Aprilia India, the motorcycle brand under Piaggio group made headlines in India last year with the launch of its most affordable and first made-in-India product, the SR 150 scooter. The Italian brand-- known for its high-end bikes-- launched two new motorcycles on Wednesday.
The company launched Shiver 900 and the Dorsoduro 900 at Rs 11.99 lakh and Rs. 12.50 Lakh (Ex-showroom Pune), respectively. The introductory offer will end on June 30 post which a hike of over a lakh is expected on both bikes.
Aprilia updated both Shiver 750 and Dorsoduro 750 models with 900cc engine last year and unveiled it at EICMA show in November. Aprilia claims the new and larger powerplant produces 95.2bhp at 8,759rpm and 89Nm of torque at 6,500rpm.
With the new engine in place, both bikes now meet Euro4 emissions standards. Both bikes have been updated with better electronics. The Shiver 900 gets a single-level traction control. The design aesthetics of the bike have been revamped to include side covers on the fuel tank, side panels, tail fairing and front mudguard. On the other hand, the Dorsoduro boasts of three-level traction control settings. The bike has a long and flat saddle for comfortable riding position.
Other major additions in the bikes include ride-by-wire technology derived from the Aprilia MotoGP bike, updated 41mm Kayaba forks, variable riding modes and ABS.
Both bikes will be imported to the country from Italy and will be brought in as completely-built-up (CBU) units. Both bikes will be available through Piaggio Group's Motoplex dealerships in Pune, Chennai, Kochi, Bangalore and Hyderabad. Motoplex dealerships are where Piaggio Group's subsidiary brands like Vespa, Piaggio, Aprilia, Moto Guzzi, Derbi and Gilera two-wheelers are sold under one roof.
"It is our constant effort at Piaggio Group to make the Aprilia brand more accessible to the patrons in the country, with these superbikes- the Aprilia Shiver and Dorsoduro- we plan to appeal to the Aprilia enthusiast," said Stefano Pelle, CEO and Managing Director, Piaggio Vehicles Private Limited (India).