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Old December 9th, 2012, 05:51 PM   #1
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2013 Aprilia Caponord 1200 Info and Features

2013 Aprilia Caponord 1200 Features, Info, and Tech Specs
Where the Aprilia Caponord 1200 gets its balance!

The unmistakeable personality of Italian design and a sleek body: these are the key characteristics setting the Caponord 1200 apart from its rivals. The bike takes the superb technical characteristics of the definitive fun-bike - the Dorsoduro - optimising and adapting them for daily use and to cater for riders who demand greater versatility from their bikes. The result is a superb balance between fun and riding pleasure.

The Caponord 1200 has been honed in countless sessions in the wind tunnel for maximum aerodynamic efficiency while ensuring crucial wind protection for both the rider and the passenger. Right from the start of the project, panniers were considered as an integral part of the whole design of the bike, while extensive ergonomics studies defined a relaxed, upright riding position, giving the rider a dominating view of the road while minimising fatigue during long journeys. As a result, the bike looks extremely compact even with the panniers fitted.

With the same goals in mind, the layout of the frame and suspension has also been extensively revised, adapting the famously sporty frame of the Dorsoduro to every day use. This is a mixed structure frame, consisting of a high strength tubular steel trellis linked to a pair of die-cast aluminium plates. The frame was drastically revamped in order to find maximum stability at high speeds, maintaining handling which sets the bar for the segment. The lower saddle, now just 840 mm from the ground, also improves rideability.

The superb drivetrain has also been substantially revised on both a hardware and a software level to prioritise comfort and fun. The Noale Engineering Division, the centre of technological excellence allowing Aprilia to secure 51 world championships in the world's most prestigious and selective racing series in just a few years, worked on the basis of the reliable Aprilia V-twin, already an example of highly advanced construction technology and the result of extensive studies to optimise internal fluid dynamics and improve combustion, reduce friction and maximise performance. Aprilia's engineers further honed this unit to achieve even more progressive power delivery all the way from the bottom of the rev range and offer extraordinary riding pleasure, with even more generous torque than before. All of this has been achieved while actually reducing fuel consumption.

The Aprilia Caponord 1200 engine:
  • 90 V-twin
  • Ride by Wire technology with triple engine map (Sport, Touring, Rain)
  • Highly oversquare bore/stroke ratio; Extremely oversquare bore/stroke ratio, accentuating its sporty temperament all the way from the bottom of the rev range
  • Offset cylinders for maximum lateral compactness
  • Double overhead camshafts driven by a hybrid chain/gear system and four valves per cylinder
  • Twin spark ignition for smooth but full-blooded power delivery
  • Speed density type electronic fuel injection with two throttle bodies and micronebulisation injectors
  • Stick-coils integrated in spark plug boots
  • Three-way catalytic converter with dual oxygen sensors
  • Hydraulically operated clutch

The Caponord 1200 offers owners ample choice from a series of generous standard equipment features which, depending on the variant chosen, include:
  • Ride by Wire system
  • Three user-selectable engine maps (Sport, Touring and Rain)
  • ABS (deactivatable by rider)
  • ATC (deactivatable and with 3 user selectable level settings)
  • Adjustable windshield
  • Hand guards
  • ADD (Aprilia Dynamic Damping)
  • Cruise Control
  • Pair of panniers in matching bodywork colour
  • Centre stand
  • Shock absorber with integrated piggy back reservoir and with electrically adjustable spring preload with 4 predefined settings (rider only, rider and passenger, rider only with panniers, rider and passenger with panniers)

A choice of dedicated accessories is also offered.
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