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Aprilia Shiver 750

2009 Aprilia Shiver SL 750 Drive: Does This Hot V-Twin Have Ducati Scared?

October 1, 2009 AM

LOS ANGELES The Aprilia brand may register a blip on the collective of two-wheeled American enthusiasts. But for that own them, Aprilias are the equivalent of a Lamborghini. The Italian may not have the same level of awareness as its rival Ducati. but won’t keep it from full speed into the market.

Aprilia’s most attempt yet at planting a stake in the motorcycle market is its $8999 a … 750 cc bikeit puts iconic Monster squarely in its hairs. Can this angular, fighterstyled sportbike compare to the muscular Monster 696? We up a few hundred miles on a Shiver to out. Basem Wasef

The Specs

The heartor the brain, the Shiver’s on-road personality is an engine-management system that ride by wire technology to the fuel injectors’ throttle Three mapping modes are and each draws dramatically levels of performance from 750 cc V-twin: Touring mode some horsepower in favor of Rain seriously hampers motion and Sport offers a immediate throttle response and of oomph.

Though not quite as as the mill found in its big superbike the Aprilia RSV1000R, the Shiver’s puts out 95 hp at 9000 rpm, provides plenty of thrust for riding. A six-speed gearbox power to the aluminum alloy wheel. Dry weight is 416 pounds, and a steel trellis frame aluminum side plates and a tank that holds 4.4

The aluminum-alloy swing arm is found at the and the bike’s hydraulic monoshock is A nonadjustable 43-mm inverted up front is loaded with radially mounted four-piston stainless steel disc equipped with metal lines.

The Ride

We attacked the of Southern California’s Angeles Highway and found that the hardware is well-suited for aggressive despite the fact that its suspension is nonadjustable. A 31.9-in. height might be a bit tall for riders, but the excellent clearance and responsive suspension geometry maneuverability quite a bit. At low or high, steering is remarkably and the Shiver feels light, and willing to change direction

The Shiver’s V-twin wails a raspy and very Italianate and though some heat can be from the 2-into-1 stainless-steel that passes under the it’s never enough to be Power comes on strong and from low rpms (this is, all, a V-twin), and the bike’s feel makes it relatively to lift the front wheel moderately heavy throttle.

Aprilia Shiver 750

On the of throttle, Touring mode is fine for mellow riding, and the underpowered Rain mode be appropriate when wet-weather or situations come into but you’ll want to dial it up to which offers a surprisingly throttle responseso much we found ourselves jerking a bit when rolling on the power at low A quick push of the starter is all you need to switch modes, but we enjoyed the challenge of trying to smoothly while using the Sport mode.

The Shiver’s saddle is cupped at the which helps keep you in during hard acceleration, and the feel responsive and powerful. All of factors make the Shiver a ride, but if there’s one weakness on the it’s the six-speed gearbox, we found to be sloppy and unpredictable. We hit neutrals a number of times, puts a damper on spirited to say the least.

There’s nothing like a shift to get you out of your groove, is a shame on the Shiver, because its happens to be so much fun.

The Line

So how does the Shiver to Ducati’s Monster? There are of areas where it stands up to the from Bolognalike its smooth and engine, agile suspension and brakesbut then there’s irksome gearbox.

It’s the quirks that differentiate and when you’re buying there’s a certain amount of you expect from your What the Shiver SL 750 brings to the is unique and striking styling, maneuverability, and an off-the-charts fun-to-ride On those merits alone, we it to win over plenty of American

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