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2009 Aprilia Shiver Comparison

Monday, February 9, 2009
2009 Aprilia Shiver 750
Aprilia's Shiver 750 is yet another example of contemporary motorcycle design at its finest.
Say hello to the new kid on the block. Where Ducati’s entry level Monster has been around for over the last decade (however completely revamped in 2008), the Shiver is an entirely new model. If you’re a diehard motorcycle fan than you’re going to recognize that it’s an Aprilia right away. From its sharp, angular body panels, to its chiseled steel/aluminum hybrid frame and aluminum swingarm—it’s classic Aprilia, representing the company’s commitment to contemporary motorcycle design.
 
While it’s easy to be mesmerized by the Shiver’s pleasing aesthetics, perhaps even more impressive is what’s inside. Radial-mount four-piston brakes hang off the bottom of a thick Showa inverted fork; a liquid-cooled V-Twin engine utilizing an advanced engine management system, complete with ride-by-wire technology and rider-selectable engine settings (Sport, Tour and Rain) round out the big highlights of construction.
 
2009 Aprilia Shiver 750
Aprilia's Shiver 750 sports an liquid-cooled V-Twin engine which includes its ride-by-wire throttle control system.
Hop aboard the Shiver and the first thing you notice is its substantial heft as compared to the feather-light Monster. Weighing in at 484 pounds fully fueled and ready-to-ride, the Shiver carries an extra 80 pounds over the Ducati. Also notable is the Shiver’s taller seating position. While it only measures an inch and a half higher, the difference is readily apparent and will be especially felt by shorter riders.  
 
Vee engine configuration ensures a slim chassis. However, the Shiver’s fuel tank and disproportionally wide plastic tank cover make it feel much wider than the Monster. As you maneuver out of the parking lot, the Shiver continually reminds you of its extra mass. Fortunately, working the clutch in such situations is easy as it features short, progressive engagement and really light lever pull—plus its adjustable for different hand sizes as opposed to the Monster’s fixed position lever.
 
As you upshift into second gear the Shiver’s low-speed unwieldiness vanishes. Keep the throttle pinned and the Shiver’s 750cc engine not only spools up much faster than the Ducati’s but also provides more grunt throughout the rev range. The exhaust note emitting from the twin underseat pipes starts off raspy but as the rpms climb the sounds morph into more of a sportbike-like shriek, which only adds to the thrill of acceleration. The Shiver’s fuel-injection system assists in its smooth power production but as you close in on its 10,000 rpm redline, you’ll notice a slight power surge that will paint a smile on even the most experienced rider. Upshift quickly though, because, like the Monster, once you hit the rev ceiling the engine cuts out quickly in protest.
2009 Aprilia Shiver 750
The Shiver 750's chassis features a hybrid steel/alumnium frame, aluminum swingarm, Showa 43mm inverted fork and a Sachs hydraulic rear shock. Here Atlas, tests its damping capabilities.

 
“I actually really like the Shiver,” said Executive Editor Steve Atlas. “After riding the Monster, I assumed the Shiver’s motor might feel lethargic. How wrong I was. Its got decent power right off the bottom and I liked that you can get gangster with it and wheelie it around in the first two gears. Plus you can see 100-plus mph on the dash, which can really help when you’re late for work on Monday.”
 
While both bikes’ engines deliver considerable buzz in lower rpms, as you reach highway speeds, the Shiver’s vibrations mellow out. Sport-oriented ergos and zero wind-protection are also mutually shared, which makes these Italians not the best suited bikes for covering long distances. So look for cities or zig-zagging back roads because this is where you’re going to want to romp these machines.
 
“It’s a great urban-moto bike,” remarked Atlas after hopping off the Aprilia. “It bombs through traffic really easy. The mirrors are useable and don’t vibrate too much. It just feels like a real motorcycle.” 
 
There’s no doubt that the Shiver feels larger dimensionally than its competition, yet hustling it through the corners is easy due to its sharp chassis geometry and excellent turning leverage courtesy of its wide aluminum handlebars. A surprising amount of lean angle can be achieved before hard parts like the foot pegs, gearshift and brake lever start to drag, and even when they do, grip from the Dunlop Qualifier’s is high enough to ensure a fun yet safe experience.
Aprilia Shiver vs. Ducati Monster 696
On the racetrack, the Shiver shows its sporty side. Now if only it had just a bit more ground clearance.

