APRILIA SHIVER 750 GT (2009 - 2011) Review
At a glance
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|Annual servicing cost:||£180|
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
The standard Aprilia SL750 Shiver is just another funky naked bike – but the simple addition of a fairing turns it in to one of the best Italian all rounders you can buy. The Shiver GT is very competent, mixing practicality with style, performance and character for not a huge amount of cash.
Ride quality & brakesNext up: Engine
Aprilia knows how to make a motorcycle handle well, and the Shiver GT benefits from that knowledge. Steering is precise without being twitchy or unstable, and the Shiver GT feels planted at any lean angle. Ground clearance is good, but the competent chassis means dragging the pegs isn’t too hard for a confident rider. Suspension is compliant and controlled, neither too soft or too harsh. The standard-fit Metzeler Sportec M3 tyres help.
EngineNext up: Reliability
The Aprilia SL750 Shiver GT has a 750cc 90° v-twin purpose built for the Shiver (and the range of bikes to be derived from the Shiver). It’s by no means a lairy sports bike engine, but delivers a good spread of power and torque – plenty for road riding, and enough to enjoy a track day. Smooth at motorway speeds, the Shiver also returns 43mpg riding on a mix of high-speed motorway and A-roads. Snatchy injection at low revs and a flat power delivery.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
The Aprilia’s class build belies its £6499 (£6899 with ABS) price tag – instead the price is met by cutting back on luxury features like suspension damping adjustment. It should last with an average level of care, and even our box-fresh test bike didn’t use oil in 500 hard miles. No problems reported from owners of the naked Shiver – they use the same engine.
Value vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
For £6499 the Aprilia SL750 Shiver GT is a competent, characterful all-rounder that will cover the needs of most motorcyclists (The ABS version is an extra £300). It’s fast without getting you in to licence-losing speeds so quickly you barely notice, handles well enough to stick with most bikes on a twisty road but has enough practicality for a weekend away. Find an Aprilia Shiver for sale.
The half-fairing provides good wind protection up to 100mph, and has two cubby holes for phone, wallet, ear plugs and so on – one locks too. A 12v cigarette lighter socket is fitted to power electrical accessories. ABS is an option, and works very well. There is a pillion seat and grab rails, but only really small pillions fit comfortably. Compare and buy parts for the Aprilia Shiver GT in the MCN Shop.
|Engine type||8-valve V-twin, 6 gears|
|Frame type||Tubular steel trellis/cast aluminium|
|Fuel capacity||15 litres|
|Rear suspension||Preload, rebound|
|Front brake||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|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||40 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£93|
|Annual service cost||£180|
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Top speed & performance
|Max power||95 bhp|
|Max torque||60 ft-lb|
|Top speed||130 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||11 secs|
|Tank range||150 miles|
Model history & versions
2011: ABS added as standard
Aprilia SL750 Shiver - Naked bike on which the GT is based – strong contender for top middleweight naked, edged out by Triumph’s excellent Street Triple.
Owners' reviews for the APRILIA SHIVER 750 (2009 - 2011)
7 owners have reviewed their APRILIA SHIVER 750 (2009 - 2011) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.
