Launched in 2007, the Aprilia Shiver has always been impressive by taking bold strides in terms of styling and is a much-needed boon to Aprilia. In 2018, Aprilia gave the Shiver platform an upgrade, bumping its engine capacity up to 896 cc and redesigning many of its critical systems and thus improving many aspects of the Shiver. However, working on a Shiver can be a headache at times. So, make sure you have an Aprilia Shiver service manual to make the job go smoothly.
The new 2018 Aprilia Shiver’s motor had been reworked; Aprilia claimed it could produce 95 hp at 8750 rpm and 66 ft/lbs of torque at 6500 rpm generated by the short-stroke 90-degree V-twin engine.
A new engine meant new tech. Aprilia engineers focused on improving the engine. To satisfy that requirement, Aprilia had reduced piston friction, updated the fuel injectors, and rebalanced the crank assembly, which enhanced the Shiver’s overall rideability.
The motor was smoother in part to a semi-dry-sump design with reed valves in the crankcase to relieve internal temperatures and pressures. Moreover, the 6-speed transmission was treated with anti-friction coatings, and the gear ratios were changed to match the increased power output from the engine.
The suspension was sporty, yet comfortable. The 41mm Kayaba fork had spring-preload and rebound damping adjustment, as did the Sachs shock. In urban environments, the Shiver 900 performs marvelously. Off the beaten path, reports are the same, that the ride is as comfortable.
More sophisticated electronics were available on the Shiver. Utilizing the Marelli 7SM ECU—the very same ECU found in the top-spec RSV4 and Tuono—the Shiver had three-step traction control and ABS. Three available engine settings were— Sport, Touring, and Rain. So, in preparation for when you do need to work on your bike, go grab yourself a Aprilia Shiver workshop manual, today.