APRILIA SHIVER 750 (2010 - on) Review
At a glance
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|Annual servicing cost:||£500|
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
The Shiver, in many respects, is the forgotten V-twin – which is a shame as it’s a good bike. It’s smart looking, better equipped than most, well proportioned, has a typically impressive and flexible Aprilia powerplant, handles well and is OK value. Being an Aprilia means it’s also different and fairly exclusive, which either appeals to you or it doesn’t. For my money, though, a good Shiver is definitely worth a punt. Its size and spec suit my six-foot frame better than a midrange Monster and its abilities aren’t that far short of the Street Triple.
Ride quality & brakesNext up: Engine
The lower and narrow seat means you’re slightly more involved with the bike, more in it than on it. Suspension was slightly stiffened for 2010 and the additional rear set pegs give the Shiver a sporting edge. Brakes are strong and progressive. Over long distances it’s not perfect but fine for a long days riding with a few breaks.
EngineNext up: Reliability
With 95bhp and 60ftlb of torque, the Shiver has a typically grunty V-twin engine which will propel bike and rider to a top speed of around 130mph. You don’t really need to bounce the Shiver off its rev limiter as there is plenty of useable torque for a brisk road ride. The engine is slightly lacking compared to the Street Triple and Ducati's Monster, but it's still plenty.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
Aprilia have significantly improved their build quality over the last decade or so and the Shiver is evidence of that. Steel/cast aluminium mix frame, cast aluminium braced swing-arm and deep quality feeling paintwork. Engine-wise nothing much goes wrong with the Shiver.
Value vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
Shivers were good value when new at little over £6000 and withprices hovering around £5000 for the later models they're still good value. Find an Aprilia Shiver for sale.
ABS is optional for an extra £300. However, Brembo brakes comes as standard and the rear Sachs side mounted shock is also fully adjustable. Additionally to the fly-by-wire the Shiver comes with 3 different engine modes Sport, Touring and Rain, which can be activated on the move. There’s also the same as before LCD multi functional display which can also be operated from the mode switch on the left bar. Compare and buy parts for the Shiver in the MCN Shop.
|Engine type||6v 92x56.4mm, 6gears|
|Frame type||Tubular aluminium|
|Fuel capacity||15 litres|
|Front suspension||43 non adjustable|
|Rear suspension||Preload and rebound|
|Front brake||2 x 320mm 4 pot radial cal|
|Rear brake||245mm disc 2 pot|
|Front tyre size||120/60x17|
|Rear tyre size||180/55x17|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||40 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£93|
|Annual service cost||£500|
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Top speed & performance
|Max power||95 bhp|
|Max torque||60 ft-lb|
|Top speed||130 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||-|
|Tank range||150 miles|
Model history & versions
2007: Aprilia Shiver 750 launched
2009: Half-faired Shiver GT launched
2010: Revised Shiver 750 launched with updated riding position, wavey discs & firmer suspension
Aprilia Shiver GT - half-faired version.
Owners' reviews for the APRILIA SHIVER 750 (2010 - on)
8 owners have reviewed their APRILIA SHIVER 750 (2010 - on) 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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|Annual servicing cost:||£500|
Annual servicing cost: £900
The Aprilia Shiver 750 is one of the better values in motorcycling for the mature beginner or advanced-beginner riders. It is very well specced and built in addition to being relatively feature rich yet simple and straightforward. Though a bit on the heavy and tall side for the class (and thus possibly a handful for smaller new riders), the 3 throttle-mapped rider modes provide an excellent learning platform for the inexperienced to intermediate rider. Rain mode cuts enough power/torque (25% - 30%) to build in significant safety margin for those learning precise throttle control in all conditions. Touring mode provides access to full power and torque but with a relaxed mapping that works well in traffic, while sport mode will reward precise throttle control with responsiveness that suggests a familial relationship to its bigger brother (the Tuono 1000) and is perfect for open roads or the track. The mapping is so distinct that buying a Shiver is almost like buying three different bikes at once.
Ride quality is excellent. The ride is sportingly firm but the seat is very comfortable. The pegs are a bit high and can cramp older injured knees. It's easy to move around on the bike and there is no upper body discomfort. I have the Ohlins rear shock upgrade.
Great torque from 3750rpm through 9000rpm and great sound. Beware the reviews in which the reviewers didn't use all three maps. Those that claim the engine was lackadaisical or "relaxed" probably never tried the sport mode, and those that claim low speed riding was accompanied by "aggressive fueling," "throttle hunting," or snatchiness were probably riding in stop and go traffic in Sport mode.
Build quality is the equal of the best manufacturers and better than the majority. Equivalently priced models from Honda, Suzuki, Yamaha, and Kawasaki feel cheap and flimsy in comparison, KTM should be ashamed, and even Ducati could learn a thing or two from Aprilia. Reports from the various forums suggest that the Shiver is reliable and over 8500 miles all mine has needed are regular oil changes, tires, cleaning of the air filter, and a battery.
