In the dynamics of the evolution of Dorsoduro 1.2, Aprilia launches in 2013 its maximum road trail: Aprilia Caponord 1200. An innovation SUV trend with two wheels, which could be the versatility of the security and the sports manship in Accordance with philosophy house. We tested the news Aprilia Caponord 1200 Travels Pack and could measure its important technological luggage.
While waiting for the return of Suzuki with a DL 1000 V-Strom planned for 2014, the segment of the maximum trails does not miss the news. News to circumvent BMW R1200GS, beautiful variation XC of Triumph Tiger 1200 explorer, evolution at Ducati with Multistrada 1200 Shyhook.
And it is of course the latter which Aprilia Caponord 1200 ogles. The innovation of Noale indeed proposes a package very close to that proposed by Ducati, with relatively similar technological equipment. On the basis of that, which arguments advance Aprilia 1200 Caponord to counter the other maximum Italian sporting trail?
Still the glance of the RSV4…
Nevertheless, if the motorcycle had left us a mixed feeling at the time of its presentation in Milan, it was well worked over again since: better integrated, exhaust manifold, pretty rims of RSV4 to the raised sticks of red, beautiful over sewn saddle of red, impeccably finished adjustable bubble, classical pallet of color but of quality… one approaches the quality of completion of Multistrada 1200, without equalizing it all the same.
The extinct engine operations let sting a significant weight, but Aprilia Caponord 1200 is not therefore classifying among the anvils. The shoring up on the power station is realizable with a little effort. The nonadjustable saddle is sufficiently low and is well drawn not to handicap my meter seventy. I touch the foot on a side without needing really to sway.
A clutch for the loggers
Contact: the many modifications made to the mechanics of Dorsoduro 1.2 did not transform the song of this twin-cylinder out of V appearing among most alive of the market, which still sounds in a serious and full tonality. The engine has more inertia, but the box with air re-examined and the system of valve to the exhaust bring new small characters to him.
The catch in hand, on the other hand, proposes an ordering of clutch as virile as that of Dorsoduro 1200. On this motorcycle with pure vocation leisure, this defect is not really handicapping.
The first kilometers reveal a well thought ergonomics: one has room, one can move on the motorcycle. Rain being once again invited with this presentation – definitely the year 2013 is well sprinkled! – associated with a morning temperature of 5°, we benefit full with the presence reassuring with the assistances to control.
ABS is discrete and effective, just like anti-skid Aprilia Traction Control which does not flicker with all and it goes and limit the dangerous evasions right or the involuntary wheeling’s or not. And then, according to its experiment, it is possible to adjust it on three levels or to disconnect it.
RBW, ABS, ATC, ACC, ADD… of the techno with abundance!
While going along the Sardinian coast, we take the measurement of the handiness of Aprilia 1200 Caponord. And during the first kilometers, the motorcycle does not suit me at all. Stop: here the first photo spots. We remove the helmets to organize us with the photographers sheltered under their poncho and the remarks of my fellow-members fuse of all shares: “the shape of the tires does not suit me… the motorcycle is too on the back… I do not feel before…”
Gosh, it is far from winning unanimous support. Let us relativism: Aprilia Caponord 1200, at this testing stage, is far from being disastrous, but the total feeling of the cycle part is subjected to criticisms. As a result, we exchange with the technicians, and last photo meeting; it will be the time to surf in the menus to find the good adjustments concerning the electronic suspensions with adjustment Aprilia Damping Dynamic.
To make friendly friend with the adjustments
And it is finally true that, as for Ducati Multistrada 1200 Skyhook or the KTM 1190 Adventure, it is necessary to take the measurement of this new generation of electronic suspensions. On Aprilia, hydraulics adapts to the irregularities of the coating – holes in the roadway, vague regular bumps way vague – and to control – abrupt braking, puts rhythm into control, charges embarked. The various sensors, in connection with the electronic central processing unit and wrinkles it by wire, are given the responsibility to compile all that with the fast interval in order to amend the laws of hydraulic damping almost uninterrupted.
