Aprilia Caponord 1200 Adventure Bike Spied

02/28/2011 @ 7:25 am, by Jensen Beeler5 COMMENTS

According to the folks at Motociclismo.it, 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.

Source: Motociclismo.it

  • BikePilot

    Cool! Looks poised to take on the almighty MTS1200!

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  • MikeD

    Looks to be V-STROM FUGLY or FUGLIER. Hope im way WRONG about that as the Strom took all the available FUGLY at the time asigned to the motorcycle industry for the next 100 years…it can’t be out-fuglied, right ?

    From the side it reminded me of the Fugly New Tuono, with the “Insect Head” Headlight Pod but here on steroids.

    In all honesty, i was waiting more for that “Toureg thing” mentioned and that looked like an Italian Version of the SuperTen.

    Looks like a rival to the KTM SM-T and Duc MultiStrada(neither one pretty things) but that’s subjective.

  • mark

    Can we please stop using the “adventure bike” term for bikes that use sportbike wheels? If you can’t fit knobby tires, it’s just an upright sport-tourer.

  • Shaitan

    I agree with Mark. If it’s not able to fit proper 19″-21″ off-road tires, or at least dual-sport tires on the stock wheels, it’s technically not a Adventure bike. Just like the Tiger 1050 isn’t a BMW GS. That’s not saying you could’t take it off-road, but without some knobs or grooves on the tires, it’s pretty much for fireroads unless you like gravel in your ass. Still, as a former V-Strom rider, I’m always happy to see more bikes like this.