Like the 2010 Aprilia Dorsoduro Factory, images of the 2010 Aprilia Shiver 750 have leaked ahead of the official unveiling on Monday. Unlike it's supermoto sibling, the Shiver isn't an upgraded model, but rather a refresh designed to reinvigorate stagnant sales of Aprilia's naked roadster. New is the fairing around the headlight, the 5mm lower seat height, higher footpegs and lower bars, while new aesthetics beyond the paint scheme are shared with the Dorsoduro Factory in the form of blacked-out exhaust shrouds, a red steel trellis connected to a black cast aluminum frame, and wavy brake discs. We've included a shot of the old Shiver in the gallery above so you can see how well the changes work for yourself.
While the Shiver has been a clear technological leader in the naked
segment -- one of the first affordable bikes to feature ride-by-wire
with switchable engine maps-- it's never been competitive with rivals
like the Kawasaki Z750 or Triumph Street Triple in terms of
performance. The reason for that performance deficit isn't power (95bhp
and 60lb/ft are competitive for a naked 750, particularly a twin), but rather the weight. At
417lbs (dry) the Shiver is simply a porker. Where other similar
capacity Aprilia's share that weight problem, they make up for it with
significant USPs; the Dorsoduro is big supermoto with power that
matches the Hypermotard 1100, the Mana has a freaking automatic
transmission. We guess Aprilia is hoping that "The Shiver is good
looking" will now be enough to make people want it.
OmniMoto.it via Aprilia Forum