Aprilia Shiver 900 Review

For 2018, we revamped one of our most popular nakeds, the Shiver 900. This was the first major upgrade to the Shiver, which surfaced in 2007 as a 750 model. The original model has its part in history; the Shiver 750 was the first production bike offered with Ride-by-Wire, a feature that Aprilia debuted in 2002 MotoGP.
Our designers listened to the needs of Aprilia Shiver fans worldwide, and decided it was time for a major overhaul. First, the Shiver’s 90-degree v-twin grows from 750 to 900cc. The platform now creates 95 horsepower @ 8750 rpm, and 66 ft/lbs of torque @ 6500 rpm.
Highlighted upgrades include traction control, a new 41mm Kayaba fork, three-spoke wheels shod in 120/70 and 180/55 rubber, and a redesigned exhaust, to name a few.
Our design was recently put to the test here in and around Ventura, California, which is home to some of the world’s top motorcycle roads. Here’s what some of the world’s most respected moto journalists had to say.
Let’s start with Jensen Beeler of Asphalt & Rubber, who gets right to it about price and overall thoughts of the Shiver 900, which has an MSRP of $9,995: “The price point is strong as well, and as such, the Aprilia Shiver 900 should be considered by any rider looking for a middleweight sport bike.
Jensen continues: “It doesn’t have all the features found on the other European models, but it doesn’t come with a five-figure price tag either. For those looking to get away from the cookie-cutter bikes from the Japanese brands, the Shiver 900 is a strong alternative.
“It is not too often that a motorcycle manufacturer can surprise us with a motorcycle, but the Aprilia Shiver 900 did just that. Kudos to Aprilia for that.”
Zach Courts of Motorcyclist gave the bike multiple props: “On the road, the Shiver 900 is a treat to ride. The transmission is crisp, the chassis is balanced, and Aprilia went to the trouble of reducing the clutch pull by 15 percent.
“Sure, it’s nominal, but progress is progress and marketing this bike in the sub-$10,000 bracket means putting effort in where it can count. Same goes for the suspension, which is sporty-stiff to start but offers adjustment to preload and damping (something the old Shiver did not). These are steps forward that aren’t always easy for manufacturers to make, and Aprilia bit the bullet. Respect.”
Lance Oliver, Managing Editor at Revzilla, also had a positive overview: “With its lower price, bump in power and the TFT dash, the new Shiver 900 makes a compelling case against its direct V-twin competition, the Ducati Monster. Its ergonomics and user-friendly power mean you could easily commute to work through traffic all week and happily burn your entire weekend on a sport-touring blitz through the mountains.
“This class of bikes is one I’m naturally drawn to, and if you feel the same, I can tell you without hesitation that 10 years after the original Shiver, the upgraded 900 is an even more worthy option to consider.”
Motorcycle.com’s newest member, Ryan Adams, was also at the Shiver 900 launch. His review touched on the versatility and appeal,: “The Shiver 900 is Aprilia’s interpretation of a versatile, smooth, comfortable motorcycle that maintains that sexy Italian panache. While our ride included only a tiny bit of freeway and city, with most being had on winding canyon roads, I can back up Aprilia’s claims for the flexibility and charm of the Shiver and am sure just about anyone could enjoy this motorcycle while putting it to task with many different types of riding.”
Ultimate Motorcycling’s Nic de Sena sums up the all-new Shiver 900 perfectly: “The 2018 Aprilia Shiver 900 returns with a host of updates that keep it in fighting form within its class. An absolutely superb engine and great handling characteristics make this a stand out model, at a competitive price point, that should pique interest within the sub-liter upright sportbike class.”
Check out the positivity for yourself. Visit your local Aprilia dealer and test one!