2008 Aprilia SL 750 Shiver: Editors’ Notes: Discover what the CW…

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Aprilia Shiver SL 750 Naked

2008 Aprilia SL 750 Shiver: Editors’ Notes Discover what the CW editors had to say about the Aprilia SL 750 Shiver.

Photography by Jeff Allen

After I hopped on the Shiver for the first time, my eyes and fingers darted to the alien-looking buttons and controls. I was pawing at them like a 5-year-old in a toy store who’s not supposed to touch anything .

Because as much as I like the engine, brakes and handling of this new V-Twin Aprilia, my art-school-educated brain couldn’t get past how well-designed the Shiver’s rider interface is.

In this computer-driven world, we’ve become accustomed to navigating through menus with all sorts of clicks and taps, but unlike the automotive industry where this mentality quickly caught on, the bike industry is still playing catch-up. Thankfully, Piaggio’s investment has allowed Aprilia to continue building stylish, great performing motorcycles that aren’t afraid to stray from the norm, right down to the well-designed dash and its controls.

The Shiver proves that being Italian doesn’t have to mean “quirky.”

Don Canet, Road Test Editor

Don’t mean to bag on long-distance cruisers, but the ringing in my ears persisted days after returning from 1400 miles of helmet-buffeting abuse aboard beastly machines fitted with “windscreens.” Suffice it to say, switching gear and getting my head into testing the unfaired Shiver was quite a contrast.

Before you write me off as an anti-cruiser sportbike nut, truth is, for general everyday use I’ll take a nice naked like the Shiver over any faired bike. I honestly appreciate the clean, undisturbed airflow and light, responsive, “free flight” sensation experienced when riding this Italian Twin. While these traits are shared by its class peers, the Shiver feels fresh and different in a unique way.

Aprilia is headed in a good direction.

Aprilia Shiver SL 750 Naked

As winter closes in and temperatures plummet, I may find myself singing the virtues of the Road King Co. but, until then, I’d rather Shiver on a warm summer’s day.

Mark Hoyer, Executive Editor

I have been to Aprilia. Admittedly, my visit to the Italian bike-maker’s manufacturing and design facilities took place long before the Piaggio buyout but, even then, it was an impressive place.

There were rows of dyno cells, several automated rolling-road testbeds that essentially tried to beat motorcycles and scooters to death at an accelerated rate as the equipment slammed suspension with big bumps while robotic controls alternatively applied the brakes, made gearshifts or wrung out the throttle.

We even got a rare glimpse into the styling studio. While most of the future-model studies were hidden, the place was still electric with creativity.

So when European correspondent Bruno dePrato recently told me that Piaggio was going to utilize Aprilia’s RD expertise across its brand platforms, I was pleasantly surprised. Because if the refined and crisply styled Shiver is any indication, this is a very good move.

Aprilia Shiver SL 750 Naked
Aprilia Shiver SL 750 Naked
Aprilia Shiver SL 750 Naked
Aprilia Shiver SL 750 Naked
Aprilia Shiver SL 750 Naked
Aprilia Shiver SL 750 Naked

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