Back in 2007 when the Aprilia Shiver was introduced, it stood out because of its revolutionary design and innovative features that were offered at a mouth-watering price. Fast forward to 2015 and the basic principle of the Shiver still remains the same. It still offers strikingly good looks and advanced engineering while trying to be easy on your pocket, which is key. The friendly folks at Duseja Moto in Dubai let us sample the latest Shiver 750 ABS and here are our impressions.
Even though the Japanese and other European manufacturers have caught on with this naked motorcycle wave and are producing models that look fantastic (and futuristic), the Shiver still has something going for it. The overall appearance does stand out thanks to its contrasting body and chassis paint scheme (on our test bike) and that rear suspension layout.
Undoubtedly, the stance is sporty and aggressive but I think it’s not over the top like some of its Japanese rivals. Its unique frame which is a trellis-coupled with an aluminium side plate chassis also lends it that sophisticated look. The top part of the tubular steel trellis is connected to large side plates by means of special high strength bolts. Aprilia claims that this frame exploits all the knowledge Aprilia has gained in racing and also draws on new studies on mixed structures with the futuristic RXV and SXV, already winners of a number of titles on the racetrack. Another thing that I’ve noticed while riding the Shiver is that it’s narrow. Unlike its inline-4 rivals, the Shiver has an L-twin engine which keeps the breadth in check.
The 2015 version gets a new frame and engine that stay true to the main elements characterising the look of the Shiver 750 since its launch. The look is angular, much like its competitors and Aprilia claims that each element has been designed to be not just beautiful but also functional. The design is refined, but at the same time clean-cut, without too many frills. The Aprilia Shiver 750’s twin under-seat exhausts are also something that I liked. They’re distinctive. Very few motorcycles have such a layout and it’s a personal favourite. Aprilia says it also helps with weight distribution.
One thing is certain though, the Aprilia Shiver 750 is compact, functional and attractive but it isn’t meant for taller riders like me. With my 187cm (6’2) frame, I found the shiver to be a bit too cramped for longer rides. In the city it felt manageable but on the highway the cramped seating coupled with the wind blast made it uncomfortable.
I wouldn’t go as far as calling the Shiver the best in class but it certainly has some features that make it stand out. It was the first street motorcycle to be equipped with a Ride by Wire electronic throttle, a true revolution back in 2007. This led to a true historic transition as that from the analogue to the digital world. Some of its competitors still shy away from this technology. In the Shiver 750 however, Aprilia has taken this technology a step forward. Ride by Wire has become second generation and along with that the Aprilia Shiver 750 also offers three riding modes.
Sporting an all-new 90-degree V-Twin that’s designed and built in-house, the Shiver is a treat on the streets. Even though I had my doubts at first since the last medium capacity twin that I tried on another motorcycle left me disappointed, the motor on the Shiver is anything but dull. It packs a decent punch down low but things start to move real fast when you rev it beyond 5,000rpm. It took me a while to get used to its power delivery but once I got the hang of it, I was bordering hooliganism on the street. There is no hesitation in picking up speed and the 95 horses rolling out of a 750cc engine make their presence felt. I felt that the torque down low could have been a bit better but given that our roads don’t require many gear changes, this is something that won’t bother you much.
The rider can toggle between three different riding modes that radically alter the character of the bike. Select sport and you will feel a direct and immediate response, for a more exciting ride. If you plan to take it easy in traffic or on the highway, then Touring is the ideal mode for you. The last mode is quite useless unless it’s that time of the year when it pours and the roads are slippery. The Rain mode reduces available torque by 25 per cent for poor grip and wet road conditions.
For its price of AED 45,900, the Aprilia Shiver 750 can’t go wrong. It’s got all the farkles you would expect from a street bike plus it’s got some distinctive elements that add to its street cred and appearance. ABS comes standard on the model sold in the UAE. The rear suspension setup is certainly a crowd puller. I got asked a few times about it by curious bystanders who thought it was some kind of a modification to a standard motorcycle. The brand too is a bit ‘exotic’ in this market if you can call it that.
It’s got enough scope for modifications and that’s something motorcycle owners here love to do. In the end, it all boils down to personal preference, whether you want an inline-4 or a V-twin or maybe that Triumph triple. The Shiver is worthy of a test ride which the local dealer would be more than happy to provide.
For more information on the Aprilia Shiver 750, contact Duseja Moto on +971 4 347 6712