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Old September 6th, 2016, 12:39 PM   #1
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I am Gianni from Sacramento and I own an Aprilia Caponord 1200 travel pack 2015 with 1100 miles. Just got it a week ago. Beside the fact that the bike has the fuel level indicator frozen, I am quite happy with the bike.
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Old September 8th, 2016, 01:59 AM   #2
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G'day Giovanni......from way down under on the other end of the horse (Australia).

I've done 32,000kms (laptop on my lap, no calculator handy, I think that's about 19,000 miles)......so you have some work to do!

There re many topics/issues/tips/photos on the main forum - 2014-2016 Caponord AF1 site. Well worth a visit - it has become messy with many topics re-posted again and again, but everything you could imagine has been covered/photographed/complained about/fixed etc etc .

Your fuel float has become porous due to ethanol fuel - but I read on the forum that Aprilia is despatching a new replacement part that is ethanol proof......so contact your Aprilia service centre and join the queue. (My fuel gauge is OEM and works fine but we aren't forced to run ethanol crap here in Aussie).

Cheers and happy travels - I'm well pleased with my 2014TP
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Old September 9th, 2016, 02:56 AM   #3
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I am considering a Capo as it fits what I want and they are so cheap like me. As in sub $10K for 15's with 5K miles.

Reading this forum I see problems with the exhaust valve. This worries me. Is it very common or even inevitable. Has anyone put over 20k miles on one without this problem or what other non minor problems are cropping up.

What is the deal with oil in the airbox from the crankcase breather?

I also worry about the fancy electronics long term. Any thoughts?

Thanks in advance
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Old September 11th, 2016, 01:55 AM   #4
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Hi Rapier.......I am one you can talk to as per the above post I have now over 20k USmiles on my TP Caponord.

You have to be wary of forum posts as not all owners are equal and some guys just should not have bought a complex modern electrotechnical whizbang like a Capo or even Multistrada, S1000XR etc etc. The days of owners messing with 'Can-Bus' equipped bikes are numbered.

There is no problem with the exhaust valve......but that doesn't mean one can't fail. Most of the issues stem from the fact that the dealer must set the valve to the correct position using the Aprilia 'PADS' system.......ie YOU and I cannot mess with those ExUp cables! (what might be of more concern is if your Capo has the dreaded throttle twitch at low rev speeds - test ride is essential to check if this is an issue for you).

If you are game, Capo can be a wonderful experience, but that will depend on how far away your trusted/experienced/interested dealership is from you. (and be prepared for some costly major services at 12,000mile intervals as these are extensive teardowns in comparison to ripping the tank and cam cover off a ZX12....).

I always say anybody should be buying a Capo based on a decent test ride not the clearance price tag......that really applies to all bikes, but especially the Caponord.

Ps, the oil in the airbox was a 2013 model drama - 2015 models should have the clear plastic drain tube showing on the left side above the front cylinder.......I've never had any oil showing in it on my 2014TP. Capo has a fair bit of electronics, but it is basic compared to all the 2016/17 generation models........and I haven't had any issue with this bike that wasn't my fault (eg - I knocked the clutch micro switch which temporarily disables the cruise control.....pushed micro switch back into position and no further problem.......just need to learn what you've got and how to look after it. )

Oh, that reminds me...the US models have a charcoal canister bolted to the LHS front cylinder.......I read that most remove it and the details are on a post in the 2014-2016 forum......

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