We’ve all experienced the exciting period of a new motorcycle relationship where all we want to do is ride together. Unfortunately, Tom Dean has found his new Italian love affair during a pandemic lockdown. Still, it sounds as if the two of them are making the best of the time.
An almost Peter Egan Zen-like quality comes over me as I take the key out of my Aprilia Shiver 750 one last time. It’s about 45 degrees here this evening in the hinterlands of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Shiver is an apt name for this new-to-me bike. I lock it up in the garage not knowing when I shall next take my wild pride of Italy out again for another ride. My esteemed Governor, Mike DeWine, has declared a lockdown in Ohio to last for at least two weeks. I shall miss my Shivering rides in the early Ohio spring.
Dean’s new love, all polished up and ready to ride.
So, what makes this bike so good? Well, hello, it’s Italian! And it’s red. And it’s got a trellis frame. The Holy Triumvirate of motorcycling no? That it’s a sporting V-Twin with a bold exhaust note is the icing on the cake. Did I mention the bike is red?
I came to own the bike through somewhat unconventional means. Having sold my previous ride, a Moto Guzzi Griso 1100, in early spring I was fast on the lookout for another bike. My mind was open to different bikes, but I have a predilection for Italian machinery. Firing up the computer and hitting Facebook Marketplace, I felt I’d hit the motherlode in terms of available bikes. The problem was the whole lode was usually located 500 miles away. All the bikes I liked were either in Illinois, Kentucky, or Pennsylvania. What’s a rider to do …read more