Aprilia Caponord

Discussion in 'Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports' started by CapoGreg, Feb 4, 2008.

  1. Pampero

    Pampero Verbose Adventurer

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    Thanks; I will look into that. I do recall the front end being a bit soft, but maybe it's just my mind that is. I'll have a few bucks left over for improvements, which don't necessarily need to be instantaneous as long as the seals are good. My experience with moribund equipment is that seals are the main issue in respect to mechanical items that don't get used regularly.

    I do recognize this as a unique opportunity. The owner is a close friend and the deal is private, and has been struck. I will get the bike in the next couple of days and join the posse of Capo Norde owners with pictures and smiles. I even have an Arai Ago (graphics) helmet to go with her.

    He's a short guy (5'7") and never felt comfortable on it. I encouraged him to buy it way back when, but it never really suited him.
    I guess he felt the way I did when I tried a GSA; just a bit on the high side for me. I can flatfoot the Capo no problem, so for me it will be like coming home.
  2. JTucker

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    Really liking the Capo so far. It needs bag racks, are the Givi racks Ok? I'll be putting my own bags on so what bags fit isn't important.
    I also need a tank bag and a power supply for my GPS. I haven't looked at the fuse panel in the dash yet, maybe a power plug on the dash somewhere would be good.

    I'd like to mount my GPS on the dash, anyone done this with any luck?

    Any other things I need to do, VR and plugs have been done.
  3. Pampero

    Pampero Verbose Adventurer

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    I bought it. Put a battery in her and she fired off after two spins. Runs like a Rotax. Not a scuff on it, she looks new (as she is) has 234 miles on the clock. No leaks, no corrosion, even the tires are good, or at least they are not flat spotted. Here she is taken down to install a new battery. I will pick it up this weekend, and I am starting to get excited. Not the bike I was thinking of buying, but maybe all the bike I really need right now. I'm hoping so, at any rate.

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    I took a look at her sibling, the Stelvio and was interested in those; might have taken a ride if this fell through but considering the difference between this and a new GS ($18000 plus the tax!) I am feeling pretty smug. Back in the saddle!
  4. rubRsidedown

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    WOW, nice find!!!

    Super nice bike and what sounds like a heck of a deal.
    I would buy that for a road/touring bike for myself. :evil

    Ride safe.
  5. Pampero

    Pampero Verbose Adventurer

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    Thanks. After doing the research I have had some doubts but also had the doubts largely relieved based on what I can do for it and what I get for the money. I will replace the tires even though they "look" OK. Ten years is too old to trust, but this thing's really a time capsule. This forum and the links within have been helpful in informing my decision. I started lurking a month or so ago and pondering my options.

    I have to be honest and say that if I were less driven by financial motives, I wouldn't have the Capo at the top of my list, but all things taken in balance, I'm very excited about it. To ride and buy at full pop, I would have had an MS or a GS, but they were not in the cards for different reasons. Of late, I took a shine to the Stelvio because our local dealer sometimes gets three year old buy backs which he sells for 60% of the cost of an NX. If this had fallen through, that would have been high on the list of prospects. The twin cam BMWs are still too rare on the used market and the wethead too close in, to encourage purchase of a late model oilhead for me. I want to see what happens to the post 2010 GSs after the new bike comes out. I like buying late model used bikes; it's where the value is in my book. This Capo is sort of like that.I've been wondering bout the Dosiduro (spelling?) but this Capo is really the kind of bike I want and need and I know it will have all the motor and ride/ prowess that I require.Whatever it doesn't have can I think reasonably be built in. I'm just going to ride it for now.
  6. Nomadgene

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    I think you are going to be pleasantly surprise by what you have stumbled upon. The Capo is a first rate bike…make no mistakes about it. You will be beaming with pride after you get out there and begin riding it. I've ridden LOTS of other adventure bikes, you are giving up next to nothing riding an Aprilia. You have a wonderful dealer and competent service facility at your beck and call there in Seattle. You have no worries. Michea is a very knowledgable guy.

