4 Common Aprilia Shiver 900 Problems [With Easy Fixes]

The Aprilia Shiver 750 has already been in the market since 2010, but Aprilia decided to make things better, and they incorporated the 900cc engine, which is exactly similar to the Dorsoduro. The 900 Shiver has a recent variant of 2020.

Furthermore, the Aprilia Shiver 900 Problems also welcomes its owner and tries to restrict you from taking the breathtaking view of your rides on this motorcycle.

In this article, we will cover in detail all the common problems in the Aprilia Shiver 900 with fixes.

Aprilia Shiver 900 Problems

The common Aprilia Shiver 900 problems are a Stalling engine, a jerking throttle, an oxygen sensor issue, an engine not starting, MAP sensor failure, cold start, rough idling, fuel pump wiring and connector failure, rear brake master cylinder and leak Issue, poor fuel economy, hard to shift gears, gasket leak, oil leak, minor clutch problems,  a problematic radiator, coolant leak, blowing radiator fan and overheating issues.

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1. Stalling and Jerking Throttle Problems

Stalling is a common problem in almost all Aprilia motorcycles, and the Aprilia Shiver 900 is no exception. This motorcycle is technically fantastic, but it is still not stalling-proof at all, and it does stall. Stalling is a frustrating problem a rider can ever face.

There are tens of reasons why the engine of a motorcycle stalls, but the stalling of Aprilia Shiver 900 occurs due to selected areas of malfunctioning.

These reasons could be due to oxygen sensor issues, MAP sensor failure, cold start, and mostly due to ECU disconnecting issues.

For sensor failure and ECU malfunctioning issues, the problem is still there, but sorting things out is still not a big problem.

If any of these sensors fail, you can simply replace them by removing them first and adding a better and high-quality sensor after properly testing it out.

The oxygen sensor is located in the exhaust chamber of an engine meant to manage the balance of air in the engine for perfect combustion in an engine.

However, these sensors can be clogged and go bad once they are contaminated or clogged.

The clog could be due to oil drops on it or carbon buildup on it. These sensors cannot be cleaned, and it’s better to replace them since it’s less messy and inexpensive too.

Replacing them as soon as possible is necessary, too, because it can cause more damage to your engine by affecting the gaskets and engine seals.

The oxygen sensor fails due to improper air and fuel mixture when your engine is running rich.

As a result, you will notice jerky rides and the throttle response will no longer be smooth enough. The motorcycle has got fuel injectors, and they are not doing great anymore.

These injectors are clogged and affect the fuel supply, which then results in power loss for your engine.

And when its MAP sensor fails, the same issue can happen. The MAP also fails due to carbon buildup. You can try cleaning your clogged MAP sensor to see if that works.

Otherwise, you will need to replace that as well. In any case, you will see a drop in fuel economy and inconsistent power, and your engine will be running rich due to improper fuel mixture ratio.

2. Rough Idling and Fuel Pump Issues

Shiver is an Aprilia motorcycle with most of its problems related to fueling. Its stalling engine has one of many reasons, and that contains direct and indirect issues with the fuel system.

However, these issues are directly with fueling components, mainly the fuel pump.

The fuel pump of this motorcycle is pretty awesome, and there’s no doubt. However, they still are not error-free, and they can fail. Once a fuel pump malfunctions, it affects the fuel delivery network of the whole bike and stops you from enjoying your rides and sorting things out first.

The fuel pump malfunctions on this motorcycle mainly due to issues with fuel pump wiring and failure of its connectors.

A fuel pump is somehow electrically connected, and you need to take care of these connections pretty well before whatever you do.

If these connections are disturbed, there will be issues with the fuel pump and, eventually, with the entire motorcycle.

The connections can be damaged already due to improper voltage and issues with its wiring, which is a common problem with this machine, by the way.

These wires can overheat and prevent the delivery of fuel.

The fuel pump might not work well and must not be capable of providing enough fuel pressure to let it do the rest. There could be issues with the fuel lines as well.

However, electrical issues with fuel pumps, such as rusted or loose connectors and melted wirings, can affect a lot of things. But, you can sort these things as well by regulating the voltage and amperage of these things regularly.

If you see any notable fluctuation, it can be due to problems with the battery, its voltage, or the overall wiring of Shiver. Having a voltmeter is a must-buy for a rider.

So, if these things are about to go bad, you can know them already and fix them before their arrival.

3. Poor Fuel Economy And Hard Gears

If you have a faulty fuel pump which you don’t know yet, and it continues to get worse. At the time you find it out, it must not be working efficiently.

In that case, if you continue to use it still and do not take action on its fixation, there will be consequences.

