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Old October 25th, 2016, 04:17 AM   #1
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From: Milton Keynes - UK
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I Ride: Aprilia Capanord, Ducati Diavel
First Aprilia

Hi all,

new here but looooong time biker - just got an Aprilia Caponord and loving it - use two bikes the other is a Ducati Diavel.

Intention is to use the Aprilia winter days (loads of them in UK) and the Diavel in summer.

Really taken by the Cap tried BMW, Triumph and MultiStrada but this one caught my imagination best, certainly the best feel and very smooth ride with the ADD - looking forward to trying the rain setting tonight on way home

Just about to buy some LED headlamps and next will probably be a better looking can.

Interested in what mods really make a difference
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Old October 26th, 2016, 02:20 AM   #2
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Hi johnoo, me again, just on the way out and saw this.......

Big winner is - change the gearing.....either 16/42 or 17/44-45-46 to lower the stupidly tall oem gearing.

There is an Arrow can c/w exhaust valve that is designed for the Caponord, otherwise have a prowl in the 2014-2016 forum for photo's and comments on other options. My thinking (having just had my Ex-valve seize open) is that it makes a lot of noise (like a Ducati Diavel.... ) and it feels like it looses some HP........but I'm not sure about this - better to catch someone who has done the mod.

Rally already has the best panniers in the business......and you can buy a Givi top plate and fitting plate.......also, a centre stand can be fitted (it is just a TP minus the centre stand and with a big front wheel and skinny rear rim.....).

Cheers again

Ps if you can avoid ethanol fuel you will save your fuel gauge from a common malfunction.The only thing I put in mine (other than 95ron petrol) is some occasional Valvoline fuel injector cleaner........and my gauge works fine after 34k kms.

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Old October 27th, 2016, 09:23 AM   #3
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thanks brisba

thanks for your reply and advice

I have looked at many options for LED's even bought a set but did not suit - I am trying to avoid having ballasts as there is no space to hide them

I have now ordered some Twenty20 halogens that boast 120% better light I will try them - hopefully the heat issue is a non issue here in the UK as we are a little colder than you are most of the time - would be interested if any other European owners have had the light heat turn their lens yellow

on the whole the light emitted from the halogens isnt all that bad but too yellow for my liking - if these dont do the job I will source some LED's

I think the biggest bonus is going to be re-jigging the wiring so that when you switch to high beam the low beams dont go out

aside from this simple early mod I will wait until next year for others, a top box could be priority as I wiggle between tragic a lot on my commute (others call it lane splitting) being a tad slimmer could help this.

I have noticed the gearing however runs out of revs pretty quick in high gears so a mild change could help that
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Old November 1st, 2016, 12:11 AM   #4
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Talking LED direct replacement bulbs are now cleverly designed

G'day again from the other end of the horse!

I was lurking about the "Autobarn" store today and was shown the 'JW Speaker' brand LED direct replacement H11 bulbs. They look promising as they are 2000 lumens and 6200k and have a neat alloy heat sink and do not require any mods other than to simply fit and plug in........I have a pair of Philips "fog light" LED's but they are only 700 lumens and are marginal for night riding......but look great with 6000k white light. They are neat style with no ugly heat ribbons etc and have inbuilt electronics etc etc.

I'm hesitant to spend $200Aus on a new set of bubs without some advice confirming that they are excellent etc......but the manufacturer claims are very interesting!

I could always go back to the oem H11's as they are fine, but I am impressed with the design of the LED shaft- it seems to have solved the problem of the cheap LED light scatter issue.......and JW Speaker is a big player in the vehicle lighting market.......

Hmmmmmm.....thinking thinking......

Oh, I just pull the passing trigger when I need all three lamps on........but I don't do much night riding......others have cleverly added a diode to the LH switch so that all three lights are on at high beam....but they are drawing 3 x 55w so it might be better to add two LED broad beam driving lamps instead.....

I must warn you that the halogen bulbs will scorch the silver coating off the low beam headlight bases (bulbs are very close to plastic base)......so the higher power versions may do that faster than the oem bulbs, hence my interest in cooler running LED (and nicer whiter looking) bulbs that don't blind other drivers or possums in trees! Caution with the Canbus wiring under the speedo panel too.......don't blunder around there without studying the forums.

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