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Old 06-13-2018, 07:57 PM   #1
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After 35 years of riding 1000's of bikes and owning 100's I'm finally buying brand new!

Since I borrowed money from my Mum all those years ago to buy my first bike, a Suzuki TS50ER, I've always had used bikes. Most of the time it was because of lack of funds or too good of a deal to pass up.

Running Evolution I've had the opportunity to ride some amazing bikes but there's never been anything that ticked all the boxes. Usually I'd try to sort the issues but there was always something that wasn't quite right, either suspension or ergonomics or even just the looks.

That was until we became an Aprilia dealer. Now most of you will be expecting me to say I'm getting a Tuono or RSV4, but no. Whilst they are amazing bikes they're too insanely fast for hitting the local twisties and by twisty I mean stuff like Page Mill and Alpine and Pescadero Creek. At 51 years old I don't need to be scaring myself at every corner because I arrived too quick, I save that for the track, but I do want to get a serious hussle on.

So I give you the first bike I will buy brand new - the 2018 Aprilia Shiver 900.



Now I'm sure some of you will be asking "why would you want one of those?" and even more will be asking "what's that?" so I will share my reasoning and experience. Having had a demo since late last year I've had the chance to get to know the 900cc V-twin Shiver. Most of the 600 miles on the odometer have been put on by me as it's been overshadowed by the headline grabbing Tuono and RSV4 for test rides. I feel I can go as fast on this, on the street, as I could on any other bike and have a huge grin on my face the whole time.

The motor is a peach, it pulls from nothing without hesitation, so lets you get away with leaving it in 2nd or 3rd and just driving hard from corner to corner. Whilst the suspension may have limited adjustability it only needed minor tweeks to set it up. The spring rates are spot on for me (185lbs) and the valving is a good combination of control and ability to soak up the worst of the bumps (think the rough part of Old Santa Cruz Highway). The ergonomics are ideal for me (6'1") with a comfortable seat and wide bars with a short reach that still allows me to hang off in the corners. Windblast without a screen isn't really noticeable up to 75mph. The looks are obviously down to the eye of the beholder but I think it looks modern and purposeful. Even the sound from the stock exhaust is good with some nice popping on the overrun. I don't know how Aprilia got it through noise testing (same goes for the Tuono and RSV4). It is a little heavy but once rolling you don't notice it at all. Seat height may be a bit tall for those with a challenged inseam.

So all in all I love this bike and don't feel the need to change anything. Maybe an exhaust, a fender eliminator, a flyscreen and some stickier tires but that would be it.

This whole thread hasn't been a sales pitch, I just wanted to let Barfers know about a great bike that's gone under the radar.

There's no need to take my word for it. Check out the CitiBike review here.

This bit here is the sales pitch.
Now, if I have piqued your interest you are welcome to come down to Evolution and take the demo out for a spin. We have one new bike in stock and I can do a special BARF deal on it. MSRP is $9,399 but I can do an out the door price inc tax, fees and reg of $9,800. There's even 1.99% finance available till the end of the month.

We also have a Dorsoduro 900 (same engine, motard styling) which I can do for $11,300 OTD (MSRP $10.999). CityBike review here.
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Old 06-13-2018, 08:12 PM   #2
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Cool. I didn't even think about getting another Supersport for my last new bike, and went for a similar "standard" type in the Ducati.
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Old 06-13-2018, 09:06 PM   #3
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Wow that's a lot of bike for under $10k....
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Old 06-13-2018, 09:50 PM   #4
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Looks awesome and the perfect Bay Area bike Rob!
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Old 06-14-2018, 02:39 AM   #5
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Cool bike, never seen one before. But Aprilia, how do you even get past those V4s W an exhaust node that can give a grown man wood to look at this thing.
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Old 06-14-2018, 04:52 AM   #6
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Nice bike the Shiver!
Whammy loves his Dorsoduro:
I have to remind myself to keep it in touring mode.
The bike wants to wheelie in sport mode just by rolling on the throttle hard
If i can find a decent set of reasonably prices slip ons id be even more happier

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Old 06-14-2018, 05:18 AM   #7
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Thanks for the links, Rob. I'm a big fan of the Dorso, myself.

For anyone interested, the direct links to the stories (outside the back issues) are here: Shiver review and Dorsoduro review.
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Old 06-14-2018, 05:35 AM   #8
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Old 06-14-2018, 05:38 AM   #9
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Since I borrowed money from my Mum...

Running Evolution... That was until we became an Aprilia dealer.

So I give you the first bike I will buy brand new - the 2018 Aprilia Shiver 900.

This whole thread hasn't been a sales pitch, I just wanted to let Barfers know about a great bike that's gone under the radar.
Congrats! Very happy for you! Thank you for being a supporter too! I follow your sales posts in the vendor/partner section!

And thanks to Mom for supporting you all these years. She rocks!

We have great roads in Chicago too, we just name them generically, e.g. cloverleafs, on ramps, and off ramps!
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Old 06-14-2018, 06:12 AM   #10
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Wheelie nice bike! Last new bike I bought was a 1982 Suzuki 1100GS for $3200 OTD!
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Old 06-14-2018, 07:42 AM   #11
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Old 06-14-2018, 08:08 AM   #12
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I like how it looks myself. Congrats Rob.

The roads you mention are favs for me and my multi too.

Did you give yourself a discount??
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It looks a lot like the Suzuki GW250.

I think Aprilia should have made the Shiver a little more edgy looking.
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Old 06-14-2018, 10:39 AM   #15
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Whilst they are amazing bikes they're too insanely fast for hitting the local twisties and by twisty I mean stuff like Page Mill and Alpine and Pescadero Creek. At 51 years old I don't need to be scaring myself at every corner because I arrived too quick, I save that for the track, but I do want to get a serious hussle on.

I was just talking to a friend last night about potentially stepping back up to a 1,000 CC naked bike after riding for a year and a half on a Street Triple R. The STR does many things right but i often miss the low end torque and power i would get from my 14 Tuono at lower speeds.

It's funny how when you own a bike - you think about all the things that it does that you don't like. When it's gone - you often remember the things you liked about it and sometimes second guess yourself.

After reading this passage above Rob, i have to say - it makes me second guess the need to really step back up into a bigger bike.

I like the write up on the shiver - i'm not sure i could own another Aprilia again (and i'm not crazy about the looks) but I do hope that the success of this more mid power market continues to expand (KTM 790, bigger bore on the 765 Triumph, maybe MT09 SP finally?!).

I just hope this category isn't always viewed as a budget category to a liter bike. I hope they get the tech, and the chassis/suspension they deserve.

Liter power in 90% of most riding occasions (even on the track for me) is not usable.

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