APRILIA 1200 Caponord 2013
The Italian motorcycle manufacturer APRILIA has launched a new generation of APRILIA 1200 Caponord 2013 urban touring enduro. The Caponord has been technically rediscovered and oriented for comfortable touring and everyday biking without any so called gravel & dirt road features. The Caponord competes directly with the urban tourers such as DUCATI 1200 Multistrada 2013, new BMW R1200GS 2013, the TRIUMP Tiger 1200 Explorer 2013 and the HONDA VFR1200X Crosstourer 2013 models with the aluminium wheels as standard.
Now APRILIA 1200 Caponord 2013 is equipped with a sophisticated traction control and riding modes as standard. The Caponord Travel Pack version includes additionally a suspension and cruise control systems along with a center stand and a set of side cases. The new APRILIA 1200 Caponord 2013 is clearly an urban touring motorcycle with enduro style riding ergonomics. The Caponord is hardly offroad capable and the use on gravel is strongly limited. The aluminium wheels, the 17 inch front tyre, low 170 mm. (6.69 in.) ground clearance and narrow foot pegs speak clearly about typical tarmac touring features. Even the fuel tank is only 24 litres which is just fine for urban routing. Since the Caponord is designed entirely for tarmac, the factory has been able to tune the bike more further beyond the generally competent riding nature of all surfaces. Therefore APRILIA 1200 Caponord 2013 is very competitive alternative in urban sport grand touring without any allroad compromises.
APRILIA 1200 Caponord 2013 Features
The APRILIA 1200 Caponord 2013 windscreen is basically a little bit short and the adjustments traditional. To change the position, the rider needs to stop and release 2 locks in order to adjust the windscreen. It works just fine, but this is an old school method and even when it is not adjusted using electronics, the control mechanism should be operated with left hand only. The new BMW R1200GS 2013 has the right adjustment, but on the wrong side probably due to safety reasons. The standard APRILIA 1200 Caponord 2013 technical specifications:
- Seat hight 870 mm. (34.25 in-)
- Cast aluminium wheels
- Tyres 120/70R17 and rear 180/55-17
- Engine type V2
- Max performance 125 HP and 115 Nm.
- Alternator 690W
- Onboard computer
- Electronic immobiliser system
- ABS (off switchable)
- Chain driven
- Weight fuelled 251 kg ( lb.)
- Payload 209 kg ( lb.)
- Fuel tank 24L, 5.28 USgal., 6.34 UKgal. (min. 95 octane)
APRILIA 1200 Caponord 2013 Riding Aids
The APRILIA 1200 Caponord 2013 has a powerful V2 engine, delivering more than an adequate amount of force in any situation. Therefore riding aids are in order with the Caponord and the ATC Aprilia Traction Control system comes as standard. The intelligent traction and stability control systems provide additional safety for situations and conditions that are challenging for the speed, load and riding capabilities in question. The Caponord traction control system has simply 3 levels and off stage, the full performance, comfortable touring and low grip conditions such as rain. The ATC keeps the settings even after turning the engine off which is more practical than returning to a safe stage. At least when you prefer having the ATC off most of the time. Simple is better and I prefer to ride instead of playing with the settings.
The APRILIA 1200 Caponord 2013 is designed with comfort in mind. Sophisticated suspension control systems provide additional comfort in changing road and load conditions. If anything touring is very much that. The ADD Aprilia Dynamic Damping system with SACHS chock absorbers and advanced pressure measurement together with an intelligent management, is highly comfort oriented and successfully so. The ADD offers 4 typical preload modes and an automatic preload determination which saves the trouble of playing with the settings. Simple 2 modes for both the rider and with the passenger including and excluding the luggage. The ADD fits very well with the Caponord`s character and most natural use on tarmac touring. In urban touring, the extra weight (14 kg / 31 lb.) of ADD along the Travel Pack is not a problem, but the extra comfort and ease are a big plus. Therefore investing in an ADD system makes a lot sense with the Caponord as long as the bike is used for touring.
The new APRILIA 1200 Caponord 2013 is ride by wire throttled, but offers as optional extra an Aprilia Cruise Control – ACC. The cruise control system offers relaxed highway mileage also for the right hand and the shoulder. Having and using the cruise control simply extends the daily range due to better riding comfort. Surprisingly the right hand ACC has only a single button to set / reset the speed and switch the ACC on and off which makes adjusting the speed a little bit odd. Personally I prefer having the cruise control at the left hand side entirely due to a faster and more accurate operation. Anyhow the rider needs to put off the APRILIA 1200 Caponord 2013 ACC first with long hold and then back on to set a new speed which is a strange method, but perhaps not avoidable with the single press button technique.
The ABS system can be turned off, but it will automatically turn itself on when starting the engine next time. This is just fine for an urban touring motorcycle, but quite unpractical for an allroad touring enduro which is designed for gravel & dirt road riding.
