FRENCH ALPS: THE APRILIA CAPONORD 1200
AND THE INNOVATIVE AMP KEEP YOU CONNECTED
THE APRILIA MULTIMEDIA PLATFORM APP COMPLETES THE RANGE OF OPTIONS, FOR A WIRELESS LINK BETWEEN BIKE AND IPHONE. THE RESULT IS A SOPHISTICATED ON-BOARD MULTIFUNCTIONAL COMPUTER
Imagine having an Aprilia Caponord 1200 at your disposal. The wonderful roads of the French Alps. A clear blue sky and pleasant summer temperatures. In this ideal setting, the dream of every motorcyclist, at the end of July we tested the enduro roadster designed and built in Noale: a benchmark for riding pleasure, electronic equipment and loading capacity, especially in the fully-featured Travel Pack version. A global bike, great fun for a sporty riding style, comfortable for touring and practical for everyday use: with its rich assortment of standard features (multimap ride by wire, ATC-Aprilia Traction Control and ABS), the Aprilia Caponord stands out among enduro road bikes for safety, performance and comfort. The Travel Pack model enhances an already complete set of standard features (multimap ride by wire, ATC, ABS) with exclusive electronic contents such as the Aprilia Dynamic Damping semi-active suspension system and Aprilia Cruise Control, as well as colour-coordinated side panniers and a central stand.
When you’re accustomed to going everywhere with a smartphone, the “thirst” for information never leaves you, even when you’re in the saddle: so the Aprilia Caponord offers the Aprilia Multimedia Platform (AMP), a system designed and developed by the Piaggio Group for various types of vehicle (in the PMP-Piaggio Multimedia Platform version for scooters). What does it do? First of all, it completes the wide range of information already provided by the on-board instruments, displaying data for all purposes: to enhance safety, keep a log of every trip and for pure pleasure.
CONNECTED TO THE WORLD WITH AMP
The Aprilia Multimedia Platform consists of a hardware unit to connect the rider’s smartphone (an iPhone) to the bike via Bluetooth, and a free Apple Store app. Aprilia describes the system as a completion to the vehicle’s on-board instruments, placing particular emphasis on its functions as a virtual dashboard, additional trip computer with data recording and advanced navigator.
On the Caponord, the iPhone is mounted on a special bracket on the handlebar, inside a waterproof case to protect the smartphone and ensure full touchscreen functionality. Installation of the app is quick and easy, and only needs to be done the first time: you activate Bluetooth on the phone, find the AMP device and connect. The settings screen offers a choice of system characteristics, such as deactivation of the touchscreen at speeds above 5 km/h, or automatic storage of the bike’s GPS position when the engine is turned off (key in OFF position).
MULTIMEDIA PLATFORM AT THE SERVICE OF THE RIDER
The main screen displays the AMP functions: Dashboard, Navi, Trip, User Manual and Bonus, with the Bonus function calculating the distance from the North Cape. The dashboard function – with analog or digital display – could not provide a more complete range of information, from basic info such as speed and engine revs, to acceleration wheel slip, average and real-time fuel consumption, estimated roll angle, torque, suggested gear to optimise fuel consumption, and much else besides. The rider really is spoiled for choice, and each stop at a traffic light is a chance to display new information, from vital motorcycle data to titbits for the simply curious.
We try out the adaptive shift light: depending on the temperature of the coolant, the rev regime increases, and the dashboard background colour gradually turns red. This simple aid means you won’t push the Caponord twin cylinder all out until the mechanics have reached a suitable operating temperature. You can also keep the Aprilia Traction Control under constant control, for full understanding of this important safety device.
Aprilia Caponord 1200 - official video
The AMP made its debut on the Caponord, but will soon be available on other Aprilia motorcycles; it needs to be installed by specialised personnel from the Aprilia official dealer network. For now, the AMP works with Apple smartphones, beginning with the iPhone 4, but will soon also be compatible with Android devices.
