The primary fly in the Aprilia ETV1000 Caponord's ointment is the soft, unadjustable forks. The motorcycle gets bouncy if ridden hard. Luggage and/or a pillion compound the situation. New fork springs (Hyper Pro work well) are a cheap, effective solution. Otherwise the Aprilia ETV1000 Caponord is a smooth ride and quite capable of hustling along at a decent pace. Brakes are strong. Off road ability pretty limited.
The Aprilia ETV1000 Caponord has one of the best power plants in any big trail-style motorcycle. It may be detuned to about 88bhp at the rear wheel but there’s plenty of torque. The gearbox makes the BMW GSs feel like antiques and there’s even a slipper clutch to keep things smooth when you up the pace. Heavy vibrations means attention’s needed.
Fly number two in the Aprilia ETV1000 Caponord ointment. Overall reliability is excellent but there’s niggles. Regulator rectifiers fail – and some just don’t work well anyway – at least replacements are cheap. Coils can fail, fuel hose connectors break, certain electrical connectors melt and spoke nipples rust. Simple pre-emptive maintenance can solve all the above.
The Aprilia ETV1000 Caponord's real ace is price. New old stock motorcycles can still be bought for about £5500. On the used market they change hands for little more than budget middleweights like Fazers and Hornets of the same age and condition. Some dealers ask OTT prices but most will take a cheeky offer. The Cagiva Navigator’s similar and Suzuki’s V-Strom is a little less eccentric for a touch more cash. Find an Aprilia Caponord for sale.
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The Aprilia ETV1000 Caponord is well spec’d as standard. Ambient air temperature, remote shock adjuster, accessory socket, fuel gauge, mirrors that work and headlights among the best in biking are handy. Seats and riding positions that match the best touring motorcycles for rider and pillion comfort are a real bonus, too. Aprilia panniers are a cost extra but put many other brands to shame for ease of use. Compare and buy parts for the Aprilia Caponord in the MCN Shop.