6 Common Aprilia Caponord 1200 Problems [With Easy Fixes]

The Caponord 1200 features an 1197 cc 4 stroke, two-cylinder, liquid cool V-Twin engine.

Caponord is more focused on off-road as it has 19” front wheels. With all these specs and figures, the Aprilia Caponord 1200 Problems also takes you on board.

Some of its problems led Aprilia to recall the Caponord for a free fix.

Well, there are many others, too, and we will discuss them in this article along with fixes.

Aprilia Caponord 1200 Problems

The common Aprilia Caponord 1200 problems include excessive oil consumption, oil leaks, coolant leaks, stalling, power loss, clogged carb, vapor locking, worn out fuel hose, malfunctioning fuel filter, problematic tank, starter relay problems, inconsistent throttle, faulty ignition coils, overheating, a heavy motorcycle, wind buffeting, a basic screen, imperfect gauges, not worthy headlights, electrical issues, problematic suspension,  a heavy clutch pull.


1. Excessive Oil Consumption and Oil Leaks

The most frustrating problem with the Aprilia Caponord 1200 is its excessive oil consumption. Riders on Caponord’s early models got sick due to this problem since this bike was consuming a lot more oil, and ride quality was still not great.

The Caponord motorcycle consumes a lot more oil than its rivals. It is known that motorcycles consume way less than a liter of engine oil for 1000 miles.

However, the Aprilia Caponord 1200 was sometimes consuming more than a liter, which was pretty alarming.

If a motorcycle consumes more oil, it represents two things mainly. First, there’s a lot of wear and tear inside the motorcycle and its engine.

Otherwise, there’s an oil leak through which the oil is lost. You can verify any leak from the bottom of the engine. If you see any drops or the engine’s base is wet in oil, it means there’s an oil leak.

However, if you do not find any sign of a leak but your motorcycle is still consuming way too much oil, it’s even more than an alarm.

Your bike is facing wear and tear, which you do not know.

The engine consumes more oil when any of its cylinders, pistons, seals, forks, connecting rods, gaskets, or rings are damaged or worn.

In actuality, components like these are high quality, and they cannot leak at the start. Otherwise, they can be damaged if your engine is old, you have already covered thousands of miles on it, and the bike is not well-maintained.

However, if an engine is new, but these components are wearing out, it means there was an issue with the engine assembly at the time the engine was being built by the manufacturers.

If that’s the case, there’s pretty much nothing you can do other than rebuild your engine with a credible and experienced mechanic, better than an authorized dealership.

And if there’s any oil leak, it is still pretty easy to sort as you only need to repair or replace that part, which is also not expensive and not trickier.

Unless your bike is under warranty, rebuilding an engine can cost several hundred to a couple thousand.

2. Stalling and Loss of Power

Another problem with this machine that owners have faced is stalling engine or loss of power. The machine is designed pretty well, but it can still stall.

However, this is not a common problem; any motorcycle can have some problems which lead to stalling and power issues.

The Aprilia Caponord 1200 stalls due to malfunctioning components.

These components generally include a clogged carb, vapor lock, worn-out fuel hose, malfunctioning fuel filter and tank, starter relay problems, throttle jerking, and, most importantly, faulty ignition coils.

See, how long can this list be? You will need to inspect them all until you find out the reason. Because your engine could be stalling due to any reason.

If you have not replaced the carbs for a while or you have been regularly off-roading in mud and gravel, there are chances you have clogged its carburetor.

Now, you can clean this clogged carb or replace it with a newer one.

Now, after replacing its carburetor and your motorcycle is still stalling, there are chances it has got vapor lock issues.

It happens when the carburetor and in-line fuel in the fuel hoses evaporate and turn into vapors, blocking the fuel hoses and affecting the engine starting.

In that case, you need to wait so your motorcycle can cool down. Then, try to accelerate your motorcycle if it is starting so these vapors can escape.

Otherwise, you might need to replace these rubber fuel lines with newer ones; you better opt for stainless steel hoses this time.

The rubber fuel hoses wear out quickly, and they also build up heat much quicker. Caponord 1200 also stalls due to problematic fuel filters.

If the fuel filter is not clean, there will be low fuel pressure, causing rough idling and misfiring of the engine.

It is also worth having a replacement.

Otherwise, you might notice your throttle jerking or your engine has lost smoothness now, resulting in poor readability.

Similarly, there can be issues with Aprilia Caponord 1200’s starter system. This system contains a starter relay, and when it malfunctions, the electrical signals can not be transferred from the battery to the starter motor, and you will never see your engine starting.

It is also worth a replacement since fixing it can cost you time. Also, remember, the ignition coils can also go bad, and they do often go bad.

If these ignition coils fail, they will misbehave, and your engine either won’t start or it will not work properly.

They often fail due to heat and vibrations. It can not be repaired so you will need to replace them as well, as soon as possible.

3. Overheating and Coolant Leak

The Aprilia Caponord 1200 has a known and common issue of overeating, mostly caused by coolant leaks. These motorcycles use a liquid-cooled engine and require coolant to cool things down when they heat up.

The liquid cooling is affected when your engine heats up due to environmental, technical, and rider reasons. In that case, you will need to let your engine take some rest and get back cooler.

