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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.