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Old November 19th, 2013, 12:24 AM   #1
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Caponord or Tiger Sport??

Gidday gang, yes I'm aware I'm on an Aprilia site, but really wondered whether anyone has test ridden both the new 2013 tiger and the 2013 Caponord and what was the outcome?

The Caponord has the extra electric suspension goodies, but down under the price disparity is quite high, 24k vs 17k.

Puttin such aside, these two bikes look very similar in respect to target audience, but I cannot find any mag or real world comparisons. Clearly they are road rather than dirt warriors, similar power, seating position etc.

Am I missing some glaringly obvious and significant difference in real world manners here?

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Old December 14th, 2013, 01:51 AM   #2
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Let's not mention the cricket!

Tested them both this year and ended up buying the Caponord. Loved the additional goodies but mainly just felt the Capo was better all round package. Great riding position for the rider although the pegs are a little to forward for the pillion. Had a Gixxer 750 K7 before and test rode a number of bikes - Pannigale 1199, VFR1200, Tiger Sport, 800, Kawasaki 1000SX and the KTM990SMT. While the Ducati was unbelievable I wanted more touring ability. The KTM is a great bike too and worth a test. 179-4 and it's looking like 3-0
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Old March 25th, 2014, 10:27 AM   #3
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Same as Lord Brinkworth. Tested both and other bikes like the BMW GS 1200, Triumph Explorer, and KTM adventure. Brought the Caponord.

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Old March 27th, 2014, 03:28 PM   #4
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tested the tiger sport and the capo.
I bought the capo,
much more power, better handling, more standard option like cruise control, ADD (bought the travel pack)
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Old April 11th, 2014, 12:23 AM   #5
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maybe you allready bought one of the 2 bike.
Last year I tested at the same day the versys 1000 and the tiger sport.
I bought the versys 1000. Ok, the tiger is much more beautifull but the versys drove much better. the versys felt very light alltough on paper their weigth is allmost equal.

I used the versys 1000 most of the time to drive with a passenger. And for me the engine was nog powerfull enough.

So this year I sold the versys and bought a caponord 1200 instead.
Boy wath a difference. This is really what a man nead. The capo is very powerfull, the suspention is magnificent, the brakes are super, maniability is very very good. Comfort is very high.

So in summary, the capo is much better than the tiger sport. In fact you can hardly compare them. The capo is from a level higher than the tiger.
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Old November 27th, 2014, 01:43 AM   #6
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I Ride: Stelvio ntx
I have ridden most of the current adventure bikes and think the Caponord is right at the top, if the surging and lack of power from standstill and ride problems can be mapped out. I did like the Tiger Sport very much but the pegs were too far back for my liking. I ended up with the Stelvio. Heavy but lots of character.
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Old November 27th, 2014, 03:13 AM   #7
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I Ride: Caponord 1200, Harley FHLXi, Triumph Tiger Cub, Fantic 200 Trials x 2, Fantic 303 & 201 Trials
I have read quite a few comments about fuelling issues and surging on the Capo but I'm glad to say that I have experienced none of that on mine. Power is available from standstill, there's enough to get it to 60mph in 2.9 seconds so there can't be much of a lag.
I test rode the Tiger before the Capo and Mulder is spot on; there is simply no comparison. The Capo is twice the bike.
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Old December 27th, 2014, 03:57 AM   #8
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it's a common thread, but I too tested the Tiger Sport as well as the Capo and the Capo won hands down. I haven't experienced any surging and the in-town fueling is improving with miles.

I have done 3500 miles now including some winter riding. New Bike Glow has worn off but it still impresses me and in 2015 I will be going to Norway on it. It is a great bike.
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Old January 4th, 2015, 07:05 PM   #9
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I tested all the usual suspects: GS1200LC, Explorer, Multistrada, Super Tenere, Stelvio and Crosstourer, and ended up with a Capo. I find it suits me pretty well, with only a couple of minor niggles. If purely buying with my head I would have bought the GS, but the Capo has more "X factor". The 1050 Tiger is getting a bit dated now, but would definitely provide plenty of bang for your buck. The Multistrada is probably the closest to the Capo in intended market - it has a punchier engine but probably inferior suspension and handling and costs up to $A10k more.
Can't fault the ride and suspension, engine is sweet and responsive, but should probably be geared down a tooth or two. 6th gear is superfluous in Oz and you'll find yourself riding the clutch a lot in 1st if commuting.
Other minor annoyances are the windscreen buffeting, vague feeling in the indicator switch and fiddly cruise control. OEM tyres are Dunlop Qualifiers which are nice and sticky but don't expect much more than 5000km out of the rear
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Old January 27th, 2018, 12:45 AM   #10
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I have read quite a few comments about fuelling issues and surging on the Capo but I'm glad to say that I have experienced none of that on mine. Power is available from standstill, there's enough to get it to 60mph in 2.9 seconds so there can't be much of a lag.
I test rode the Tiger before the Capo and Mulder is spot on; there is simply no comparison. The Capo is twice the bike.
Twice the bike? The sweet sound of the triple and the linear power range make the Triumph a much more fun bike to ride
It's more of a moto gp bike with panniers. But to each his own
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