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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

The Aprilia Shiver is the first Aprilia to be created from a clean sheet of paper since cash-rich Piaggio took to the helm, and on the basis of our test it’s a good-un. The Aprilia Shiver is one of a new breed of Aprilia motorcycles that’s going to plug the huge gap in their range between the RS125 and RSV1000R (aside from the Pegaso trailie), and best of all it’ll be less than six grand when it hits showrooms at the end of June. The Aprilia Shiver has been designed to take on the big hitters of the middleweight motorcycle world, like the Honda Hornet and Ducati Monster S2R.


Watch the Aprilia Shiver take on Suzuki's SV650, the BMW F800S and the Triumph Street Triple



MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

The Aprilia Shiver’s all-new fuel-injected 749.9cc V-twin motor is impeccably smooth all the way through the rev-range, is punchy at low revs and has delivers a fair kick when you work it. The Aprilia Shiver’s real party piece is its fly-by-wire throttle, just like Rossi’s or Bayliss’s motorcycles. A black box decides how far to open the throttle butterflies when you get on the gas, which gives the Shiver greater performance and fewer emissions than a conventional fuel injection system. 

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

A middleweight needs to be comfortable enough for everyday commuting and decent handling for weekends out playing, and the Aprilia Shiver delivers on both counts. The riding position is spacious and natural and the seat comfy and of course, being built by a manufacturer used to winning races the Aprilia Shiver goes around corners pretty well too.


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

Aside from the fly-by-wire throttle system the stylish Aprilia Shiver comes with decent cycle parts like super-powerful radial Brembo brakes, quality front and rear suspension, and an LCD multi-functional display. Compare and buy parts for the Aprilia Shiver in the MCN Shop.

Aprilia Shiver (2007-2009)

Detail Value
New price £5,999
Dealer used prices
£3,670 (2008) - £4,040 (2009)
Private used prices
£3,300 (2008) - £3,630 (2009)
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Engine size 749 cc
Power 95 bhp
Top speed 130 mph
Insurance group 15 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 3.5
Engine rating is 4 rating is 4
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 4
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 3.5
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 3
Value rating is 4 rating is 4

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 3

Aprilia’s build quality easily rivals the best from Japan nowadays and our review of the Aprilia Shiver is evidence of that, with its nicely made tubular steel/cast aluminium mix frame, cast aluminium braced swingarm and luscious paintwork. Engine-wise Aprilias are very strong too; the only past Aprilia hiccup has been problems getting hold of spares, which the factory are working hard to rectify.


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

An Aprilia for less than six grand is big news, especially as the Italian firm is usually synonymous with producing high end, top quality performance products like the Mille superbike. The Aprilia Shiver is a genuine, fresh, high performing alternative to the Honda Hornets of the world. Find an Aprilia Shiver for sale.


Insurance group: 15 of 17

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Model History

2007 – Aprilia Shiver introduced.

Other Versions

Aprilia Shiver GT - The grand touring version of the Shiver gets a useful half-fairing with cubby holes for you phone, earplugs etc and a 12v cigarette lighter socket to power your gadgets.


Top speed 130 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 11.06 secs
Max power 95 bhp
Max torque 60 ft-lb
Weight 189 kg
Seat height 810 mm
Fuel capacity 15 litres
Average fuel consumption 40 mpg
Tank range 150 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 15 of 17
Engine size 749 cc
Engine specification 8-valve V-twin, 6 gears
Frame Tubular steel trellis/cast aluminium
Front suspension adjustment None
Rear suspension adjustment Preload, rebound
Front brakes 2 x 320mm discs, 4-piston calipers
Rear brake 245mm disc, single piston caliper
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 17

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 3.5(11 reviews)

  • Shiver fun


    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Ride and Handling
    Quality and Reliabilty

    Ive had the bike for a few weeks now and with the first service comes a new fuel map giving you 3 settings rain, touring and sport. Forget the other 2 the sport setting will have your arms out of their sockets. All the reviews to date will have been in run-in without the new fuel mapping and believe me this is a huge difference that if measured against the impressive Street Triple will probably match it for speed and torque. Major complaints are trivial and I gather are being rectified such as lousy pillion grips and some glitches with the display and fly by wire throttle - I have had very little problem so far. The bike is great for city or long runs and handles beautifully.

    20 April 2008


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Top speed

 Saying the top speed of this bike is 83 is patenly rediculous. Its a 750cc v twin, my 125cc single cylinder four stroke top speed is 83..... so shuuut up. And I know that 83 is only the indicated but its not going to be that innacurate and I doubt he was measuring his speed on gps!

17 November 2013 02:52



top speed

I couldt help but notice most of the people who ride this bike claim to only get 80-90mph out of it ?

I have the 2007 shiver, I have it modified with gold wheels, custom seat(lowered as im short)  iv lowered the front works by a quarter inch and i have a carbon fibre rear hugger.


Anyways to the point at hand, due to my age i had to have it restricted to 33bhp for 2 years. I have still managed to get 110mph out of it at a pus, It will easily do 100mph and will sit comofrtably at 70-90mph on the bendy's. Generally im so happy i got this bike, my only issue was my started motor died due to a problem with the switch gear to which aprilia refused 2 replace it even tho its a known problem with the early shivers. So i had to fork out the money.


14 December 2011 23:58



Had mine a month

I got a gold one with ABS and can't fault it, handles great 45mpg av and does the blat to work over 15 miles of grubby roads with no worries. Just finished running in miles and await workshop time for 1st service (I hate running in) cracks a ton without really trying but much flashing lightage and spanner icon make me a bit paranoid of giving it a jolly good fisting. All in one of the better bikes I've owned in 30 yrs riding, more comfy than a 9r blows a 600 Bandit AWAY and doesn't have that annoying buzz you get on jap bikes that make your bo:blink:ocks go numb after 2 or 3 hours riding. 

04 May 2010 22:25


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Top Speed???

I had one of these for a while in 2008 after my 3 week old R1 was stolen!

I was swayed by its 92 BHP boast, and thought it a genuine alternative to an R6 or GSX-R600. Low down the revs was awesome, great acceleration, great fun. It was near the top end where the bike just died a very sorrowfull death.

The claimed top speed of 135mph??? NO WAY! At full throttle I only got 83 out of my shiver - that was it! I took it back to the dealer's for this reason 3 times and they said there was nothing wrong with the bike. After 4500 miles, I got rid as faster riding was dangerous due to it's lack of top end power for overtaking.

This was more than dissapointing. I then got an R6 which does have the speed that is claimed (even if BHP figures are always down in the real world). Back on a new R1 now that my insurance no claims has been built up somewhat.

The shiver was awesome around town, can't say for high speed as it didn't get there!

Has anyone else experienced the same???

18 April 2010 11:24

3 into 1

3 into 1says

Let's hope they bring out a 1,000cc or a 1,200cc soon.

Shiver me Timbers.

03 June 2009 10:41

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