Aprilia Caponord 1200: a Dorsoduro with a fairing that kinda looks like an RSV4

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When the first shots of a prototype Aprilia Caponord 1200 emerged from the company’s dealer meeting back in February, we were greated with a fairly hideous mashup of a Dorsoduro 1200 and an RSV4. The production version you see here has better resolved that combination, creating a bike that should be both comfy and hilariously fun, even if it’ll never be a looker.

And we do mean a faired Dorsoduro. Dorsoduro frame, Dorsoduro swingarm, Dorso motor, Dorso suspension, Dorso brakes. What changes beyond that fairing is a new, larger seat and tail unit, low-mount pipe, taller handlebars, larger bash guards. Oh, and a much larger tank.

That similarity to the Dorsoduro 1200 is no bad thing. That bike is fast, fun and awesome, but lacking a fairing and fitted with a small, supermoto-style seat, it’s not terribly comfy. The Caponord fixes that, basically adding distance to the motorcycle described above.

The big question here is going to be weight. The Dorso is already a relatively ponderous 492lbs (wet), so adding all that stuff to it is going to have an impact. How much? Hopefully not more than 25lbs or so. You wont’ feel that, and the Dorsoduro does a good job of hiding it’s fat, but it is going to look bad on paper when official specs are released at Monday’s EICMA show.

That 1197cc liquid-cooled v-twin? It makes 130bhp and 85lb/ft, turing the Dorsoduro into a wheelie monster. Aprilia doesn’t have a problem with making its bikes fast, so it should keep that tune here. Also expect the now de rigeur Piaggio electronic package: ride-by-wire with switchable maps, traction control and ABS.

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  • Sentinel

    What the hell is thing supposed to be?

    It’s not a Sportbike, it’s not an Adventure Bike; I suppose some kind of weird Sports Tourer?

    • Peter

      Fukn fast I’d imagine.

    • http://vtbmwmov.org Eben

      Same thing as the Multistrada 1200, Tiger 1050 or Versys 1000.

  • Kevin

    “….the Dorsoduro does a good job of hiding it’sits fat, but it is going to look bad…”

    “It makes 130bhp and 85lb/ft, turingturning the Dorsoduro into a wheelie monster.”

  • http://www.twowheelsplus.com/ Anders

    The same design organization is responsible for this and the Vespa 946? Wow.

  • Scott-jay

    That one bit of frame there, it looks suspiciously like something I saw on bike made in China!

  • Glenngineer

    It’s an italian V Strom, but prettier, faster, better put together and more expensive.

  • Julian
  • Gene

    They can do better than that ugly tail and that Darth Vader chin.

  • deckard

    Dear Miguel Galluzzi, did you really design the original Ducati Monster? Because while you have been riding on the Monster reputation, you have whiffed on way more designs than you have hit. Please advise.

    Btw, the triple headlight look on the original Aprilias was distinctive. The new triple headlight look is ridiculous. Please fix it, or drop it.

    • John2

      Isn’t he responsible for the recent Guzzi V7 designs? I like those…

  • Bruce Steever

    I like it, it reminds me of the half-faired Shiver we never got here. With a little luck, this will combine the engine performance of the old Tuono with the practicality of the old Caponord, minus the reliability concerns and costs of the Ducati.

    Aprilia has always made a pretty good bike, but their dealer network and support has killed them. I’d really like them to get their act together and build up the brand.

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  • Rob

    It looks like a Versys and and V-Strom mated. Personally, I don’t think that’s a bad thing.

  • 10/10ths

    I seriously doubt it’s “better put together” than a V-strom. My 2004 DL650 V-Strom has 24,000 miles on her and has been absolutely bullet proof.

    • Rob

      Well, better put together in terms of components (suspension and braking), likely not reliability.

  • lowslydr

    I actually like the new Tuono design, but this thing is beyond the pale.

  • trev

    looks good…. seat look super wide and comfy, fairng not so huge that you can’t see past it..
    I feel the motorcycle media are going to SLAG this bike into the ground to the point that it gets a reputation, the a few years down the line they’ll be saying thats it the best secret used buy out there!!!