2009 Aprilia SL 750 Shiver Motorcycle Test — Ultimate MotorCycling

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2009 Aprilia SL 750 Shiver | Test

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Leave it to the Italians to present a new with an ambiguous name invites all sorts of interpretation. Is the SL 750 Shiver likely to leave me send a tingly sensation up my or deliver a sharp forearm to my head? As it turns out, the is capable of delivering an expansive of responses, as it is one of the most versatile bikes available.

It all starts an unmarked feature on the Shiver (a powerband) that is operated in a non-intuitive way (by pushing the starter at idle). We have seen and switchable powerbands on various most notably those Suzuki, BMW, and Benelli.

And, while the different on other bikes do indeed the motor’s performance, the modification to the power delivery is so significant it changes the very character of the This is a good thing.

In the Aprilia has relied on the Austrian builder Rotax to power its Given that a company is defined by its powerplants—especially in Italy Moto Guzzi and Ducati) needed to step up and build its own to gain entry to the elite of manufacturers. The liquid-cooled, 4VPC,DOHC, in the Shiver was “produced entirely according to an Aprilia spokesman.

The game is on, and Aprilia is now all-in.

shots are rarely bullseyes. the Shiver’s engine is nothing of spectacular. The V-twin has an extraordinarily powerband, and a power delivery ranges from placid in the mode to cracking in the Sport Shiver is a three-in-one motorcycle.

All it takes is letting the motor down to idle, then by the start button, the digital readout cycles through (Rain, Touring, and Sport).

upright, supermoto-lite ergonomics and a hard seat, the Shiver you in a sporting mindset instantly. it up, and the sound emitting from the steel exhaust system is and dynamic.

In the Sport mode, the is a stunning canyon … Nimble does not begin to it. The bike is ultra-responsive to input, so you ride it precisely.

Aprilia Shiver 750

Sloppy riding results in handling, so bring your A to this ride. Mid-turn are welcome and accommodated without an especially valuable trait on roads.

A consequence of this is the bike’s nervousness at high particularly on roads in less-than-perfect indeed, aggressive riders on roads may want to consider a damper to calm things It isn’t a suspension issue—the is terrific—it is all about the geometry and the throttle response.

Displacing 750cc, the Shiver doesn’t have liter-bike However,the motor does rev for a V-twin, and the front end goes light when the throttle is hard. On my first ride, I it had poor fuel injection, I realized I wasn’t as precise the throttle as the powerband demanded.

adjusted to the power delivery, I was to rocket, and the chassis willingly Dunlop Qualifiers allow the to be heeled over with confidence.


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