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Old 11-10-2012, 09:34 AM   #1
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Laugh New Caponord

http://www.motorcyclenews.com/MCN/Ne...1200-revealed/

Didn't see it posted yet. I want one! Damn, much better that the new DL1000.

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Old 11-10-2012, 10:10 AM   #2
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It does look good. I just hope that the fuel consumption of the DD12 motor has been improved - or it'll be a pricey beast to run.
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Old 11-10-2012, 11:05 AM   #3
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Thatīll be a competitor to the Multistrada 1200. A road bike, though Iīm sure itīs a great one.
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Old 11-10-2012, 11:15 AM   #4
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it all looks a bit exposed.

here it is in white




What happened to this colour scheme?

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Old 11-10-2012, 12:51 PM   #5
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Thumb i want

I want one. I really like the DD1200 but the tank is too small to be useful.
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Old 11-10-2012, 12:58 PM   #6
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looks like the crud catcher has gone from the original "prototype". Unless they are going to have two models like the KTM?







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Old 11-10-2012, 04:55 PM   #7
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looks like the crud catcher has gone from the original "prototype". Unless they are going to have two models like the KTM?







Hmmm.

Parts-bin.

Looks like the tank from a Shiver, swingarm from a Dorso, fairing from an RSV, and do Aprilia have a dozen factories filled with the hard luggage from the deleted Futura?

And that engine will get blasted by road crud unless you live in an arid climate.
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Old 11-12-2012, 05:18 AM   #8
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Old 11-12-2012, 06:40 AM   #9
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And that engine will get blasted by road crud unless you live in an arid climate.
Only the Italians could do an "adventure" bike with twin radiators immediately behind the front wheel and a bobbed mudguard (fender for you US folk).

What is it about something to prevent tyre fling-off plastering the front of a bike that designers find just so ugly?

That aside, it could work okay. Aprilia know how to make a bike handle, and they have sensibly fitted an exhaust that allows full bags either side. Interested to see the spec. Resale will of course be zero and a half over here.
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Old 11-12-2012, 06:52 AM   #10
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Well looks pretty useless offroad, lame.
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Old 11-18-2012, 03:40 AM   #11
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Vid is up at aprilia.com

http://caponord.aprilia.com/en/video.html

I quite like it, one to try next year
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Old 11-18-2012, 06:53 AM   #12
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Yup. Will have a go on one - but looks like no centre stand fitment. Annoying in this class.
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Old 11-18-2012, 07:04 AM   #13
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Only the Italians could do an "adventure" bike with twin radiators immediately behind the front wheel and a bobbed mudguard (fender for you US folk).

What is it about something to prevent tyre fling-off plastering the front of a bike that designers find just so ugly?
Because it's "adventure" mission statement is:

"Would you like milk in that" ?


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Old 11-18-2012, 10:36 AM   #14
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Aprilia had an interesting problem to solve with this bike. The original Capo had wire wheels and a 19" front, making it at little more suitable to rougher roads. But since they are owned by Piaggio, who also owns Moto Guzzi, should they keep their "mild off-road" pretense and go with wheels to match that mission and compete with Guzzi's Stelvio, or make a more road-oriented bike to be more in line with the Honda CrossTourer. It seems they made their choice.

I guess we'll see how well it works out. Personally I would have preferred they go with the wire wheels and 19" front so there is another choice in the "all roads" category, but maybe that's still doable with after market parts. Either way, I'm glad Aprilia updated the Capo!

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Old 11-18-2012, 11:44 AM   #15
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I'll take a stab at this.

I do think this was built because they could, that is had the parts and motor, but that doesn't instantly damn it.
What I think it may suffer from is a lack of clarity in focus. With a circa 130HP motor, adaptive suspension and probably good aerodynamics, this bike should make a very decent tourer in the modern tall bike sit up idiom that is in vogue today so where's the competition? Well obviously, Ducati. This is not a Stelvio or GS competitor starting at the chain and ending with the tires, but as a road bike for people who want something different.....but we all know this.

So what are the prospects? It's easy to predict that it will be much cheaper than a commensurate Ducati, BMW and the new KTM, probably not a ton more than a VStrom because that is what it has to be. For Aprilia to offer this in the same price range as a GS or Multi would be wishful thinking and suicidal. If it isn't cheaper by a bunch, the first (23) early adopters will suffer the usual Aprilia torment of miserable resale value and the next 1123 buyers will get them at a steep discount. In the long run, this will not be a Good Thing for Aprilia.

So the hope is they will price it right. It looks (an the rumors are) that is will be heavy, (if so, why did they not get the message of light weight when the Stelvio already holds the "heavily constructed" niche?) and clearly it is street oriented, but for a person like me that's not a bad thing as I do like steamed milk in my latte.

However, I think it's mission is maybe a bit muddled and that's a shame when the bike could offer a genuine alternative to the Ducati and some of the other adventurish touring rigs.

Hopefully they will nail the handling, hammer the quality at a great price and have created a really fun to ride, robust good handling tourer with sporting pretensions in the modern idiom that can later be up-specified with wheels and such to create a versatlie platform at a great price.

To do that, they will need to stick to their guns and continue to develop the concept. Right now, for me, I suspect the thing is probably going to be a very decent bike with an unclear mission and will not forge new ground. Also, as BMW, Ducati and KTM get the message that light is good, I fear the Aprilia will be heavier than it needed to be to be truly exciting.

But it probably will be a really good deal for people whose mission it does fit, and I actually like the way it looks. I'm pretty confident that it will be comfortable to ride long distance and will have a really fine motor. Maybe that will be enough, but in today's market, I'm not so sure.

I have more thoughts but that's enough from this verbose adventurer for now.

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