Aprilia has just presented the latest updates of its Dorsoduro and Shiver in India, sporting a new, larger V-twin motor and a more complete electronics package. The Shiver-900 is basically a light, agile roadster while the Dorsoduro-900 is beefier motard proficient of handling touring duties. These bikes were launched globally before this year and it will mark the debut of the Shiver range in the country. The larger Dorsoduro 1200 has been available for a while now and its smaller-capacity sibling will join it on showroom floors. At their heart, these new 900-s get a new 896-cc, V-twin motor that is skilled of outputting a highest power figure of 95.2-hp coming in at 8,750-rpm, while the highest torque figure is a healthy 90-Nm at 6,500-rpm. Both these bikes are built around the same steel-tube trellis frame which is bolted on to aluminium side-plates and gets a bolt-on rear sub frame. Suspension components are shared as well, with 41-mm Kayaba upside down fork up front and an adaptable monoshock at the back. However, since both bikes have been designed to fill different roles, suspension travel is different. The Shiver-900 has a maximum front wheel travel of 120-mm and a maximum rear wheel travel of 130-mm, while the Dorsoduro-900, reasonably, has increased travel of 160-mm at both ends.
Braking is delivered by twin, 320-mm floating discs up front with radial four-piston Brembo calipers and a single, 240-mm disc round the back with a single-piston Brembo caliper. Dual channel ABS from Continental is standard across both bikes. The six-spoke, 17-inch cast aluminium wheels are different in terms of design from the 750s and lighter as well. The bikes will feature an improved electronics package compared to the 750s. There is switchable traction control on both bikes, but the Shiver only gets an on-off option, while the Dorsoduro has a three-way traction control setting. Thanks to a ride-by-wire throttle, both bikes feature 3 riding modes –touring, sport and rain – which alter power delivery and throttle response. And to round things off, there is a full-colour 4.3” TFT display that gets Bluetooth connectivity for a smartphone and can control multimedia as well as trip computer functions through buttons on the handlebar. Both the Dorsoduro 900 and Shiver 900 will be available at Piaggio’s exclusive MotoPlex showrooms in Pune, Chennai, Kochi, Bangalore and Hyderabad. The company is offering a significantly reduced introductory for these two motorcycles.