The 2011 Aprilia Shiver is the Italian manufacturer’s sporty addition to the naked bike scene. Designed to compete with another Italian-designed bike, the Ducati Monster, the Shiver boasts a powerful 750cc, L-Twin power plant that produces more than enough muscle to back up its rugged good looks.
Unlike a lot of the other naked bikes on the market, the Aprilia Shiver is aggressively tailored with a meaner, more angular stance. The bike looks like it’s moving fast, even when it’s standing still. The bike’s trellis frame and sharply designed headlight differ from the traditional round headlights and chubby body styles of other bikes in its class, effectively making the Shiver one of the sportiest-looking naked bikes around.
Powering the bike is a liquid-cooled, fuel-injected engine that’s capable of producing 95 horsepower at 9000 rpm and 60 lb-ft of torque at 7000 rpm. The engine is seamlessly in touch with the bike’s six-speed transmission and hydraulically activated clutch. The engine offers three selectable modes – Sport, Touring, and Rain – so regardless of what type of conditions you find yourself riding in, the Shiver can provide the safest and most enjoyable ride possible.
The 2011 Aprilia Shiver also has wonderfully responsive braking and suspension systems. The front brakes feature dual 320mm floating discs with four-piston calipers, while the rear has a single piston 240mm disc. Both the front and back feature high-quality braided metal brake lines. Meanwhile, the suspension is made up of a front inverted, non-adjustable 43mm fork and a lightweight aluminum swing arm on the rear.
Despite the lean, mean look of the 2011 Aprilia Shiver, it has a comfortably low center of gravity that’s rounded out by its low 31.5-inch seat height. The handlebars and foot pegs have been redesigned to improve rider ergonomics, and the end result is a ride that’s both comfortable and smooth. The shorter windscreen and updated fairing helps aid in the bike’s aerodynamics, while accentuating its sporty and sleek styling. Meanwhile, the twin under-seat exhaust looks great, while simultaneously delivering a hearty snarl that will leave you feeling deeply satisfied.
The 2011 Aprilia Shiver is the kind of bike that delivers exactly what its name implies. With its distinctive Italian design and styling, ultra-responsive performance, and thrilling rider experience, the Shiver is a worthy contender for any naked middleweight championship.