Summary of owners' reviews
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|Value vs rivals:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£180|
Annual servicing cost: £180
So underated! Best: "S" mode. Both revvy and gutsy. Smooth and grumbly when you are stuck in town or behind tractors, but light and responsive enough to allow you to exploit every gap :). Comfortable for the rider and pillion and reliable as a car! Really good fun at any speed and comfortable enough to do 300 mile days. Brilliant online community at apriliaforum.com . Worst: The fuel tank could be 6l bigger - 200 mile range please! A sport model with better forks and shock would allow you to really exploit the frame :D
Brilliant all round bike. Still makes you smile in traffic. No need for breaks between fuel stops. Handling almost to Ducati standard. Frame is brilliant but the fork and shock let it down a bit
Nice mix of guts and grumbly v twin power and revvy howling at the top end I wouldn't say no to a lighter flywheel and more torque :)
Nothing breaks! Big miles and still nothing breaks. No top up battery charges (unlike Monsters, Speed Triples and KTM990s) it just keeps on working :) When you are servicing it there are lots of speednuts which feels a bit 'scootery' but they work and avoid wearing threads in panels and frame brackets
50mpg whatever you do. Only 130 miles in a tank - this could be better Nice to have an "Eco" mode for when you are stuck in wilds :)
Riding modes are not much use really - it would be nicer to have an"Eco" mode option for when the fuel light comes on S is good T is soggy and unresponsive and R is like the bike is broken
Buying experience: Convenient but expensive because i went through a dealer These bikes are so reliable that a private sale is the best option
16 litres needs more go juice capacity. Just got the gt. The fuel tank is too small, the fuel warning light cant decide if its wants to be on or not. Other wise, So comfrotable even though it makes me want to get off the sadle to corner harder very comfortable but that sound. Do not ike the trip computer recording highest speed.
The Shiver GT brought me nicely back to the world of ‘character’ motorcycling after a few years of wonderfully competent but ultimately unsatisfying Japanese middle-weight fours. I’ve been riding for over 40 years, pretty much daily in all seasons so I’m what you might call a seasoned rider. I commute across central London every day and now and again out of London to a range of 150 miles or so using motorways and A-roads depending on time, distance and mood. In essence the Shiver is the sort of bike that requires a good amount of input and involvement to get the best from it and if you are the sort of rider that likes that sort of challenge, the rewards are there for the taking. Stepping from my outgoing Hornet 600 ABS the need to pay attention a bit more was immediately apparent – my Honda pipe and slippers were consigned to the bin and every ride was anticipated like I was 17 again. I’m now almost a year and 7000 miles down the line and it still feels fresh every day. As an old school rider the spanners are always to hand and the following modifications have made the bike so much better than standard. Firstly to smooth out the admittedly lumpy low rpm problems: lower the gearing by fitting a 15T front sprocket, add a pair of free flowing exhaust cans (Arrows in my case – sound fantastic) and fit an O2 sensor hack (Motocorsaro Optimiser or FatDuc). To improve the budget suspension: replace the fork oil with two weights for rebound and compression damping, drop the forks in the yokes and tweak the existing rear shock settings according to the marvellous details to be found on the AFI forums (Shiver and Dorsoduro section). Also replace the OEM tyres ASAP – Bridgestone BT-023 work very well for me. It’s the most interesting bike I had in a long time and is now pretty much perfect for all my varied riding. I’ve also added heated grips for the winter, a Scottoiler, a larger Puig screen (brilliant), some adjustable levers, a Givi rack and top box and a set of frame sliders. I’ve had one break-down when a pressure sensor in the engine management system failed, but the part came within a day and I fixed it myself so the bike was only off the road for a couple of days (again the Aprilia forum is a wonderful resource). I suppose it is a little thirsty and the tank could be a little larger, it’s not super-nimble or super fast, but it is lovely to ride and never fails to please. I thought that getting older had just made me a little less interested in the joys of the motorcycling of my youth, but it is I think more down to the increasingly sanitised feels of modern machinery. Thankfully the Shiver bucks that trend.
These reviews are VERY handy! I'm going to look at a Shiver GT for the 2nd time tomorrow night, and this (and the owner) reviews reassure me i'm making the right choice! I'm upgrading from a KTM Duke 125 and have NEEDED something punchier for a long time, but i'm a rugby player so sports bikes are too much of an engine upgrade and too unsuitable for my frame! If all goes well- maybe i'll be posting an owner review in a few months time!!
