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Aprilia Caponord and the Straight Sidestand

Ask anyone, they'll tell you--I like it straight. Leaning it over, then hoisting it up again? Not for me.

Right from the start, American Capo owners complained about the side stand. For some reason, Aprilia gave US owners a sidestand with a kink in it. When on the sidestand (and remember, at the beginning, there was no centerstand available), the Capo leaned way over. Most of the reviewers of the 2002 Capo called it 'top heavy,' which it isn't, it just seems like it when you have to hoist it up off the original sidestand

Some claim Aprilia dealers can get the straight, or European, side stand. I had trouble finding a US dealer that would sell me the European sidestand, so I just called On Yer Bike, in Buckinghamshire, England...actually, I emailed them at, ordered the sidestand and had it shipped to me here in Chicago.

What a difference!

It just took a few minutes to install, and now the bike settles gently onto the stand, rather than giving me heart failure as it leans, and leans more, and leans right to the edge of my strength, and then crushes whatever sticks and pebbles are under the foot.

Funny, from the pictures, it seems just a few degrees of lean different, but it makes a world of difference in everyday riding...well, everyday parking, I guess :-D

To install, I put the bike on the centerstand, removed the nut on the out, or left when facing forward, side of the sidestand. Then I removed the left rider footpeg, then removed the sidestand switch from the back of the sidestand, then the bolt that holds the sidestand onto the footpeg mount. Then, throw out the original sidestand. :-) Now, insert the sidestand bolt through the footpeg and new sidestand, and tighten it onto the sidestand. Replace the washer and nut on the sidestand bolt, and tighten to 22 ft-lbs. Now replace the sidestand switch onto the back of the sidestand, then replace the foot peg, tightening the three footpeg mounting bolts to 37 ft-lbs.

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Before After

Hey, remember, we're all buddies, right? I'm telling you what I did to my bike, you're telling me what you did to yours. If you mess up yourself or your bike, well, I'm sorry, but I wasn't twisting your arm. Of course, Aprilia has trademarked their name and logo, and they don't know me from Adam.

Feel free to contact me: todd at caporider dot com You can always go home again