View Full Version : Caponord newbie

08-18-2003, 04:35 PM
Hi all,

I'm picking up a new Caponord on September 1st after 3 years of Honda VFR ownership; a VFR800FiY From September 2000 until April 2003 and then a VTEC for the past 4 months (too uncomfortable).

Just a couple of questions:

- what are the service intervals? (I've negotiated the cost of the 600 mile service into the price 5999/$9600)

- is the handling good as standard, or do I need to change the forksprings?

I'm just hoping it lives up to the hype - I love the R1150GS, but it's just too expensive and a little slow at the top end.

08-19-2003, 04:32 PM
Welcome to the dark side ;)

I can't answer your questions on the Capo, I've sneaked over from the Futura side of the fence to visit, but in general, reliability, and doing what it says on the label seems to be the norm.
Can't see the Capo being any different.
Bike reviews (http://brand.iinet.net.au/) impartial at that!!
PDF owner manual (http://www.serviceaprilia.com/public/lum/index.asp?l=ETV%201000%20caponord) may answer a few questions
Caponord parts fiche (http://sualti.net/caponord/docs/Spare%20parts%20catalogue%20CapoNord.pdf) Tho' hoefully you'll not need it :D

It doesn't seem busy in this bit, is it :rolleyes:

Enough for now,


08-20-2003, 12:56 AM
Thanks Rab, the owners manual is very useful; it gives me something to read until I pick it up.

Can't wait to ride it in the Highlands at the end of September.

08-21-2003, 07:19 AM
I also have just purchased a 2002 silver capo. I waited a year for my fjr1300....went like hell...handled well....but it killed my hip and the heat from the engine was....impossible in warm weather....I have no idea what it would be like in 90+ temps. I did not need my left leg and testicles cooked!
I "love" my capo. It is like driving a john deere tractor after my fjr but it is fast...and for me....the seating postion is much better...but then...at 56 one's bones do tend to distort!
I have purchased a larger windshield...Givi...for 95 dollars...and it helped a lot cut down on the wind. I am 6'2" and have ordered one inch bar risers. I think this will be just the ticket for me.
After owning lots of bikes...my capo reminds me of a "large" dirt bike that goes well on the road. I enjoy it a lot! It is just enjoyable to ride. I am sure that I will never drive it to 50% its capabilities...but that is left up to younger riders!
In summary....it is an odd bike...but I fell in love with it....and I am sure you will also enjoy it.

08-21-2003, 09:09 AM
Hi Sven!

Congratulations on your new ride. Check http://www.caporider.com for Caponord info, especially the docs page.

08-21-2003, 03:18 PM
Thanks Grins, another useful site.

Mr. Pete64 - I was looking for an R1150GS as my VTEC cripples me, but they are a little slow and a little too tall for a shortie like me (5'9"); and they're very expensive. I love the Aprilia Mille and I was offered a straight swap, so I'm looking forwards to the new bike - especially trying it out on next months trip to Scotland.

Here's a pic of my VTEC and the UK VFR Club mascot "Clyde" in front of Eilean Donan castle in Scotland of Highlander movie fame.