Aprilia's all-new and eagerly-anticipated entry into the adventure bikes class, the Caponord 1200, is currently being put through its paces by MCN Senior Road Tester Adam Child. These are his first impressions:
"We're in Sardinia in unseasonably torrential rain – which is restricting how hard we can push the bike – but I'm still impressed.
"The Caponord is loaded with the latest in electronics, much of it borrowed from the RSV4 superbike. So there's ABS, Aprilia's new semi-active suspension, traction control, power modes and more. In these conditions I've got the traction control on max and am on the 'Rain' power map.
"The ride is seriously good – it glides over lumps and imperfections. The Traction control is working overtime but is coping well and there's a pleasing bark from the V-twin which has been detuned to 125bhp – or the same as BMW's new GS – for this role.
"The highlight so far has been the suspension: through town you don't even notice the speed bumps. The only slight downside is the fuelling down low – it's a little snatchy around 2000rpm.
"It's pretty good value too. UK prices have been announced as £10,599 for the base model and a little over £12K for the fully-specced version, which, considering the tech, is keen indeed. For example, it's suspension is more sophisticated than Ducati's Multistrada yet the bike is a lot cheaper, too.
"For my full report see next Wednesday's Motorcycle News."