2012 Aprilia Shiver GT
This model offers a twin-cylinder engine
with high torque, completely comfortable ergonomics
for two persons, excellent aerodynamic protection
and a superior chassis that has become a benchmark:
these are just a few distinguishing elements offered
by Aprilia Shiver GT 750, which provides dynamic quality
and technological features, reaching the top of its
segment to satisfy the most demanding motorcyclists,
following Aprilia's tradition.
The Aprilia Shiver GT 750 raises the technological
level of this segment and clearly distinguishes itself
from competitors. A second generation ride-by-wire
system throttle grip, 3 mapping systems directly controlled
by the rider (Sport, Touring and Rain), brakes with
radial callipers and ABS, a modular frame linked with
steel tubular and aluminium side plates are brand
new features for this middleweight engine 'sports
touring' bike that makes the Aprilia Shiver GT 750
a superior and unique motorcycle.
The half-fairing gives Shiver GT 750 the chance to
reveal the absolute versatility of the Shiver family.
Its greater aerodynamic protection studied in wind
tunnel experiments in order to offer the right projectivity
for motorways, considerably widens the spectrum for
the Shiver GT 750 that is set out as a "complete"
motorcycle for a truly complete riding experience.
Moreover, the new top fairing provides comfortable
glove-boxes (one of which can be locked), very useful
for storing small objects, it also includes a 12V-plug
socket (used to charge mobile phones and to plug a
The main features of the new Aprilia Shiver
GT 750 are:
- A 90° V twin engine fitted with four valves
per cylinder, double overhead camshaft and liquid
- Ride-by-Wire technology for the electronic throttle
control with 3 mapping systems (Sport, Touring and
- Electronic injection system with cutting-edge
- Mixed gear/chain timing system;
- A high-torsional strength modular steel frame
with aluminium plates;
- Aluminium swingarm with stiffener brace and adjustable
lateral shock absorber;
- Upside-down fork with 43-mm stanchions;
- Brakes with front radial callipers;
- latest generation two-channel ABS system
- Front half-fairing with top fairing
- Glove boxes (one fitted with a lock) and a 12V
DESIGN: A SHAPE TO SERVE POWER
Aprilia SHIVER GT is pure cutting-edge technology
proven also by its sharp determined lines; its shape
and functions blend to form a perfect bike.
The Aprilia SHIVER GT technical element is also
an element of design, giving the motorcycle an aggressive
and at the same time elegant look.
The features of the tank-saddle-short tail make this
motorcycle even more compact. The rider becomes integral
part of the bike, perfectly fitted into a short, agile,
sports motorcycle. The short tail is extremely narrowed
and includes a double exhaust system with triangular
mufflers (creating a visual link with the Shiver).
This solution offers more than an aggressive design,
providing an excellent symmetric weight distribution.
The lateral shock absorber is not just an aesthetic
distinctive element, but has also allowed the design
of a rational, compact and effective exhaust system.
The top fairing also gives a family connection with
the Naked bike version, nevertheless it does not alter
its character, determination and instead gives more
functionality in terms of protection and capacity.
Optimised in wind tunnel experiments, the SHIVER GT
offers the rider and the passenger a comfortable driving
experience of a superior motorcycle with improved
functions. In fact, the design gives more space for
two glove-boxes (one with a lock) which are perfectly
fitted into the body of the bike, very useful for
storing small objects.
V 90° ENGINE: PURE TECHNOLOGY
Aprilia Shiver GT 750 shares the same technical
features with the naked bike version: a modern twin-cylinder
V 90° Euro 3 engine, completely designed and developed
by Aprilia. This engine is the first of a great series
to use a built-in ride-by-wire system, and it has
quickly distinguished itself for its dynamic features.
With an impressive 95 hp on tap, it is not only the
most powerful twin cylinder bike in its class, it
also has an extremely generous torque curve right
from the bottom of the rev range, setting it on a
par in terms of elasticity and urge with larger capacity
multicylinder engines and, most importantly, offering
smooth and effortless power delivery for enhanced
It is a generous twin-cylinder engine destined to
become the benchmark for mid-size motorcycles. The
search for performance to the top of its segment has
led to the selection of advanced innovative technological
- V architecture at 90°;
- Ride-by-wire technology with 3 mapping systems
(Sport, Touring and Rain);
- bore-stroke ratio, strongly oversquare;
- four valves per cylinder;
- double overhead camshaft timing system controlled
by a mixed chain/gear system;
- electronic injection system with two throttle
- pipets with built-in Stick-coils;
- three-way catalytic converter and lambda probe;
- hydraulically operated clutch.
