New metal – Aprilia Shiver / Dorsoduro 900

There is no replacement for displacement, as the old saying goes, and to this end both the Aprilia Shiver and Dorsoduro get an engine and electronics upgrade for the 2017 model year.

The new 896cc 90° V-twin engine is a stroked out version of the old 750cc motor (stroke increased from 56.4mm to 67.4mm), which allows Aprilia to meet Euro4 emission standards, while keeping performance specs more or less the same.

To that vein, peak horsepower is now 95hp at 8,750 rpm, while peak torque is 66lb.ft at 6,600 rpm. Other changes include a new smoother ride-by-wire throttle, three-level traction control, and dual-channel ABS brakes.

Both models also get a visual overhaul, with new fuel tank covers, panels and the 4.3in TFT display from the Tuono and RSV4.

Other improvements include a new set of Kayaba front forks, which has preload and rebound adjustment. Only preload adjustment can be made to the rear shock suspension.


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