WiseBuyer’s Guides – Aprilia Caponord+1000 bike road test

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Aprilia ETV 1000 Caponord

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Aprilia’s big Mille sportsbike has been a stunning success on road and track, so you can bet that the 1000cc CapoNord is a stonking bike. The Italian company has taken its Austrian-built 60-degree twin, tuned it for more mid-range and less top end, and produced a super-trailie to take on Honda’s Africa Twin and Suzuki’s V-Strom and come out laughing.

The CapoNord makes a brilliant all-rounder, whether commuting or long-distance touring. Design is refined, not futuristic or extreme. The fairing and wide windshield – with direction indicators built into the hand guards – protect rider and passenger from buffeting.

Slim bodywork makes the CapoNord ideal for filtering through traffic.

But don’t even think about trying to keep up with an ST4 or VFR800 on an autobahn. The CapoNord is not designed for charging to the Alps with 150mph dialled up. But get to the twisties, and the Ducati and Honda rider will be in for a surprise.

This big trailie really handles.

And there’s loads of room for a passenger for comfortable two-up touring. Aprilia can supply a top box, panniers and tank bag so you can easily carry luggage for a two-week jaunt.

The Mille-based engine has four valves per cylinder, with a mix of chain and gear drive to the double overhead cams. There’s a double-balancer countershaft to kill vibration. Also from the Mille comes the power-assisted hydraulic clutch with patented Pneumatic Power Clutch (PPC) to control rear wheel hop under hard braking.

Engine mods including re-profiled cams and new throttle bodies (47mm diameter instead of 51mm) have turned the light and compact V-twin into a huge elastic band of a motor, with a torque curve that is almost flat as it delivers 72 ft-lb at 6250rpm.

Power output has been reduced from the Mille’s 130bhp to 98bhp at 8250rpm, making it a much sweeter engine for touring. The CapoNord features electronic fuel injection and Twin Spark ignition, with two spark plugs per cylinder. Dry sump lubrication means there’s no risk of oil starvation when you pop wheelies.

The Aprilia ETV 1000 CapoNord was the first trail motorcycle in the world fitted with a perimeter frame consisting of a double beam with variable geometry. The frame is made of box-section aluminium alloy, with castings in aluminium and magnesium alloy. It guarantees the highest torsional rigidity coefficient in its category.

The swingarm is also built of aluminium and magnesium alloy for lightness and torsional rigidity.

Marzocchi front suspension with 50mm diameter fork stanchions ensures the CapoNord goes where you point it – and with 175mm of wheel travel, you won’t be bounced off your chosen line. The Sachs rear suspension is adjustable for rebound and preload.

Brembo Gold series brakes with Freudenberg hoses ensure top stopping performance. Dry weight is a manageable 215kg, and the tank holds 25 litres, including 5-litre reserve. That’s enough for about 180 miles at fast touring speeds.

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