Intermot 2014: 2015 Aprilia Caponord 1200 Rally

Troy Siahaan
by Troy Siahaan

Today at Intermot, Aprilia unveiled a new variant on the Caponord 1200 we first rode last year. Called the Aprilia Caponord 1200 Rally, it takes the touring-oriented Capo and beefs it up for light off-roading/adventure riding.

The big change comes in the form of spoked wheels, with the front hoop measuring 19 inches, suitable for more off-road-worthy rubber. From there, the touring-oriented panniers seen on the standard Capo are replaced with hard, aluminum-covered saddlebags, better able to cope with the rigors of adventure riding. Crash bars minimizes damage in the inevitable tip-over, while a more robust bash plate helps protect the underside of the engine, too. The Rally model also sees a larger windscreen and supplementary LED lighting mounted on the crash bars, underneath the standard headlights.

The bones of the Caponord Rally remains unchanged from the standard Capo, which is to say it retains the 1197cc V-Twin with ride-by-wire throttle. Electronic throttle application allows for such niceties as cruise control and three power modes to help the rider select the right power application for the conditions. ABS and traction control remain as well (both of which can be turned off).

intermot 2014 2015 aprilia caponord 1200 rally, This accessorized Caponord Rally features an optional top case as well as more dirt oriented knobby tires
This accessorized Caponord Rally features an optional top case as well as more dirt-oriented knobby tires.

Lastly, Aprilia Dynamic Damping, which features a completely active rear shock and semi-active fork, first seen on the Caponord 1200 now carries over to the Rally model. With four patents under its belt, ADD is able to adjust the damping rates of both the fork and shock in realtime depending on the conditions. The only thing it can’t do automatically is adjust front preload. The Aprilia Caponord 1200 Rally will be available in Giallo (Yellow) Dune, Verde (Green) Army and Grigio (Grey) Safari, all matte, and with a widevariety ofaccessories specifically designed and developed for the Capo Rally.

Pricing hasn’t been announced yet and neither has U.S. availability.

Follow the rest of our 2014 Intermot Show coverage for more information on new 2015 motorcycle announcements.

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