APRILIA CAPONORD 1200 (2013 - 2017) Review

Highlights

  • A brilliant adventure bike
  • Semi-active suspension among the best
  • V4 engine provides punch

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 4.6 out of 5 (4.6/5)
Annual servicing cost: £160
Power: 125 bhp
Seat height: Medium (33.1 in / 840 mm)
Weight: Medium (472 lbs / 214 kg)

Prices

New N/A
Used £6,500 - £8,500

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
4 out of 5 (4/5)

As the biking audience matures, demand continues to increase for adventure bikes like this 2013-2017 Aprilia Caponord 1200. 

Early in 2012 Triumph launched its new Explorer which took the coveted MCN road test class crown. But since then Ducati has launched its new ‘skyhook’ Multistrada, the first to come with true semi-active suspension, while both KTM and BMW have introduced new models which have grabbed the MCN headlines.

KTM’s all-new Adventure came in two guises – a standard, 19-inch front wheel model and the more off-road biased ‘R’ with a 21-inch front wheel.

BMW, meanwhile, also launched a new R1200GS – its most important bike in recent years, they admit – which also comes with semi-active suspension amongst a host of updates. Even Triumph has another entrant with their tweaked Tiger Sport.

All the while, there’s been one more newcomer in the background. Until now, Aprilia’s new Caponord has gone almost unnoticed – which is a mystery considering its impressive spec.

On paper it appears formidable, capable of being the leading bike in this segment, especially when we consider price. The full spec ‘Travel Pack’ version, which includes the ADD, Aprilia Dynamic Damping (semi-active suspension), is £3000 less than the Ducati equivalent and also cheaper than a comparable BMW GS.

Not only that, but the Aprilia’s suspension is more advanced than both the Ducati and BMW, and our short test ride showed it’s very impressive, especially when ridden two-up. I’m really taken aback by how good the new semi-active suspension is. Even in cold, very wet conditions, the suspension changes were noticeable. 

Unlike the Ducati and BMW systems, Aprilia’s semi-active suspension, ADD, adjusts pre-load on the rear automatically. If you add a pillion into the mix the system measures the extra weight, then calculates and compensates by adding pre-load. It’s so clever it will actually reduce the pre-load as weight is reduced when you burn fuel from the large 24-litre petrol tank. If your other half loves shopping for shoes and sneaks a few pairs into the panniers without you noticing, the Caponord will detect the extra weight, recalculate and add more pre-load if required. How clever is that?

Like the BMW and Ducati, the Aprilia system also adjusts compression and rebound damping on the move to improve comfort. However, if you start riding aggressively the system changes the suspension to compensate and to make the ride sportier. It knows you are riding aggressively by the amount of torque requested, throttle position, speed, rpm, wheel speed, and gear. It’s all very clever - and it works. This is no gimmick.

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Ride quality & brakes

Next up: Engine
5 out of 5 (5/5)

On paper it appears formidable, capable of being the leading bike in this segment, especially when we consider price. The full spec ‘Travel Pack’ version, which includes the ADD, Aprilia Dynamic Damping (semi-active suspension), is £3000 less than the Ducati equivalent and also cheaper than a comparable BMW GS.

Not only that, but the Aprilia’s suspension is more advanced than both the Ducati and BMW, and our short test ride showed it’s very impressive, especially when ridden two-up. I’m really taken aback by how good the new semi-active suspension is. Even in cold, very wet conditions, the suspension changes were noticeable. Unlike the Ducati and BMW systems, Aprilia’s semi-active suspension, ADD, adjusts pre-load on the rear automatically. If you add a pillion into the mix the system measures the extra weight, then calculates and compensates by adding pre-load. It’s so clever it will actually reduce the pre-load as weight is reduced when you burn fuel from the large 24-litre petrol tank. If your other half loves shopping for shoes and sneaks a few pairs into the panniers without you noticing, the Caponord will detect the extra weight, recalculate and add more pre-load if required. How clever is that?

Like the BMW and Ducati, the Aprilia system also adjusts compression and rebound damping on the move to improve comfort. However, if you start riding aggressively the system changes the suspension to compensate and to make the ride sportier. It knows you are riding aggressively by the amount of torque requested, throttle position, speed, rpm, wheel speed, and gear. It’s all very clever - and it works. This is no gimmick.

