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Half way - 50,000miles

Reached the 50,000 miles (80K Km) a few days ago!
Half way now...

Chaleco wins Stage 7 with Aprilia on Dakar 2011

Stage win in Stage 7 for Fransesco Lopez Cantardo 'Chaleco' with Aprilia.

New Aprilia is the 'grown-up' supermoto

From an article on MCN on the 20th October 2010 by Michael Neeves:

Aprilia's new Dorsudoro 1200 is more than just another big supermoto, it marks a new generation of 1200cc motorcycles soon to emerge from the factory in Noale, Italy.But right here, right now, the Dorsudoro 1200 is aimed at two of the maddest, fastest, wholly impractical, whelelie-tastic bikes you can buy: Ducati's Hypermotard 1100 Evo and the KTM 990 SMR. On paper it already has them beat.....

Dorsudoro 1200 article

There is a mention about the new Dorsoduro 1200 here and the mention, as everyone should know by now, that an adventure bike with the same engine (new Caponord) would follow soon.

Count down to Florida

Only seven more days till its time for the Florida trip

Raleigh to Boston

Here in the states I recently did a little trip for memorial day from Raleigh North Carolina to Boston Massachusetts, a little trip 1620 miles in 6 days about 2592 kilometers, I must say my butt was tired by the time I got home.

Back on the road

Back on the road again with the Capo after a few months.

The current mileage is 48K miles at the moment and hopefully soon will get over the 50K.

Had my first coil replacement. Also changed the speedo as it was not always working recently.

Have to do a weekly commute of 180 miles each way at the moment, so the miles will be soon adding up.
Using motorways for the commute which takes about 3 hours and it can be done in one tank full of petrol which is great.
Thinking of trying it using A and B roads which according to Tom Tom should be 4h and 50 minutes.

Instrument cluster failure - dead clocks

A few weeks ago I decided to replace the battery as it was pretty tired and had left me stranded. I bought a good aftermarket battery and then followed the instructions in the workshop manual scrupulously in the order of disconnection/reconnection. When I turned the ignition back on I found the insrument cluster had died: no speedo, tacho, warning lights, indicator repeater, engine lights. The only things working were the sidestand warning, neutral and oil pressure lights. The engine still started and ran fine but trying to ride without getting nicked is... problematic.

Caponord in Top 10 of RiDE's RiDER POWER 2009

Just noticed in an older copy of RiDE's RIDER POWER 2009 that the Caponord was inside the top 10 bikes for Gearboxes and in fact in the sixth place.

Here's the table:

1. Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade (08 on) 4.46
2 Kawasaki ZX10R Ninja 4.44
3. Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade (04-07) 4.38
4. Suzuki GSX-R1000 K5-K6 4.33
5. Suzuki GSX-R1000 K7-K8 4.32
6. Aprilia ETV1000 Caponord 4.30
7. Kawasaki 1400GTR 4.28
8. Suzuki GSX-R600 K6 4.22

First Aprilia Dakar stage win by Fransisco Lopez

First ever Dakar stage win for Aprilia by Fransisco Lopez (his second stage win), which also takes him second in the overall standings!!

Read the story here






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