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Anyone every played on one of these? Looks like a fun toy.

http://www.topspeed.com/motorcycles/motorcycle-news/2010-aprilia-shiver-750-ar88181.html

I've been aggressively searching for alternative rides to my wr250x. I'm not sure if I want to go for another full blown supermoto due to the fact I'm often commuting on the freeway 40 miles a day 70-80mph.

Am I pointed in the right direction or does the sm610, 630/ SXV 5.5 have the ability to withstand a daily commuter beating?
 

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do not consider the sxv for commuting, however the shiver would be excellent. its twitchy like an italian bike should be. sounds amazing with a set of Leo Vince pipes, also..
 

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I test rode a low mile used Shiver about a month ago. Definitly a sexy looking bike, smaller than I expected in person. I'm 6'1", 185 lbs and bent knee flat foot it.
Suspesion sagged 2-3 inches under my weight making it feel almost too low at stoplights.
Suspension is super soft front and rear on the road, I couldn't figure out how to stiffen it. Dives under braking, squats under acceleration. I think I could bottom it out pretty easily, didn't try as I didn't own it.

I found the throttle response notchy in touring mode, it wasn't a smooth transition from idle to take off especially. Above 5 grand it pulled pretty well. Sport mode was way too touchy, hit a bump and it would surge or engine brake depending on your grip.

what else? All the body work around the tank is hard hollow plastic. Not soft durable MX plastic, more like the stuff they made boom boxes out of, feels like it would shatter on impact and sounds hollow when you tap on it. No steel so you couldn't attach a magnetic tank bag.
Paint was worn through in several places from a traditional strap down tank bag the PO put on it. Bike only has 2K mi on it so I'm guessing the paint on the plastics and tank is thin.

Brakes were much softer than any of my SM bikes, DRZ, WRx, KTM. Good half way through but intal bite wasn't as strong as I'm used to.

It's tough finding bikes that feel exectional after riding supermotos for so long. The low weight, stiff suspension, quick acceleration and strong brakes just make standard bikes feel fat and lazy.

Maybe the Desdoro model is more suited to my riding style and performance expectations. For the $10K the Desdo costs I think I'd rather have a KTM 690 for dedicated street use.
 

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but does the desorororororo or KTM 690 have the ability to commute 40miles round trip 4 times a week?

Sounds like I need to go test ride the shiver. I'm not a fan of boom box plastic motorcycles.
 

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but does the desorororororo or KTM 690 have the ability to commute 40miles round trip 4 times a week?

Sounds like I need to go test ride the shiver. I'm not a fan of boom box plastic motorcycles.
I have had my 09 Dorsoduro for just over 2 yrs now. It has been a great bike, for what it is and the needs that I have. The Shiver and DD share many items, including the motor. The suspension on the DD is a little more adjustable than the Shiver. Regardless, the fork oil needs to be changed unless you weigh 130 lbs or so. You can communte anywhere at nearly any speed all day long on a DD or Shiver. 6K rpms is roughly 85 mph on the stock gearing of the DD. Redline is just over 10K. I have "accidentally" had mine up to 122 on the interstate and it was still pulling.
The tri-map works, there are big changes in each mode. S sport is extremely responsive and I rarely ride in that mode. T is like a normal bike, and R Rain is not very useful unless you are truly riding on ice. Recommended oil changes are every 6000, even though I change it every 3000. and after the intial service at 600, the next scheduled service is at 16,000.
 
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