This would be my first big trip with the new Caponord, and also my first solo multi-day trip in years. The plan was to spend a long weekend riding around New England before arriving in Lake George for Americade on Monday to meet up with Dave and Peter. My main goal in New England was to ride the Kancamangus Highway, a road I'd heard about since I first started riding 20+ years ago but had never been able to get to. I'd made some changes to the Capo that I'd be testing out as well. Like I had with the Multistrada I struggled to find a good screen that doesn't beat me up with buffeting too much. The stocker on the Capo is pretty bad at anything approaching highway speeds, but I like the small size of it. Over the winter I had purchased a CalSci large screen, and that did a great job creating a calm bubble and keeping the elements at bay. But it also blocked so much wind that on a hot summer day it was too effective. So I took a chance on a 3rd screen, an MRA Vario with the adjustable wing. While I hate the look of that wing, some riding around town suggested this might be the perfect compromise. I actually strugged with the screen decision until the very last minute on this trip - so much so that I left for the trip with the CalSci on, rode a few miles, and came back home to swap it out for the MRA. I love to take photos during my trips, but stopping the bike and dismounting to get the camera out of the top box meant sometimes I would just keep going and pass by the photo stop instead of making the effort. To make the camera more accessible I bought an SW-Motech tank bag that attaches to the fuel filler cap with a dedicated mounting ring. Installation went well (rare for me), and the bag had just enough room for the camera (an Olympus E-M5 Mark II for this trip) and some shield cleaning solution. The Capo hardly needed additional storage, but the convenience factor was strong for this. The OE Dunlop Qualifyer rear tire was getting near the end of it's life with under 3,000 miles on it so I had a Michelin PR4 put on (thanks Chris!). Following the wisdom of the folks on the Aprilia forums, I went from the 180/55 to a 190/55. This gave the rear a much rounder profile (which I can attest to, cornering felt much more natural now) but also raised the bike height. The Capo is not a short bike to begin with, and I would struggle at times during the trip gettnig the bike off the stand if I parked on even the slightest downward incline on the sidestand side. Up until now I had been using my iPhone and Waze for navigation duties, but for this trip I needed something that supported Garmin routes. Not wanting to shell out $$ for a motorcycle-specific Zumo I picked up a cheap refurb Nuvi 50LM and made a DIY mount for it off the windscreen brackets. Only to find out that it doesn's support routes - as a matter of fact, almost none of the car Garmins do. A refurb'd 2589 was ordered that would. I was also surprised to find out that none of the car Garmins support bluetooth connection to Sena headsets. Thursday This would be a short ride to kick off the trip. The bike needed a recall fix to the master slave cylinder, and I scheduled that for 9am Friday at Eurosports in Coopersburg, PA. Rather than dealing with rush hour traffic through Philly Friday morning I used some hotel points and booked a cheap hotel close to the dealer. So after work I had dinner, packed up the bike, and punched in the route to the hotel. Rather, I tried to, only to find out that I had neglected to transfer all my carefully-layed-out Basecamp routes to the GPS. Sigh. Back into the house with the GPS, connect to laptop, transfer, and off we go. A nice and unremarkable ride through South Jersey farmland was followed by a stint on 476 enjoying the benefits of cruise control. The controls for cruise are not well-thought-out on the bike (hold button on right handgrip 5 seconds to turn on, then 3 seconds to set, no resume, no accel, no coast), but once engaged it's nice to waft along and relax for a bit. 73 miles to kick off the trip Home for the night After checking in to the hotel walked across the street to get dinner from the WaWa and ran into 2 guys heading to Florida on the most loaded GS's I've ever seen.