    I suggest you also look at AF1, the Aprilia forum. www.apriliaforum.com . It is the bible for Aprilias on the net. The people there are your friends. Tons of knowledge.

    I think your idea to change the tires is a good one. I've had great success with the 4 sets Metzler Tourances on my Capo, but am trying a set of Heidenau tires this go round. It's always good to see what else is out there.

    I also highly suggest you get with Catfish (he is both here and in the Aprilia Forum) to get the bike remapped. It is a relatively simple job with dramatic benefits to the bike. It really wakes up the neutered power plant. These motors are so over engineered and come from the factory choked up. A program away and you are pulling wheelies.

    The stock fork springs are a bit soft for me. They could use a bit more stiffness, especially under heavy braking or a load.

    Also the Aprilia forum has a used parts section where folks are always selling bits. A nice set of the old factory luggage will be much less expensive than going down the NEW route.

    Happy motoring. I'm available in this thread or via PM if you have any questions. I've got about 20K miles on my Capo, 3 other Aprilias and absolutely love the brand.

    BTW, it's called a dorsoduro:The genesis of the name itself is open to argument. It is, undeniably, a district of the Italian city of Venice. In direct translation, however, it means "Hard Ridge". Where the motorcycle is concerned though, the latter part of the name, "Duro", is certainly derived from the "Enduro" type of motorcycle, a powerful and rough type of machine designed to cross long distances off-road. Almost certainly, then, Aprilia meant the name Dorsoduro to suggest "Hard Enduro" to the public at large (at least outside Italy).
  7. Pampero

    Pampero Verbose Adventurer

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    Hi Nomadgene!

    Yes, Micha is a great guy and Moto I and Dave R. is/are a fine resource. I was there yesterday to pick up the battery for the new bike. I also bought a bike there about six or seven years ago and in fact, we married Micha (and his first wife) on our boat. Another story for another time. I also know Catfish (I will assume there can only be one!) and Farkle Masters through the old Falco Forum, but the lead on his map is useful, so thanks! I had one of the first Falcos in the area and modified it with the usual tweaks and farkles so this won't be my first Ape.

    I probably won't have the bike until this weekend but it is all I can do not to daydream about it. I sold my GS1150 two years ago, knowing I would get something else, but didn't expect it to take two years and really surprised myself in buying the CN. I must have said that three times already. This bike comes with a Givi top case and the original Aprila hard bags and mounts so I won't need bags. Other than that it is bone stock, which is fine. I get to do it my way. I have had many Tourances (on the GS) and have no trouble going that way but I have also read about other options and probably won't order tires until after I pick the bike up. We'll discuss that!

    As I said, I'm glad to have had this resource as well. It encouraged and informed my decision; not a hard one given I know the original owner and he has been so reasonable with me. I subscribe to the magazines (always have) so te Dorsoduro (spelling) was my main confusion. I read the "first ride" report thing about it in one of this month's mags. I'm probably a little less hard edged in my needs as this is my one and only at this time so a bike biased towards sporty touring is really the deal for me. But usually, the collection has a way of growing and shrinking. The list of my prior ownerships (which dates back to 1957 Triumphs) is long and entertaining, but my hard sport bike days are over. I'm probably old enough to be most people's father! Well, let me put it this way; I have a 40 year old daughter

    Stand by for a PM in short order.
  8. Pampero

    Pampero Verbose Adventurer

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    As a new owner I'm probably more enthusiastic about bikes the newest of which are now going on five years old, but I picked up my 2002 today. I've talked about it above, so I won't go into more detail here except to show the pictures. It still had all those annoying stickers that Aprilia slaps on and I have only removed a couple of them. Otherwise, she'll do fine. [​IMG]


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    Hard to find a 2002 like this with such low miles. I even get to give her the 600 mile service.
  9. Petrolburner

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    Beautiful color like mine too!
  10. JTucker

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    Does anyone know of a US source for Rally Raid suspension links? I'm waiting on my sidestand from the UK, went for a ride with the wife the past couple days. I'm used to riding my uly and this thing drags way early. It has hyper progressive springs with the preload all the way up, probably needs heavier springs as neither of us are light. Other than that I like it.
  11. Dave37

    Dave37 Been here awhile

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    So to get these 1150GS hand guards that fit, I could just go to Bikebandit.com and order OEM the guards and hardware for an 1150GS and those will fit with some small modification? Or is there another place to buy? All together on Bikebandit the price is $64.69 shipped. Seems like a good deal to me.. but I want to make sure I'm buying the right thing.
  12. BrittC

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    That is a good deal - I bought my set from a BMW dealer and paid $107 last year.

