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Aprilia ETV 1000 Caponord



Year (of specifications) 2009
Engine 998 cc, 60 degree, V-Twin
Transmission 6-speed, chain
Top speed -
0-60 MPH -
Horsepower 98 bhp @ 8,500 rpm
Weight -
Seat height 820 mm / 32.2 inches
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The Aprilia ETV 1000 CAPONORD was the first trail bike in the world to be fitted with a variable geometry aluminium perimeter frame (Aprilia's Double Wave Aluminium Beam frame). The DWAB frame is manufactured from extruded box section aluminium alloy profiles welded to aluminium-magnesium castings. The rear swingarm is also in aluminium-magnesium alloy and features a cold cast central section, extruded arms and forged terminals.

The engine of the Aprilia ETV 1000 Caponord is derived from the unit that powers the racing RSV, but has been thoroughly modified for touring. In the ETV 1000 Caponord the V twin demonstrates all its versatility. Powerful and aggressive on the RSV, on the CAPONORD this engine is extremely fluid and flexible, with smooth power delivery.

Aprilia ETV 1000 Caponord engine features:

- Longitudinal 60° V twin engine (a particularly short, compact design), with four valves per cylinder and double overhead cam with mixed chain and gear drive.

- Sagem electronic fuel injection. The injection control unit is connected to a sensor that reads crankshaft position every 10° of rotation, giving far more accurate control over injection parameters and smoother running, particularly at low engine speeds. Idling speed is automatically controlled by a feedback system, so a choke lever is no longer required.

- CDI electronic ignition and TSI (Twin Spark Ignition), with two spark plugs per cylinder. Ignition timing is controlled by the integrated engine management system that also controls fuel injection. This unit is completely different from that fitted to the RSV 1000.

- Dry sump lubrication system. Dry sump lubrication allows crankcases to be far more rigid and compact than on wet sump engines and totally eliminates the risk of insufficient engine lubrication under hard acceleration and fierce braking or in the event of falls or wheelies.

- Different injection mapping for each cylinder to optimise combustion. The engine management unit recognises twistgrip opening and closing movements and uses the DIAC system (Dynamic Ignition Advance Control) to adapt injection and ignition parameters and maintain exceptionally smooth power delivery.


The ETV 1000 CAPONORD’s suspension system is similar to that used on big racing enduros, but has been thoroughly calibrated for maximum comfort at all times and under all conditions, from motorways to dirt tracks.

- 50 mm Marzocchi fork with extended wheel travel (175 mm). The fork’s hydraulic damping has been improved and a variable action spring fitted. The new spring becomes firmer when the fork enters the second half of its compression stroke. End of stroke load is also up by 16%.

- SACHS rear monoshock with adjustable rebound and spring preload, with APS (Aprilia Progressive System) rising rate suspension linkages. The rear monoshock can be adjusted by a conveniently located knob to match suspension action to all possible conditions from full load touring to off-road solo riding.




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