 
By adding a few turns of preload on the rear shock absorber, ground clearance is enhanced as is steering response, while stability remains solid. Both motorcycles feature similar suspension components (43mm Showa inverted fork, Sachs hydraulic rear shock), but the Shiver’s is more versatile than that of the Monster. While aggressive riders will still complain that the suspension of both bikes are too softly sprung, we felt that both sets of suspenders do an admirable job on both street and track absorbing road imperfections smoothly while delivering a fair amount of feel when cranked over through a corner. 
 
Other similarities between the two machines include a pair of twin-piston radial-mount brake calipers biting down on 320mm rotors with stopping force delivered through stainless steel brake lines. Yet, the Aprilia’s set-up is more adept at shedding off speed—especially when riding on the speedy confines of the track. Initial brake bite is mild and braking force ramps up slightly as you pull back on the lever, offering a good balance of non-intimidating stopping power. Another added plus is that the Shiver’s brake lever features four lever position adjustments.
2009 Aprilia Shiver 750
The Shiver has enough grunt to loft the front wheel in the first two gears if desired.

 
Given all the high-tech hardware engineers bestowed on the Shiver, it’s no surprise that even the instrumentation package is cutting-edge. Termed a “Matrix Instrument Panel”, the display includes all the good stuff including a swept tachometer, speedo, dual trip meters, gear position indicator, coolant and ambient air temperature as well as a clock. Additionally, you can use the handlebar mounted toggle switch to view immediate MPG, average MPG, engine running time, or maximum and average speed. An easy-to-navigate menu system provides additional customization allowing you to change the language, units of measurement, and display brightness. On the road, both the tachometer and the orange back-lit display are easy to view at a glance. Our only gripe? We wish the gear shift position indicator would be much larger.









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2008 Aprilia Shiver 750 Specifications
2009 Aprilia Shiver
Engine: 750cc liquid-cooled V-Twin, DOHC, 8-valve Bore x Stroke: 92 x 56.4mm
Compression Ratio: 12.0:1
Fuel Delivery: Fuel-Injection and Ride-by-Wire
Horsepower: 75.1 hp @ 9100 rpm
Torque: 45.3 lb-ft @ 7300 rpm
Clutch: Wet multi-plate, hydraulic actuation
Transmission: 6-speed
Front Suspension: Showa 43mm non-adjustable fork; 4.7 in. travel
Rear Suspension: Sachs hydraulic shock, step-less rebound damping and adjustable spring preload; 5.1 in. travel
Front Brakes: 320mm discs with radial-mount twin-piston calipers
Rear Brake: 245mm disc, single-piston caliper 
Tires: Dunlop Qualifer 120/70R17, 180/55R17
Curb Weight: 484 lbs. (ready to ride)
Wheelbase: 56.6 in.
Length: 89.0 in.
Width: 31.4 in. 
Rake / Trail: 25.7 deg. / 4.29 in. 
Seat Height: 31.8 in.
Fuel Capacity: 3.96 gal.
MSRP: $8999
Warranty: Two year
Colors: Fever Silver; Competition Black; Cult White; Code Orange; Couture Blue 

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adam-motousa -what up rick  January 22, 2010 06:43 PM
i really dig the suzuki gladius. i would purchae that bike over the shiver and 696 ducati.
Rick Nakon from South Lyon MI -Suz Gladdie v Duc 696 v Apri Shvr?  January 19, 2010 09:51 AM
Adam love your column,I think your reviews are spot on an the info is invaluable to the cycle community...I have just one question about a recent naked bike review...

you reviewed the Aprilia Shiver..no disagreement here, it is an amazing bike...I wondered how you would compare the 09/10 Suzuki Gladdie against it and the Duc 696? Obviously the Gladdies frt&rr susp need to be stiffened to meet the shivers...but how would it fair
its specs are very close. Would a GPR-exhaust, K&N fltr and dyno be enough to bring the gladdie's 70bhp into the 78bhp arena...and if someone did these things, what about a step farther and increasing the Suzuki's cc's from 645 to 695 or 705??...The gladdie is a great bike as is the shiver..just thinking about what to buy in the spring?

thanks for your opinion