Aprilia Caponord

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

  1. Petrolburner

    Petrolburner Noise Maker

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    Continental Trail Attack in accordance with the air pressure chart on the swingarm.
  2. JohnG.

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    sOoo,that's what a Capo looks like without scratches,dents,UV damage and rusted metal brackets (mine) :wink:.
    great find,enjoy.
  3. jwdub

    jwdub Been here awhile

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    Pampero,

    I would recommend the Ricor Intiminators for the front forks on your "new" Capo. Petrolburner bought my Capo with them installed. They're easy to put in and really control the "dive."
  4. Pampero

    Pampero Verbose Adventurer

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    They have been vigorously recommended and I can understand why. The front end is both undersprung /under-damped.
    I am doing the prophylactic work indicated by the knowledge base here and the (LOL!) the 600 mile service this week; brown connector, etc. Also, Moto International has said they will do the fuel lines as a courtesy (Tremendous dealership there). Then it's to work on the fork. Most noticed issue with the forks is when braking.
    I ground those silly peg feelers like crazy today and will take them off tonight; I didn't realize they were even there until they threw a shower of sparks (I'm guessing). You have all been there but this is a brand new bike to me, and it is scratching all my itches.

    A perusal of the eBay offerings has left me scratching my head. A sea of nothing, 100 items times nine pages. Plenty of Gold Fren brake pads at anywhere from 100 to 19 dollars, and more red Chinese brake levers than all of us could use in ten lifetimes.
  5. Dave37

    Dave37 Been here awhile

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    So It's time for some new tires. I've read about the Shinko 705s and I've had a good experience with Shinko tires in the past, so I figured I'd try them out on the Capo. I'll definitely get a 705 on the rear, but what would be best on the front? I've heard the 705 howls like crazy at 80+ mph, and that it likes to follow the grooves in the road. I rarely go faster than 85mph but if there is a better selection for the front I'd like to go with that. Anybody suggest anything?
  6. Petrolburner

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    My brother loves them on his 800XC. I'd go a bit more aggressive on the front end if you are going to do any dirt. I'm putting a Heidenau K60 Scout up front and then probably a 705 on the rear when my Scorpion wears out. I don't mind the back end being a little loose but I hate to have the front end wash out and low side.
  7. Pampero

    Pampero Verbose Adventurer

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    Nice video, Trevor. Much enjoyed watching!
  8. falcn

    falcn Squidless Soul

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    Local Euro dealer has a 2007 for sale that only has 3700 miles on it. Thinking about running out there to do a test ride to see if I like it. Already love the engine as I have ridden my friends Tuono in the past. Would be mostly for road riding/touring, but would love to be able to tackle gravel and shared use roads in PA and wherever I happen to end up on long distance rides.

    Love the 800xc I test rode, but too much money right now for one of those.

    How easy are parts to find for these?

    This particular one only has a top box fitted and no side racks or bags right now.

    Current rides: 1993 DR250SE and modified 2005 Z750S. Would be selling my Z probably to pick up another bike, even though I love it every time I ride it.
  9. JTucker

    JTucker Long timer

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    I recently bought one and it is quite fun to ride. Mine came with hyper pro springs and it's fine two up, still a little soft for me but ok. Handles very well for a bike with such relaxed geometry and a 19in front wheel. Actually the only problem I had was it drags parts in the curves a lot quicker than I'm used to. I was hanging off the thing and still dragging. Lol

    Parts aren't too bad to find from what I've seen so far. Mine came with the topcase and no side bags so I just ordered a set of Givi racks for $200. I'll most likely use my seahorse cases on those racks.
  10. lodom

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    Bought '03 new in Feb '04 and over its 8 years and 25,XXX miles I've done all the mandatory mods plus the LV exhaust, Shoria battery, accessory fuse box, running lights. I can't say it's been 100% love 100% of the time but more so than any bike I've owned. I recently took it across country for 3 weeks and 7300 miles and she was the perfect sultry Italian that you'd expect. The only thing that needed immediate attention on my return was the chain.

    Loaded in Georgia
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    Touring Yosemite
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  11. OldPete

    OldPete Be aware

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    Been riding my old high mileage K75s, working on a Guzzi project and want/need another bike.
    Yes, I know abit about the Caponord and would have one over a GS, S10, Uly, KTM, etc.
    With CanAm Spyder production, Rotax engine parts will remain available new.. Yes, it has reverse/5 speed.

    So, I check utube for new vids of Capo. This guy is a treat. It gets interesting at 1:44.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4DpZEKHKrk
  12. Petrolburner

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    I only wish I could understand him.
  13. falcn

    falcn Squidless Soul

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    You would take the Capo over the KTM Adv?

    Great video, that guy was hilariuos. I loved when he beat the crap out of the plastics and you find out it is not his bike.
  14. OldPete

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    Cost is a factor for me. Gotta be under $10k cash, all in.

    The only KTM 990 I've ridden was a rich friend's 990 Super Enduro.
    Kinda peaky engine.

    Rode one Capo on the street for 15 minutes last year and do want one.
    Room for a comfortable two-up and a heavy flywheeled engine with good mid-range w/catfish map.

    Forgot his name, it was the same engineer that designed the Rotax and KTM V-twins.
    He wanted the KTM to be lighter, more compact and powerful... it is but it is not as robust as the Rotax from my research.

    edit: Check out the GS review on his site. The Greeks do not care much for the Germans, they just want their Euros. :-D
  15. lodom

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    Pete, I was out your way in July. I may be letting mine go soon.:cry
  16. falcn

    falcn Squidless Soul

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    Looks like they sold it already. That didn't last long.
  17. OldPete

    OldPete Be aware

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    Letting go of a friend is tough. I HAD to sell my '77, 900SS 18 months ago because money was tight at the time. Still in my profile as sold. Gotta remove it.

    Being an old retired fart, my reaction time can get abrupt and I really do want a later model with ABS.
    One of the top mechanics that posts on the Aprilia board lives no more than 15 miles from me. That's good.
  18. Pampero

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    Here! Practice a bit with this! I love him! (He has several plastic welding videos, this is but one).
  19. kirb

    kirb should be out riding

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    I was able to score a '08 KTM 990 ADV with 10k miles for $8k with bags and bars. It's doable and worth it if doing a lot of off-road.
  20. JohnG.

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    hense I'm here...