2011 Aprilia Shiver 750: Initial Report

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The 2011 Aprilia Shiver 750 is finally coming to the States. It’s seriously cheap for an exotic Italian, looks the business and promises boatloads of courteous, law-abiding V-twin fun. We took it to the heart of industrial Bushwick in Brooklyn and beat it up.

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Initial Report: 2011 Aprilia Shiver 750

  • http://www.muthalovin.com the_doctor

    Neeked Roadster + 90 degree V-twin = Swoon

  • http://www.facebook.com/BrightEyesDown BrightEyesDown

    Yum. Gimme.

  • http://www.thisblueheaven.com Mark D

    I bet Aprilia releases an “r” spec bike with upgraded suspension, a la Street Triple R (which I would imagine is its closest competitor, aside from the Monsters).

    • http://bigassmessage.com/39b51 vic

      aprilia sometimes releases “factory” versions of it’s models.these are properly sorted machines.you won’t believe what lighter wheels and some basic ohlins can do to a bike,esp when tuned by a good hand
      a bit pricier but not ducati “s” money

  • T Diver

    How much is it?

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Grant Ray

      $8,999. The price is listed in the feature at the bottom of the specs.

  • http://www.brammofan.com Brammofan

    That’s a great photo feature, as usual. I’ve asked before about your camera equipment. Now I just want to know location — in the last photo, which ladies restroom? Oh… and why no helmet?

  • Jager

    I really dig this bike, so it’s a shame to hear it isn’t a better ride then it is.

    Do you guys feel that the suspension and steering are things that can be remedied later down the road or are they beyond the scope of a garage mechanic.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Grant Ray

      I think it’d be amazing if set up right.

      • http://www.postpixel.com.au mugget

        So this is pretty much the Italian equivalent to the SV650?

        Nothing some re-valving & tweaking can’t fix!

  • Bald Shaun

    I’ve sampled that engine in the Dorsoduro and it is indeed a gem. However, in the Dorsoduro, the suspension seemed fine. I mean it wasn’t great, (The Hypermotard’s is better, but not 2k better.) but it wasn’t really lacking either. Does the Shiver share the same components?

  • robotribe

    Shortcomings (albeit maybe “serious” to some) aside, it sure is sexy enough and priced appropriately to make one glance over those things. Is it just my personal bias, or does it seem as if the bike makers are starting to believe that their actually is a market for sporty nakeds in the U.S.?

  • WoosterSauce

    I always thought that if I was gonna buy a new bike tomorrow it’d be a Street Triple but this is pretty hawt.

    Thankfully, I’m broke so I don’t have to decide!!!

  • duncanbojangles

    I really dig the infrared glow of the exhaust header in the last photo!

  • cityag

    Good stuff guys. I was expecting some buff bs with your previous ‘priller P.R.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Yeah, you know, we’re totally in Aprilia’s pocket and anti-BMW. If anything, this review is just more evidence of how hypocritical we are.

      Also: rabble, rabble, rabble.

      • cityag

        its the “Take the King’s Shilling….” thing and the cynicism of the age.

  • MikeD

    Nice looking Daily Grinder there.
    But i would rather buy something used and better(subjective) for that kind of money.

  • NickK

    Looks like a perfect city bike. Nice pics. How’d they get the handling so wrong, though?

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Grant Ray

      We had the guys at Works and Moto Borgotaro as well as a dealer look at it, because it handled so poorly when I picked it up. The conclusion from both Works and MB is that the bike wasn’t properly set up, but that the problem should ultimately be fixable if I had the time to let them screw around with it. I think they’re right, because by the time all three were done with it, the bike’s handling improved, even if it still wasn’t perfect.

      • NickK

        Interesting. I’m going to keep an eye on this thing….

  • grandmarquis

    You do know the shift light is easily programmable to whatever rpm you want it to come on at in the settings menu, right?

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Wait, you figured out how to program the clocks? Are you some L33T Hacker?

  • Penguin

    I’m really confused by the ‘niche created by European insurance costs’ part. Is a mid capacity street bike a niche in the US? A 600cc – 800cc naked is pretty much the most common thing you’ll see on 2 wheels over here.

    The new Shiver looks really nice, but lets face it, all Aprilia’s look fantastic. I’ve rode a 2009 one and I have to say, apart from the rorty exhaust note the whole thing was a bit flat. Maybe things are getting better although don’t expect miracles from the ‘Factory’ version as apart from some very sexy carbon (and I mean a LOT of carbon fibre) the Dorsoduro Factory was no leap at all over the standard model.

    Oh and one tip. If you have any of the Aprilia 750′s do yourself a huge favour, never ever ride a Street Triple. You’ll never look at the SL750 in the same light.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      That niche is exotic brand/budget parts. It was developed to fit a price category, not just be the best bike it could be. In Europe, where people need a certain insurance level at a certain cost, that makes sense. In the US, where people just want a fun toy, it’s an odd fit.

      An extra $800 on the price tag to pay for some decent forks would go an awful long way.

  • http://www.patmooney.com Pat2bornot2b

    I have a 2008 Shiver and it’s fantastic. What a machine for the money. The last person said it was a bit flat, I would have to ask what ‘mode’ was it in. If set on ‘rain’ it’s dead (I’ve only used this when it was snowing!), ‘touring’ to me means urban great for relaxed driving and spinning about. While ‘sport’ put the fun and wildness back. Yes the front folks are non-adjustable which is a pity, I found that buy reducing the damping on the rear it stop the ‘pitching’ that was happening at the front. I’ve even done touring on this bike in Scotland and it was great. The downside where the very hard seat, lack of wind protection and the flue range. If Aprilia bring out a 1200 version which of this bike I would buy again. I was Ducati mad for years but for less money Aprilia make a better bike. My last bike was a Monster S4 which I loved and kept for 7 years something I have never done before but the Shiver is a better overall bike. Buy one and you’ll love it.