More photos of the Aprilia Caponord 1200

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Piaggio Group North America’s annual dealer meeting took place this week. But, while the Aprilia Caponord 1200 prototype was present there and will be sold in America, these photos actually come from its European equivalent. These photos reveal additional angles and details of the new 135bhp ADV bike.

Photos: Aprilia Forum

Here’s the thing with the bike you see here: it’s described by Piaggio as “a mock up” meaning final specs, components and even design haven’t necessarily been included. While yeah, it’s going to get that RSV4-alike fairing and will be based on the Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200, specs like engine performance, electronic features, weight and whatnot aren’t final. Instead, look at what you see here as a general idea.

Because the Caponord will exist in the Piaggio Group range alongside the more rugged Moto Guzzi Stelvio NTX (arriving in the States and in our hands next month), the Aprilia is free to be more road and performance biased. That means 17-inch wheels, big radial brakes and lightweight forged wheels (at least on this proto) in place of heavy-but-strong spoked 19 or 21-inch items.

The Dorso12 is already an exceptionally fun supermoto-style naked roadster, so adding a giant fairing and comfy seat should be the formula for an epic tourer/all-rounder that’s comfortable and practical, but wickedly fast too.

What you can see in these new photos is a huge emphasis on that comfort and practicality. Starting with the Dorso’s engine, frame and fully-adjustable suspension, we see taller bar risers, absolutely huge rider and passenger seats with big grab handles and luggage rails. A low-mount, RSV4-style exhaust should also leave plenty of room for luggage. Expect a nice set of hard luggage to be optional. The Dorso’s UFO-shaped tank even flows nicely into the enlarged RSV4 fairing. Basically, what we’re seeing is a “best of” Aprilia components.

  • Ben Incarnate

    I’m apprehensive about the way that Aprilia is using the same design across their models. There’s an argument to brand identity, to be sure, but I wish it weren’t so very similar.

  • Scott-jay

    Why don’t we see something like this bike’s rear sub-fender widget used at motorcycle front wheels?
    Aprilias aren’t photogenic.

    • Gene

      Heck, I’d love to see that rear sub-fender widget used as a rear sub-fender on my SV-650, so I don’t have to wash sand off the back of my rainsuit all the time. Either that or a hugger that isn’t half-amputated.

  • oldblue

    Hmmm. Him ugly.

    Looks like a Varadero in fancy clothes.

  • Denzel

    I’m digging the front of the bike…

  • Ceolwulf

    That’s fairly homely.

    On the upside, if you already have that black with random-red Icon jacket, this’ll match perfectly.

    • Miles Prower [690 Duke, MTS 1200]


  • Miles Prower [690 Duke, MTS 1200]

    The original Multistrada I owned used to be the ugliest motorcycle in production, until the new Multistrada and the Diavel came along.

    But dare I say it, I think this Caponord could beat out all three Ducatis when it comes off the assembly line, taking the crown for ugliest motorcycle in production.

    • Eric

      Morbidelli V8
      Bimota Mantra

  • Good Thomas

    kinda looks like a v-strom…

  • 10/10ths

    As the owner of a V-Strom, I agree.

    Not enough there to make me want to upgrade from a V-Strom.

    I think it’s a decent looking machine, of course I own a V-Strom, so………

    I agree with the above post about all the Aprilias looking too similar to one another. Of course, that’s how you keep costs down, but……da-amn.

  • pplassm

    Enough with the huge ADV tourers. I want something smaller, lighter.

    I want this brought to production:

    • AHA

      What? A wieldy, potent, useable tool that looks admirably fit for purpose? That will never do. Marketing depts ensure manufacturers produce product that sells good, not rides good. They don’t actually care whether they’re getting used or not. :)

    • Mark D [EX500]

      Those are awesome. Much lighter than an F800, way cheaper to run.

  • Paul

    12 comments on a new bike. 118 comments on a new jacket.

    • Scott-jay

      Style is a pillar @ HFL !

  • 10/10ths

    “It’s better to LOOK good, than to FEEL good, Darlings.”

  • 10/10ths

    While that Weber Rally Twin looks great, as a mass production vehicle that has to pass government tests for emissions, lights, noise, etc., there is NO way that it would be better than a BMW F800 GS by the time you actually federalized it for production.

    Folks have to understand that the reason companies don’t build super trick, super lightweight, super powerful machines is because of all of the LAWS they must abide when manufacturing and selling vehicles to the public.

    Go open the door on ANY 2012 model year car sold in the United States. Now go open the door on a 2012 Ford Ranger compact pick-up truck.

    Notice that the doors on the new cars are about a foot and a half thick? Notice that the doors on the Ford Ranger are about six inches thick?

    It would cost Ford roughly $600 million to bring the Ranger up to the standards necessary to pass the Fed’s crash requirements for the 2013 model year. That is why this is the last year of the Ford Ranger in the United States.

    Starting this year, all vehicles sold in the United States of America must pass a crash test where they crash a telephone pole into the middle of the driver’s door at 40 mph. The driver has to survive that impact WITHOUT wearing a seat belt. The law says we have to prevent people from dying who do not wear a seat belt. That’s why new cars have upwards of ten airbags in them and the doors are two feet thick.

    That’s just one law. Multiply that by fuel, emissions, noise, headlight height, etc., etc., etc.

    Look at what Motus is trying to do. Look at Buell. We have become a Nanny State of wusses who cry about everything, throw a fit if our latte is three degrees too cold, and complain about or Ducati’s requiring new cam belts every two years.

    It is supremely difficult to bring an awesome motorcycle into production in a good economy, much less now.

    The enemy is us.

    Well, not ME, but all of you pussies out there. :)

  • oldblue

    So…does all of that mean the Caponord will come with seat belts?

    And possibly doors?

    I hope they’re those cool gull-wing doors. Actually, any sort of doors to hide all that ugly behind would be nice.

  • apriliajoe

    Seriously Aprilia? I’m a die-hard Aprilia dude, but these black and red outlined bikes to me look way to much like the original series Batman car :) Look it up, you’ll be amazed… “POW”, “BANG”, “ZOOM” :P

    • Ratlanta

      That’s reason enough to buy one.

  • Trevor Bohlender

    This reminds me very much of my 1984 Honda Sabre
    Sick fast and super comfortable on the interstate