|Naza Premira, distributors of Aprilia and Vespa motorcycles, has introduced the locally-assembled Aprilia Shiver 750 which starts production at the Naza manufacturing Shah Alam plant, early next year.|
Aprilia falls under the Piaggio Group, since the takeover in 2004. The brand isn’t short on influence in the two-wheel circle as it boasts an impressively wide range of medium- and large-capacity motorcycles. In motorsports, Aprilia has won 54 championships from every two-wheel series there is. The brand this year scooped up the rider and manufacturers titles in SBK (Superbike) Championship. Next season, the brand intends to go full swing at MotoGP; most likely in the Moto2 and Moto3 categories.
The popular Italian two-wheel brand has been distributed by Naza’s bike division for a good couple of years now. The time is finally right for Paggio to appoint Naza a more important assignment; to build cost effective locally-assembled Aprilias. Also, Malaysia is the first country, outside of its country of origin, picked by Paggio to manufacture CKD (completely knocked-down) motorcycles. The locally-assembled Aprilia will be handled by Next Bike on the production side and distributed by Naza Premira. At the same time, Paggio sees Naza as an important distribution channel or regional hub in South Asia. Naza is expected to continue distributing fully imported Aprilias and Paggio’s other brands of motorbikes, as well.
With an investment of approximately RM 6 million for the manufacturing facility, the Aprilia Shiver 750 production is on schedule for the first quarter of 2015. Plans include a distribution target of 1,200 units in its first year and a market expansion to cover 3,000 to 5,000 units throughout the South Asian countries.
Paggio Asia Pacific Managing Director Simone Niccolai remarked, “The initiative announced today is an important new step in the Piaggio Group strategy to continue expanding its operations in South Asia, where we are already successful players with the Vespa and Piaggio scooters.”
“As we prepare for greater growth throughout Asian markets with the introduction of the Group’s motorcycles, we are looking at setting up a regional hub for the Aprilia brand in Malaysia.”
Aprilia’s Shiver me Timbers!
The Aprilia Shiver 750 is a naked medium-powered sports bike, which was first introduced in 2007. The bike was in fact the first bike ever to be equipped with the Ride by Wire electronic throttle. Through the years, a continuous evolution has gifted the 2015 Shiver 750 its second generation Ride by Wire technology and improved ergonomics. Aesthetics wise, the facelifted Shiver has new handlebars, a tapered saddle and a sporty riding position with racing-styled footpegs. Available in red or black, the Shiver 750 is a valid option as an everyday bike or a nifty two wheeler on mountain passes or tracks.
The Shiver features a 90° V-twin mounted on a modular trellis aluminium frame with significant torsional rigidity and an advanced electronic management. Good for bikers of all classes, the V90 Aprilia is able to achieve exemplary output values of 95 hp at 9,000 rpm and 81 Nm of torque at 7,000 rpm.
Main highlight of the Shiver 750 is none other than the multi-map Ride-by-Wire technology. The Ride-by-Wire has been refined to include more ride responses such as Touring, Sport and Rain. Its radial-mount callipers and new 320mm wave brake discs provide decisive and modulated braking action. Both the front and rear systems have metal braided braking pipes, derived from the aeronautic sector, which eliminate the annoying buffering effect of conventional pipes and guarantee maximum braking accuracy.
Last but not least, the upside-down fork with 43-mm stanchions provide benchmark smoothness while its 120-mm travel allows the rider to easily cope with city and hilly roads.
Naza Premira announces start of production and price of the Aprilia Shiver 750
At the introduction of the Shiver 750, Naza Premira provided an early sales estimate of the locally-assembled Aprilia variant, which would amount to 600 units for the whole of next year. The expected price for the Aprilia Shiver 750 is a nett selling RM43,888 , with a two-year warranty attached.