2011 Aprilia 750 Shiver – First Ride More passion, more sport.
Certain elements of design simply scream “Italian,” perhaps none quite as loudly as a tubular trellis frame slathered in red paint. Of the various styling and ergonomic updates that Aprilia has included on its 750 Shiver for 2011, the racer-red treatment applied to its modular trellis/aluminum frame has lent the versatile naked unmistakable Italian flair.
And when you move in closely, sporty new details begin to appear, such as the resculpted headlight that’s now wrapped in a skimpy bikini fairing, wave brake rotors, a lower handlebar and a more rearward footpeg position. The Aprilia logos flanking the tank are much larger, as well, and the raised decal encircling the hinged gas cap while boasting “36 Times World Champions” requires a bit of editing due to the recent success of Max Biaggi and the factory RSV4 Superbike.
No question about it, the folks from Noale, Italy, are a proud lot. And while the revamped Shiver better communicates its maker’s passion for sport, it has retained the user-friendly, well-rounded nature that’s made it a hit with commuters and backroad scratchers alike.
“The Shiver’s recipe for versatility starts with its broad spread of torque from the smooth-running, sweet-shifting 750cc V-Twin engine.”
The Shiver’s recipe for versatility starts with its broad spread of torque from the smooth-running, sweet-shifting 750cc V-Twin engine. Aprilia’s ride-by-wire, tri-map fuel-injection technology provides even greater flexibility by allowing on-the-fly toggling between Sport, Touring and Rain drive modes, offering three levels of throttle response and power output. For all but the most demanding sport-riding situations, we found the smoother response of T-mode more to our liking than S mode’s enhanced on-throttle snap.
Another change this year is the use of a narrower, 5.5-inch rear wheel—an ideal match for the 180/55-17 Pirelli Diablo Corsa III—for improved handling agility. With its wide handlebar offering excellent leverage, the Shiver snaps into and out of corners with competence and ease. Stability is very good, as well, and the brakes are strong yet not overly aggressive.
The non-adjustable inverted fork is calibrated on the softer side of sport for good all-around comfort and handling, while the side-mount single shock provides easy access to its rebound damping and spring preload adjusters.
In an effort to broaden the bike’s appeal, the saddle has been slimmed and lowered; but with the Shiver’s 32.5-inch seat height and 463-pound dry weight, some shorter riders or novices may still find this bike a bit intimidating when sitting at stops.
That’s a shame, because there is so much about the 750 Shiver that caters to riders of vastly differing riding ability. The tri-map power delivery feature offers a means of easing into the bike’s full performance potential without outgrowing your $8999 investment as your riding skill develops.
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