2015 Aprilia Caponard 1200 RallyWhen the 2015 Aprilia Caponord 1200 was unveiled in March, the bike – designed by Miguel Galluzzi of Ducati Monster fame – revived the Caponord name.
The original Caponord disappeared from the US lineup in 2005, but the name returned on the new model that was surely Aprilia’s answer to the versatility of the Ducati Multistrada.Following our First Ride, we round the 2015 Caponord 1200 to be a very capable sport tourer with ADV flair. But now, Aprilia wants to put more ADV into the bike, hoping to satisfy the needs of adventure-touring – one of the most popular genres of motorcycling today.The answer? The 2015 Aprilia Caponord 1200 Rally, which will be unveiled next week at INTERMOT in Cologne, Germany. As of this report, it is unknown if the bike will reach US shores.To create the Rally, Aprilia simply adds ADV-savvy parts to the base-model Caponord 1200 – a bigger 19” wheel up front (over the stock 17” front wheel on the base model; the rear on the Rally remains 17″), crash bars, a skid plate, a taller windscreen, panniers and auxiliary lighting.All else is the same as the base model, the Caponord Rally featuring a 90-degree 1197cc twin with twin-spark and fuel-injection, and a 6-speed transmission that uses a hydraulically operated clutch for smooth performance. And electronics are plentiful, beginning with Aprilia’s take on semi-active suspension, Aprilia Dynamic Damping, along with traction control, ABS and ride-by-wire.Aprilia says the new Caponord will hit European dealers in January 2015, but no prices were released. Stay clicked to UltimateMotorCycling.com for additional details as they are released.
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