Heading inland from Nice, the traffic thins out rapidly. Just past Saint Paul de Vence, the road unfolds almost perfectly. The pace is fast because the road is wide, and we gently wind our way through a sequence of fast bends. All Aprilia Caponord 1200s are equipped with the Travel Pack, plus heated grips to complement the handguards, both of which were appreciated as we soared past 3000 feet into the thinner and colder air. Fortunately, the weather stayed sunny and dry, which was good because the road got narrower and tighter. At that point, I started appreciating the Caponord chassis. The semi-active Sachs suspension was set on “automatic,” which is totally logical because the ECU, as well as all the sensors, software and actuators, work too well to be outsmarted.