Purchased a 2010 Shiver GT in metallic black with 4500 miles on the clock last month, paid £4295 for it, which is allot of bike for the money. Previously I have owned sports bikes but with this purchase I was looking for a little more comfort for commuting whilst having a little touring capability. So far I have covered 600 miles on the bike, not enough to really comment of reliability yet but the build quality of the bike feels very good. Power delivery is strong, especially in 'SPORT' mode, it pulls well through the rev range. Having ridden 900cc sports bike prior to this it is noticeably slower but that’s to be expected. Don’t get me wrong this is still a quick bike and more than ok for a rider of my ability. Riding position is very comfortable and I don’t expect any cramping issues when I take it to the IOM for the TT in a few weeks time. The review is correct in terms of pillion use, my GF is very small but finds it very uncomfortable on the back. With a pillion its best in 'TOURING' mode as it reduces the harsh engine braking of the 750 V Twin. In wet conditions the bike still feels very planted, 'RAIN' mode cuts so much power I would never use it unless riding in icy or monsoon conditions, which I don’t tend to do anyway. 'TOURING mode is more than ok for wet conditions. As far as touring capabilities go, GIVI make a quick lock pannier rack for the bike, it also supports Givi soft / thermaform bags. You can also get a back box rack, however I have opted for a Givi tail pack with the Shiver Pannier Rack to save lots of messing around fitting racks to the bike. Over all I am more than happy with the bike. So far I have not seen another one on the roads and its nice not be on another ten a penny Japanese bike.
Owned for 8 months, 4500 miles on all roads / conditions. The positives - engine is very strong and eager, revs quickly and pulls like a train. Sounds awesome. Chassis is also good, very taut and firm, handles superbly on smooth roads, very flickable. Relaxed riding position with high seat & lowish pegs. Seat is pretty comfortable for moderate trips. The bike generally is well put together, with good quality components. I've ridden it most days over the winter, including during the snow, and the finish is still good despite only monthly washing. The negatives - fuelling at low revs is terrible. The bike jerks and snatches below 3 thousand revs. Riding at less than 30mph is best avoided, and heavy traffic is hard work as you're off and on the clutch all the time to avoid stalling. The jerkiness of the throttle response makes two up riding uncomfortable for both rider and pillion. The pillion seat is uncomfortable - my girlfriend has a sore a*** after 30 minutes. The firm suspension which gives such good handling on smooth roads is too harsh on bumpy roads, and especially unsuitable for potholed city streets. I disagree with MCN about the fairing - its actually pretty crap and deflects very little wind - none from your lower body and only a small amount from the chest. Speeds above 80mph are hard on the neck (and I'm not overly tall). Aprilia luggage is rubbish, and Hepco & Becker are the only after market supplier who make a rack that will fit it, and they are expensive. My other major complaint has been reliability. The bike has been back to the shop 3 times - once for getting stuck in 2nd gear (gear selector incorrectly assembled by the factory), once for front brake pads (pads sticking & hence wore out in 3000 miles), once for an oil leak from around the oil filter. Availability of parts is variable - you can wait weeks or months. Overall verdict - grunty, good fun bike to ride fast on smooth roads, and without a pillion. Fairly comfortable solo if you stay out of the city, and off the motorway. Oh, and avoid bumpy backroads too. Poor luggage availability so don't take it touring. Get used to travelling by bus, as the bike will be spending a lot of time in the shop...which will suit your girlfriend as she wont want to go on the back. I wouldn't have another one, and am trading mine in next week (at a considerable loss thanks to terrible depreciation). Don't say you weren't warned..
I sold my Triumph Tiger 1050 as I found it a bit too big and a bit too heavy for day to day riding, incl a commute. After reading review after review, numerous test rides and hours of agonising I decided the Shiver GT was the bike for me. It's light and does commute, it does a short to medium tour and you can stretch it's legs due the the excellent chassis. These are all things claimed by Triumph, which though it's truly a magnificent bike it doesn't comfortably achieve. The Shiver has a good riding position for somebody who is 6.2 (which does restrict your options)and comes with standard mirrors that are clear and show you more than your elbows. The engine is a peach, sounds great and is supplemented by the 3 way mapping. The equipment is very good for a bike of this price and it's certainly well made. I've been generous on the reliability but have no reason to complain yet and fingers crossed it will stay that way. The other draw to the bike is that it's a bit different and not just another Jap bike, which rightly or rightly was important to me. Roll on the summer...