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Old December 14th, 2013, 01:11 PM   #1
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My new Caponord has completed 800kms and is only achieving a fuel range of 220kms on a full tank. Has anyone else had similar experience with high fuel consumption.
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Old December 29th, 2013, 09:50 AM   #2
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Update on 2013 Caponord fuel range.

I have figured out the fuel range problem.

The fuel indicator has six bars to indicate a full tank.
The first fuel indicator bar gives a range of 129 kms.
The next four bars collectively give a range of 83 kms.
The last single bar also gives a range of 83 kms.
All six bars gave me a full range of 295 kms.
I used 19 litres with 5 litres still in reserve = 24 litres.
At 15.52 kms per litre, the 5L reserve should give an additional 77 kms.
Therefore the effective full fuel range should be 372 kms.
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Old January 8th, 2014, 03:30 PM   #3
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Hi Martin,

Appreciate that you updated the fuel range for the Caponord. Thinking abt getting this beast but then heard abt Aprilia bikes being thirsty machines makes me think twice. But then again, would just like to jump down the rabbit hole and purchase it. But before that, would like ask you a few questions.

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My new Caponord has completed 800kms and is only achieving a fuel range of 220kms on a full tank. Has anyone else had similar experience with high fuel consumption.
I believe your new bike is in running in mode. So what are the speed that you maintain or you basically just let it run awild?

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Update on 2013 Caponord fuel range.

I have figured out the fuel range problem.

The fuel indicator has six bars to indicate a full tank.
The first fuel indicator bar gives a range of 129 kms.
The next four bars collectively give a range of 83 kms.
The last single bar also gives a range of 83 kms.
All six bars gave me a full range of 295 kms.
I used 19 litres with 5 litres still in reserve = 24 litres.
At 15.52 kms per litre, the 5L reserve should give an additional 77 kms.
Therefore the effective full fuel range should be 372 kms.
Is this a theory or an actual findings on your caponord? If thats the real Fuel range that I will be impressed and wont hesitate to get this bike.
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Old January 25th, 2014, 10:23 AM   #4
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Hi Zeba,
Sorry for late reply, I havent logged in for a while. The bike is now over 1500 kms and I am finally opening it up at all speeds. I am really enjoying it now. The average fuel range is about 295 kms, and the odd reading fuel gauge seems to be fairly consistent. Driving in town traffic is a bit jerky in sport mode, but smooths out in tour mode, and the suspension works well on our african roads.
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Old March 16th, 2014, 12:38 AM   #5
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Hi Zeba,
Driving in town traffic is a bit jerky in sport mode, but smooths out in tour mode, and the suspension works well on our african roads.
Rexxer now have an ECU remap available for the Caponord. I've had mine remapped by a Rexxer dealer and it is a different bike, no surging or snatching throttle and it pulls from 2000 rpm. If, like me, you are not happy with the fueling, it's worth investigating.
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Old May 6th, 2014, 09:29 AM   #6
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i have done about 2500 km in total with my capo 1200 (bought it second hand with 7500 km on the counter)
mine needs a little bit less than 7 liters for 100 km.
the lowest average consumption i had with 1 tank was 6.3 l/100km
the hightest was about 7.4 l/100km
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Old May 8th, 2014, 01:02 AM   #7
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Rexxer now have an ECU remap available for the Caponord. I've had mine remapped by a Rexxer dealer and it is a different bike, no surging or snatching throttle and it pulls from 2000 rpm. If, like me, you are not happy with the fueling, it's worth investigating.
How much did the remap cost if I may, did you take the bike in locally (UK)

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Old July 20th, 2014, 02:31 PM   #8
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Hi Capo 1200,

I have just bought my Capo 1200. Completed 600 kms and sadly is achieving 200 kms with 5 galons (20 ltrs) before reserve light . The bike is great but this consume is too much.

I live in Bogota Colombia (2600 mts over sea level), my dealer says that this is the cause of the high consume. I think that engine map is wrong.

Capo 1200 do you know if the ECU map from Rexxer have an specific reference? I would like to try that.
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Old March 24th, 2015, 03:06 AM   #9
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Hi Caponorts,

My 1200 Touring reaches it's flashing fuel warning light at 18 Litres and the trip meter re-starts counting km's on reserve. At this point I have been at 306 or so km's and there are 5 safe litres in the tank if you have dribbled fuel into the narrow neck until properly full. This was during the run in period, so it had a bit of opening up and loading the engine on that tank of 95 octane. So that's 17 km/ltr x 23 safe = 391k depending on how much music you make! This is very acceptable - my Blackbird is capable of 19k/Ltr if you are being followed by an officer of the law, and I had regularly ridden it to 422km on 22 litres of 98 octane. Lately the Bird has been giving 17.5 k/Ltr (but it is 120,000km old - or my last mercury column balance of the throttle bodies hasn't been spot-on....). The Capo fuel bar gauge could have been a dedicated clock/trip meter - at least it indicates you just filled up!

