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The Aprilia Shiver 750, which just made entry in the country, is a 750cc motorcycle that carries a 90° V-Twin engine, and following his try outs, the reviewer deemed it easier to handle than most other naked sportsbikes in the domestic market such as, Kawasaki’s popular 650cc Parallel Twin ER-6N.

WITH a designation such as this, you would think the Aprilia Shiver 750 is going to be one bad ass of a naked sports motorcycle. Its overall size is imposing, and the looks is quite intimidating too.

When you flick the ignition, you’ll hear the engine roar to life, subsequently you engage first gear and let go of the clutch to get the bike going. Our bike reviewer discovered during his test ride that the bike had pushed forward with the greatest of ease, and he recalled the Aprilia Shiver 750 to be rather nimble and light.

Aprilia Shiver 750: Shiver me timbers!

The Aprilia Shiver 750, which just made entry in the country, is a 750cc motorcycle that carries a 90° V-Twin engine, and following his try outs, the reviewer deemed it easier to handle than most other naked sportsbikes in the domestic market such as, Kawasaki’s popular 650cc Parallel Twin ER-6N.

Our reviewer took the Shiver for his usual city and long distance rides and found the bike performed in generally splendid terms. The bike’s acceleration was smooth despite the slight growling engine sound. Navigating the Shiver in the city traffic, for the most part, was a breeze, with the only limitation being its wide handlebars at both ends, making it somewhat difficult to manoeuvre in-between the gap of two MPVs or 2 pick-up trucks.

On normal traffic congestion, the reviewer was able to slice through easily and without much hassle. Like most naked sportsbikes, whether Continental or Japanese, engine braking in the Shiver proved to be robust as slowing the bike was made easier by shutting the throttle instead of applying any pressure on the brakes.

Acceleration from first to sixth gear was a breeze. The Shiver could hit up to 110 km/hr quite easily, whilst maintaining precise throttle control and keeping the bike within the speed limits (although it felt like a chore on the right hand). Our test rider designated the Aprilia Shiver as a rider-friendly motorcycle, with nothing brutal or frightful in its power delivery.

The test rider further testified that the Shiver was up to the task, comfortable on the highway, coastal and rural winding roads. He, therefore, recommends it to any who’d use it for a trip to the nearest cafe for an espresso or cappuccino. He felt in touch with the Shiver on one occasion until another naked sportsbike zipped past his Shiver in a whizz and immediately pondered, What had just happened? The instinct then was not trying to go faster than the bike in front, but to see whether the Shiver could keep up with it, especially since it is a bike with a slightly smaller capacity engine. Further test rides revealed that the Shiver started to behave akin to a Honda Dream EX5 100 where you’d have to maximize the acceleration of the first three gears to keep up with a 110cc or 125cc. On the straights, the Shiver kept up and could overtake certain bikes easily on the first three gears, but into the next three gears the bike had a longer pull which took away some excitement. The Shiver had its work cut out on winding rural, uphill roads too as the other bike was much quicker and more agile.

Like most Aprilia motorcycles, the Shiver does not have a switch for hazard lights (a feature that’s skipped by Aprilia for some reason) – your only option is the indicator light whenever you need to pull over to the side on a busy road. Compared to the Dorsoduro, the Shiver does not feature traction control for better handling of various road conditions nor ABS for its braking system. One major thing it does include is the three engine mappings that are user-selectable – S(port), T(ouring) and R(ain). Sport mode is the most powerful while Touring has the same power delivery but fine-tuned for touring. Rain is for wet weather riding. Having no ABS does not mean the braking system is average as the Shiver is always able to stop on time whenever hard braking is required without the tendency to lock-up.

Mapping selection is done via the engine start button located near the right hand handlebar. The mapping can only be changed from one setting to another after the engine is running else the button acts as a starter switch if the Shiver is yet to roar to life.

On paper, the Shiver 750 chassis utilizes a combined steel trellis for the upper part and aluminium type on the bottom, which is similar to the one utilized on the Aprilia Dorsoduro 750/1200. The chassis is bolted to a double-sided steel swingarm. Its speedometer is a hybrid, with the traditional meter needle showing the rpm and an LCD type indicating the top speed, gears, engine mapping choice and a host of other menus such as average fuel consumption, mileage and trip readings. The LCD lights up in red although you can only see it clearly during night time or low light.

Final thoughts from the reviewer, the Shiver zapped fuel more or less like any of its siblings in Aprilia’s line-up of high performance motorcycles – its 15-liter tank could last approximately 250 km of mileage! After 12 liters had been consumed, the low fuel warning would light up though it would take another 10 km of riding prior to the countdown of the 3-liter reserve fuel. Filling up the tank was not an easy feat either, as the diameter of the opening was rather small. While fueling, the reviewer realized the fuel could splash out if the nozzle wasn’t properly inserted. Another surprise for the tester was, despite the Shiver being a 750cc machine, the bike’s removable typed fuel latch instead of a fixed version common with bigger capacity motorcycle variants.

Despite some limitations, the Aprilia Shiver 750 is a reasonably notable naked sports motorcycle for an enjoyable ride, so long as one’s happy with its acceleration and rider-friendly behaivor.

Aprilia Shiver 750 specifications:

Engine: 90° longitudinal V-twin, 4-stroke, 4-valves per cylinder, DOHC
Capacity: 749.9cc
Transmission: 6-speed
Bore & Stroke: 92 x 56.4mm
Fuel System: Fuel Injection
Maximum Horsepower: 95hp @ 9,000 rpm
Maximum Torque: 82 Nm @ 4,500 rpm
Fuel Capacity: 15-Liter
Seat Height: 810mm
Suspensions: Front – Inverted telescopic forks; Rear – Oscillating fork and adjustable hydraulic single shock absorber system
Brakes: Dual 320mm Brembo discs (front); Single 240mm disc (rear)
Dry Weight: 189 kg
Sales Price: RM56,300

 

By: Philip Chong