Unfortunately, we had very poor weather during our test in Sardinia including torrential rain with rivers running across the road in places (see video on here). The result of that is that I can’t tell you how the Aprilia suspension will perform in the dry, riding aggressively with big lean angles.

However, in the wet the ride quality was very impressive. The comfort is excellent – it’s more like a luxury touring model than a ‘Street Enduro’ as Aprilia likes to call its new bike. Speed humps, road imperfections and small potholes almost disappear, to the point that it’s almost surreal. Even deliberately hitting potholes at speed didn’t jolt the suspension or cause any discomfort.

Around town, small speed humps were taken at 30mph and were hardly noticeable with the active suspension working overtime. This was amplified further with a pillion – gliding over small speed humps and potholes as if they weren’t there. There would be a slight jolt through the bars in very extreme cases, but then the rear would follow and simply glide over. There was no jolting, no bucking, it was very smooth, level and stable.

In short, the Caponord is one of the most impressive bikes I’ve ever ridden in terms of comfort and ride quality. It feels like the rear is on a magic carpet of smoothness. Even slowly dropping off a kerb didn’t cause any discomfort. You’ll never have a pillion complain again – well, maybe not. It’s just a shame we didn’t get to push the limits of the suspension in the dry.

The front 43mm Sachs forks are also semi-active – constantly changing the compression and rebound damping but not pre-load, which is conventionally pre-set by the rider. The amount of adjustment compared to the standard model is huge. The ADD system can have more than seven times more adjustment in compression and rebound and, remember, it only takes a fraction of a second to change from maximum to minimum.

Again, it was a shame the conditions were so poor because we couldn’t really test the front suspension to the maximum. You can feel the front react to road imperfections like the rear, but it doesn’t have that magic carpet feel – you still get a small jolt in extreme circumstances. However, it remains mightily impressive.

In many ways it feels like BMW’s Telelever system as it lacks dive compared to conventional forks, which in turn means it lacks a little feel. But like the BMW system it’s all about trusting the front end and tyre contact. Personally, in the tricky conditions, tip-toeing around for grip, I’d prefer a little more dive and feel.

Engine

Next up: Reliability
4 out of 5 (4/5)

The 90 degree 1197cc V-twin is very similar to the engine used in Aprilia’s Dorsoduro, but refined and re-mapped to give more midrange performance. Maximum power is a quoted 125bhp @ 8500rpm and maximum torque is 85ftlb @ 6500rpm.

At low speeds the big V-twin was a little snatchy below 3000rpm – such as around town in second gear.

In higher gears, or as the revs increase above 3000, it does smooth out. Aprilia are quoting 125bhp from the 1197cc, liquid-cooled V-twin, and the spread of torque is lovely. It also sounds good from the single, side-mounted exhaust, which can be raised when you remove the panniers to increase ground clearance.

There are three different engine maps: Touring, Sport and Rain, which can be changed on the move via the start button and come as standard. Rain mode limits power to 100bhp which is more than enough to have fun, and in the tricky conditions was still enough to get the traction control working if you’re brutal enough with the throttle.

The traction control system also comes as standard. There are three different traction control modes but they can’t be changed on the move, which is a little annoying. As the road dries out you have to pull over and select neutral before changing the level of electronic intervention.

Thankfully, unlike other systems, when you turn off the key it does save your last setting which I prefer rather than going back to a safe mode. You can switch the traction off entirely and a small symbol illuminates on the dash to warn you. Don’t forget: if you switch off the traction control and turn off the key, it will still be switched off when you return to the bike and start riding once again.

Mode Three is the most intrusive (ideal for the rain), Two is less intrusive, and Mode One is for perfect sunny days with lots of grip. And on the subject of grip, an ABS system also comes as standard, and is excellent, not too intrusive - and can also be switched off.

Reliability & build quality

Next up: Value
4 out of 5 (4/5)

The Caponord shares a very similar motor to the Dorsoduro which has been proven over recent years without any major reported problems or nightmares. Sachs controls the suspension and electronics which have had extensive testing and should be glitch-free. Overall, the level of quality and components used is high. The only slight downfall is the amount of UK dealers for parts and servicing, therefore check where your local dealer is.

Our Aprilia Caponord owners' reviews show a very positive score, with no prevailing problems to report. 

Value vs rivals

Next up: Equipment
5 out of 5 (5/5)

Considering the amount of technology which has gone into the Caponord and the level of components used the asking price of just under £13,000 seems reasonable and cheaper than the comparable competition with a similar spec, like Ducati’s Multistrada which is over £15,000.

