2002 Caponord questions

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by elementalg20, Feb 17, 2017.

  1. elementalg20

    elementalg20 Been here awhile

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    I've read the common issues(brown stator wires, plastic fuel connectors, and in tank hoses). That's all stuff I can handle fixing if it's not already taken care of. It's being sold by a larger non-aprilia dealer and I doubt they know a thing about it.

    I'm wondering how this bike does 2-up lightly packed?

    Is there other major issues to worry about 22k on this one?

    Asking price is $4k otd. Only extra I see is a top box(givi or maybe a knock off?). They say they are motivated to sell, I know they have been setting on it a long while(maybe 2 years?!). What make for a reasonable yet low enough offer....not much to compare to.

    For some reason I'm far more drawn to these than the V-Strom line so hoping for good news here.
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  2. olie

    olie Long timer

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    I rode a 03 Capo until I crashed it at 45k miles. I replaced the fuel connectors, fixed the brown wires and replaced a bad bearing at the clutch assembly. Also, I did replace 2 ignition coils. Best 2up bike until today based on my wife's opinion. The Rotax engine was flawless... I replaced the F-R springs with Hyperpro, originals were too soft and prone to front dive.
    other than that ...gas, oil changes and tires.
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  3. crackerguy

    crackerguy Been here awhile

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    Check out the Aprilia forum if you haven't yet, great resource for these bikes (I have an 02 Falco that has been great for 45k miles)
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  4. Celtic Curmudgeon

    Celtic Curmudgeon Indiana Jones wanabe

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    AF1's Aprilia forum is a great source of info, and AF1 stocks a lot of parts as well. I had a gen1 Caponord, and generally loved it. That Rotax is one of the best motorcycle engines, ever. My wife and I rode two up a lot. Being used to cruisers, she found the tall passenger seat disconcerting, but the passenger seat and riding position is very comfortable. I had to replace the regulator (Caponord owners frequently swap in a CBR600 unit), and had to fix the notorious "brown wires". The PO had already replaced the fuel connectors. It requires a little more TLC than say, a Tenere, but is a wonderful bike, I sold it when I bought my RIII, but wish I'd kept it. It was easy to ride, and cost $70/yr to insure.
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  5. Big Tall Bastard

    Big Tall Bastard Voice of Reason

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    I've had an 01 Mille, an 03 Falco SL and an 07 Tuono. the motors are bombproof and awesome. I wouldn't sweat any of the mechanicals at all and 22k on that motor is no big deal. You will enjoy the hell out of it but I would haggle a bit as I guarantee the dealer doesn't have anywhere near $4000 in it. Ask them if they will take $3000 and see what happens.
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  6. elementalg20

    elementalg20 Been here awhile

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    I've ended up striking a deal with a fellow inmate on his 03' Capo. It's got a ricor rear shock and intiminators and springs in the front end along with a custom drivers seat and approx 21k. Made my deposit and I'll book shipping shortly and finish paying the owner.

    Really looking forward to getting this bike, admired them for years.
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  7. dwenglis

    dwenglis Been here awhile

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