Aprilia ETV1000 — CycleChaos

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Aprilia ETV1000



Aprilia’s big-bore contender, the Caponord, is yet another take on the genre — go places you normally wouldn’t of. AMT’s Mark Fattore

There is a strong pedigree in the class these days, and ETV1000 Caponord — after Scandinavia’s North — is right amongst it. it’s full of cunning, and daring — melded just a touch of larrikin. On premise, you’d think the Caponord and its dualsport cohorts the BMW R1150 GS, Triumph Tiger, V-Strom and Cagiva Navigator would be able to infiltrate the psyche just a little than they have able to thus far.

the class is not moribund, but it’s not a celebre either, with best described as moderate to their sports bike

I, for one, hope the relationship the big trailies and the buying public has a nadir, because I reckon the represents the antithesis of sports riding — the ability to to a rustic pub deep in the bush, with compliant suspension, fuel range, plenty of leg weather protection, great 50 Litres of pannier capacity, and accommodation for a beloved. And arriving at a without having to repatriate arse to a local masseuse for before you can sit down for dinner.

just the off-road side of the too. Offer some on the riding menu, and the Caponord continues to be a treat; it sacrifices in the cause of being an all-rounder.

With its liquid-cooled, fuel-injected V-twin, a derivative of the widely-acclaimed RSV powerplant, providing the firepower, possible to gain some lean angle on the ‘Nord, enough to start scraping the That feeling of sideways is accentuated by the high and wide but the pannier shenanigans do bear to just how far the Caponord can be pushed.

the scales at 265kg fully-fuelled, the certainly doesn’t fight in a division, but is thereabouts compared to the What the bulk means is it’s a bit top-heavy for performing but at speed it’s all ‘can-do’ the massive aluminium beam just pitch it in and the bike where it should, 100 percent of the

With the engine (our unit was fitted with Staintune pipes) producing the of its torque between 4000rpm and — up around the 9.1kg-m — the V-twin is busy it counts, which means tap-dancing through the sweet-shifting doesn’t have to be a constant Saying that, the bike rev all the way to the 9000rpm redline.

At 100km/h, the purrs over at around which means that over 300km is possible the 25-litre tank at sensible speeds. Pillion appointments are top on the Caponord, with solid massive grabrails and a comfy But before the pillion gets get to work on the preload via the remote know, especially if off-road is going to be on the agenda.

All in all, the is not going win a MotoGP or major race, but if you’re after in time of need, you can’t go it. Sure, it is a few dollars more most of its dual-sport contemporaries, but at ($19,802 with panniers and bag) it still represents a lot of bike for the buck.


For a company who has managed a for themselves by producing title-winning machines, the last thing expected was a utilitarian sport-tourer.

The conventional Futura seemed from the start, but Aprilia’s new has turned some heads. an Aprilia doing this far off the path? Approaching the bike at it’s easy to think its falls along the same as BMW’s R1150GS.

Looking like something out of a Cagney flick as penned by Hunter S whilst in the midst of a Jimson escapade, the Aprilia cloaks in duds best described as That may be a polite way of saying but beauty is in the eye of the beholder, after

It looks every bit the adventure-sport-tourer, its trump card lies in the touring than sporting, or adventure for that matter. is, unless your idea of means never leaving the road. In fact, on Aprilia’s own web this bike is listed as a bike, right alongside the

The Pegaso, with its more nature, finds itself in slot, far from the CapoNord. In particular line of street-biased work, however, the Aprilia is to fault.

From the angular bodywork and to the external oil-level tube, easy to see that a lot of thought into Aprilia’s CapoNord.

touring is its thing, the Capo’ you know, right from the that it has no intentions of replacing stately Gold Wing. its stance suggests something a bit pretentious. Rugged looks the CapoNord’s ergonomics fit the touring almost perfectly.

With a seat hight, good of the foot pegs and decent your … and feet are The reach to the bars is pretty and one long-armed test rider the Aprilia could use a bit more in this area. For most however, the ergonomic package is to fault — as is the motor.

At the of the too-stiff forks are excellent Above it all, the fairing’s drew mixed reviews, nobody questioned its effectiveness.

The 996 cc is one of, if not the absolute smoothest twins yet to sample. At freeway speeds, the lets you know it’s there, though it never Throbbing away, it sends to your brain to stimulate pleasure-sensing nerves while isolating potentially offensive

And as our dyno numbers show, the has a decent amount of power neatly between the frame’s welds. Checking in with horses and 57.6 foot-pounds of the bike puts all of its available to the ground.

From as low as 2,000 RPM, safe to grab a handful of and expect instant acceleration in any The fuel-injection is good and motor disappoints. Then as the revs things get a bit more frenetic as the revs past 5,300 RPM and steam as more horses to the fore.

Aprilia ETV 1000 Caponord

It’s only the 9,000 RPM redline nears things get a bit vibey and the Aprilia you to grab another gear, a that is easily accomplished to an extremely-slick transmission and smooth

Using the same basic cluster as the Futura, the CapoNord you all the info you need.

Best were achieved by keeping the between 4,500 and 8,000 As with any good touring there’s no need to rev the motor you’re either (wrongly) passing somebody and can’t to grab another gear. Or you’re like us and just to see what happens if.

Though its are quite a departure from the the CapoNord’s handling traits are much as you’d expect to be, judging the book by its cover. The seating position combines the leverage afforded by the relatively in-your-lap bars, to allow quick changes in direction. The is a tad top-heavy, though this rapidly disappears as you lay the bike on its side, allowing it the chance to mid-corner.

It tracks straight and a line well, exhibiting a mix of agility and stability.

High-mounted mufflers make room for the excellent hard bags as on the Futura. Passenger accomodations are

When the road gets a bit however, the CapoNord’s suspension to unsettle the chassis a bit. on well-used chunks of freeway, the feels as if one end is working against the This is especially true of the forks which allow no for adjustment.

The rear shock more composed and even you to season its pre-load and rebound to taste. This forces you to focus on the ill-feeling forks, they’ll somehow inherit lighter-rate springs, though settle for a handful of rebound to slow things down for the being.

Though annoying on the this trait became a disturbance on twisty bits of roads that are less cue ball smooth. This is a when the rest of the bike from the excellent brakes to the motor — make the of the ride such a pleasant The stiff front end doesn’t much weight transfer to the tire, allowing it to stay and become skittish when the escalates.

A representative from reiterated that our machine was a pre-production unit, and the bike goes on sale here in the States may have different or damping rates. We can only our fingers and hope.

Where the fun stops, the CapoNord just on going. All-day comfort with all-around usability to this a serious contender for the crown.

On the other side of the coin, in the favor, there’s the issue of Aprilia has done their here as the Capo’ does an job of keeping its rider out of the breeze. The thing any of the testers wished for was a of hand-guards to fight of cold breezes, though others they mourned the omission of grips on our particular test

In the grand scheme of things, the other bikes in existence fill the same odd niche as the are Triumph’s Tiger and BMW’s There is, of course, Suzuki’s new which takes aim at the same the CapoNord intends to persuade, but we be seeing that bike at least March.

In the meantime, market segment continues to and the new CapoNord from Aprilia is a contender in it — a strong in a do-it-all touring bike a company that started out in but is ending up in our hearts.

Aprilia ETV 1000 Caponord
Aprilia ETV 1000 Caponord
Aprilia ETV 1000 Caponord
Aprilia ETV 1000 Caponord
Aprilia ETV 1000 Caponord


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