APRILIA MULTIMEDIA PLATFORM: THE BEST TRAVELING FRIEND
Aprilia Multimedia Platform (AMP) is the innovative app that completes the accessory installed on your Aprilia Caponord. The app establishes a wireless connection between your vehicle and your iPhone transforming it in a sophisticated multifunction on board computer, always on the Net.
More information. The iPhone touch screen panel allows you to choose four parameters among a big number. Speedometer, rpm indicator, engine power and torque, instant and average fuel consumption, suggested gear, longitudinal acceleration and extended trip computer: these are but a few of the functions available.
Two different dashboard styles (analog and digital) are can be switched in every moment at your convenience. A blinking of AMP virtual dashboard indicates Aprilia Traction Control (ATC) intervention and you can set an useful shift light at your favorite RPM. The shift light may be deactivated or left in automatic mode: in this way the maximum suggested RPM is calculated based on coolant temperature. With AMP you can store all the journey data and review them later, on your computer. In the easiest way, your will be able to analyse your trip and riding style thanks to a host of parameters acquired by the app in real time.
Easy journey. Aprilia AMP boasts a series of contents that are meant to enhance the riding safety. If fuel is low, the system automatically tells you which petrol stations are closest and guides you to the one you chose on the map (*). AMP automatically stores the last position of the vehicle before the engine is switched off, and gives indications if you forget where you parked it (*).
Exclusive software. With the synergic use of gyroscopes and vehicle signals, your iPhone/iPod becomes an astonishing roll angle estimator in the bends thanks to a proprietary algorithms derived from Aprilia Racing SBK applications.
(Available from iPhone 4 and iPod touch 4th generation, and soon also for Android).
AMP will be available for several Aprilia models: of keep in touch!
(*) With iPhone navigation utilities or third parties apps.
Note: For safety reasons touch screen functions of the app are disabled by default while riding.
ON THE ROUTE NAPOLEON IN BIKERS’ HEAVEN
France, 7.30 a.m., the sky is clear and the air fresh in Saint-Paul de Vence, the medieval village loved by Picasso and today the home of artists and craftsmen. Saint-Paul overlooks the blue sea of Cagne on one side and faces the French Maritime Alps on the other. The panniers of our Aprilia Caponord Travel Packs are loaded up and everything is ready for a two-day ride along some of Europe’s most spectacular roads.
We start off on the Route Napoléon, the road taken by the great general and now a “bikers’ heaven”, with its broad carriageways and perfectly maintained surface. The views are stunning, with the French Riviera to the south and the waiting mountains above us. We leave Napoleon’s road to turn west, taking on a mixture of hairpins and fast bends to reach the most impressive location of our first day, the Verdon gorge, the 25 km canyon formed by the Verdon river considered the most beautiful gorge in France.
From here, we travel east, towards the Mercantour national park, through a sequence of heart-pounding bends, up ascents that stage the top cycling races, to an altitude of more than 2,000 metres. There is just time for a quick lunch because the call of the road and the Aprilia Caponord is too strong: we head off again for the highest peak of the day, the Col de la Bonette, one of Europe’s highest paved roads at 2,802 metres. From here, we descend through the Alps of Haute Provence, before a final climb, as evening arrives and after 360 km, to Barcelonnette, where we stop for the night.
On the second day, we have fewer kilometres to ride, only 165, but the views and landscapes are no less impressive: from the Col de la Cayolle we ride down a narrow road along the Le Var river. We pass the mountain villages of Valberg and Beuil les Launes, enjoy our fill of lush green valleys and peaks covered with what remains of the winter snowfalls, and take the road for Nice. As we ride along the banks of the Lac du Broc, the fresh air gives way to the heat of the midday sun: we are back in Saint-Paul.
DAY 1: https://goo.gl/maps/fg89c
DAY 2: https://goo.gl/maps/BAJgo