Tuesday, November 13, 2012
2013 Aprilia Caponord 1200: Specs, details, official high-res pics, video
If you’re into motorcycling, you can’t, it seems, escape adventure tourers these days. The damn things are everywhere, almost every single motorcycle manufacturer is producing at least one adventure touring motorcycle, which is now the SUV of the motorcycle world. So, of course, Aprilia have unveiled their all-new adventure tourer, the 2013 Caponord 1200, which is now being shown at the EICMA in Milan.
The Aprilia Caponord 1200 is powered by a 90-degree 1200cc liquid-cooled fuel-injected DOHC 8-valve V-twin that produces 128 horsepower and 116Nm of torque. As you’d expect, it’s packed with electronics – selectable engine mapping (sport, touring, raing) and ride-by-wire throttle for smooth, consistent power delivery. The engine is mated to a six-speed gearbox, operated via a hydraulic clutch.
The Caponord 1200’s chassis uses a mix of steel tubes and forged aluminium plates for lightness and strength, the ergonomics are optimized for long-distance riding over all kinds of terrain, the windshield is height-adjustable and the Capo’s 24-litre fuel tank means a range of more than 300km on one full tank of fuel. The bike also has 29-litre panniers that can be mounted at the back, on the sides, and according to Aprilia, these do not create any inconvenience for the rear seat passenger. And, oh, even the exhaust silencers are height-adjustable, so you can alter their height when you aren’t riding with panniers, making sure your bike looks… er, sportier and more aggressive. Ahem.
What else is new on the Caponord 1200? There’s the usual suspects – ABS (which can be disengaged by the rider), traction control with three different levels of intervention, electronically adjustable suspension and cruise control, the last two being optional extras. The bike rides on lightweight 17-inch aluminium wheels, shod with 120/70 (front) and 190/55 (rear) tyres. There’s a 43mm Sachs USD fork at the front, fully adjustable Sachs monoshock at the back and Brembo brakes – twin 320mm discs with radial-mount 4-piston monobloc calipers at the front and single 240mm disc at the back.
The current king of the segment where the Aprilia Caponord 1200 has pegged its claim, is the Ducati Multistrada. Whether the Aprilia can upstage the Ducati remains to be seen.
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