Amidst all of the uncertainty with the future of Aprilia’s racing plans, Roberto Colaninno, chairman of the Piaggio Group, which owns Aprilia, confirmed Tuesday at EICMA that the brand was in fact making a full-fledged return to MotoGP in 2016 as a factory team. Colaninno was quoted as saying, “In 2016 Aprilia will return to MotoGP […]
EICMA 2012: 2013 Aprilia Caponord 1200 Officially Introduced in Milan
The first images of the Aprilia Caponord 1200 broke last week but Piaggio has released new details and photographs of the adventure-tourer at the 2012 EICMA Show in Milan, Italy.
Sharing its engine and frame with the Dorsoduro 1200, the Aprilia Caponord 1200 is the latest competitor in the adventure-touring segment, albeit with limited off-road aspirations. The closest competitor to the Caponord 1200 is probably the Ducati Multistrada 1200. Both models are equipped with 90-degree V-Twin engines, ABS, traction control, multiple ride modes, adjustable windscreen, hand guards and optional semi-active suspension.
The Caponord’s semi-active suspension (named Aprilia Dynamic Damping) reads data from wheel sensors and calibrates damping for changing conditions in a similar “skyhook” concept as the Multistrada. ADD is available in Aprilia’s Travel Pack which also includes cruise control, color-matched panniers and center stand (bags and stand are also available separately.)
The engine is an 1197cc V-Twin claiming 128.1 hp at 8500 rpm and 85.4 ft-lb. at 6500 rpm, giving it different tuning than the Dorsoduro 1200′s engine which claims 128.8 hp at 8700 rpm and 84.6 ft-lb. at 7200 rpm. Gear ratios have also been changed for higher top speed and better low rpm manageability compared to the Dorsoduro. Ride-by-wire throttle control enables three ride modes: Sport, Touring and Rain, while both ABS and the three-level traction control system can both be disengaged.
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