2013 Aprilia Caponord 1200 First Ride Review
Aprilia is going after Ducati’s Multistrada big time with the new Caponord 1200. The Noale-based manufacturer has taken the big 1200 V-twin from its Dorsoduro 1200 and tuned it for touring perfection with torque in all the right places.
The 2013 Caponord 1200 is comfortable with seat that’s not too high, and very good ergonomics. I tested the Travel Pack version of the Caponord 1200, which features hard luggage, a center stand, ADD (Aprilia dynamic damping), traction control and ABS brakes.
The most impressive thing is the motorcycle’s handling abilities and how it all comes together with the extensive use of electronics. Aprilia’s Dynamic Damping system is a definite step up from Ducati’s simpler Skyhook system.
I struggled to find some wrongs aboard the Caponord 1200 on the gorgeous Sardinian roads. The bike makes any rider pretty fast from the word go. Solid is my impression of the super stable chassis that stays calm in any situation – helped in a very large part by the ADD system.
There’s a very distinct sporty side to the Aprilia Caponord 1200, and the bike is definitely more sport touring than adventure touring. Aprilia have emphasized this fact by adding Dunlop Qualifiers as the standard tires. The shoes provide a lot of grip through the corners, adding to the bike’s handling.
All in all the Aprilia Caponord 1200 is a fantastic package, though I suppose the travel pack is a must. Stay clicked to UltimateMotorCycling.com for a full review of the 2013 Aprilia Caponord 1200.
Attached above is a video review of the Caponord 1200, and below a photo gallery.
Photos by Milagro