APRILIA 1200 Caponord 2013 Instrumentation
The APRILIA 1200 Caponord 2013 has no traditional gauges, even the RPM is shown graphically. Everything is provided with a large LCD display in digital form and an onboard computer is naturally included. There is even a smartphone application to connect the onboard computer with it and view engine data such as torque reading, even in real time while riding. Anyhow touring should be more interesting than those readings and I prefer to keep things simple. There are quite many LCD settings to work with, especially with the ADD system, but only 2 buttons which is old school method compared to the genius BMW R1200GS 2013 multi controller. The standard APRILIA 1200 Caponord 2013 multifunctional display offers information about:
- Speed (Kph / Mph)
- Engine RPM
- Odometer total
- Trip journals 1 & 2
- Fuel level with reserve travel counter
- Coolant temperature
- Riding modes S – T – R
- Gear selected
- Service indicator
The onboard computer`s 2 trip journals provide navigator like information such as:
- Trip odometer
- Traveling time
- Average traveling speed
- Maximum speed
APRILIA 1200 Caponord 2013 Comparison
Compared to the urban touring enduro DUCATI 1200 Multistrada 2013, the APRILIA 1200 Caponord 2013 is very similar, as if the Multistrada would have been the goal to beat. They both have 17 inch wheels, V2 engines, multifunctional displays etc., but the Caponord is more comfort oriented. The Multistrada`s engine and riding character is more sporty and powerful (+25HP / +9Nm. / -27kg). From the touring point of view, the Multistrada offers better wind coverage with the tall screen and 60 mm. adjustment. Both are excellent sports touring enduros from the finest end, but hardly any allroad enduros.
Compared to the urban touring version of the new BMW R1200GS 2013, the APRILIA 1200 Caponord 2013 offers the same amount of power, but slightly weaker power to weight ration (+13kg / +28.6lb.), smaller 17 inch front wheel size, 4L (1.06USgal./ 0.88UKgal.) more fuel capacity, 3kgs (6.6lbs) less payload, a more powerful alternator (+110W), less ground clearance and they joy of chain maintenance. The GS offers additionally seat adjustment and the center stand as standard, but no hand guards like the Caponord. In addition GS provides maintenance free shaft drive which is better in touring, but that is hardly a problem today. Basically they seem a lot like on paper, but still BMW is very different from nature and first of all, clearly allroad capable touring enduro.
Compared to the urban touring version of the TRIUMPS Tiger 1200 Explorer 2013, the APRILIA 1200 Caponord 2013 offers 12HP / 6Nm. less power, 8kgs (17.6lbs) less weight, 13kgs (28.7lbs) less payload, 4L (1.06USgal./ 0.88UKgal.) more fuel capacity, 260W weaker alternator, smaller 17in. front wheel and no seat adjustments. The Tiger Explorer provides additionally a cruise control as standard and the joy of the shaft drive. Again they look very much a like on the paper and both bikes have a sporty riding character too. Still the TRIUMPH has an allroad capable touring bike.
Compared to the new KTM 1190 Adventure 2013, the APRILIA 1200 Caponord 2013 is 21kgs (46.3lb.) heavier, carries 19kgs (41.9lb.) less payload, offers 1L (0.26USgal., 0.22UKgal.) less fuel capacity, 23HP less engine performance and no cross spoked rims as standard. They both are chain driven and sporty touring enduros from nature. The Caponord character consists perhaps more of sporty riding features like the 17 inch front wheel. The KTM is strong in everything and offers wider spectrum of routing alternatives on top.
Compared to the urban touring enduro HONDA VFR1200X Crosstourer 2013, the APRILIA 1200 Caponord 2013 offers 4HP / 11Nm. less power, 24kgs (52.9lbs) less weight and 2,5L (0.66USgal./ 0.55UKgal.) more fuel capacity, but no cross spoked rims or a shaft drive. The HONDA V4 engine together with the shaft drive are a perfect combination for urban touring. Even though the CrossTourer offers slightly more power, the Caponord is more sporty from nature. They both offer very similar equipment as standard, but Caponord has slightly better wind coverage. The HONDA VFR1200X CrossTourer 2013 has quite limited allroad capabilities and the cross spoked rims are a clear plus out side the tarmac, but the APRILIA 1200 Caponord 2013 is entirely an urban sports touring motorcycle with the 17 inch cast aluminium wheels, although it has very enduro like riding posture.
APRILIA 1200 Caponord 2013 Equipment Accessory
There are few interesting APRILIA 1200 Caponord 2013 parts offered by the APRILIA factory such as 2 seats (normal hight / low) with gel insert which should provide additional comfort. Then there is a mudguard for the front wheel which is practical to keep the engine cleaner. In addition the center stand helps to maintain the chain. The hand guards come as standard, but the slightly small wind coverage could be extended with a spoiler and since there seems to be some turbulence at the highest position, perhaps it would eliminate that too. At the moment there is no taller APRILIA 1200 Caponord 2013 OEM windscreen available. A pair of grip warmers would be nice too, if the season starts early or ends late.