Equipment

5 out of 5 (5/5)

For the full spec bike with semi-active suspension you need to opt for the Travel Pack model, priced at just under £13,000. For this you get traction control, electronic suspension, ABS, different fuel maps, panniers and Brembo brakes. The standard model doesn’t come with the active suspension. The Aprilia comes with a huge 24 litre fuel tank, the largest in this segment of adventure bikes. The Caponord is also iPhone compatible with a built in USB socket and Bluetooth. By downloading an Aprilia Caponord app you can store the bike’s data, like wheel speed, rpm or the amount of traction control intervention and also watch this information live as the bike has a top yoke bracket to accommodate your iPhone. There’s also a huge list of accessories, as you’d expect for a touring model.

Specs

Engine size 1197cc
Engine type 8v V-Twin
Frame type Twin spar aluminium
Fuel capacity 24 litres
Seat height 840mm
Bike weight 214kg
Front suspension Fully adjustable 43mm
Rear suspension Fully adjustable
Front brake 2 x 320mm discs
Rear brake 240mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 17

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption 55 mpg
Annual road tax £93
Annual service cost £160
New price -
Used price £6,500 - £8,500
Insurance group 12 of 17
How much to insure?
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage

Top speed & performance

Max power 125 bhp
Max torque 85 ft-lb
Top speed 118 mph
1/4 mile acceleration -
Tank range 200 miles

Model history & versions

Model history

2014: Model introduced

Other versions

2011: Caponord Rally. Off-road focused spoked wheels, larger 19in front wheel, two 33-litre panniers, electically adjustable suspension, engine tweaks, LED fog lights, plastic engine guard, bellypan.

Owners' reviews for the APRILIA CAPONORD 1200 (2013 - 2017)

10 owners have reviewed their APRILIA CAPONORD 1200 (2013 - 2017) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your APRILIA CAPONORD 1200 (2013 - 2017)

Summary of owners' reviews

Overall rating: 4.7 out of 5 (4.7/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Engine: 4.8 out of 5 (4.8/5)
Reliability & build quality: 4.6 out of 5 (4.6/5)
Value vs rivals: 4.8 out of 5 (4.8/5)
Equipment: 4.9 out of 5 (4.9/5)
Annual servicing cost: £160
5 out of 5
01 March 2021 by denis lejeune

Version: Travel Pack ADD

Year: 2015

I've had an R1200R (2009), a 660 Ténéré (2011), a Versys 1000 (2012), a Honda Super Four (?) and it's by very far been my favorite bike. I've had it for 6 years now, quite a feat for me.If I had to give my 3 favs on it: 1) sound, 2) engine, 3) position.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

The ADD suspensions are great in Auto (I was worried about them on purchase: 6 years on still no issue whatever). Ride mode on Sport or the bike feels a bit lazy. Some complain that it's snatchy in Sport and it's not untrue, but you learn to work with the clutch and it's fine. Rather that than laziness for me.

Engine 5 out of 5

Outstanding. Best V-twin sound (for me), just as the Tuono has the best V4 sound (for me). Powerful, punchy, revvy, amazing soundtrack (I know, I know). 6 out of 5

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

Fuel gauge never worked, not even after being replaced.Battery dies if the bike is not ridden often enough. At least on my bike.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

No idea, but it never shocked me.

Equipment 5 out of 5

ADD have been great. Didn't much like the very sporty profile of the OEM tyres, too fast turning in.The top-box and panniers are capacious enough, the seat is comfy. I love the supermotard-inspired seating position, slightly on the front without being extreme at all, makes the position more involving than on a GS or Versys 1000 for instance.

Buying experience: Bought new from a dealer. Paid 13.000 GBP, which back then was a big outlay for me. Never regretted it for a second.

3 out of 5 Capo
11 February 2021 by Geoffersat18

Version: Travel pack

Year: 2015

Love this bike, but it uses oil. On long trips to the continent we have to pack a litre of oil in our luggage, which is a pain. Had a few Japanese bikes, none of them used any oil. Plus the rear tyre had a slow leak, turned out to be the valve, had to get it replaced.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5

Would be great but for using oil, nuisance when touring having to pack a litre every time.

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

The fuel gauge stopped working, had to be replaced.

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

Great deal on this bike, comes with loads of tech and panniers, suspension is ace IMO. It senses whether you’re on your own, two up, with luggage etc. Simply brilliant for the price.