It is a perfect engine for this type of bike; its
powerful output combined is perfect to meet the demands
of the Aprilia Shiver GT 750 rider: an expert rider
who not only expects high performance but also wants
an easy intuitive riding experience and an ever favouring
driving torque that can cut-down the need to use gears,
even when fully loaded thanks to the motorbike's elasticity
that is beyond comparison.
Its 3-mapping system also offers the chance to changeover
between Sport, Touring and Rain, increasing the rider's
possibilities and allowing him to find the correct
power output in order to cope with different road
This is where innovation comes into play, as only
Aprilia’s engineers could apply it first: V2
engine power and plentiful torque are filtered by
the Ride-by-Wire system for the best possible output
for all types of motorcyclists and for all road conditions.
With the Sport mapping system, the engine behaviour
is the thrilling sports performance of the Aprilia
twin-cylinder engine. The Touring mapping system gives
the rider a softer power output for relaxing moments
when sports performance is set aside for the pleasure
of touring, or when riding with passengers and loads.
At last, thanks to a 25% torque reduction, the Rain
mapping system eases the rider when starting on slippery
roads or when adherence is poor.
The sophisticated chassis of the Shiver GT 750 is
clearly superior to the competition. A modular-type
frame (steel frame and aluminium plates) works perfectly
with the 43-mm stanchion upside-down fork and a sturdy
aluminium swingarm with stiffener brace. Furthermore,
the lateral adjustable single shock absorber is another
distinctive feature of the Aprilia Shiver GT 750.
Its position gives plenty of space to fit the exhaust
system placed under the saddle, giving a very linear
performance and a volume that guarantees maximum engine
performance. Everything is devised for a bike that
is particularly compact and capable of satisfying
experienced and non-experienced bikers.
The great chassis architecture of Shiver GT, the
easiest bike to ride among competitors, is combined
to a superior braking system. The stopping power of
the 320 mm discs with radial callipers is complemented
by an advanced two channel ABS system developed specifically
for this model by Continental for maximum riding safety.
THE CHASSIS: FUNCTIONALITY AND EFFICIENCY
Expert bikers and mechanics have always acknowledged
that Aprilia's motorcycles have got the best possible
chassis. SHIVER GT 750 proves it and shows how Aprilia
was able once more to design an easy and intuitive
chassis with incredible effective performance.
The essential choices used for the architecture
of the V90 engine led to the realisation of an extremely
rational and efficient modular steel tubular frame
and aluminium plates. The compact length of the engine,
together with the unique lateral position of the shock
absorber, made it possible to create a very agile
bike;it is not a simple aesthetic habit, but a precise
technical choice that frees up space for the exhaust
system, hence optimising volume.
The aluminium swingarm with stiffener brace was
especially sized to handle uneven stress due to the
lateral position of the shock absorber.
Upside-down fork with 43-mm stanchions and shell
cast calliper mounts offering benchmark smoothness.Its
120-mm travel allows the rider to easily cope with
city roads and mountain paths. The lower and higher
steering plate are made of forged aluminium.
The lateral shock absorber is pivoted directly onto
the swingarm according to the cantilever layout and
the spring preload and hydraulic rebound can be adjusted;
the rear wheel travel is 130 mm.
The Aprilia SHIVER GT 750 offers the latest state-of-the-art
technology for its braking system: radial callipers;
a solution that heightens the sportiness of the design.
The 320 mm front discs are the same as those used
on flagship sports bikes.
The 240 mm rear disc fitted with single piston calliper
gives adequate support to the front braking system.
The front and the rear braking systems use metal braid
pipes derived from aeronautics that remove the annoying
noises emitted by conventional pipes, hence providing
the utmost braking precision for a truthful system
at its maximum level.
A sophisticated two-channel ABS system allows the
SHIVER GT 750 to further increase its active and passive
safety level avoiding undesired jams on difficult
roads and improving braking performance.