Aprilia ETV1000 Caponord - Reviews
Using the engine from the super successful big Mille sportsbike Aprilia have taken the Austrian-built 60
degree twin that has been the foundation for the Mille and re-tuned it for more mid-range and less top end (98bhp at 8250rpm with 72 ft-lb torque at 6250rpm) producing a very grunty and full of real-world performance motorcycle that has the chassis and suspension to hang with all of the other monster trailles and even the odd sportbike on unforgiving back roads.
Like all dual-sports it is popular with both long-distance tourers and commuters as the road presence, comfort, weather protection and predictable power curve make it both an easy and enjoyable bike to ride. It can also handle a passenger and two weeks of camping gear with ease.
And if all of this hasn't sold you you'll also find (see below) that it's several thousand dollars cheaper than it's competitors.
Comparison bikes are the Honda Varadero, Suzuki V-Strom(s), Ducati Multistrada, Triumph Tiger, BMW GS or the KTM Adventure.
Advantages: Great smooth and powerful V-twin motor, cheaper than competitor bikes, capable on and off road.
Disadvantages: Some riders have complained of build quality although these complaints have not been uniform and you will find an equal number of riders on the other side of the fence singing the praises of its fit and finish.