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

  • 2ndclass

    So basically a Dorsoduro 1200 with a fairing and ADD then?

  • …and more electronics. The BIG question though is how this article doesn’t have more ritalin jokes in it.

  • Adam

    Hopefully it doesn’t inherit the terrible fuel/air mapping and on/off throttle response from the Dorsoduro 1200 too…..

  • Rolo Tommassi

    Like most products from that company, I am sure the machine itself is fine, the support from the parent company and its subsidiaries is what will make it complete crap.

  • Damo

    If it comes through with the same mild power and heft of the 1200 Dorsoduro, I wonder who would buy it?

    This also makes me realize that at 140hp and 475lbs my RC51 isn’t the rocket it used to be and 90% of the power is still not useable on the street. I rarely wish for more power these days, BUT I always want “lighter” especially for anything that might be taken off the tarmac.

  • Ken

    Although I wouldn’t put it in the Adventure category, it looks like an interesting bike to me. I’d put it more in the Touring/Travelling category. As such, I’d prefer a full fairing and not the split version. Most likely a weight saver. The cases look goofy to me, I’d still visit Touratech for replacements. The low mount exhaust is fine because at 490+ lbs. it wouldn’t see anything more challenging than fire roads anyways and it’s easier to mount full size cases. I would like to see a 19″ front wheel though and it needs to easily mount a GPS. I’m glad it doesn’t have a beak. At first glance it seems to be a bit lighter than the “competition”, R1200GS, Super Tenere, 1190 Adventure, but we’ll have to wait to see the final specs. I think seating position and tank size is going to be a big determinant for how it does.

  • MikeD


    Or the horrible MPG of the V4 Tuono…or maybe it comes with a tank the size of the Exxon Valdez to somehow band-aid itself.




    I would, too bad im 99.9% broke and terrified of seeing myself in the DIRE situation of needing spare parts OR GOD FORBID, SERVICE ! .

    I’ll take mine White.

    P.S: I know what you are saying about weight, specially when u get off a ~450lbs SV1000N and go for ride on a Bicycle…bicycle felt like a non existant entity.


    The cases look a lot like those used on the MG Norge. +1 no beak.

  • CB

    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 an exposed radiator and oil cooler with the Aprilia Rsv4 which just begs to have a rock puncture one or both of the very unprotected key systems in the middle of nowhere. Fire roads not recommended. Fender anyone?

  • MikeD


    Styling is starting to grow on me, but i have to say, the lower edge of the Rad’s shroud is following NOTHING, totally out of place, don’t know what they were thinking.
    Front fender u said, PFFF, those are so yesterday (sarcastic)…radiator ? rocks ? that will never happen. (rolls eyes).

    Yeah, these guys are taking the whole form over function crap a bit too far…and she’s not even good looking to make it worse.

  • Adam
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