3. Aprilia Caponord


El Capo finished 7th out of 9 in our epic Adventure Sport Adventure Tour-off last September because the other kids (and me too) were awed by the 150+ horsepower of the winners and their latest whizbang TFT displays, etc. That stuff’s important when you’re literally trying to keep up with the Joneses and impress the yokels at stops. But looking back on it from a couple months’ perspective, if I had to pick one to take off on, on my own or with one or two old pals, it would be the character-rich Capo.

Fast enough, great-handling enough on and off pavement, with awesome electronic suspension and the cushiest seat of them all – plus all boxes ticked including slightly archaic cruise control, the Caponord’s the one that speaks to me, the one I remember riding on our epic ride up the coast. It also speaks to the cheapskate in all us old guys at less than $16K.