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ENJOY YOUR WORLD CAPONORD 1200: THE NEW POINT OF REFERENCE. Beautiful, aggressive, comfortable, innovative. Caponord 1200 was born to make all your dreams come true and fulfil your every need. A name that evokes journeys to the edges of the world, to go beyond the boundaries of freedom and emotions, without ever departing from Aprilia sportiness, style and riding pleasure. The ideal bike to reach the destinations you have always dreamed of, but also to travel every day with dynamism, comfort and versatility. Unmistakably slim, compact and sleek design, cutting-edge electronics to adapt to any journey and guarantee maximum performance and comfort to face any journey with impeccable prestige and functionality. Caponord 1200: are you ready to discover a world of fun?

COMFORTABLY SPORTIVE Born from Aprilia’s winning experience on race tracks all over the world, the powerful Caponord 1200 engine has been optimised for maximum comfort and riding enjoyment, thanks to the smooth and progressive delivery of power, even at low rev and high torque values, without compromising on equally unparalleled control and manageability, thanks to the Rideby-Wire system and the advanced Aprilia electronics package that also includes Traction Control, Cruise Control, ADD (Aprilia Dynamic Damping) suspension and ABS.

A liquid-cooled 90° longitudinal V-Twin with double overhead camshaft driven by a mixed gear-chain system providing a reduction in overall dimensions. The new throttle bodies with double injectors per cylinder, combined with the twin-spark ignition system, provide a more fluid and smooth delivery and almost 11.7 kgm of maximum torque at 6800 rpm/min starting form low revs; According to an almost flat curve that lets you perceive the exuberant and uncompromising character of this bike from the very first moment. IDEAL TORQUE The ultra-modern engine of the Caponord 1200 has a sophisticated electronic Ride-by-Wire system that allows you to deliver the correct torque at every moment, both when driving in the city as well as on country or mountain roads, all to the benefit of enjoyment, comfort and fuel consumption. HYDRAULIC CLUTCH Another technologically advanced solution: the hydraulic clutch always provides precise and perfectly smooth release. In addition, being self-adjusting, it needs no maintenance.

ADVANCED INSTRUMENTATION Fully digital, the Caponord 1200 instrumentation allows you to keep everything under control: selected engine mapping, electrical adjustment of the spring preload, gear position, level of adjustment of the ATC system and functioning of the optional heated grips.

TRI-MAP: ONE BIKE, THREE PERSONALITIES Close the gas and choose which bike you want to ride today, it’s as simple as pressing a button: making your every wish come true has never been easier.

- maximum performance, for when you want to put yourself to the test with the exuberance of immediate and direct delivery. TOURING - fluid and smooth, to exploit all the power of the 1200 cc engine at all times. RAIN - calibrated, with power cut to size at 100 HP for you to enjoy yourself even in non-optimal grip conditions or on wet asphalt. SPORT


THE FIRST DYNAMIC SHOCK ABSORBER IN THE BIKE WORLD The ADD system, included in the Caponord 1200 Travel Pack, also includes the shock absorber with built-in piggy back, with electrically adjustable spring preload in 4 preset positions, marked with a specific icon on the digital instrumentation: rider only, rider with passenger, rider only with panniers, rider and passenger with panniers. An exclusive patent of the Aprilia system is the automatic spring preload control system. Selecting this option, the system automatically detects the load on board the bike and dynamically adjusts the preload to the optimal value for the correct balance of the bike.

ADD (APRILIA DYNAMIC DAMPING): PURE RIDING PLEASURE. Aprilia, as always, is at the absolute forefront in technology, introducing the ADD (Aprilia Dynamic Damping) electronic suspension control system, able to measure the energy transmitted to the vehicle by the roughness of the asphalt and adapt, in real time, the calibration of the fork and shock absorber for optimal comfort. The ADD system exploits a patented “comfort oriented” software, which combines the principles of the well-known skyhook and acceleration driven damping algorithms. The system also recognises the rider’s actions (acceleration, gas release, braking, constant gas) and adapts, thanks to an additional exclusive patent, the basic setting of the fork and shock absorber, in order to optimise rideability and increase safety in every situation.

CRUISE CONTROL: NO STRESS. The Travel Pack also includes Cruise Control, to set a desired speed and keep it constant, even uphill and downhill, automatically deactivating it as soon as the rider touches the brake, clutch or Cruise Control button. A very useful system during long journeys on the motorway, to make riding even less tiring and reduce fuel consumption even further.


The splendid frame of the Caponord 1200, in aluminium and steel, is derived directly from Aprilia’s racing technology and its successful experience on race tracks around the world, optimised for relaxed and at the same time enjoyable riding. The rear sub-frame provides extreme solidity even when travelling at full load. The 17� aluminium wheels, also of racing origin, provide maximum lightness and manoeuvrability. The wide section tyres with special tread pattern support the rider even in the most thrilling leans and are also suitable for undemanding off-road terrain. ADJUSTABLE SUSPENSION Caponord 1200 has a manually adjustable shock absorber in terms of spring preload and extension hydraulics and a USD fork, fully adjustable in extension, compression and spring preload with 43 mm stems, embellished with shell-cast feet. BREMBO RADIAL CALIPERS Safety and total control with the Brembo braking system of racing origin: double 320 mm discs and new 4-piston monoblock calipers with radial mounting at the front, 240 mm disc and single-piston floating caliper at the rear.