Ride till the light comes on then get fuel in the next 50km. Cheers all

Last edited by BrisbaNord; April 2nd, 2015 at 05:50 AM. Reason: correct clumsy phrasing re 'just filling up'
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Old April 5th, 2015, 02:21 AM   #10
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My new Caponord has completed 800kms and is only achieving a fuel range of 220kms on a full tank. Has anyone else had similar experience with high fuel consumption.
Hi Martin,
Don't despair, I found the run in period similar. I believe you have to use full rpm's to wear in the rings and cylinders, thus take some short term pain before you can expect better consumption. 6.8L/100km is my combined average light loaded.
I now have 7500 km on my Capo and she does less than 7L/km easily, with commuting and spirited riding.; I'm 185cm and ride with a pillion and luggage. Screen highest setting.
Thus I reckon you can expect 6.5L/100km eventually real world consumption.
regards,
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Old April 13th, 2015, 09:21 PM   #11
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Thumbs up Good fuel economy - Aussie Caponord's

Hi Caponoughts, I've got 1700km's up and even giving it some stick I average 17.3k/ltr (that's 5.8 L/100 in awkward figures). I'd be looking at the type of fuel you have on offer as type or quality might be the main reason for very poor fuel economy. I just rode with the Ducati club and had to give a good showing, and still got 17.3k/ltr opening it up and finishing off the run in by using full throttle etc. I don't use evil ethanol blends and go for quality branded 95 or 98 octane (eg Shell/Caltex/BP). This thing is unbelievably good to ride! It's fast without being a Moto GP bike, it handles and stops better than Blackbird (oooh that hurts as I'm still a Blackbird owner), it will do 400k per tank touring and it is wonderfully COMFORTABLE......Bliss! I'm off on a 1,000k weekend trip this w/e and will have the panniers loaded, so I'll compare it to naked trim. ps the 2015 Strada model is on the showroom floors for anyone after the lighter version......$20k on-road! Cheers.

Ps just back from 1000k weekend....18.3k/l not mucking around either. Reckon 19k/l achievable if make less music on overtakes! Confirmed 330km to fuel light (18ltrs) makes for 400 sure kms range touring. cheers

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Old May 12th, 2015, 02:16 PM   #12
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I am watching this thread with great interest as I have shortlisted this as my next motorcycle. The other one I am considering will be the new Triumph "Tracker" but the specs are not clear yet. May the best bike win!
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Old May 26th, 2015, 05:27 PM   #13
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I'm happy with fuel range

Hi All

Have done 22,000 kms on my Capo - ran it dry one day to find out the range 385kms on a tank - doesn't seem to make a huge difference how you ride it.
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Old May 28th, 2015, 01:36 AM   #14
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G'day Kiwicapo, I've been wondering how much fuel actually goes into an 'empty' tank. Do you recall how many litres it took to fill the thing after it stopped? I'm guessing 23ltr is probably all it will take (I fill mine on the centre stand and trickle the last 2-3 litres in until the level reaches the inner cap). Nice to know if you can advise. 385k is plenty good enough range.....though in good conditions I suspect I might squeeze near 400k, but I'd have to be lost and in trouble to be going that far on one tank!
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Old May 30th, 2015, 01:32 PM   #15
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I am regularly getting 200 miles to a tank. Very pleased as I ride it hard enough
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Old June 19th, 2015, 04:42 PM   #16
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Fuel milage

On a long test drive of my new Capanord, the fuel gauge acted up. After 6000 miles, I'm American, it went democratic and broke! But using math it gave me 54 miles per gallon at 85mph. The OEM tire needs replacing.
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Old June 21st, 2015, 11:15 PM   #17
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Thumbs up 8,000kms on a Great Bike

Hey John Paul...err Paul John.....good to read someone else gets good tyre life! The guys on the AF1 forum are picking on me cause I've got 8,000km, heading for 9/10,000k at the rear! I am putting a 190/55 PR4 Michelin on as I don't want to lose clearance in corners, and a few guys have been blasting around Philip Is race circuit on this profile and give it a rating! The front tyre looks good so I'll leave it on until it is worn, then match the back with a PR4. 200miles a tank is 320km in Oz speak, and my Capo does that just before the reserve light appears and the trip meter auto resets and starts counting distance travelled on reserve. That's really neat.....it overides whatever is on screen, time,trip,odo etc once it has been on fuel reserve for a couple of kms. So you just ride till it lights up and then you watch the 'miles' add up knowing you have about 1 gallon of reserve fuel to play with. What a great bike! I'm rapt.
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Old July 16th, 2015, 10:44 PM   #18
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Talking 370K a tank easy

Yeh, it's him again..... Went riding with the Ducati Club last Sunday....well I tried to keep up but they are possessed! Anyway, they filled up each time they stopped, and I rode the whole day on one tank - when I fueled up I had 350kms up (50 on reserve trip) and (bloody cat keeps smooching as I tyrpe...) it only took 20.4 ltr to fill.....soooo I had about 2 ltr's remaining (damn, I could have fanged to the servo instead of being cautious...).
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Old October 15th, 2015, 11:48 PM   #19
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Hi all....just back from 2,200km jaunt through the back blocks of central western Newsouthwales Aubloodystraylia. My Capo was line ball matching a 2015 Vstrom 1000 at refuels and the new dual injector Vstrom is known to be good on fuel. Because fuel can be scarce out the back in Aus, once you hit 280k-300kms and find a servo, you don't go past, even if you believe you can make 380-400kms......it just isn't worth the worry of turning up and finding the only servo in town has Diesel and E10 91 octane only.....
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