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New 2015 Aprilias: Tuono, RSV4 and Shiver – First Look Review

Rider Magazine StaffNovember 05, 2014

Aprilia has announced new-for-2015 models, including the Tuono V4 1100, Tuono V4 R, RSV4 and Shiver 750.

2015 APRILIA TUONO V4 1100 RR & TUONO V4 1100 FACTORY

2015 Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 Factory

2015 Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 Factory

Tuono V4 1100 is the latest evolution of a naked bike dynasty that began in 2002, when Aprilia stripped off the bodywork and mounted an upright handlebar on its V-twin RSV Mille sportbike. Out of this tradition a completely new Tuono emerged in 2011, based on the World Superbike-winning Aprilia RSV4.

The next-gen Tuono V4 1100 has a larger bore (81mm, up from 78), which increases displacement from 999.6cc to 1,077cc and boosts peak output to 175 horsepower (up from 170) and 88.5 lb-ft of torque (up from 83.3). Two versions will be offered: the Tuono V4 1100 RR and the higher-spec Tuono V4 1100 Factory. Both feature new styling, revised ergonomics, a redesigned chassis and top-shelf suspension and brake components. The aPRC (Aprilia Performance Ride Control) electronics package has also be upgraded, and it includes traction control, wheelie control, launch control and a quick shifter. Multiple engine maps (Track, Sport and Road) and Race ABS are standard.

The Tuono V4 1100 RR is available in two color schemes, Portimao Gray and Donington Blue, and the Tuono V4 1100 Factory features the Superpole graphic. An available accessory is the Piaggio Multimedia Platform, which uses a smartphone app to connect to the bike’s onboard computer. PMP features include active electronic setup, immersive virtual telemetry and adaptive race assistant.

The Aprilia V4 1100 RR and V4 1100 Factory will be available in May 2015. MSRP is TBD.

2015 APRILIA TUONO V4 R aPRC ABS

2015 Aprilia Tuono V4 R aPRC ABS

2015 Aprilia Tuono V4 R aPRC ABS

The Aprilia Tuono V4 R aPRC ABS returns for 2015, with all of the updates introduced for 2014: Race ABS (3 maps + off), Brembo M432 monobloc radial front calipers, larger fuel tank (4.9 gallons, up 0.4 gallon) reshaped for improved ergonomics, Sachs fork with one-by-one separated hydraulic adjustments, improved seat ergonomics with softer padding, comfort-oriented suspension setting (without scarifying performance), and the aPRC (Aprilia Performance Ride Control) electronics package.

For 2015, the compact, 65-degree, 1,000cc V-4 engine produces 170 horsepower (up 3) and 83 lb-ft of torque thanks to a re-engineered internal exhaust system. Throttle-by-wire engine modes include Track, Sport and Road.

The 2015 Aprilia Tuono V4 R ABS aPRC is available now with an MSRP of $14,499, in Matte White or Matte Black.

2015 APRILIA RSV4 RR and RSV4 RF

2015 Aprilia RSV4 RR

2015 Aprilia RSV4 RR

Since debuting in the World Superbike Championship for the 2009 season, the Aprilia RSV4 has won three out of six championships (2010 and 2012 by Max Biaggi, and 2014 by Sylvain Guintoli). The RSV4 has been updated for 2015, and is available in two versions: the RSV4 RR and the limited-edition RSV4 RF.

The RSV4 has new, more aerodynamic styling, increased output (201 horsepower and 85 lb-ft of torque, claimed) from its 1,000cc, 65-degree V-4, a revised chassis, and the latest version of the aPRC (Aprilia Performance Ride Control) electronics package. Race ABS and multiple engine maps (Track, Sport and Race) are standard.

Aprilia says the RSV4 RR represents a top shelf technical platform, ready to provide the rider with a “race replica” performance and feeling. As standard equipment it also has all of those features which only the Factory version RSV4 had previously, such as magnesium external housings, oil sump and head covers, a wide range of chassis adjustments and the variable setting intake ducts. It is available in two matte color schemes (Bucine Gray or Black Ascari) on a black and gray base. The optional “Race Pack” includes lightweight forged aluminum wheels and more sophisticated Öhlins suspension (shock absorbers, fork and steering damper). Only 500 examples of the limited-edition RSV4 RF will be available, and each comes standard with the Race Pack and features the “Superpole” graphic. The Aprilia Multimedia Platform is an available accessory on both models.

