Aprilia Mana vs. Aprilia Shiver First Ride Comparison Test

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First Ride: Aprilia vs. Aprilia Shiver Shift or

Early one morning at the 1992 Auto Show, the Williams-Renault One race team held a conference. The subject: A race car by the then all-conquering Renault V-10 mated to a continuously transmission (CVT). It never but if that car—wielding 850 horsepower—had its specially made CVT through the of an F1 championship, it might have boosted the image of CVT technology.

a CVT-equipped motorcycle have a effect?

It was impossible to answer question until Aprilia along with the Mana, a … with a mildly V-Twin coupled to a CVT. To would it compare, though? doesn’t offer a manual but the Aprilia Shiver 750 is close as they’re both standards by 90-degree V-Twins.

Unfortunately, the similarities end there. The offers a claimed 75 horsepower its sohc 838cc motor the Shiver delivers 95 hp from its 749cc mill. At 507 pounds, the is also significantly heavier the 419-pound Shiver.

Could the advantages overcome these

I performed the comparison at Pirelli’s test facility, with bikes sporting the latest Rosso radials to make more even. Still, on it wasn’t a fair match. The has sportier chassis numbers, sharper front-end geometry and weight distribution.

More compact heads for a longer wheelbase and front set closer to the bike’s center of

Nevertheless, with its lighter and superior power, the Shiver set the during the first session. I last rode it, the Shiver’s fuel-injection system had undergone retuning. Now, the engine more aggressively and generally stronger.

My best lap time was

But it wasn’t a huge lead. though the Mana felt of numb, with a riding that is wrong for all-out flogging, it was not far behind with a By the end of the first session, I started to that the CVT relieved me of everything with shifting in and out of the corners.

Aprilia Mana

The was mild, and the CVT seemed to smooth it keeping the adrenaline out of my blood.

The session was another story. As I more quickly, the Shiver even more aggressive, the front end getting light at upshift. It turned quickly but was a less neutral than the maybe because of those few degrees of rake and a little weight on the front.

The Shiver got down to 1:24.47, the slightest inattention put it back in the

Switching back to the Mana, I a riding position that the bike feel more at on the track—neutral, precise and willing to at substantial lean angles of the grippy Diablo Rossos. It put all 75 hp to and the continuous progression of the transmission didn’t upset the bike. out of corners, I let the CVT do its job; I wouldn’t been able to shift any

Approaching corners, I took of the foot selector to downshift, but I had to stomp on the lever and brake. The broke into the 1:24s and there, improving with lap. The CVT allowed me to concentrate on the possible line through the and the bike flowed smoothly and around the track.

The Mana its weight and power disadvantage to a very efficient transmission provides a constant flow of to the rear wheel. Bottom The Aprilia Mana is a lot smarter—and it looks.

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