Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

High Spec at Budget Price

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

High Spec at Budget Price

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Byline: HARRIET RIDLEY

I'M in motorcycle heaven riding the sinuous roads that surround Nice.

Exploring the South of France is an adventure all motorcyclists should experience. And I'm carving up these racetrack-smooth corners on Aprilia's revamped Shiver 750.

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Now I know why the continentals love naked middleweights.

The weather's hot but I'm cool thanks to the wind dancing around me as I climb from one side of the bike to the other. I'm catching those apexes, eyes transfixed on the corner's vanishing point so I can crack the throttle as the turn opens up.

Handling's a dream - the 2010 Shiver's wide bars give excellent leverage on the nimble chassis and the bike follows my thoughts rather than any obvious physical input. Aprilia's punchy 750cc 90 V-twin engine powers the Shiver. It's the first engine built by Aprilia after its late 2004 takeover from the Piaggio Group, and introduced to the Shiver on its 2007 launch.

Strong torque kicks in from 2,000rpm propelling girl and machine from one turn to the next, building to 6,000rpm where the Shiver flies to its 10,000rpm redline. The extra dollop of power over the more usual 600cc middleweight makes all the difference; better low-down grunt makes the Shiver easier to get on with round town centres, and on the open roads where it's fast without being intimidating.

The 2010 Shiver gets Aprilia's second-generation ride-by-wire technology. Crack the throttle and power comes in aggressively, the bike chomping at the bit as it begs to be thrashed. This is the engine management's Sport mode, selected by a switch on the handlebar.

If you want a smoother delivery, a Touring setting will give you the same claimed 95bhp but delivered more gently to the back wheel.

If it's lashing with rain or you're too new to biking to be confident with the Shiver's lively performance, Rain mode brings power down to 60bhp. …

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