Naza Premira, the sole distributor for Aprilia bikes in Malaysia has taken a big leap in effort to expand its presence in the ASEAN region with the launch of the locally assembled (CKD) version of the Aprilia Shiver 750.
Originally launched in 2007, the Shiver 750 comes across as a medium-powered naked bike for daily or weekend uses. It is powered by a 749.9 cc V-twin engine that packs 95 hp at 9,000 rpm and 81 Nm of torque peaking at 7,000 rpm.
For 2015, the Shiver 750 features the second generation Ride-by-Wire engine management system that is embedded with three selectable modes – Touring, Sport and Rain. Other than that, the bike is fitted with a plethora of latest features such as new handlebars, tapered saddle as well as subtly updated fascia.
As for handling, the Italian naked bike boasts a modular tubular steel frame with removeable rear subframe with an upside down fork at the front end and a steel swingarm at the other. Meanwhile, stopping power comes from a 320 mm wave brake disc at the front and a 240 mm disc at the rear, complete with metal braided hoses.
With the assembly now done in Malaysia, the nett selling price for the Aprilia Shiver 750 has been reduced from RM56,300 (CBU version) to RM43,888, with two years manufacturer warranty.
In conjunction with the launch, Naza Premira also announced that it has signed an agreement with the Piaggio Group to begin local assembly of the model at its manufacturing facility in Shah Alam. Currently, a total of RM5 million is being invested in the development of the Shiver 750 CKD assembly operations and a further RM1 million is being allocated to parts inventory.
When the operations begin early next year, Malaysia will be the first country to assemble the model outside of Italy. However, the units shall only be made available to the Malaysian market at this point of time.