2004 Aprilia ETV 1000 Caponord Rally-Raid
The intention behind the Caponord was to design
a bike capable of guaranteeing class-leading
performance and power but with an impeccable
chassis for ridability, comfort and safety at
all levels. The new Caponord Rally-Raid is the
perfect machine for the adventure-hungry traveller,
the rider who knows no limits and who has an
unquenchable desire to clock up kilometre after
kilometre over all types of terrain.
The 60° V twin engine is one of the Caponord's
many strong points. This power unit is derived
directly from that of the RSV, but has been
thoroughly modified to make it perfect for touring.
From the word go, development aimed to achieve
excellent ergonomics, rider and passenger comfort,
and total wind protection. The Caponord Rally-Raid
can tackle even the longest journeys without
fatiguing its rider and passenger, and its load-carrying
capacity makes it as versatile as any motorcycle
can possibly be. The new sump guard, tubular
steel body protectors and hand guards demonstrate
the bike's eagerness for adventure.
The Caponord Rally-Raid features even better
suspensions, for exceptional stability and comfort
under all riding conditions and for strength
on gruelling off-road sections. The Marzocchi
50 mm fork has an increased wheel travel of
200 mm. The fork internals are based on piston
and cartridge hydraulics like those used in
competition motocross machines. Compression
adjustment is provided on the RH fork leg and
rebound adjustment on the LH fork leg. The result
is a hitherto unachievable capacity to absorb
even the hardest knocks combined with the sort
of handling never before experienced from a
maxi enduro. The chassis is completed by an
aluminium alloy swing-arm with a new rising
rate linkage featuring APS (Aprilia Progressive
System). The Sachs hydraulic monoshock has a
separate nitrogen reservoir for improved cooling
under harsh riding conditions, and provides
adjustments for rebound and compression as well
as a practical hydraulic preload adjustment
that can be operated without getting off the
bike. So the riding setup that many have defined
as the standard-setter for this class of motorcycle
has just got even better! Rear wheel travel
has also increased to 200 mm.
Another area in which the Caponord Rally-Raid
has been improved is the transmission. The front
sprocket has been reduced from 17 to 16 teeth
to give a lower final drive ratio and even better
acceleration and pickup. First gear is lower,
making it more useful in difficult off-road
conditions, but top speed has actually increased
a few km/h as the result of a higher maximum
engine speed. Riders who wish to keep their
revs down on long motorway journeys can fit
a 17 tooth sprocket instead of the standard
16 tooth one. All Caponord models are homologated
for use with both sprockets.
The Rally-Raid is fitted with extra protection
in the form of an aluminium sump guard and carbon
fibre engine guard on a new tubular steel frame.
A protective grille guards the oil cooler against
accidental stone damage. The bodywork is also
protected by a high strength tubular steel frame,
specially designed to protect the bike against
knocks and falls. All these parts combine maximum
strength and protection with minimum weight,
and give the bike a decisive and aggressive
The fairing has been completely redesigned
to make the entire machine more compact. The
direction indicators are no longer incorporated,
and the faired hand guards have been replaced
by traditional handlebar hand guards that provide
effective protection against the elements and
prevent injury by trees and bushes along narrow
off-road tracks. The silencers have undergone
restyling too. The new units are fitted with
anodised aluminium shields that combine exclusive
materials and finish with Aprilia's traditional
skill in weight reduction. Even the front mudguard
has been redesigned to make it more effective
off road. Its special new design helps prevent
mud sticking to it on challenging terrain.
The two 40 litre aluminium panniers are another
Caponord Rally-Raid exclusive. This practical,
and robust luggage is easily detachable and
lockable, and is designed to withstand even
extreme use. With the addition of the optional
top case, the Rally-Raid offers an impressive
110 litres of luggage capacity. The high strength
tubular steel luggage mounting frame also affords
effective protection to the rear of the bike
when the luggage is not carried.
The ETV 1000 Caponord is equipped with Aprilia's
muscular 60° V twin, which really demonstrates
its incredible versatility in this bike. Powerful
and aggressive in the RSV, in the Caponord this
engine is tuned for progressive control, smooth
power and an exceptionally flat torque curve.
In short, the perfect engine for relaxed long
The Rally-Raid's power unit maintains all the
technical features that have made Aprilia's
V990 such a success:
- Electronic fuel injection with 47 mm throttle
- CDI capacitor discharge ignition combined
with two spark plugs per cylinder.
- Dry sump lubrication.
- Mixed gear/chain valve timing drive.
- Euro 2 standard catalysed exhaust.
The Rally-Raid also incorporates the following
exclusive Aprilia patents:
- AVDC (Anti Vibration Double Countershaft)
Hydraulic clutch assisted by the patented
PPC (Pneumatic Power Clutch) system to control
rear wheel bounce.
- Differential injection mapping for both
cylinders ensuring optimum fuel burn in each.
The introduction of the catalyser and
- Lambda oxygen sensor necessitated different
fuel injection mapping. This has been done
in such a way that power delivery at low revs
has improved without penalising maximum power
which remains the same as in the previous
- Tuned intake and exhaust systems for the
highest possible torque at low engine speeds.