That running cost is in US$, reflects total cost of ownership from new (4 combined years of both mine and the previous owner), and includes a new set of Pirelli Angel GTs ($500 installed), a new battery ($150), the 6250 mile service, and 4 oil changes. It does not include upgrades to the exhaust (a must do), the suspension, or cosmetics.
Do yourself a HUGE favor and ditch the stock exhaust entirely. It completely neuters the bike's glorious soundtrack AND adds a ton of weight high and to the rear (underseat). Pirelli Angel GTs work very well with this bike, much better than the stock Dunlops.
Buying experience: Bought a 3 year old model with 3500 miles for US$5250 from a private seller. I got a deal.
It is a fun ride. Bike only likes low vapor pressure type race gas when OAT is above 85 degree F. Otherwise it will leave you stranded with severe vapor lock issues or scary lurching rides. To avoid cost of 100 Octane (98 does not work as well) race gas in places like Arizona or Florida you can add Kerosene to the regular 91-93 fill but power will be lowered somewhat after it sits in there (wont go over 100mph). Otherwise Xylene , 2 cycle oil and Acetone bought in bulk when on discount is your only hope. I started having an oil leak and I think it might be because of Acetone use.
Annual servicing cost: £100
Grin making machine, pokey engine with fairly sharp handling that will get you from A to B with a smile on your mush and without cramp, achey wrists or a bad back. I use it for a daily commute, for fun and for heading off with the missus, it does it all, yes after an hour or so numb bum can be an issue but there are no serious drawbacks in pushing on, or long rides, can get 120 miles out of a tank which is good going.
Front brakes are great, good power and feel, rear brake is feckless but I expect nothing better.
After a previously owned spongy and soft Deauville it took me a while to get to grips with the much more aggressive Aprilia twin and rode it almost exclusively in Touring mode, Sports being just too sharp. But after a bit of regaining my confidence (the Deaulville was the result of a back injury caused by a SMIDSY incident) I am now in Sports mode all the time, and the engine is great, easy to control and no issues at all in the wet or in sub zero winter conditions, Revs and pulls well around the clock great.
Over 20000 miles in 3 years with regular servicing, new tyres and recently snapped throttle cable, the bike is out all year round all weathers no issues at all.
Nothing major in 3 years, starts and goes as you would want it.
Lets face it not a lot of equipment, the digital dash, fly-by-wire throttle and ABS all work well.
Buying experience: Bought from a local dealer who had ridden it to Assen for the Superbikes race, so I got a very nearly new bike for substantially less than a brand shiny new one. Well happy.
I have ridden fast bikes, fun bikes and big heavy cruisers. My last bike was a Honda Deauville, don't judge me a bike accident left me with back trouble and the big soft Deauville was great. But my back is getting better and although I had plans to upgrade next year I borrowed a shiver while mine was being serviced, Stupidly. The shover is a bike that would never appeal to me, too hard and sporty, too naked, too Italian. I love it, from the first ride I enjoyed the torque, the response and the feedback, it was fun. Each ride brings a big stupid grin to my face, the riding position is upright, and even my 6'4"'s are comfortable, no leg cramps, no wrist pain and no back pain. The handling is good, not nervous or fidgety but planted and willing to do what you it too. Best of all is the engine, you honestly can't beat a torquey twin, don't get me wrong I loved my old ZZR1100 but this is different it a lovely smooth eager pull round most of the rev range. This is a great bike, its not going to lose you your license either, you can have a big grin on your face every day, very good package.
Went down from a sportsbike to an all-rounder for commuting in all weathers. Whilst the differences in performance were to be expected, the poor handling has been a real surprise. My bike is virtually new but has a Jerky throttle response and the handling on the front has no feeling and is very light. Make sure you test ride before you buy one - I stupidly didn't. Whilst it has handled long trips with no problem it is actually the commuting which has been disappointing.
Love it; having had many a bike from all genres I think I’ve settled on a bike to suit my every need. On normal road surfaces it handles the bumps incredibly well when I get somewhere I feel I’ve ridden there as opposed to bounced there as can be the case on some very track orientated modern bikes. The engine and multiple mapping modes are new to me but I’m loving choices. It corners beautifully and inspires confidence whatever the situation. If I had to find a niggle it would be that filling it up is slow as the fuel pump nozzle only goes in a very short way and the fuel light is coming on too early I sometimes have the light come on and then get less than 10L in(maybe I’m doing it wrong). Ace bike though.
As soon as I saw the new style I loved it and wanted it. One the most perfect bikes I have rode great value for money. The finish is only let down by the decals on the rear panels. The three modes on the engine are easy to select.I love the sport mode it makes the bike so keen.The rain mode is a real safety bonus and it softens the power to allow safe cornering in dodgy conditions. I use it all year round to commute and fun rides the finish has stood up well to the last winter. Is there anything I would change? Yes just give the rear panels a better finish with decals and that's it.
just bought the new shiver after passing my test 2 weeks ago. I wanted something with a bit of poke and not a sports bike and the shiver has delivered. Plenty of usable power thats very predictable, great first big bike!!