This is the final confirmation that project Aprilia-enduro is going strong. Picture shows the latest spy photo of the new Caponord / Touareg 1200 motorcycle (the name is still a mystery), the adventure bike that will target the same market segment as the Ducati Multistrada 1200 and BMW R1200GS with. KTM 990 SMT is not entirely part of this group, but still will be something that Aprilia would try to match. It is apparent that this bike is related to a well known Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200 – or to be even more direct, it is a Dorsoduro with a protective fairing, more comfortable seat, travel luggage and space for the passenger. Chassis and engine remain the same as the maxi motard, presented last year.
EICMA 2010 was the first time the rumors started to be heard. Name is something that still creates confusion with Caponord and Touareg 1200 both coming into an equation. If the chosen name would be Caponord, it will continue a saga of a true enduro / adventure bike from the 80s and 90s, much loved by the fans but not the general public. I guess we just need to wait and see.