Air intakes are 70 mm in diameter and exhaust
pipes are accurately sized to match.
- High power alternator, capable of providing
plenty of electrical energy for this true
tourer, powering the high visibility front
headlight cluster and whatever accessories
you care to plug in to the convenient 12 Volt
The engine of the Aprilia ETV 1000 Caponord
Rally-Raid delivers 98 HP (72 kW) at the crank
at 8,250 r.p.m. (ECE corrected) and a maximum
torque of 9.68 kgm (95 Nm) at 6,250 r.p.m..
The Aprilia ETV 1000 Caponord features a
variable geometry aluminium twin spar frame
in extruded and reinforced aluminium alloy
welded on to aluminium-magnesium alloy castings.
This advanced frame gives the best torsional
rigidity of its class.
Great care has been taken with the frame
design to keep weight as close as possible
to the bike's centre of gravity. The special
shape of the frame also guarantees a comfortable
riding position and eliminates the turbulence
and drag normally generated around the knees
The rear swing-arm, also in aluminium-magnesium
alloy, has a chilled cast main section, extruded
members and forged ends for the best possible
combination of lightness and torsional rigidity.
The unit's design also maximises its weight/rigidity
To make parking easier despite the longer
suspensions, the Caponord Rally-Raid has a
longer side stand with a larger footprint
to stop it sinking into soft ground. The Caponord
Rally-Raid is also equipped with a higher
centre stand for practical parking during
The exhaust system features two three-way
catalysers and a Lambda probe oxygen sensor
for perfect carburation control. The exhausts
are made entirely from stainless steel (for
constant performance over a long working life)
and ensure that the Caponord Rally-Raid complies
with the latest Euro 2 standards. The positioning
and size of the silencers was determined as
the result of extensive research into aerodynamics
and ridability. The solution chosen ensures
significant technical and practical advantages,
- perfect balance;
- low noise;
- no irritating turbulence at high speeds;
- compact, narrow tail for quick and easy
The suspensions are heavy duty units derived
from those of competition enduros, but are
calibrated for exceptional comfort under all
riding conditions, on or off the road.
- 50 mm Marzocchi long travel (200 mm) fork
with separate hydraulic adjustments. The Aprilia
ETV 1000 Caponord Rally-Raid is the only twin
cylinder trail bike with a 50 mm fork fitted
as standard. The fork is derived from competition
enduro forks for top level performance, strength
and, above all else, flexural rigidity. This
is of tremendous importance to riding stability
given the length of fork travel.
- Sachs rear monoshock with separate nitrogen
reservoir, adjustable in rebound, compression
and preload, with APS (Aprilia Progressive
System) linkage. A practical, easily accessible
knob is provided for quick and easy suspension
adjustment and to adapt action to all riding
conditions from full load to off-road sports.
Wheel travel is 200 mm.
The brakes on the Caponord Rally-Raid have
been made even more powerful to cope with
the extreme riding conditions the bike is
capable of. The front braking system now features
a floating stainless steel double disk unit,
with floating callipers and differential diameter
twin pistons (32 and 30 mm). This system ensures
exceptional feel and instant stopping power,
and absorbs all the flexing that tough off-road
conditions can cause. The rear brake is a
272 mm stainless steel disk with 34 mm twin
Seat height has been raised to 860 mm, and
the handlebars are also accordingly higher
to create a new riding position for perfect
The raised saddle is shaped like a professional
motocross or enduro saddle. The result is
a perfect view ahead, a position from which
you can stand up on the footrests in an instant,
and a narrower profile for off-road manoeuvring.
The passenger seat joins the rider seat to
provide ample support for rider movement during
off-road use. The passenger seat can be removed
if not used leaving a large load carrying
area. A special cover fitting enables the
spacious under-seat storage compartment to
be locked even without the passenger seat
The handlebars are new too, to optimise the
changed riding position. They feature the
latest double taper design and are made from
high flexural strength anodised aluminium.
The bars are held in higher single piece risers,
with damped mountings to eliminate engine
vibrations. The single piece riser design
also gives a more rigid connection between
the handlebars and the front wheel for maximum
steering effect. The rubber footrest sleeves
can be easily removed for better control off-road
when you wear motocross boots, yet another
fine detail that boosts the versatility of
the Caponord Rally-Raid.
The Aprilia ETV 1000 Caponord is equipped
as standard with Aprilia's exclusive patented
Tubeless Spokes Rim wheels for tubeless tyres
and greatly improved active safety. The Rally-Raid
comes fitted with road-going tyres, but to
satisfy the taste for adventure of likely
customers, the sale price includes a second
set of 110/80 front and 150/70 R 17 rear off-road
all-round knobbly tyres homologated for a
maximum speed of 170 km/h.
