Photos: 2010 Aprilia Shiver 750

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Aprilia finally got round to publishing more than three photos of the 2010 Aprilia Shiver 750. Rather than an all-new bike, this Shiver is a facelift, with revisions made to address  owner criticisms like flawed ergonomics and a too-tall seat as well as freshening up the looks.

Update: now there’s video.
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In addition to being .2 inches lower at 31.5 inches tall, the seat is 2
inches narrower, a change that should make it much easier for shorter
riders to reach the ground. The pegs are also further back and the bars
are further forward, creating a sportier riding position with more of
the rider’s weight over the front wheel. Perhaps the biggest mechanical
change is the reduction in rear wheel width from 6.0 to 5.5.” The same
180/55 rear tire is retained, meaning the narrower wheel will squeeze
the tire together a bit more, creating a taller profile and thus
speeding up the steering. There’s also wavy brakes discs.If that all
sounds a little underwhelming, it is, the big story here is the new
looks.

If we were to describe to you an Italian v-twin roadster that’s
substantially cheaper than a Ducati Monster 1100, equipped with a 95bhp,
750cc v-twin and high-tech features like a two-part cast-aluminum/steel
trellis frame and ride-by-wire with switchable throttle maps you’d think
we were describing a sales success, right? The problem is, we’re not.
Hopefully adding “sharp looks” to that description swings the balance in
the Shiver’s favor.

  • Beale

    Aprilia really needs to do something about that giant tank logo. It always reminds me of this:

    http://www.allstatedistributors.com/images/40190%20Parmalat%20Milk%201qt%203.jpg

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Parmalat. I love it.

  • robotribe

    If this was the Shiver available when I was shopping for a bike last August, I might have chosen it over the ST3 I ended up buying. I love my Triumph, but am really liking the changes they’ve made (at least on paper). The seat height alone of the previous model made me cross it off the list. I even liked the way the previous one looked, but yes, this one’s even better.

    Still, the weight isn’t as favorable for a guy my size compared to Monster or my Triumph.

  • Isaac

    I like this one much better than ’09.

  • CMC

    Hot. I would hit it fo’ sho.

  • Nick

    Wes, I’ve given up waiting for your review of the RSV4 and ordered myself the Factory. If it turns out to be a bad decision, I blame HFL :)

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Shout at Grant, not me, it’s sitting on his desk waiting for him to finish laying it out.

      As long as you know what you’re doing, like really know what you’re doing and fancy a challenge, then you spent your money well.

    • Grant Ray

      This reply strangely went in the wrong post, so I’ve moved it. I’m putting together the data graphs and map this week on top of traveling. It should be up by end of day Friday.

      My opinion is that you’ve done the right thing if like your V4 superbikes beastly, with brilliant handling, smaller than an R6 and drop-dead sexy. But that’s just me, and my last bike was the 1999 RS250 club racer, so I’m biased to saucy ultra-light racebikes that really shouldn’t have lights on them yet somehow do.

  • Nick

    OK, so I did at least take it for a test ride first. I’ve had an ’08 Fireblade for the last two years so I’m very interested to see your views in light of my own opinions.

  • http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/realitybase/2008/10/03/weekly-news-roundup PAMELIA

    Yeah, there’s a bit of the fork inside road when individuals get effective where by they either go down the “modesty” route or the “complete bugger” route. I’d say about 60 – 70 percent in the time they take the latter.