Leaked well ahead of the 2012 EICMA show, the Aprilia Caponord 1200 again finds its way to the interwebs, albeit in a clearer and more official way. Taking heavy styling cues from the Aprilia RSV4 sport bike, which has become something of the paterfamilias of design at the Italian brand, the 2013 Aprilia Caponord 1200 shares a chassis and motor with the Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200, and will be the Noale brand’s big offering against the sportier side of the adventure-touring market.
Featuring 17″ wheels, selectable fuel mapping, traction control, and ABS brakes, the new Aprilia Caponord 1200 has all the basic amenities you would expect in increasingly competitive adventure bike market — and if rumors are to be believed, Aprilia will offer a Caponord 1200 with semi-active suspension as well (Aprilia Dynamic Damping, or ADD…no seriously).
With the Dorsoduro 1200 making 130hp and 84.8 lbs•ft of torque, in its 492 lbs bulk at the curb, it will be interesting to see what else Aprilia has done to make the Caponord 1200 competitive with bikes, like the Ducati Multistrada 1200 and KTM 1190 Adventure, which are likely to be more powerful and lighter.
We will have to wait and see the full tech specs of the 2013 Aprilia Caponord 1200 before we can truly pass judgment, and of course pricing could play a huge role in whether the Caponord 1200 is a success or failure. One thing is for certain though, Aprilia is putting a lot of effort into bringing out new models each year, something that has not really been the weak point of its business plan.
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Source: Bothan Spies