Start of series production of the Aprilia Shiver 750


Start of series production of the Aprilia Shiver 750

Start of series production of the Aprilia Shiver 750

Aprilia hopes for a restart with Shiver 750

It should help Aprilia to make the longed-for restart: the Shiver 750, a 95 hp naked bike with a V2 engine and an attractive design. MOTORRAD has already driven a pre-series version (issue 10/2007): A handy, precise and neutral chassis is combined with a powerful engine that is already running in a cultivated manner and that pulls strongly from the leather beyond 5000 rpm. Aprilia took the few criticisms of this first driving report into account at the start of series production. Because the Shiver touched down quite early, the Italians offer the Tuono not only the standard but also the slightly higher footrests; As an accessory there is also a rest system for sporty use.

Another change concerns the mapping, which now ensures a faster reaction of the throttle valve. A small delay effect of the electronic “ride-by-wire” system remains noticeable when the throttle is accepted. After years of declining sales, Aprilia hopes that the Shiver will capture a significant share of the naked bike market, of which 172,000 were registered in 2006 in Europe alone. Due to the advanced season, the Veneto-based manufacturer only built around 2000 units in 2007; the first models will arrive in Germany in July. The Shiver 2008 should really take off; then there is also a version with a half-shell.

Interview with designer Alberto Cappella

The development of the Aprilia Shiver cost 15 million euros. Your designer Alberto Cappella, 49, about some details.

The Shiver is the first Aprilia, the look of which appealed to the audience without exception.
The old saying “form follows function” really applies here. Because the Shiver serves as a platform for other models, the tubular space frame was an obvious choice. You can build anything with it, from sports enduro to custom. But I also had a personal inspiration: the Lynx 650, which I designed for Laverda in 1999, but which never went into series production.
Why the decision for the side-mounted shock absorber?
This allows us to accommodate the exhaust system collector including the catalytic converter inside the two-arm swing arm? this keeps the heat away from the driver’s legs.
How long did the development take?
Only 24 months from the first draft to the finished motorcycle ?? that should be a new record.

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