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Old April 21st, 2015, 03:30 AM   #1
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ADD or not?

Hi folks,

Have a local dealer who has a base model 1200 up for sale which I've tried. It only had 50 odd miles showing and wasnt even registered. At 8,400 UK pounds I'm not sure whether its a good deal or not. it's 14 model year but they got in Dec 13 with him still having it now. can't understand why it hasnt gone yet, could it be because its a base model with no ADD. Having not ridden one with it hard to compare to be honest. Would I miss it?
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Old April 21st, 2015, 07:06 AM   #2
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My local dealer offered me a standard model at cost price, he said no one wants them. Don't know why, still be a cracking bike. Not got one yet but going to as soon as funding allows.
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Old April 30th, 2015, 02:08 AM   #3
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I Ride: Caponord 1200, Harley FHLXi, Triumph Tiger Cub, Fantic 200 Trials x 2, Fantic 303 & 201 Trials
I've not ridden the standard model without the ADD but I would suggest that the thing which sets the Capo apart from the Explorer, Multistrada etc. is the suspension wizardry. Without that it would likely still be a decent bike but with it, it is very special indeed.
I would also imagine that used values for the standard model will be extremely poor.
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Old April 30th, 2015, 12:53 PM   #4
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I bought a Standard non-ADD version because it was a bargain, being about 4000 cheaper and because I didn't think the difference was worth it. I've since bought a pair of Hepco & Becker panniers, Sat-Nav and mount, MRA screen etc and still saved 3000 on the Travel Pack. Its great fun to ride and been 100% reliable. I've started to notice some owners getting nervous about the long term reliability of the ADD and of course if a fault develops with it you're stuffed.The standard suspension is more than adequate and easily set up. Having said that I bought it using PCP so that it gives me the option of giving it back if I don't want to keep it after the three years. Depreciation is bad on any Aprilia and is a problem unless you want to keep it.
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Old April 30th, 2015, 11:40 PM   #5
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I Ride: Caponord 1200, Harley FHLXi, Triumph Tiger Cub, Fantic 200 Trials x 2, Fantic 303 & 201 Trials
I'm not nervous about the long term reliability of the ADD any more than I am about the mechanicals of the bike. Everything is covered by the two year warranty.
As I said it is the ADD system which in my view makes this bike very special indeed, with semi-active forks and fully active rear shock with automatic pre-load adjustment, it is still way ahead of the opposition on that score. I'm not "cocking a snook" at the standard machine at all, I'm sure it's still a really nice bike.
You pays your money and you makes your choice. Given that there was only about 1700 difference between standard and TP when I bought mine new (not 4k) it was well worth it in my opinion; apart from the "magic carpet" suspension you also got cruise control, a centre stand and panniers.
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Old May 10th, 2015, 10:50 AM   #6
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From: Tring, Herts, UK
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I bought the standard bike as it was a bargain and a cracking bike. I have no doubt the Travel Pack is excellent and everything I have read about TP is good, but the standard bike is bloody fantastic.

The big downside of the standard is that I reckon it will be hard to sell on without all the toys of the TP. Still love mine after 5500 miles.
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Old June 21st, 2015, 11:40 PM   #7
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I Ride: 2017 KTM 1290 SDGT & 2005 Honda CBR1100XX
Thumbs up I'm well pleased with my Capo

I've clocked up 8,000kms since end of Feb this year and my Capo has reduced it's oil usage to under 100ml/1000k (maybe even less as I haven't added any for 1000k). The motor feels nice and free (that took 7,000km) and I can ride through roadworks in 3rd at low revs without the throttle getting confused. What a difference a free moving engine makes! Nearly up for a rear PR4 190/55....will see how far I can make the Dunlop go, but I'm looking forward to the briliant Michy PR4 - though the front OEM Dunlop looks too good to change, so I'll leave it on for a while longer. I really like the ADD, but I'd suspect the Strada handles just as well - and it only takes a tweak of the knob to adjust.....
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