Otherwise, it will consume more coolant, and in some cases, the coolant pipes can leak.

When these pipes leak, the coolant can hurt you since it’s pretty hot out there.

Even if it does not, the engine itself overheats enough, and it can burn your leg since it throws heat on your leg.

To fix them all, it’s better to take precautionary measures first. You should try not to ride your motorcycle in summer when the climate is too hot.

More specifically, you should not ride in the hottest part of the day, such as the afternoon. It can blow its gaskets and cause the engine to overheat, which you can feel on your leg.

Also, do not accelerate your bike unnecessarily.

You should have some rest and do not ride for long hours and at high speed. Plus, you can use a heat sink and install heat shields on your motorcycle engine and exhaust so it won’t eliminate much heat on your leg.

Also, make sure to wear riding boots to protect your legs and feet. Make sure the coolant level is perfect, and you are using the right coolant in there.

4. Heavy and Wider Motorcycle

Aprilia Caponord 1200 is a sports touring motorcycle with its designation towards off-road, adventure, and on-road riding. To have perfect rideability, you need perfect maneuverability, which comes with the weight of your motorcycle and the overall design or build of the bike.

Caponord is a heavy motorcycle and it has a heavy body that weighs at least 470 lbs. If you do long rides, you must need luggage, and adding luggage will affect the reliability and balance of this motorcycle.

For big guys, the motorcycle is still a perfect deal.

However, if you are a smart and slim guy, you might have difficulty handling it.

The chassis itself is wide and the handlebars are also wide on this motorcycle, at least 1 more inch.

For big guys, it will still make a good choice, but the handling will still be not better. Due to the wide chassis and wide handlebars, there will be wind buffeting, too, affecting overall readability.

5. Basic Screen and Imperfect Gauges

Further problems of the Aprilia Caponord 1200 include its imperfect fuel and coolant gauges which sometimes go mad and show unreal figures.

There are only selected brands and selected models where we get gauges that show accurate stuff on the screen.

Due to the design of a motorcycle, the gauges cannot always be true.

However, if you have a strong emphasis on gauges (and you should too), you need to make sure they are doing good by calibrating them. Whenever you think it has an error, replace them right there.

There’s nothing much you can do to fix them otherwise.

Similarly, the Aprilia Caponord 1200 has got a screen which is nothing better but a basic thing.

The display does not have much brightness, and it is almost invisible to see in daylight. Also, the build quality does not seem to be great enough.

Then, there are just basic controls and options that you can see; there’s nothing fancy other than indicators, warnings, and a meter.

The overall instrument cluster is not of this day, and it is worth using an aftermarket panel if you are a big fan of fancy and informative displays.

Moreover, the buttons and switches on the handlebars also do not feature an amazing build quality.

The cruise control is also just basic and other menus or options are just enough to solve your need, but does not facilitate you much.

6. Problematic Suspension and A Heavy Clutch Pull

The  Aprilia Caponord 1200 is known to have a few issues or limitations with both its clutch and suspension, of course. Talking about the clutch first since it is the prominent transmission component of a motorcycle. 

Caponord clutch is supposed to get hard with time, and riders often face difficulty when pulling its clutch with a heavy pull.

To some extent, it affects the rideability.

But, the health of the engine and its transmission is compromised since some serious wear and tear is going on. Or at least the clutch components and plates are asking for detailed lubrication to get back on track and bring smoothness to the shifting process.

Along with lubrication, you now need to readjust the clutch cable because it can also affect the clutch pull over time. This time, ensure your clutch cable is at least an inch long so it won’t happen sooner.

Lubricate these components so you won’t get a stiff clutch again.

For its suspension, the  Aprilia Caponord 1200 has problems with its rear shocks. The shock absorbers and the fork seals are prone to leak, spitting out the lubricant and affecting the suspension quality.

Just replace the whole forks or put new seals if the forks are still great.

As a result, you get a soft suspension that lets you feel every single rock on the road.

In some cases, this leakage can be frustrating as it creates a lot of mess when the leak starts.

But in other cases, the leak is not a problem as it continues to leak a few drops.

Aprilia Caponord 1200 User Reviews:

“Its 125 horses are harder to find than the BMW 1200s, but the motor is much smoother and revs freely throughout its range. The suspension is superb as is the design and look of the bike. Very comfortable and very well equipped as standard.” Source: Aprilia Caponord 1200 Review

“Love this bike, but it uses oil. On long trips to the continent, we have to pack a liter of oil in our luggage, which is a pain. Had a few Japanese bikes, but none of them used any oil. Plus the rear tire had a slow leak, which turned out to be the valve, and had to get it replaced.”  Source: Aprilia Caponord 1200 Review

Technical Specifications of Aprilia Caponord 1200:

Engine1197cc V-twin
Maximum Power125 hp
Maximum Torque115 Nm
FrameSteel Trellis
Front SuspensionUpside-down fork
Rear SuspensionMonoshock
Front Brakes Dual Discs
Rear BrakesSingle Disc
Front Wheel120/70 R19
Rear Wheel190/55 R17
Seat Height840mm
Top Speed140 MPH
Fuel Capacity24 liters
Weight230-250 kg
ElectronicsRide Modes, Traction Control, Cruise Control, etc.


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