24-2014, 06:09 AM   #4
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I voted F650 as the easiest way to go, but I could be wrong.
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Old 07-24-2014, 06:23 AM   #5
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Find a proper year Tuono crashed bike and do a transplant of parts...
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Old 07-26-2014, 06:28 AM   #6
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So I find this partial 2006 Caponord and buy it after seeing pictures only (lol yeah, my wife already said that). I'm thinking it's too far gone to resuscitate but there are good parts here so now I'm thinking project bike. The suspension seems pretty beefy, Brembo brakes with stainless lines and the wheels are like the BMW cross-spoke setup for tubeless tires. I'm making this a poll to see what the inmates think other than I'm a dumb-ass. Maybe I'll add that as an option for you guys.


No problem, go here http://www.apriliaforum.com/forums/f...ord-(2001-2007 all the advice you'll need...
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Old 07-26-2014, 07:04 PM   #7
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No problem, go here http://www.apriliaforum.com/forums/f...ord-(2001-2007 all the advice you'll need...
Oh, I forgot all about the AF1 forums. Thanks man!

I took the chassis down to component parts today. Main-frame, rear sub-frame, front sub-frame, gauges, headlight, harness, fuel-tank, swing-arm/wheel, forks/wheel. My plan is still to sell everything but the suspension. This should then be a self-funded project which keeps my accountant happy.

I was trying to get an idea of swing-arm pivot width compared to my SV650. Anyone have a Wee and could check the pivot width? I'm not sure if there is any difference from a Gen1 SV to Wee or not. I think the Wee will also be slightly narrower than the ETV, maybe half an inch.
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Old 07-27-2014, 12:45 PM   #8
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Have you checked Evil-bay for prices on Aprilla V-twins ?
I seen them as cheap as $500 in the winter. You would probably be better off with a complete wrecked bike as far as having all the little things.
The Capo is a pretty neat bike, in it's original guise. You could build one as a personalized one off and stay close to original. The Rotax V is quite a nice piece.
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Old 07-27-2014, 02:32 PM   #9
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Have you checked Evil-bay for prices on Aprilla V-twins ?
I seen them as cheap as $500 in the winter. You would probably be better off with a complete wrecked bike as far as having all the little things.
The Capo is a pretty neat bike, in it's original guise. You could build one as a personalized one off and stay close to original. The Rotax V is quite a nice piece.
There are several engines on Ebay that look like a good deal. If they aren't leaving any surprises out. Just not sure I'm up for a project of this magnitude. I've built little CB's and dirt bikes, even an old gixxer from component parts but never an FI, ABS, water cooled street bike and from parts scavenged from different years/models.
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Old 07-28-2014, 05:33 AM   #10
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We have two Caponords - both rebuilt from insurance write-offs, which isn't as impressive as it sounds: one seems to have fallen over, scratched the fairing & broke the clutch lever, while the other one had a low speed drop that made a mess of the front end but which was easily fixed.
Between them, we've added about 80,000km to them - and barring the known issues which were easily fixed, these have been rock-solid, fast & economical. They run hard and long, look good and put smiles on our faces - 'us' being my wife (slow blue bike) and me (fast red one).
After about three years, I realised that the two bikes had consecutive VINS: despite coming to us by very different routes, they were built side-by-side & minutes apart.

IMHO, the line of least resistance to two-wheeled nirvana would be to hunt down the OE parts you need to rebuild a complete bike: The Caponord engine is almost unbreakable (But what happened to yours?) and they turn up from time to time, from crashed bikes. (Hint 1: look at bike wreckers Suncoast something in Florida, laugh uproariously at their absurd prices and move swiftly on.)
You'd also be surprised at what turns up from time to time: at AF1, the right side fairing is currently about $80 ... the left one is about $400 more right now... Think outside the square and all will come your way: I found a km/h instrument pack in Britain (mph) which had been replaced under warranty, a RHD drive headlamp in Germany (LHD), etc, etc.

On the rolling chassis you bought, most of the desireable parts have already been plundered - you'll likely end up with a significant pile of parts left over (whoever buys a Capo frame?) and engineering the Caponord suspension into something else will be much more work than resuscitating the original bike.
However, if you DO decide the cannibalise the Capo, bear in mind that the rear wheel has a cush-drive - and is therefore worth top dollar to riders of those inferior Austrian machines - so don't let it go cheaply!
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Old 07-28-2014, 03:42 PM   #11
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You bring up some really good point Precis, I may have to ponder a bit more.
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Old 07-29-2014, 03:50 PM   #12
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Ummm, just a small-print legalese-type point of order: can a bike without an engine be listed in Beasts - which is for "Polycylindered" bikes?
This one at least, has NO cylinders...
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Old 07-29-2014, 04:25 PM   #13
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You're right, I thought about Some Assembly Required but didn't think the Capo/Wee guys would frequent that. The KLR guys likely do.

After reading some of the AF1 forums I'm sort of hooked on the RSVR 1000 Factory. Those are beautiful.
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