I have traveled the world on bikes. All sorts of bike from bandit 1200 to triumph triples to dr800 - capo - the list just gos on and on.
I did two trips on a caponord. One was from scotland to turkey.
The good things.
Best seats in the business for rider and pillion - massive comfortable and amassing.
Wonderful and a joy to ride.
Thats were it ends though - These bikes are RARE because the clocks can go wrong. There is a fault in all caponord digital clocks and they ALL eventually fail. This can happen at any point in the bikes life. some go after 20 k some go after 80 k. You can open the digital clocks and fix but you need to be very good at electrics as its all printed circuit board. RSV and Futura clocks although look the same do not fit.
So you can only buy these clocks from one place online - look for yourself - they are 750 pounds each unit.
If yoou clocks go - the bikes a write off. and this can happen at any point. Before buying one check out some forums there are hundreds of riders this has happened to.
There is also a major design flaw in their hydrolic clutch - which constantly fails. The o ring on the master cylinder fails leaking your fluid everywhere - this is also a show stopper.
coils fail - nipples rust and are hard if not impossible to then take out of the rims. If you do break down anywhere its very hard to source the parts that do regularly go.
again check owners forums - These bikes are wonderful to ride and use - but seriously if your going on a massive tour through europe leave the capo at home.
I am a expert mechanic im on face book with all my world tours. Every BIKE I HAVE EVER OWNED and that is a LOT of bikes has been more reliable than the caponord at long tours.
I got a 25 year old DR800 in the shed - and i went to Portugal on it 2 times and to Algeria once. Not a single thing went wrong on every trip - beautifully simple engineering - slower - more vibrations but thats reliability thats truly hard to find and what i want on a 7000 mile trip.
Had mine for 12 months and 10,000 miles. I originally got it for 2 up touring because it was offered to me stupidly cheap - because it was leaking fuel.
Turned out to be a failed plastic fuel connector. I did some research and performed all of the recommended upgrades in one day (fuel connectors, brown wiring connectors, rec/reg). I also added a pair of RICOR's amazing intiminators to eliminate fork dive, a pair of Leo Vince pipes and a re-map care of the Caponord community.
This transformed it from capable if unexciting all rounder to unbelievably capable and fun do anything bike. It rails canyons, tours for ever and swallows bumps and gravel off road.
Only owned it for a month, but used it more than I have used all my other bikes.
It's exactly what it is supposed to be, a big soft Adventure Tourer and it fulfils that role to perfection. Forget all you have heard, yes there are issue's but they are well know and easy to solve
Couple of months in....
Gets better and better, zero issue's so far but now know the easy to fix week spots from the very active AP1 forums and will sort all (rectifier and plastic tank couplings)
Ride is just a pleasure, I would not alter the suspension for solo riding, the front forks are not to soft they are just right, comfort is the best I have ever owned and at 170 miles I am not even near reserve (48mpg with 25 litre tank)
This is one seriously underrated bike
EDIT January 2013
OK, so my Caponord succumbed to typical Italian issues, and was replaced with an 04 Ducati Multistrada, then a Honda Transalp 700V, then and currently a Yamaha TDM900, but none of these has got under my skin like the Aprilia Caponord, and I am now looking to change the Yamaha TDM900 for another Caponord
I have owned my Capo for 3yrs so far. Bought in 2007 with full service. well one full service & One oil change.7'000 miles on it. Now three yrs later and coming upto 40'000 miles. The capo has had a bit of a bad press at times. But that is mainly down to the aftersales service/ Parts. however if you have internet you can source all required parts very easerly. Electrical gremlins !!! some don't get any others do. But they rarely strand you and if you do some pre-checks you can easerly sort them out before they come a problem. rectifiers tend to break down after a while but you can sence it. Before it becomes a problem and change it. coils can fail but they never strand you. Just you EFI light flash's and you change them for the better one. (crap one's are sagem/ Best one are JCI one's). They are a bit on the heavy side. But lighter then some. Handle's very well. plenty power. tyres I use Tourances and get 10k out of them. Overall Finish is very good apart from the nipples on the wheel's. I've just done the longest day on her with no problems 1757 miles in one weekend Numb bum on the last couple of hours.
Overall you get a hell of alot of bike for ya bucks.