    They went right on the bike, but at first they didn't want to clear the tank and fairing without spending quite a bit of time tweaking everything. My biggest issue was the guards rubbing the tank when the bars were turned full lock. If you mount them up loosely and make adjustments before you snug down all the hardware, you should be good to go....
  13. Pampero

    Pampero Verbose Adventurer

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    Plus, my wife likes it!
  14. Dave37

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    Thanks! I have a question though. From this link to Bikebandit, it shows the hardware needed below the picture. Is that all the hardware I will need or is there something they aren't showing? I see in the picture they show a couple parts that aren't in the items listed below.
  15. BrittC

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    You will need all of the parts in the picture, and for some reason they don't all appear in the list below it. For example, parts 30 and 36, etc. The set I ordered from BMW came with everything in that pic.

    One other thing I did was grind down the depth of part 18 so it would sit flush with the end of the guard when the bolt was tightened down. I used a belt sander for mine....
  16. Pampero

    Pampero Verbose Adventurer

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    Four days of riding and I am quite pleased. The bike now has about 550 miles and is starting to loosen up. Fresh fuel seems to have made a difference as she felt stuffy and lethargic for the first day or so while I ran out the old gas. Once filled anew, she seemed a bit more responsive and willing to spin up. Maybe that is a combination of factors, as I spent most of yesterday running her up and down through te range and trying to loosen her internals a bit.

    My impressions follow standard Capo fare: the fork is squishy as promised but I can live with that as she tracks well and heels easily enough. I expect a slight vagueness in front end feel may be why many of you stiffen them up? I have no plans for dirt so this can wait. Brakes are good, competent, but not great feeling, again perhaps to the soft front end creating a good bit of dive? I think that perhaps mutes the feel of what otherwise are decent binders.

    Otherwise, she exceeds expectations on road. Plenty of power for me, very nice cruising at 80-90. Where my GS would have been starting to run out of steam, the Caponord is still delivering plenty and the power builds nicely as revs rise. It's smooth at elevated highway speeds as well, and for me, wind protection and smooth air flow seem to require no change at all. Maybe this is much about my height and posture, but for me (and in pleasant weather) it offers all the protection and smoothness I require. I ride with earplugs (always) so I am less sensitive to wind and road noise than those who don't.

    Over all comfort is quite high, bar, seat and peg position works well for me, though I could see working on the seat. Positioning for me is good, but I start to squirm after a couple of hours. Gearbox is excellent; no missed shifts and smooth, easy operation, clutch is light and positive, no chatter and a consistent friction point. She gets a bit warm in traffic but once rolling that is not an issue. Steering is neutral feeling fr such a big bike, and as I gain confidence low speed maneuvers have become less challenging.


    She hasn't burned any visible oil, always a nice thing.

    I can see why the mob here holds onto them, and I am happy to have found her. I intend to do all the prophylactic stuff and then enjoy the ride.
    Thanks to all for the good wishes here and via PMs.
  17. Petrolburner

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    Video I made of my trip to Hell's Canyon last weekend on the Caponord.

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  18. jwdub

    jwdub Been here awhile

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    Nice job on the video Trevor. Glad you didn't lose pressure in the rear tire mid corner! "Hell's Canyon Attempt" -- Did you make it to Hell's Canyon?
  19. Petrolburner

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    Not really. As soon as we got into it and started going up, the tire unraveled. Only on that one side too. The other side had what looked like more than 1000 miles left in the center. Not sure of the cause. Age? Balancing? I'll probably change out the front just to be safe.
  20. ravenranger

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    What tires were you using and what tire pressures?

    BTW, great video! :clap