2003 Aprilia Caponord
I made the grievous error of selling my blue Aprilia Caponord, a 2002 model, in December of 2005 and I've regretted the sale ever since. It would be true to say that the Mrs encouraged me to follow my heart and buy another Caponord rather than a Gold Wing. I would imagine that it would also be true that my whining about the old Caponord was getting tiresome.
In a moment of easily encouraged decisiveness I bought an '03 Caponord from my buddy Shane. He'd only put 1800 miles on it because of TMTS (too many toys syndrome) so the bike is near showroom condition and to add a bit of glisten to my moto-lust, it is red. Riding the 50 miles home with my new prize I remember why I love the Caponord so much: Great handling, plenty of power, nice seating position (lousy seat though), and that Italian v-twin uniqueness that is positively addictive. The bike fits me the way the ST1300 never did even after a year of fiddling.
The Capo is my third Aprilia, the 40th bike I've owned, and probably my all time favorite bike after the 1974 BMW R90S I bought brand new in ye olden times. The Capo isn't perfect by any stretch, it's just a ton of fun and a wonderfully unique and enjoyable ride, so much so that it is only the second time ever I've bought the same model of a bike twice. The first was time was in 1987 when I bought another R90S.
Now as we begin 2007 you're no doubt wondering about 2007 and beyond. In case you're sitting there unsure about what to do in 2007 to fill your idle moments when you're not reading motorcycle blogs I thought I'd offer up a few ideas to keep you occupied:
- Start a boutique motorcycle company using a revived name from motorcycling's glorious past. Since Indian, Norton, and Vincent are spoken for I suggest using Pope. The name has been in the news a good deal lately so there may be some cross promotional possibilities with these folks if Harley-Davidson doesn't land a deal there first.
- Go to all the Internet motorcycle forums you can find and post porn and stupid political messages thereby polluting otherwise useful resources (oh wait, that's been done already).
- De-badge your Kawasaki Drifter and ride it to a bike gathering. See how many people say "Nice Indian!" and then tell them it's a Kawasaki. I actually did that. It worked. Guys looked like they'd just got caught kissing their ugly cousin.
- Create a TV show entitled "Celebrity NASCAR Chopper Builders Play Poker." Sell it to Speed Channel so they have another excuse to cancel coverage of the Isle of Man TT races.
- Write to animal rights groups. Encourage them to set up a booth this year at Sturgis to stop the unseemly use of leather by bikers.
- Teach a friend to ride this way.
- Walk into a big motorcycle shop and ask the salesman what kind of bike he rides. Keep track of how many say "I don't have a bike right now but…"
- Go to a mile flat track race and see real dirt track racing before it's gone forever.
- Make a home video of your favorite motorcycle ride and use good background music (yet to be done).
"Honda announces new four door, passenger airbag equipped, air conditioned, retractable top Goldwing. Electric windows still an option."
"MotoGP star Dani Pedrosa crashes into pace car at end of warm up lap. Honda says future MotoGP bikes will be fitted with rubber fairings and nerf bars."
"GPS guided motorcycles and cars limited to posted speed limit. Cities and States expect severe budget shortfalls."
"Kawasaki ZX2000 boasts 500 hp. Top speed limited to 55 kph per European Union regulations for motorbikes."
"BMW stops demo ride program when they discover people were only joy riding and then buying something reasonably priced elsewhere."
"Harley introduces new "TrailerGlide" model with front fender that turns into a loading ramp."
"Valentino Rossi moves from Piaggio to Hyusong. 16th world championship season expected for Rossi."
"Icon Motorcycle Clothing buys Cycle World Magazine. Final ten pages of actual editorial content to be deleted except for Peter Egan's column."
"Chinese company acquires rights to Indian Motorcycle name. Expects to return Indian to the glory days of the Gilroy era. Bikes to be sold through Wal-Mart stores."
"MotoCzysz to have their first ever race-ready bike done in time for new Haitian MotoGP event."
"Speed Channel announces new motorcycle shows: 'Bikes of NASCAR Driver's Wive's Friends' and 'Celebrity NASCAR Chopper Builders Play Poker.' Speed Channel cancels coverage of MotoGP races to make room in schedule."
"Suzuki introduces new line of cruisers. No one notices"
"Yamaha changes name of Star Motorcycles back to Yamaha Motorcycles. No one cares."
"Author of famous motorcycle blog "Forty Years On Two Wheels" retires from writing. Millions mourn."
Ok, maybe that last one was a little embellished.
Happy New Year.