Marco Melandri has signed a one-year contract to race with Aprilia‘s factory World Superbike team to ride the RSV4 for the 2014 season. The Ravenna, Italy, native will join the returning Sylvain Guintoli, taking the place of Eugene Laverty on the factory team. The move also reunites Melandri with Aprilia; Melandri raced three seasons on […]
2013 Moto Guzzi California 1400, Aprilia Caponord Confirmed for US
Piaggio confirmed it will introduce the new Aprilia Caponord 1200 and Moto Guzzi California 1400 to the U.S. market this fall.
The announcement was made at Piaggio Group Americas’ dealer convention in Miami, Fla. News of the Moto Guzzi California 1400 (pictured above) and the Aprilia Caponord first leaked from Piaggio’s European dealer meeting in February, but this announcement is the first official confirmation about either model from Piaggio.
The Moto Guzzi California 1400 replaces the current 1100 version, which is available this year in a limited edition version celebrating the 90th anniversary of Moto Guzzi. Unlike the air-cooled 1100, the new California 1400′s 90-degree V-Twin engine is liquid-cooled.
The new Caponord 1200 gives Aprilia an adventure touring model to compete against the class-leading BMW R1200GS and its competitors such as the Ducati Multistrada 1200 and Triumph Tiger Explorer. The Caponord is expected to be based on the Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200 with a similar engine and frame.
[Source: Piaggio, Max Biaggi (Twitter)]