The very first issue caused by a problematic fuel pump is poor fuel economy. Not just the fuel pump itself but the fuel lines can also cause several issues, such as leakage and clogged lines.

The motorcycle will be surging, there will not be enough power in output, there will be a strange noise from the fuel tank, and you must be having pretty bad MPG out there on the road.

The Shiver is known to have an MPG of 45 at its best. On average, you will still get nearly 40 MPG which translates into a tank range of around 150 miles on the table and a little bit less on the road.

However, if there are issues with fueling components or due to wear and tear in the engine, the Shiver is known to drop its fuel economy as low as 30 MPG.

Before that happens, make sure the fueling components of this motorcycle are doing great and you must make sure there are no issues with the engine as well.

If you want to get the best out of it, you need to take a serious note on maintenance and regular check-up of this motorcycle.

Otherwise, the Shiver takes almost no time to limit itself as a weekend motorcycle, mainly due to poor MPG, problematic components, and a bad tank range.

But, if you could take care of it, the Shiver can let you do a state-to-state tour of it as well.

Other than fuel-related issues, there is a common issue in its gearbox. As time passes and your motorcycle is now sitting at 20,000 miles, there will be issues with the gearbox as you might not find the neutral.

Or, its gear will at least go hard, affecting the rideability and asking for a strong pull to shift gears. However, if you do take care of oiling and lubrication, it will not become an issue.

If you have got this anyhow, just use the right gear oil and lubricant to fix it.

4. Problematic Radiator And Coolant Leak

Another common issue, almost in all Aprilia Motorcycles, is overheating and problems with its radiators and sometimes coolant as well.

Just like Caponord and Aprilia Dorsoduro, the Shiver 900 is also known to have such problems.

The radiator is prone to die in summer, and there are many complaints about a blowing radiator fan that turns it to throw heat on your left knee and burns it.

For the first 10,000 miles, you might hardly get such issues. However, as time and miles pass, there could be such issues, but it starts from issues with the engine.

First, the engine blows its gaskets and seals, through which the combustion heat gets a way to escape into the environment.

Later, it collapses with the environmental heat and raises the overall temperature of the engine.

The radiator continues to work, but it cannot handle the double heat this time. As a result, the coolant level starts to drop before it leaks.

If you are lucky enough to protect yourself from hot leaking coolant, one more challenge is waiting ahead. The radiator blows its fan since its fan has got a fuse which has blown away.

Once that happens, the liquid-cooled functionality with its radiator can do nothing to protect your engine from overheating. The heat starts escaping and burns your left leg.

However, you can stop that from happening or at least protect yourself in such a hot situation. What you can do is avoid riding your motorcycle when it’s a hot day out there, and the heat stroke from the sun is slapping your face in the middle of the road.

Instead, calm down and wait to start your ride at a slightly cool time of the day. Do not push the throttle hard, and do not excessively overspeed or touch its top speed.

You will blow its radiator fan if you do anything like that.

Before you start your ride, make sure these components are doing good, they are clean, and you are using the right coolant with adequate coolant level in the coolant box.

After all, make sure to use a heat sink and heat shield wraps on your motorcycle engine and exhaust to eliminate much of the heat.

Also, properly wear sports boots for motorcycles before you start your journey to stay safe.

Aprilia Shiver 900 Users Reviews:

“It deserves more than the showroom price. It’s completely comfortable. It has a sexy speedy look. It doesn’t require too much maintenance. It is a very good bike to prefer you can even prefer for others about this bike. You can even rough use it. Speed is extremely super. Can reach heaven.With very good handling and control.” Source: Reviews of Aprilia Shive 900

Technical Specifications of Aprilia Shiver 900:

EngineDetails
Type90° V-twin, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled
Displacement896.1 cc
Bore x Stroke92 x 67.4 mm
Compression Ratio11:1
Max Power95 hp (70 kW) at 8,750 RPM
Max Torque90 Nm at 6,500 RPM
Fuel SystemRide-by-Wire throttle
Emission ControlEuro 4
Gearbox6-speed
ClutchMultiplate wet, hydraulically operated
Front SuspensionDouble-sided aluminium-alloy swingarm
Rear SuspensionDouble-sided aluminum-alloy swingarm
Front BrakeDual 320 mm stainless steel floating discs, four-piston radial calipers
Rear Brake240 mm stainless steel disc, single-piston caliper
Front Tire120/70 ZR 17
Rear Tire180/55 ZR 17
Seat Height810 mm
Wheelbase1,465 mm
Dry Weight218 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity15 liters

References:

Aprilia Shiver 900 (2017-2020): Review

2018 Aprilia Shiver 900 Review

2018 Aprilia Shiver 900 Review

2020 Aprilia SL 900 Shiver

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