Aprilia Shiver SL750 (2007 - present)

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£5600
Available from
2007
Great engine and a real classy look about it.
Stupid name and the chassis/suspension is a bit unforgiving.
At last Aprilia have arrived with a middleweight. Laden with high-tech features and cutting edge styling. Only it's 750cc. And £5600. You have to ask, is this cheating? Bags of style and technology could make it the sector leader

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Submitted by Bikeralan on Wed, 30/04/2008 - 02:55

Overall Review

So far so good, very pleased with my choice. I am an old rider (68) and it was time to downsize from my Triumph 1200 (s) because, essentially, weight ! (bike not me)

Strengths

Flexible, torquey motor. Very comfortable, good relationship between seat, pegs and bars so not too much wind stress. I have the latest software download that gives me the three drive modes (fly by wire), Sport, Touring and Rain. Very, very useful;selectable on the move, gives a very safe feeling in the wet (Rain) without having to be over cautious on the throttle exiting bends, roundabouts etc. Handles very well, very stable in the bends.

Weaknesses

As yet, no luggage systems available. Would be better with a cockpit / half fairing.

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Submitted by iBurty on Wed, 30/04/2008 - 11:14

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It's a naked bike, hence the fact that it doesn't have a faring. Aprilia tank bags are available, as are Famsa.

Strengths

Flexible engine pretty smooth for a V Twin. Great looking bike. Comfortable to ride. Good handling in standard form. Beautiful exhaust note as standard. Well built, with nice detailing and quality parts.

Weaknesses

Quite tall - 2008 models now come with a revised seat to fix this, and the seats are available to existing bikes. Originall pillion grab handles are useless - also revised on 2008 models. No suspension adjustment on front suspension. Poor facilities for strapping on stuff to carry. Front mudguard is woefully short and the engine (and oil filter) very exposed Currently quite limited aftermarket accessories available.

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Submitted by Marc Golland on Sun, 11/05/2008 - 19:40

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I think the bike looks and sounds awesome but I think Aprilia still have plenty of work to do to make it a real winner. The engine, I find is disappointing. After the initial blast of acceleration which makes you grin from ear to ear, it suddenly fizzles out. Up to 30 MPH I beat my friend on his 08' R6 every time, after that...I'm history!!! Figures of 0-60 in 3.9 must be hugely inaccurate, no way is this bike that fast, never in a million. Even top speed is very limited, I find accelerating in top gear after 80mph to be one of the dullest experiences in motorcycling - such contrast to it's low RPM promise. When I test rode one, it felt great! Built up area, 50mph no sweat, I thought I was on to a winner. The bike is fun around town, but if you're looking for a better alrounder with more punch...look towards the Triumph street triple!!! It's £500 cheaper too! Aprilia need to give it some proper grunt and a revier engine!!! Also forget figures of 95 BHP, just had mine Dyno'd and it showed a very lack lustre 71 BHP!!! Not great in a 188Kg bike!!!

Strengths

Exhaust note...sweeeeet!!! Handling, Looks, Bags of Character and of course the badge!!!

Weaknesses

Lack of "Revability", distinct lack of power after 4000RPM, Snatchy gear changes, Riding at speed (Aaarrrrrrgggh!) lack of top end punch!!!

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Submitted by alan butler on Thu, 24/07/2008 - 01:34

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Would definitely buy one but need to fix problem with front guard.

Strengths

Low centre of gravity, reasonable weight and nice power.

Weaknesses

Needs a sensible front mudguard. Why have so many Italian bikes have stupid front mudguards?

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Overall Review

Very pleased with it like the looks a lot, smooth and comfortable nice riding position, good features and well made

Strengths

Good Looks, torque from V Twin, Trip computer and adjustbale modes nice touch handles nicely good components and brakes

Weaknesses

Tank range is a bit limited, about 150 miles at a stretch Luggage options limited - Ventura system good Exhaust underseat gets a bit hot in summer but nice underseat heating in winter

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Submitted by Sparkyboz on Thu, 20/01/2011 - 15:10

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Haggle if you buy new!Feels top heavy with a full tank of gas at low speed but over 10mph the feeling is gone. Has a good punch but my botty dyno says about 80ish HP max. Makes a good all round bike with no real drawbacks, adding a screen, like the puig, keeps the wind off your shoulders and chest improving long rides. If your fed up with bikes for midgets the Shiver is the answer.

