Aprilia ETV 1000 Caponord – Suzuki DL 1000 V-Strom RoadRUNNER Motorcycle…

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Aprilia ETV 1000 Caponord

Aprilia ETV 1000 Caponord – Suzuki DL 1000 V-Strom

Text: Beatrix Keckeis • Photography: Daniel Neuhauser

One concept, two characters. Both are players in the still growing, successful segment of big dual-purpose bikes, each equipped with a powerful engine on a lighter frame. But two different interpretations went into production.

The Aprilia ETV 1000 Caponord and the Suzuki DL 1000 V-Strom have a lot in common. They have powerful V2 engines (almost identical to V2 power plants in the supersport bikes). And both are built around a light, but stiff alu-frame in contrast to their competitors.

All of them – Honda Varadero, BMW R 1150GS, Cagiva Navigator and the Triumph Tiger – have steel frames.

The differences begin with engine construction. The Aprilia’s V-twin cylinders are arranged at a 60-degree angle, small and compact, whereas Suzuki fit theirs at a conventional 90-degree angle. Another divergence concerns the wheels.

While Aprilia’s developers decided the Caponord would run on spoked, aluminum wheels, the V-Strom staff chose cast-aluminum alloy wheels.

Definition Design

The demand for big dual-purpose bikes with powerful engines, long wheelbase, comfortable travel, upright seating position, protective windshield, space for luggage and comfort for the passenger is greater than ever.

Aprilia ETV 1000 Caponord

Aprilia supplies that need in 2002 with the Caponord, delivering a cutting-edge design with sharp contours (similar to the Futura). It’s a matter of taste: sporting looks trump elegance in this case. The basic characteristic, the Caponord’s role, is a hearty performance in all venues, on every kind of road in combination with comfortable riding abilities.

Suzuki finally developed their own dual-purpose bike after supplying Italian producer Cagiva with the V-twin of the super sporty DL 1000 for the Navigator. The Japanese turned to conventional styling elements and obviously laid more stress on power output than exceptional design. They define the V-Strom as a sport-enduro tourer, and it represents a clear departure from the other offerings this eminent but somewhat old-fashioned outfit produces.

Riding Performance

Common elements include the heart-warming sound of a powerful V-twin, the sensation of power and torque up from low revs; the kind of vibrations riders need to feel on a motorcycle; and the pleasure of riding a solid, reliable bike.

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For the complete article of the riding impression(s) and technical specifications, please purchase the Summer 2002 back issue.

Aprilia ETV 1000 Caponord
Aprilia ETV 1000 Caponord

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