Nevertheless, the pilot keeps the possibility of intervening on the preload of the shock absorber via an electrical motor controlled with the instrument panel. This handling is carried out with the stop, turning drive to supply the engine of the shock absorber, in order to choose the adjustments: solo, solo with luggage, duet, and duet with luggage. After having tested the various possibilities, I choose the adjustment solo with luggage. However, taking into account my weight (70 kg “as a Civilian”), the Aprilia technician’s estimate of single that position was optimal already.
Once the adjustment found good, I finally discover the real capacities of the motorcycle. And there, Aprilia Caponord 1200 fact shows frankly interesting aptitudes within the category. The touch of road is very good, and it is enough to aim at a rut to note the brilliance of damping, even if the suspensions react sometimes firmly on a succession of bumps.
Nevertheless, the work of the elements Sachs very often proves bluffing, as on a succession of bumps created by roots on the roadway. In 90% of the needs for damping, the electronic suspensions Sachs digest absolutely all: and in spite of my hunting for the pothole, I badly did not have with the back!
Almost as comfortable as sporting
The plate of the motorcycle agreeing better with my tastes, I benefit from the roads drying from after midday to note the ease of Aprilia Caponord 1200 in the sinuous one: mass rather transfers controlled well, entered in turn rather easy, left on the couple full with strength while managing to maintain it on the angle whereas superb V2 seeks to rectify it with blow of mkg, braking reassuring, excellent stability on the angle, grip very suitable of Dunlop To qualify II specific… It gives desire for playing without perspiring on this road of cornice to the miles turns.
The opener marks a downtime close from a point of view, a new occasion to modify the adjustments and to meditate: in the category, there must be nimbler (the new KTM 1190 Adventure), more powerful in free version (Ducati Multistrada 1200), but really, the news Caponord 1200 Travels Pack shows a total effectiveness which gives desire for putting to him of the 15/20 on a good amount of criteria.
And then, it profits from an asset charms: its full engine, which tears off the arms thanks to its couple of 11.7 mkg, panics beyond 6,500 tr/min when the valve of the exhaust opens for better catapulting you ahead with each large acceleration. It is an engine which makes it possible to roll to mid–mode of most muscular in the manners just like of giving pleasure when the handle is titillated to him. Rahhh lovely! As a result, one forgives him his just correct flexibility or his gear box a stiff hair.
Consumption always in question
While rolling the valley in tourism mode, one notes that the protection of the bubble is very correct, saving the bust of the rain, while the saddle is announced enough soft to face the kilometers rectilinear. The vibrations are moderated, the engine has a kip with 3,500 tr/min approximately in 6th, and one can align the kilometers. The indicator of reserve ignites intermittently whereas the partial trip announces 196 km.
Party not completely with full, it will be necessary to add more than 18 liters to find the full one, that is to say that a consumption close to 9 l/100 km. Small round of the consumption of the small fellow-members: that is received with mine, they consumed of 8.3 l/100 with 9.4 l/100 km. The technicians from Aprilia announce to us that Aprilia Caponord 1200 can turn to 6.8 l/100km everyday usage… it is enough far from our consumption raised at the time, and it will have to be checked on a longer test in France.
Assessment: A relevant package
With this news Aprilia Caponord 1200, Aprilia arrives on a market segment at the very least disputed, where expect it its frontal competitor Ducati Multistrada 1200, a very new KTM 1190 Adventure, even a Kawasaki Versys 1000 or the queen BMW R1200GS, more typified touring despite everything and equipped with a gimbals joint.
Nevertheless, the news Aprilia Caponord 1200 advances serious arguments: price ratio/remarkable manufacturing/equipment, generous engine in feeling and general comfort of very good level. It is a fact; Aprilia did not spare its efforts on this motorcycle.
Sold 12,999 € in standard version equipped already well or 15,399 € in version Travel Pack richly equipped, Aprilia 1200 Caponord is really announced relevant in term of package, put Cap’ as soon as possible towards the Aprilia concessions to make you an idea!