Strengths

Handling is quite sharp and predictable with 125mph quite easy to obtain,130 takes some work and crouching down. ABS isn't overly noticeable but works well as the brakes are quite powerful. Tri map setup gives more choice for the rider depending on your mood but mine stays in touring mode for most of the time with an occasional foray into sport mode that gives a bit extra mid range punch.Clock functions are a boon but I would still like a selectable reserve tank (old git habit)I'll get used to it.

Weaknesses

Difficult to keep clean without a power wash, adding a front mudguard extension and a rear hugger keeps the winter muck at bay (mostly).The seat is rock hard and along with stiff suspension this makes a 3 hour ride a max,once the bike has done about 1500 miles this all eases up though.

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Submitted by rruss on Thu, 14/07/2011 - 08:35

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I love this bike and have been riding for many a years. This bike will get up and go. If someone says otherwise they don't what they're talking about. The sweet spot seems to be around 7,500rpm -10,000rpm. i will say this ,once you get passed that 10000 this bike dies. Be prepared to shift fast in that area. This thing is rock solid stable. Once you get use to it it feels very confident. That is what makes it so fun. I'm 6'2' and thought the bike was a tad high. I'm just saying if you are shorter, expect it to feel tall. I love the clutch on this thing! It lets you manipulate the power on this thing. Maybe it's just my bike, but I use the hell out of it. I can throw this thing up in the air easy. The brakes take a little getting use too. The front brake (non-ABS) will bite very hard. A little intimidating at first, now I love those front brakes. The back brakes are on the weak side. It feels i have to keep pushing harder and harder on them.The front shocks are great but the mono-shock could be better. I have had it at 128MPH and think maybe 130 at best. I think that could be better but its a V-Twin. This is a great bike, may not be the fastest, greatest, but it is the coolest.

Strengths

Very stable at high and low speeds.Engine has plenty of power. Looks great. For stock pipes sounds pretty good. Just a blast do everything except long touring bike. I commute a hundred mile a day on this bike with no problems. I love the clutch. Has a good power band. Can get a good price now! I like the brakes (non-ABS)

Weaknesses

May seem a little top heavy at first. Bigger tank and a little better MPG would be nice. A little wide and seat is somewhat hard. Front brake does bite hard and needs some getting use too. Rear brake does not bite as much as I would like. Not many marketed mods.

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Submitted by Rory Woodvine on Wed, 16/04/2014 - 11:03

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A great, good looking bike with decent motor and sure-footed, stable handling. Probably not ideal for new riders because of tall seat height, weight and snatchy throttle.

Strengths

The engine is nice and torquey from low down (although a bit jittery and snatchy at low RPM). Noticably tapers off at high RPM although you'd expect that being a V-twin. Handling is stable, probably helped by the bikes weight. Surprisingly agile when moving considering its weight and centre of gravity. Looks good, although starting to show it's age a bit. Sounds good. Very strong brakes with lots of initial bite take a while to get used to.

Weaknesses

Very tall seat. Snatchy throttle at low RPM. Difficult to manouver out of garage due to height and weight. Maybe not as fast or powerful as a 750 could be.

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Submitted by stillster on Tue, 03/03/2015 - 22:16

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I took this over 300 miles to assen last year and it really impressed me. Only flaw was the small tank. Its a great everyday road bike and I like the feel of the wide bars. The engine is punchy and its been reliable during the past 5 years 12k miles. Feels quality considering how cheap it was new but I would want to ride everyday in winter on it as it hates the cold. Unlike some jap alternatives the styling is wearing well.

Strengths

Looks, price, feel, rare, engine modes

Weaknesses

Doesn't excel in any area

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