2003 Aprilia ETV 1000 CapoNord Review

Review Title: Outstanding Touring Bike
Ratings
Overall★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Reliability★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Quality★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Performance★ ★ ★ ★
Comfort★ ★ ★ ★ ★

The bike is a great touring mount and extremely comfortable. The windscreen could be bigger, but it does an okay job. There are aftermarkets to pick from. The torque is impressive, but not overwhelming. The bike is deceptively fast. I'm used to a much "busier" motor. It handles as good as some sport bikes I've riden and is very predictable in the corners. It feels too heavy when taking it off the kickstand, but that all goes away the moment you start to roll. This bike has all the things you'd buy a sport touring bike for and all the flickability of a dirtbike on road. Hoenstly, the only complaint was easy to fix. The gearing is too tall. Change the front sprocket from a 17 tooth to a 16. Not only will it put the engine in the sweet spot, but wheelies are easier to do. My only other complaint is that the tripmeter is too complicated to use. I chose the Hepco becker bags for saddlebags because they aren't as oddly shaped as the factory bags and the give the bike the Paris to Dakar look. The bike never fails to turn heads regardless of where I go. With all that room, the rear rack and the platform under the rear seat, I can literally take the kitchen sink with me. This is an SUV for the street and at roughly half the price of the BMW, it's a steal.


Upgrades:
These are the accessories I've added:

  • 45liter aluminium Hepco Becker bags and mounts
  • Hepco Becker fairing protector
  • Hella 500 series offroad lights
  • Aprilia sump gaurd from the Rally Raid
  • Touratech folding shift lever
  • Touratech handlebar crossbar
  • Touratech radiator and oil cooler stone guards
  • Acerbis handgaurds/barkbusters
  • Avon Distanzia tires
  • Battery tender
  • 2nd 12volt aux plug for GPS mount
  • Magellan GPS with Touratech crossbar mount
  • Cortech tankbag (strap on because the tank is plastic)

    About the reviewer:
    Author:
    Height:6' 1"
    Weight:250
    Miles or hours spent on the review:4000+ miles
    Locationdelaware, Ohio, United States
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    Submitted: January, 2005