While doing a little leisurely reading yesterday, I came across an article in the August Motorcyclist about the Vyrus 985 C3 4V, a naked bike with a swingarm front end using hub center steering, a CNC machined frame and powered by a Ducati 999 V Twin. Based on the Bimota Tesi but completely redesigned, the Vyrus has the engineered look of a high tech purpose built motorcycle, unencumbered by plastic bodywork so you can easily see what makes it tick.
I bookmarked the Vyrus site some time ago and hadn’t been back for a while and I see this bike is the stablemate to the 984 C3 2V, powered by the 2 valve Ducati. The new 985 is priced at almost $69,000.
Swingarm front ends seem to work very well but add quite a bit of complexity to the old fork we’re used to seeing. Does their excellent function outweigh the additional parts count? I have no answer for that and often, even if it did, you have to overcome market resistance to the radical look before you can move enough of them to make it an affordable technical improvement. The Yamaha GTS1000 was a short lived curiosity and at the price of the Vyrus, few will be rolling down the road anytime soon.
Interesting technology, though.
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