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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

 

Engine

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.

Equipment

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) - £4,020 (2009)
Private used prices
£3,190 (2008) - £3,620 (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.

Value

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

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.

Specifications

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)

  • To Shiver

    gunslinger360

    Average rating rating is 4

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    If you are having trouble with the fueling put it in T mode it makes it ooh so smooth and it seems to do more mpg but for those who want instant go stick to S mode. I have experienced a few bikes and feel the Shiver is a great all rounder and I love that V twin buzz it's a bike with real style... It's good for 130mph (on track of course).

    14 April 2012

  • Brillliant

    Callumshiver750

    Average rating rating is 4

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    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.

    15 December 2011

  • Not great

    seabeeahh600

    Average rating rating is 2

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    Adding to my review below, iVe been riding the bike for a few weeks now...The good: handling is spot on, very nice ride even for my heavy frame! The acceleration when riding fast is superb, low down grunt and the noise from the twin pipes is gorgeous..u get burble on the over run, even with standard cans... The bad: this is was ruined it for me... The fly by wire throttle seems to be sensitive and I found it a pain to ride in traffic..this type of bike should be ideal for commuting, but, the bike was lurching when kept on a 1/4 open throttle and from 1k to 5k of revs...slow riding becomes uncomfortable and hard word, as the bike lurches back and forth and this happens as u filter making the experience very worrying and unpredictable. The dealer had the bike back twice and was advised that's just how they are... Not impressed... Can keep your fly by wire! This small percentage of the problem ruins what could of been a peach of a bike

    19 May 2011

  • Early days?

    seabeeahh600

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Purchased an 08 model with around 1k miles on it. Previous bike was a gsxr1000 but wanted something more practical! First impressions. Comfortable I'm 6ft and it's good even after 100 miles non stop..less weight on my wrists! Riding it has helped me to enjoy ridiculous again, I realise the gixxer was too much power, whereas the shiver delivers the power low down where u need it... Seems to be a bit hard to ride between 3 and 4k of revs..very jerky when riding at just 1/4 throttle at these revs, going back to the shop next week to see if it's prob with the bike or how I'm riding it!! Only thing that's spolit the ride so far!!

    29 April 2011

  • Top Speed???

    UrbanGypsy27

    UK

    Average rating rating is 3

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    Shiver was sold to me as having top speed of 130mph. In real world, at full throttle on open road I only got a little over 80mph out of mine! I only weigh 12 stone so thats not the reason! Great around town, nimble, great 0-50mph! Did anyone else have the same issue or did I just get a bad bike???

    18 April 2010

  • Brilliant

    jimmy66

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    2009 ABS model 1000 miles so far and loved eveyone

    16 July 2009

  • Nice, but

    Backache

    Average rating rating is 3

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    very unreliable. In the first week from brand new Feb 2008 I noticed false neutrals and glitchy fuelling. Then the red warning light appeared and 'service' word appeared so it went back to the dealers. They improved the fuelling and fixed the fault but wouldn't touch the gearbox. Then it broke down again, not going above 3000 revs. It was recovered and the electrical fault fixed. Then two months later this recurred and it was recovered and fixed again. Two months or so later it had problems starting then stalled and wouldn't restart. I bump-started it and got it home to be recovered again. The starter button had stuck and burnt out the motor. Then the front right disc started binding, although this freed itself. Now the pillion footrest vibrates down to horizantal when the engine is running, the speedo occassionally steams up, and I am still getting false neutrals. Yesterday coming back from Paignton I got the same fault damifogg mentions below so it is going back to the dealers tomorrow. If this is the 'Italian Honda' I wish I had bought a real one. In fact I wish I had kept my Fazer, 3 years, 22000 miles and 100% reliable.

    04 May 2009

  • Amazing except...

    damifogg

    Average rating rating is 3

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    My first bike and it has been absolutely fantastic... when it's worked. I may have just been unlucky, but I've had several issues with the electrics (the digital speedo told me I was doing 140mph at a set of lights and 0mph on the motorway), and over the weekend after only 3000 miles the starter motor has managed to fall off and bugger the bike. The local dealer has been absolutely useless, a year later I'm still waiting for the free bike luggage that was meant to come with the bike, and repairs have taken a long time with 50cc scooters as replacements while it's off the road. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love this bike and think it looks amazing and handles fantastically, but I now have no confidence in the bike and will be getting shut of it as soon as I can.

    31 March 2009

  • Great naked

    aussie-rhino

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    My first big bike and what a fantastic machine. powerful enough to build confidence, fun through the twisties, love it. into sport mode and it wants to take off. far more fun than the hornet and 696

    14 November 2008

  • Got the shiver

    wjlonien

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Just had one yesterday for a short test ride on small and meandering roads, and it was brilliant. More on my personal page at http://wolfgang.lonien.de/?p=663 cheers, wjl

    10 June 2008

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khelderb

khelderbsays

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

Callumshiver750

Callumshiver750says

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

sparkyboz

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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

UrbanGypsy27

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UrbanGypsy27says

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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