ABS SYSTEM WITH APRILIA TRACTION CONTROL (ATC) Aprilia, in collaboration with Continental, has developed a two-channel ABS system which separately manages the front and rear brake, with a sophisticated electronic control unit which continuously controls the speed of the wheels and calibration specifically designed to ensure maximum safety in all situations, without detracting from riding enjoyment. Aprilia Traction Control (ATC) on the other hand is an exclusive traction control system, associated with the sophisticated ABS system, which always provides the best performance from the exuberant 1200 cc engine, also on the most insidious routes and in the most difficult situations, with utmost safety. When engaged, this device has in fact 3 levels of control:

DESIGNED IN THE WIND TUNNEL Slim and sleek, Caponord 1200 is a perfect synthesis of form, function, design and technology. The position of the rider and passenger, particularly comfortable even after hours and hours of riding, comes from an in-depth ergonomic study. Also particular attention has been paid to aerodynamic protection, thanks to the shape of the windshield, adjustable in height, the hand protectors and side panels. Comfort is also guaranteed by the design of the wide, low saddle and the tank which has reduced lateral dimensions but does not compromise the 24 litre capacity: allowing you to travel hundreds of miles without any problems.

LEVEL 1 - for a pure riding experience, all fun and adrenaline, without worrying too much about managing the generous engine power. LEVEL 2 - suitable for the city, tourism and in general any route, always with maximum emotion. LEVEL 3 - ideal for the most difficult situations, such as slippery roads, with total control. The two systems, ABS and ATC, can be deactivated independently of each other.

TRAVEL PACK: READY FOR THE JOURNEY The Travel Pack includes the ADD system, Cruise Control, electrically adjustable shock absorber, central stand and the exclusive 29-litre panniers, specially designed in harmony with the aerodynamics, ergonomics and aesthetics of the Caponord 1200. These latter two components can also be installed on the standard version, along with a wide range of accessories.


Caponord 1200 can become even more comfortable, exciting and exclusive, with original Aprilia accessories: to meet every requirement on long journeys as well as in daily travel. Step into the future of mobile communications with the AMP (Aprilia Multimedia Platform) platform for your smartphone. Accentuate the sporty character with the E3 approved slip-on exhaust by Arrow in titanium and carbon, carbon accessories, prestigious mirrors machined from solid aluminium, clutch housing guard and adjustable plate holder.



Aprilia V90 four-stroke longitudinal 90° V-twin engine,

Engine type


liquid cooled, double overhead camshaft with mixed gear/chain timing system, four valves per cylinder

by high strength bolts. Removable steel rear subframe Front suspension


Unleaded petrol

Bore x stroke

106 x 67.8 mm

Total engine capacity

1197 cc

Compression ratio

12.0 ± 0.5: 1

Max. power at crankshaft

125 HP (91.9 kW) at 8,250 rpm

Maximum torque at crankshaft

11.7 kgm at 6,800 rpm

Fuel system

Integrated engine management system. Injection with two injectors per cylinder

Modular tubular steel frame fastened to aluminium side plates Ø 43 mm Sachs upside-down front fork with fully adjustable compression and rebound damping and spring preload. Wheel travel 167 mm.

ADD version

Fully adjustable front Sachs Ø 43 mm upside-down fork. Hydraulic brake in rebound and compression electronically managed with ADD (Aprilia Dynamic Damping)

Rear suspension

Aluminium alloy swingarm. Sachs hydraulic shock absorber with adjustable rebound and preload. Wheel travel 150 mm.

ADD version

and Ride by Wire throttle control with 3 maps: Sport (S), Touring (T), Rain (R)

Sachs dynamic rear monoshock absorber. Spring preload and hydraulic brake in rebound & compression electronically managed with ADD (Aprilia Dynamic Damping)


Magneti Marelli 7SM twin spark electronic ignition integrated with injection system



M432 monoblock four-piston radial calipers. Metal braided brake hoses.


100% stainless steel 2-in-1 exhaust system with dual catalytic converters

Rear: Ø 240 mm stainless steel disc. Brembo Ø 34 mm single piston caliper.

and double oxygen sensor

Metal braided brake hose. Continental two channel ABS system


690 W/6000 rpm

Enhance the versatility, comfort and functionality with rider and passenger “Sport Gel” saddles and heated grips.


Wet sump


6 speeds, drive ratio:

For storage in the garage there is the new bike cover, customised with the Caponord logo and made to measure for this model.


Front: Dual Ø 320 mm stainless steel floating discs. New Ø 32 mm Brembo

and Aprilia Traction Control (ATC). Wheel rims

Lightweight aluminium alloy with three split spokes Front: 3.50 X 17” Rear: 6.00 x 17”

14/36, 17/32, 20/30, 22/28, 23/26, 24/25


Radial tubeless tyres; Front: 120/70-R17; rear: 180/55-17


Multiplate wet clutch, hydraulically operated


Max. length: 2,245 mm, Max. height: 1,440 mm, Saddle height: 840 mm

Primary drive

Straight cut gears, drive ratio: 40/69

Secondary drive


Dry weight

214kg (228kg Travel Pack)

Drive ratio: 17/42


24 litres (including 5 litre reserve)

Wheelbase: 1,565 mm, Trail: 125 mm, Steering angle 26.1°

CAPONORD 1200 is an environmentally friendly vehicle compliant with Euro 3 regulations for exhaust and noise emissions.

Colours and specifications are correct at the time of publishing (April 2013). Aprilia reserves the right to change colours and specifications at any time without notice. Always check specification and availability with your local Aprilia dealer when you order. Pictures are for illustration purposes only, actual colours may vary. Errors and omissions excepted.

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