Aprilia Caponord Rally Test: Aprilia maxitrail wants to shine. Even in its Travel Pack equipped, Aprilia Caponord 1200 has not had the expected commercial success. To revive its maxitrail, the Italian manufacturer out more baroudeuse version Moto-Net.Com has tested in the rain! Aprilia had no luck with the weather at the launch press his unpublished "trail" (given the driving position) "Road" (given its program) "athlete" (given his pace and its engine), held in late March 2013 in the southern tip of Sardinia (read our MNC Testing the Caponord 1200 Travel Pack).
Caponord Rally availability, colors and price
Availability: Immediate Aprilia in the network
Color: yellow "Dune" green "Army" or gray "Safari"
Price: € 16,499
Assuming that lightning - and rain! - Does not fall twice in the same place, brand Noale reconvened European motorcycle journalists in Cagliari for the presentation of its new version "Rally" 2015 Caponord the 1200. So even destination, same route, same model but different accessories (read our Introduction to Rally Caponord) even tester (MNC, what else?). And even punishment Unfortunately, since we find this new Aprilia motorcycle in the rain! After we revise warm, in the conference room and in every detail, all the board components and technologies on their maxitrail (read our Technical Update on Caponord 1200), our guests remind us handling the audience: modes Mapping (handlebar via the starter), traction and electronic rear spring preload control (Table in the judgment).
Also, when we join our bikes, the rain finally stopped. However, no question of dropping the combination of rain, as the stools are soggy and the heavens still heavily sealed. Rolling (limited to 150 km and 5 hours, photos and lunch!) May occur entirely in the wet. With their yellow color "Dune", the Rally Caponord available to us are trying somehow to warm the atmosphere. The dashboard does not display the outside temperature (no more than fuel consumption) Moto-Net.Com simply estimate between 10 and 12 ° C. Not bad, in the middle of winter!
Two other colors are also available now in Aprilia concessions: the dull green called "Army" is actually very military, so to blend into the urban jungle, we prefer without hesitation the gray "Safari".
Already impressive in its version "Travel Pack", especially side view (read our Comparo MNC Caponord Travel Pack, Multistrada and Tiger Granturismo Sport), the Caponord becomes even more impressive in this new version Rally, mainly because of all square suitcases 33 liters that replace more stylized than 29 liters of the "TP". These aluminum cases (Givi of origin) have a double opening system. You can open the whole or only from the top with clips that lock from the inside of the cover two-thirds: handy when you do not want to drop business during fast breaks on the road. For longer stops at the studio however, the Rally was less convenient! In this version 2015, the Caponord 1200 is actually the deadlock on the center stand. Series on the Travel Pack delivered, this element is nevertheless almost indispensable to grease and tender his chain.
In conducting its first laps, Moto-Net.Com also regrets abandoning the rear fender, low and deported. If the spray of water on the rear wheel does not go to the back of the driver - not a priori to that of any passenger - she went above and asparagus far behind ... Future rainy transferred mates will do not like the masses! At the front do not worry, fender does its job and more: the faux carbon finish - back on a few other rooms - adds a sporty touch to the latest motorcycle, the first being obviously the face of RSV4, three optical and two air intakes ... Mamma mia, that bella!
Under the characteristic steering head - the whole range Aprilia almost! - Is grafted on Caponord Rally protective bars on which are fixed two long-range LED lights. Their ability to withstand the shocks and pierce the night could not be tested by MNC, but most can not be there. By giving this bike more beefy bags and bull bars / pedestrians, "Aprilia looking through this most adventurous model to address even more people," explains Marco Zuliani Moto-Net.Com, product manager in the marketing department Aprilia. Aesthetically, the Capo 'gives the appearance of a "real" trail. Our interlocutor also allows to insist on one point: "spoked rims installed on the Rally can accommodate more off-road tires typed the mounted 110 mm wide at the front and 150 at. back are also registered. " Thus, the new Aprilia is actually adorned to "push the boundaries of the asphalt!"
In turn Moto-Net.Com mouse clicks another subject: the tank capacity not exceeding 24 liters of the original model. "This is a deliberate choice," we replied Signore Zuliani "we retained this capacity for Caponord and we keep it for the Rally."
Those who wanted to leave very - very! - Away or go to work for a whole week without going through the box "service station" will probably not convinced by this answer.. But "what we believe is the best compromise in terms of size, weight and autonomy (over 300 km), "said Marco.
Tanks scrupulously being the same, the difference between the announced 10 kg dry weight of Caponord Travel Pack (228 kg) and Caponord Rally (238 kg) remains the same once the full facts. Not specified by the manufacturer, the weight of the fully fueled Caponord Rally seems important. Laborers stopping are far from clear, even if the two boots hit the ground without too much difficulty: the saddle is still at 840 mm in height and gently cup under the weight of the driver. Also unchanged, the driving position is very pleasant. Trimmed? On the way.
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