Aprilia ETV 1000 CapoNord — Review — Italian v Japanese

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Aprilia Caponord Rally

Aprilia ETV 1000 CapoNord

Looks, Equipment, Finish

Seat Height, Front

Ok, this review is written a test ride. Why was I test one? Well, in recent I have owned a VF500, Bandit1200, Triumph Daytona Bandit 1200SK1.

The first was new, and subsequently dyno’d to (26000 miles in 2 years), the was a lovely bike and faultless in 1 year), and more than for Jap stuff especially on a 7 day rip across and up the entire length of France), and the Bandit is a stunning machine. like the original and an absolute It has been to Dream Machine for a paint scheme, polished etc.

So why my interest in the CapoNord?

It great in my opinion, and the paint are far better than anything on a Jap It has a proven V-twin motor, a seat for trans-continental trips, and a fairing as well. What could I want. and why didn’t I buy

Lets start with the bits. The bike is incredibly That seat is like an and I would be happy to spend hours with my … on it.

The are at the right height and reach, and the certainly does the job.

The position gives the rider a view of the road, and the instruments are You have a vast array of at your disposal, arguably too My only complaint is that the etc look colour faded in although the night time glow is reckoned to be quite

All of the switchgear is to Japanese standards and the part.

The engine is excellent. You would know that this is a it spins up without any hesitation at and there are no vibes of any kind. If had told me it was an in line four I have believed them.

It from zero revs and pulling all the way to the red line, and the speed is deceptive. The fairing keeps the off and a glance down at 90mph was a as it felt like 60-7

I could cruise at 100mph all day on and get off feeling refreshed!

The gearbox was and ever gave a hint of that I could criticise, the clutch, which was smooth and

Going around the bike, we a huge motorcycle, with a bodywork that is both and functional. Hats off to the Italians for the flair to achieve this. fat seat unit hides a that is truly cavernous. It is of swallowing the kind of gear most people pile a top box on day trips.

This is a definite plus

The wheels are alloy rims and spokes. The demo bike had miles on the clock and there a trace of corrosion on any part of the so longevity looks good.

Aprilia Caponord Rally

Ok, so the good news. The negative is purely down to personal and if I was a different person I would have handed over my earned cash. In fact I love to own one but.

The handling is Not because the bike doesn’t it does, but in a totally different way to any of my bikes. I am used to trail ( I used to go trail riding Sunday, so well understand the The most annoying feature was the fork dive.

Ok, so this is a trail bike and be taken off road onto trails in Spain or wherever, but is Blighty and these bikes stay on tarmac. One touch of front brake lever and it was being shoved off the side of the Office Tower! One could hear the klaxons and ‘dive! dive!’.

Not only that but the damping was almost non existent, so as soon as the downward travel the rebound started just as This was so bad that I was feathering the brake and using the rear as when approaching junctions. If I then my feet were in of being lifted clean off the

This is

a very tall, and top bike, so these kind of would not be welcome in those saving situations where machine control was paramount.

I am the to admit that being doesn’t help at all. If the was an inch lower it might been a totally different but as Aprilia haven’t fitted an seat, and I can’t grow legs, they have a sale? I find it uncanny manufacturers can invest millions in a machine that a vast of the customer base would buy even if they wanted to, but my money, and I am happy to keep it.

If want me to part with it they have to make me to!

Don’t get me wrong, I am not knocking bike. If I thought that I resolve the seat height and problem then I would buy It’s as simple as that. My is to take a test ride and a style of motorcycling that is a apart from what you are to.

It would make a superb bike, and once an adjustment had made to riding style it keep up with anything!

Aprilia Caponord Rally


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