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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.

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.

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

Dakar 2010 - Aprilia

Five Aprilia entries in this year's Dakar.

And it seems that they are doing fine at the moment.

Lopez Cantardo
Paolo Ceci
Alessandro Zannoti
Guell Farres
Remo Pini

RiDER POWER 2009 - Aprilia Caponord

In this month's issue of RiDE (November 2009), the Caponord made it in 22nd position in the top 100 bikes.

The details were:

Brakes: 3
Build quality: 4
Controls: 4
Dealers: 3
Engine: 4
Gearbox: 4
Handling/suspension: 4
Headlight: 4
Maintenance: 4
Mirrors: 4
Pillion comfort: 4
Reliability: 4
Rider comfort: 5
Running costs: 4
Wind protection: 4

Overall score 82.08%

Coming in that position it came higher than:

Suzuki DL650 V-Strom 2004-current 98th position 66.63%
Suzuki DL1000 V-Strom 2002-current 92th position 71.78%

Insurance Renewal

Last week as each time every year I received my insurance renewal quote.

I have been using the same company(ebike) for the last few years, which I think goes back to 2006.

The renewal insurance quote was for £117.50, for insuring both bikes (Capo and a 98 Pegaso) with TPFT.

Today after some thinking I've decided to renew with the same company as the quote seemed reasonable enough, and didn't want to spend a lot of time trying to get different quotes.






Did you ever had any coil problems?
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Yes with coil 2
Yes with coil 3
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Total votes: 8