The Aprilia RSV4 R and RSV4 RF ABS aPRC will be available in May 2015. MSRP is TBD.

2015 APRILIA SHIVER 750

2015 Aprilia Shiver 750

2015 Aprilia Shiver 750

The naked Shiver 750 mounts a new-generation, versatile 750cc 90-degree V-twin, which makes 95 horsepower and 60 lb-ft of torque (claimed). With advanced electronic management, the Shiver guarantees performance for riders at any level for daily use to sport oriented riding on the most challenging routes. The Shiver 750 takes on any situation and adapts to the demand, and does easily changing engine maps at the simple push of a button. The frame and suspension package provides top-notch riding precision.

Main features of the Aprilia Shiver 750:

  • 90-degree V-twin with four valves per cylinder, double overhead camshaft and liquid cooling
  • Built in Ride-by-Wire tri-map technology (Sport, Touring and Rain)
  • Modular trellis/aluminum frame with significant torsional rigidity
  • Aluminum swingarm with stiffener brace and lateral shock absorber
  • 43mm male-slider fork
  • Radial calipers and 320 mm wave discs
  • Racing style rider/passenger footpegs

The 2015 Aprilia Shiver 750 is available now at a MSRP of $8,699, either in new Aprilia Black or Formula Red.

 

3 comments

  1. I purchased an Aprilia Shiver 750 at the back end of 2013 and had it 14 months. It felt wrong, and the only way it manages to stay upright is to use very sticky race tyres on it. I hated the bike, but the constant oil leak probably turned me against it. The right engine casing (apparently) was to blame, oil would leak down the breather pipes from the water pump and leave nice oil patches on a fairly new driveway. The bike was in for a total of 7 times over this issue and then the dealer eventually replaced the casing for one off a different model of bike so the 2 sides of the engine didn’t match. I’m not sure if the mechanics were incompetent or if it was genuinely something to do with the bike. I tried to like it as it was a good looking bike but in December 2014, after owning the Shiver for 14 months I decided it had to go and I replaced it with a new Suzuki GSX650F. I had one of these previous to the Shiver and found it a great handling bike, and having the new model has me wanting to ride it all the time again. I never felt this way with the shiver. Not too long after getting the Shiver I found myself braking towards a give way and the bike just hit the floor for some unknown reason. I had to replace the l/h tank fairing, radiator, clutch lever and the footpeg. If it wasnt for the bobbins on the back I would have had the swingarm scraped too. These are a very unsafe bike compared to other bikes and after owning the Tuono as well as the shiver I can honestly advise to keep away from Aprilia. The aftersales suck and the warranty work takes forever to be warranted and done. Even if your dealer is genuinely very helpful, once you talk to Aprilia UK you will see that they are just puppets for Aprilia in Italy and can’t/won’t help like you’d expect. I waited 4 months for the right side engine casing and they blamed the manufacturer for not producing any, although new Shivers were rolling off the production line every day! Also, after owning the Shiver for just 6 weeks I had to have the clutch lever replaced because the chrome adjuster had rusted! And there was me thinking chrome didnt rust!! I had a big problem with rust on this bike and was just fobbed off with the dealer saying it was unprotected mild steel and its going to rust. You dont expect a new bike to rust so fast, especially on the top yoke! The footpeg pins were rusting too, amongst other things!!…. I’m going to end here as I can feel myself getting wound up with the way I was treated…. NEVER BUY FROM APRILIA, buy Japanese, they seem to know what they’re doing 🙂

  2. I agree with Ian. I too purchased a brand new Shiver and after 200 miles I couldn’t get rid of it quick enough. Uncomfortable ergos & poorer performance than expected. Felt unsafe at higher speeds, things i didnt fully comprehend from the two test ride i did (was enamored by the excitement of a new bike). I’m looking forward to riding a tuono but will never own another shiver and will cautiously make my next decision.

  3. I purchased a 2014 Shiver last year and have just traded it for a 2015 Shiver ABS. The std bike has been great fun, light, flickable and very stable on the road and as quick as I needed. The factory setting on the rear suspension was a bit harsh for my liking and need a little fettling but each to his own and once sorted never looked back. Looking forward to many kms on the ABS version.

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