More power, dark styling
The current naked motorcycle market is absolutely ruthless. Stateside consumers don’t just want a bike with sporty, knife-edge handling; they also want comfort.
Raw power output is a must, but so is an electronics package capable of keeping things in line. Missing one of those? The market will chew your bike up and spit it out, leaving it for the vultures pick off of. It’s a tough life for these contenders.
But what if there was a way to meet—OK, exceed—all the expectations the naked market has? To not compromise in one area, but surpass them?
The answer comes in the form of the Aprilia Shiver 900, which is updated for 2019.
Keeping Up with the Marker – 2019 Updates
The motorcycle market is always evolving, and for that reason, manufacturers have to be ahead of the times. This is exactly what we have done with the Shiver 900.
The Shiver’s 896cc twin engine was given love for the New Year. Pistons were given a special anti-friction coating and lightened pins to help improve outright power, while a brand-new exhaust system boasts improved flow rates. The more power the better. In this case, that’s 95 horsepower and 66 ft/lbs of torque at 6,500 rpm.
Like the 2019 RSV4RR, the Shiver’s styling takes a turn to the dark side, with most paneling on the dark side of the color spectrum. Other bits, like the bright red accents, cylinder heads and main frame add some flash to the Shiver’s persona.
What Returns for the Shiver
We’re confident in the Shiver’s performance. So much so that we left much of it the same, as we know it’s still at the forefront of the naked class.
The Marelli 7SM ECU has a lot to do here, offering superbike-level rider aids to the everyday rider. Even better is the ultra-modern 4.3-inch TFT display that’s identical to that on the RSV4 and Tuono models.
The shiver is built for shredding canyons and tight city streets, which is even more reason for us to outfit it with a racing-inspired inspired suspension package.
Out front, a 41mm Kayaba fork handles the Shiver’s damping needs, while a hydraulic shock absorber keeps the rear end riding smooth.
Ripping up the city streets can be tricky. That’s why we fitted the Shiver with a set of radial, four-piston brake calipers that clamp to 320mm rotors. Just in case you hit a rough patch.