Equipment 5 out of 5

Loads of equipment as standard, came with hard panniers as well.

Buying experience: Bought from On Yer Bike, Aylesbury for about £10,000 which was a brilliant deal compared to other similar bikes, with the same level of equipment and luggage.

4 out of 5 Aprilia 1200 Caponord Rally
03 May 2017 by Trevor Lewis

Version: Rally

Year: 2016

It's 125 horses are harder top find than the BMW1200's, but the motor is much smoother and revs freely throughout its range. The suspension is superb as is the design and look of the bike. Very comfortable and very well equipped as standard.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

its a heavy bike so the brakes have to work hard but do the job. Comfort is top notch, i am able to ride until fuel is needed (around 180 - 200 mile mark).

Engine 4 out of 5

The bike uses a noticeable amount of oil, but is smooth and free revving. Looking at dyno tests on line the engine develops about 107 BHP at the rear wheel. This seems like quite a drop from the 125BHP claimed for the engines output, but it is all usable.

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

The fuel gauge is a known problem, giving up reading through the float sticking in the slider tube. This has recently been solved with A replacement and revised part. Apart from that it appears well screwed together.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

not had an annual service as yet but for a top premium bike the cost of purchase and running are very good.

Equipment 5 out of 5

Loads of standard equipment which you would pay £1000s for with any of the other top marques. I had the centre stand fitted as an extra for £138. cannot argue with that!

Buying experience: bought for £10,999 new but pre-registered from ONYERBIKE. An absolute bargain !!! :)

5 out of 5 The Aprilliant
07 February 2016 by Martin Nowell

Version: Travel Pack

Year: 2013

Annual servicing cost: £200

In 2012 we were in the process of updating our Guzzi Stelvio so off to the dealers to test all the available "adventure style bikes. Tried em all and the only one that came close to the Guzzi was the Caponord. My wife and I travel Europe and ride together year round so pillion comfort is a key feature. Within 5 mins of our 2nd test ride the Caponord had blown away all the competition inc the new Guzzi NTX. 3 yrs and 14000miles on we know we made the right decision. For us it is the perfect long distance European mile muncher yet also a supreme upright sports bike with all the luggage removed. The handling and ride is class leading. This is for me the best choice for what I want from my bike and is the best value for money against the competition. I was a little concerned about the vast array of electronic gizmos on board but not one single glitch so far. We chose the travel pack with some added goodies mentioned later all that for 12.5 grand and we are on the road !!

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

This where this bike shines like a beacon. Ride quality is sublime and is the best I've ever experienced and its not at the expense of superb handling either. Aprilia have got this spot on. In auto mode on the suspension you can forget about the need for fiddling with any adjustments just get on and ride and enjoy the almost surreal comfort of this suspension system. Fully loaded for European touring the bike is still agile and flickable. The result is all day comfort. On a recent trip to Turin we covered 400+ miles on 2 consecutive days with ease. I am in my 60s and I cannot think of any other bike I could have done that on, and my wife feels the same. The brakes are awesome too being Brembos I guess that's what we would all expect. There is a pleasing lack of excessive dive on the front too when braking hard and the ABS just adds more confidence to an already impressive set up. It all adds up to a superb all rounder of a motorcycle for comfort performance and safety

Engine 5 out of 5

Lets talk sountrack 1st. This bike has to be the best sounding 2 cylinder bike around even with the std can. I am a fan of v twin engines anyway but this sound stirs your soul. Below 3000 revs the engine can be a bit lumpy/snatchy. Above that and up to the rev limiter its silky smooth for a twin. Very little vibration and a smooth broad addictive curve of power and torque-superb. It may not produce the BHP of the Duke or KTM but 125 horses is plenty for me thanks and the way it delivers it is brilliant. The engine has 3 levels of mapping Sport Touring and Rain. The Sport mode is a bit too fiery for normal use and Touring is the std for us. Rain mode comes in handy if the weather is bad or if you have to thread your way through city traffic The 6 speed gearbox is also slick and so easy to use

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

No issues The bike has performed faultlessly from day one and still looks like new no corrosion anywhere and it has never let us down, nuff said

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

Considering the spec and all the rider aids which all work so well this has to be the best value adventure style bike out there. I have no intention of going off road on a bike weighing 200+ kilos, for me that's insane so the 17" wheels are better for purpose. The bike came shod with Dunlop qualifiers and the rear was gone in 3000 miles. A change to Bridgestone T30s has halved the wear rate. In the first 600 miles the fuel consumption was also really heavy but at the 1st service Aprilia sent out a new complete suite of software inc new fuel mapping. Since then we are getting between 43-55 MPG fully loaded and not hanging about.