The dashboard comprises two analog instruments
and an easy to read multi-purpose digital
display for clock, ambient temperature, coolant
temperature, and fuel level. The display also
flags up a "service" message to notify the
rider when a service is due plus any injection
system malfunction codes. (Malfunctions as
such are signalled by a warning light.) Easy
readability is ensured by large instrument
size and blue back-lighting (adjustable to
3 levels of intensity). Blue back-lighting
not only prevents eye fatigue but also gives
the dashboard an even more exclusive yet functional
The Aprilia ETV 1000 Caponord Rally-Raid
features components of an exceptionally high
- Brembo brakes. The front brake is a ? 300
mm stainless steel double floating disk unit
with a floating calliper and two differential
diameter 32 and 30 mm pistons. The rear brake
features a ? 270 mm stainless steel disk and
calliper with two opposed 34 mm diameter pistons.
- Free form multi-focal light cluster with
complex parabolic mirror. The beams are independently
adjustable vertically and horizontally. This
means that you can set up the headlight exactly
as you want it for long distance touring even
with full load and with all bags and accessories
- Practical 12 V power socket for electrical
The Caponord Rally-Raid is an exceptionally
versatile motorcycle, capable of tackling
any situation you care to throw at it. But
if you want an even greater spirit of adventure,
you can find it in the following optional
- Protective front headlight grille for use
off-road (not homologated for on-road use).
- Aluminium 30 litre top case complete with
mounting rack with cover security lock. Capacity
- Heated hand grips
- Hazard warning flashers (operating all four
- Soft tank bag.
- Engine type - Longitudinal 60° V twin four
stroke, with patented AVDC system (Anti-Vibration
- Cooling - Liquid cooling with three-way
- Bore and stroke - 97 x 67.5 mm
- Total displacement - 997.62 cc
- Compression ratio - 10.4:1
- Valve timing - Double overhead cam with
mixed gear/chain timing drive, four valves
- Maximum power at crankshaft - 98 HP (72
kW) at 8,250 r.p.m..
- Maximum torque at crankshaft - 9.68 kgm
(95 Nm) at 6,250 r.p.m.
- Fuel injection - Integrated electronic engine
management system. Indirect multi-point electronic
injection. Lambdaprobe oxygen sensor in exhaust
system. 47 mm diameter throttle bodies.
- Exhaust system - Twin stainless steel silencers,
one catalyser per silencer.
- Fuel - 95 RON lead-free petrol
- Ignition - Digital electronic ignition with
TSI (Twin Spark Ignition) with two spark plugs
per cylinder. Ignition timing integrated in
the injection control system.
- Starter - Electric starter
- Lubrication - Dry sump with separate oil
reservoir. Double trochoidal pump with oil
cooler. Circuit capacity 3.5 litres.
- Primary drive - Straight toothed gears.
Transmission ratio: 60/31 (1.935)
- Gearbox - 6 speed. Transmission ratios:
- 1st - 35/14 (2.5)
- 2nd - 28/16 (1.75)
- 3rd - 26/19 (1.368)
- 4th - 24/22 (1.091)
- 5th - 22/23 (0.957)
- 6th - 23/27 (0.852)
- Final drive - Chain. Transmission ratio:
45/16. Alternative 17 tooth sprocket can be
- Clutch - Multiple disk in oil bath with
patented PPC power-assisted hydraulic control.
- Frame - Sloping parallel twin spar frame
in aluminium-magnesium alloy.Removable high
strength steel seat mount frame.
- Maximum length - 2,300 mm
- Maximum width - 876 mm (at handlebars)
- Maximum height - 1,460 mm (at windshield)
- Seat height - 860 mm
- Handlebar height - 1,135 mm at bar ends
- Wheelbase - 1,568 mm
- Trail - 129 mm
- Steering angle - 27.8°
- Front suspension - Marzocchi 50 mm hydraulic
telescopic fork. 200 mm wheel travel. Piston
and cartridge motocross type fork hydraulics.
Compression adjustment (on RH leg) and rebound
adjustment (on LH leg).
- Rear suspension - Aluminium alloy swing-arm.
New rising rate linkage with APS (Aprilia
Progressive System). Sachs hydraulic monoshock
with mechanical compression and rebound adjustment
and hydraulic preload adjustment. Separate
nitrogen reservoir. 200 mm wheel travel.
- Front brake - Brembo double floating stainless
steel disks, Ø 300 mm. Floating calliper with
two differential diameter 32 and 30 mm pistons.
Semi-metallic brake pads.
- Rear brake - Stainless steel disk, Ø 272
mm. Twin 34 mm piston calliper.
- Wheels - Patented perfected spoked wheels
for tubeless tyres.
- Front - 2.50 X 19".
- Rear - 4.00 X 17".
- Tyres - Radial tubeless:
- Front - 110/80 VR 19.
- Rear - 150/70 R 17.
- Alternative - Off road all-round. V max
= 170 km/h.
- Front - 110/80 R 19 M+S Tubeless.
- Rear - 150/70 R 17 M+S Tubeless.
- Battery - 12 V, 14 Ah.
- Alternator - 470W.
- Maximum all-up weight - Motorcycle + Rider
+ Passenger + luggage 478 kg.
- Tank - Capacity 25 litres, 5 litre reserve.