Aprilia Caponord

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

  1. pplummer

    pplummer Been here awhile

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    Hey Gfunk, hmm, we'll need to talk then. I'll respond on the Aprilia Forum. I have the same issue, I can tell you what I did to help it, but not completely eliminate it. I have some ideas in my arsenal that I am going to try. Most of the owners either don't let it bother them, or they gave up trying. Looks like you need the US kickstand too!
  2. Gr8White

    Gr8White n00b

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    Actually, it didn't made it into the force. just a prototype. Located in SG.
  3. Truckin_Thumper

    Truckin_Thumper low profile

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    Found what the top end is on this capo with stock gearing....:huh

    AND she will drag the fookin' foot pegs in the twisties

    G-Funk, heck the "tip over valve"...between the seat front and the fuel tank.
    Make sure it is vertical.
  4. G-Funk

    G-Funk That ... Umm ..... "Dude"

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    :lol3

    I've had mine up at 110, per what the speedo said, and it felt as comfortable and stable as a hand made woven snuggie blanket ..... :lol3

    The thing beats the crap outta my Tiger, as far as road performance goes ...... :nod :beer

    G.
  5. Truckin_Thumper

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    130 GPS.....135 indicated.....:D
  6. Truckin_Thumper

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    I wanted MOAR!
  7. nav18tor

    nav18tor Been here awhile

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    OK, so it's been bugging me for ages, I think I want a Caponord.....

    Had an XTZ750 Super Tenere back in the day, more recently had an 08 Buell Ulysses, and before that a Cagiva Navigator, do you see the pattern?

    In-between those, had a Honda Blackbird, an Aprilia RSV Mille(2000 model) and a Gen1 Yamaha Fazer 1000 and currently ride a Gen2 Yamaha FZ1-S Fazer 1000 (2007)

    Problem is I have come across an 03 Caponord with 15000 miles, a set of Remus cans and a Power Commander fitted in a glorious red. Looks to be in very good condition and I think I want it

    I know you lot are going to be biased, so tell me why I should not buy this bike

    PS I am un-employed so need the cash this trade would give me, the bike is up for £2250
  8. TRadventure

    TRadventure Adventurer

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    new here.
    I am also owning an 2003 (GS Killer) Caponord. :dllama
    ever since I owned it, still got the smile on my face. what a bike to handle :clap

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    Mods done so far:
    -Wilbers front suspensions.
    -Changed the Regulator Rectifier with an Honda CBR600RR (Mosfet type FH008) rocksolid voltage @ 14.33 V :evil
    -Waterproof connectors on the regulator (Killed the Brown connectors :lol3 ).
  9. Sideout

    Sideout Noob Adventurer

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    I just came back from Austria and was pretty shocked to see a Capo on a street there. From my multiple European trips it didn't seem like Capos are common bikes there.
    Do you get to see them frequently on the roads there? Just curious ...
    Definitely a rare commodity out here in the US.

  10. TRadventure

    TRadventure Adventurer

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    :huhindeed, it's a rarity to see an Caponord here. According the licence registration in the Netherlands there where 309 pieces registered in 2009.
    I've seen so far maybe 10 in the wild.
    b.t.w. bought this one in Germany, There wasn't enough for sale here.
  11. quicktoys2

    quicktoys2 ADVrider junkie :)

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    Caponords are rare everywhere .... we have quite a few of them in Greece though

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  12. TRadventure

    TRadventure Adventurer

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    the Greeks sure know what to drive :evil.
    My mecanic is a Greek. He also said that there are more Caponords in Greece.
  13. ohiodualsporter

    ohiodualsporter Been here awhile

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    I love mine! I bought an '03 new in "04 and farkled it out with evrything I could think of. It's my go to adventure-sport touring bike when I need to rack up the miles. I have no plans to sell it anytime soon. :D
  14. GastonUSAChile

    GastonUSAChile Been here awhile

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    Guys,


    Looking to buy a Caponord between 2005 and 2008

    I have a 2002 but need one younger one for export.

    you can PM me
  15. andydj31

    andydj31 In Techno we trust...

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    Do you need some Caponord? :D

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    Here with some Motò & Pegaso! :lol3
  16. TRadventure

    TRadventure Adventurer

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  17. pplummer

    pplummer Been here awhile

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    Ok, well shall I start with reasons TO buy or NOT to buy? Hmm

    Reasons not to buy: - (To find out more, research at the aprilia forum)

    Electrics can be unreliable
    Fix is to go through entire wiring loom and be done with it to put your mind at rest if you're anal like me, unless P/O has done so including mods to brown and white connectors

    Ignition coils prone to failure (sagem)
    Replace with JCI or Amrish coils, or carry a spare, 2 coils per cyl so you can always limp home.

    Some models have wheel bearing failures
    Replace unless P/O has done so

    Dash can be prone to having issues
    Guys on the Forum can pull apart dash and fix most anything that can go wrong unless it completely fries

    Plastic CPC Fuel Connector break
    Replace with SS connectors. BMW's, Duc's, and Triumphs also had these dreaded connectors

    Chain Drive
    Personal preference. I'd just rather not have the maintenance

    Dealer network support sucks depending on your area
    Rely on aprilia forum, advrider, and Af1 for parts and advice


    Reasons to buy:

    One of the best damn twins in the Street oriented dual sport market.

    You can't beat a rotax.

    Affordable

    The bike has more character than a bag of beans

    Phenomenal turning radius for low speed maneuvering

    6.6 Gal gas tank

    Different

    Comfortable for doing everything well including touring, corner carving, commuting, etc.

    Amazing Ergos

    A GS never sounded this good.

    I can go on and on as you stated, but I'm sure you catch my drift.
  18. jrflanne

    jrflanne Been here awhile

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    I have about 27,000 miles on mine (bought it used with 11k on it). I've only had 2 problems, a coil went out and the front wheel bearings. I put Leo Vince's and a Tuneboy on it. The motor runs great. Have the Hyperpro spring kit along with Aprilia Al luggage. I also put biconical bars on it. These are all worthy and good mods. It is a big, top heavy beast at standstill but this feeling goes away when moving. It handles great in the twisties with the ability to strafe the unsuspecting sportbike rider. My only bitch is the seat. I busted my tailbone 2.5 years ago and it makes my ass hurt. Badly. Hopefully, I can find a solution but haven't yet. The Rotax v-twin is king. I have 3 Apes and love them all.
  19. pplummer

    pplummer Been here awhile

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    jrflanne - I just had a seat done by sargent. Check it out on the apriliaforum. It's a godsend and takes away my last bitch on the bike.
  20. olie

    olie Long timer

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    JR, try the tall seat, it worked very well for me. A very cheap solution. Used to be about 120 bucks or so at AF1. The difference in height was negligle (not that I cared...) the long distance comfort was massive...