Equipment 5 out of 5

We chose the travel pack version which gets you the panniers and the ADD suspension. We added factory top box heated grips and a 12v bar mounted socket. I have added a Tutoru mechanical chain oiler [brilliantly simple and very effective]. Radiator covers from Evotec. Front fenda extenda from Pyramid. A larger Puig touring screen with air deflector and a siren horn which lets all other road users know you are about. The addition of these esp the screen has made what was a great motorcycle close to perfection for our needs. The original screen was not that effective particularly re helmet buffeting which I cant deal with on longer trips

Buying experience: We got the bike from Blade in Swindon and dealt with Paul Dobb the manager, who could not have been more helpful and had a good knowledge of the bike which had only just been released We negotiated a very good deal on the extras but had to wait a while for the Aprilia top box to get here. Blade have handled all my servicing and I have been well happy with them all round

5 out of 5 Caponord Rally is captivating.
30 October 2015 by Big Bull

Version: Rally

Year: 2015

The Caponord Rally is captivating, with its sharp good looks, ease of handling, value for money and a cracking engine with a throaty exhaust OMG. Its sooo under stated to its compeditors. Buy it Best Bike in this type you will have had. After 7k in 3 months I now know that.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Nothing less than excellent I ride the Rally with the 19 inch front wheel having never ridden on a 19 before I was cautious but no need this bikes suspension is special I have covered over 7000 miles in 3 months so I am not just a Sunday biker.

Engine 5 out of 5

The 1200 motor is the companies original Mille 1000 bored out which was used in the Dosaduro 1200 with no noticeable problems. It has a vg range of power and free revving, unlike the V4 engines which have had valve dropping problems (back right usually). The Caponord engine is prob their most reliable.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Aprilia finish is vg, quality parts top brembo brakes and top suspension. No problems to moan over so far with over 7k on the clocks.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

Bike comes fully loaded with 3 boxes at 14k but offers are out there. The standard Caponord is now £9999OTR, crazy CHEAP.

Equipment 5 out of 5

Caponord Rally comes pretty much fully loaded, cruise control 3 boxes active suspension as standard. Heated grips add £125. No Centre stand though that's an extra too.

Buying experience: Bought from Jim Allan Motorcycles in Scotland very friendly and informed staff. Well established dealership.

5 out of 5 Try one! You will like it.
25 September 2015 by BigBull

Version: Rally

Year: 2015

Annual servicing cost: £35

This Italian styled bike does it all. From performance to comfort its a peach.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

AAS Aprilia Active suspension is superb, almost same, as what is on its more expensive rivals BMW and Ducati. Best brakes on offer on most bikes at present Brembo. Super comfort its a ride all day machine whether on ur own or 2up. Whether with luggage on or not. Bike is dam light and easy moved, not like a GS. Its a rascal when stripped of luggage on the twisties and that exhaust is dam noisy too. Big grin factor guaranteed.

Engine 5 out of 5

125 bhp plenty for all that your going to use it for. Easy 135mph if you require it. Easy power delivery bike has full traction control but I switched it off. This bike is easy to ride fast. Also left AAS in full auto setting. Big V twin engine has sufficient power and engine braking to inspire confidence on twisties.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Build and reliability to date after 5k miles has been superb. No issues.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

Rally to date has been super cheap to run. With its 1st service at 600 miles next service 6k miles on at 6600k miles. Rear tyre lasted to 5k front still got plenty left on it. 40 to 50 MPG amazing. No oil usage or any issues so far.

Equipment 5 out of 5

Aprilia have fully loaded it 3 x boxes all with very usable liners. Heated grips optional but dealers will throw in. Cruise control that works, stunning spokes larger wheels which IMO set the bike off superbly. Other standard equipment as previously stated included AAS ATC which are all usable and easily switched off if preferred. 3 power modes too, add to this package. The OE tyres Metz Next are superb, they are also standard on the BMW GS 1200 new models

Buying experience: Bought from local dealership, hassle free and informed staff. Also had a demo to try. All in all very sweet experience. Had trade in so change over price was much better that other local dealerships for a similar bike.

