Aprilia Caponord 1200 Adventure Bike Spied

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According to the folks at, this is the first shot of Aprilia’s new adventure-touring motorcycle, the Aprilia Caponord. Based on the 1200cc Dorsoduro chassis and motor, the Caponord (or Tuareg 1200 if you want to believe other rumors) was originally supposed to debut at the 2010 EICMA show, but is now apparently slotted for a later arrival. Details are scarce on the model right now, but it’s clear from the 17″ front wheel and street-derived chassis that Aprilia is gunning for the Ducati Multistrada 1200 with its design.

Brembo brakes, Öhlins forks, and a utilitarian rear-end look to be on the list as well, but we’ll be curious to see what electronics Aprilia brings to this bike. In order to compete with the gizmo-packed Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Touring, the company from Noale will have to include features similar to its APRC system found the on the Aprilia RSV 4 Factory APRC, Aprilia Tuono V4 R, and now the 2011 Aprilia RSV4 R APRC as well. If the past is any indicator, don’t expect to see this bike break official cover until the end of this year.