Aprilia Shiver: Bigger engine, more power, improved handling
When Aprilia first announced the new Shiver late last year at EICMA in Milan, it was the first significant change in the bike since it was introduced in 2007. The company has now formally launched the new Shiver, and the bike you can buy today has the same 900 cc engine (up from 750 cc), advanced traction control, redesigned exhaust, and new chassis first seen when it was unveiled last November.
That larger engine kicks out 95 hp (70 kW) and produces 66 ft.lbs. (90 Nm) of torque. The older 2016 model with the smaller engine had roughly the same horsepower, but produced less torque at 59.6 ft. lbs (80 Nm).
Aprilia is also offering a toned down version with power limited to 47 hp (35 kW) so that it can be ridden with an A2 class driver's license in the UK.
Steps were taken to design the engine to reduce friction on the pistons and improve balancing, thus creating a more efficient engine. Meanwhile, the redesigned exhaust system not only looks beautiful, but also meets Euro 4 pollution standards.
The Shiver's new traction control system has its roots in the technology Aprilia has incorporated in its SV4 superbike, and improves upon the ride-by-wire system deployed in the original Shiver. The company has now integrated separate traction control and acceleration systems into one. Riders have a choice of three different modes – Sport, Touring and Rain.
Aprilia also equipped the Shiver with the same 4.3 inch display used on the RSV4 and the Tuono 1100. This includes a speedo, tachometer, gear indicator, engine temperature, air temperature, engine map setting and a clock. A small joystick on the lefthand control lets you toggle through the multitude of menu items.
All that aside, the item that may cause the most goosebumps when viewing the new Shiver is its steel and aluminum trellis frame. The combination of steel tubing connected to wide spread aluminum lateral plates creates a lightweight, rigid frame to more thoroughly contain the extra power of the bigger engine.
A new adjustable Kayaba fork offering 5.1 inches (130 mm) of travel and three-spoked aluminum wheels further redefine the look of the Shiver while also helping reduce weight.
Aprilia is also offering a wide range of accessories for the Shiver that can enhance either its sport or touring ability, including carbon and billet aluminum bits, side panniers, a frame guard, and fork bumpers.
The new Shiver is in dealers now and lists for USD$9399 (8,340 €).
For a closer look at the new Aprilia Shiver and the accompanying new Dorsuduro 900, check out the video below.