5 out of 5 Aprillia Caponord, looks, character and very underrated.
05 September 2015 by Ackey

Version: Travel

Year: 2014

Annual servicing cost: £250

Handling and breaking are superb. Plenty of feel in both areas, either fully loaded with pillion or out for a weekend thrash with the guys. Tank range is proving adequate at around 240m, not bad for a twin. One niggle would be the seat height which is right on my limit, I'm 5ft 8", although I haven't changed to the lower seat option as some of the padding is removed making it harder

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

When purchasing our first tourer we tried all the makes available, I really wanted a Multistrada but was very disappointed with the vibration and snatchy feel. My wife also found it very uncomfortable as a pillion. V-strom, triumph tiger 8 & 12, BMW Gs. A friend suggested the Caponord, which we had not heard of. Following a test we fell in love with it, perfect all rounder. Confident feel cornering, braking is just superb, although I am comparing them to the TL100s and a ZX9R!

Engine 5 out of 5

Strong, pulls like and Ox and the exhaust note is intoxicating. So far after 7500m covered it hasn't missed a beat even in extreme temperatures as we just found out in Southern Portugal.

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

Should be a five really, but on the first service some of the seals needed replaced (warranty work and free of charge) but I had only covered 1000m.

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5

Overall looks, although I guess it's a marmite bike! Dash display and gadgets are great, so easy to alter suspension settings with the touch of a button. Rain, tour and sport. The travel model comes with rear panniers which are a good size and waterproof, always a bonus. You can buy an Aprillia top box, but it's way to small. We fitted a Hepco and Beck, the journey model. Comes in gloss black and looks like it came with the bike. Tyres, Dunlop Qualifiers as standard which were great if you can afford to change them every 2500m, we have fitted Michelin Pilot Road 4s (GT), great in the wet and dry and seem to be lasting very well.

Buying experience: Purchased from a dealer locally, well our only Aprillia dealer in the South West. We bought the Demo model as it was in black, my colour choice for £10560. They also had a new one in Red for nearly £12000. No budge on price really, it did only have 150m on clock. But we got lots of discount on some extras etc.

5 out of 5 A bike everyone should try - and most should buy
26 July 2015 by Capofan

Version: Travel Pack

Year: 2014

Fast, Comfortable, Practical, Effortless Fun - so much bike for the money. And its not a BMW......

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Brakes effective with great feel and control. ADD superb and works. Ride quality and position means you could run out of fuel before you want to stop. Numb bum and legs after about 3-4 hours so as good as any bike

Engine 5 out of 5

Power and torque everywhere. Great sound with Arrow exhaust. Ride by wire throttle jerky in sport mode at lower speeds. Rain mode helps keeping to limits around town.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Too early but everything has a real quality feel to it. No dull metal just yet

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

Unknown yet. MPG lot better than some of the stories - in fact impressive. Got 50-52 mpg on a 250 mile run in Touring mode with some fast riding. JUst over 200 miles full tank to fuel light. Suggests another 50-70 left in reserve?

Equipment 5 out of 5

Came with Arrow exhaust so no knowledge of improvement over original but sounds great, crash bars look good and probably save expensive damage, Qualifier tyres work well. ADD best standard feature. Ride, power and handling seemed identical with a pillion possibly better as more stable

Buying experience: Got mine from a dealer - Hunts in Manchester. Paid asking price of £9599 but fitted sat nav, topbox plate at cost and delivered 250 miles away for free. Great service - very helpful.

5 out of 5 Travel Pack
28 October 2014 by ronda

Difficult to nit pick really.Screen replaced with MRA screen,much better looks and performance. Better with Avon Storms in performance and mileage. Front preload up 2 complete turns from standard. Strangely suspension better after 3000 miles. Performance and comfort A1. Addictive. Love it.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5 Get it right FFS
25 January 2014 by rugbybiker

Wish MCN could manage to get bike details correct rather than mislead. 118 mph, was that the bike you couldn't work out on test that was automatically restricted until 600miles. Cos it certainly isn't a true statement about the Caponord after the running in period. Also you need some new counting beads when it comes to estimating tank range...24litres = about 53 gallons which at 55 mpg gives a tank range of 290 miles. Waste of time readng the rest as it's all more accurately reported elsewhere. Waste of money buying your paper s well come to think of it. The bike ? FANTASTIC if a bit heavy.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
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