Vyrus 987 C3 4V: 185bhp, 155kg, hub-center steering

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Equipped with a tweaked version of the Ducati 1198‘s engine, the Vyrus 987 C3 4V makes a claimed 185bhp and is said to weight just 155kg (dry) to the donor bike’s 171kg. If you think that sounds fast, Vyrus plans a 211bhp supercharged version. More importantly, it uses a swingarm to mount the front wheel and a steering linkage that separates the steering, braking and suspension functions from each other.  The C3 also comes equipped with a traction control system, although its unclear whether or not this is the same 8-mode DTC that’s employed on the Ducati. Specs below and more info when it’s available.
Engine: 4 stroke
Number of cylinders: 2 in L located at 90 °
Bore: 106 mm
Stroke: 67.9 mm
Displacement: 1198.4 cc
Compression: 12,8:1
Lubrication: forced by gear pump
Cooling: Water EWSC (Electronic Water System Control)
Power: 185 hp
Maximum speed: 310 km / h
Distribution 4 valves: Desmo
Clutch: Dry
Transmission: 6 speed
EFI Power: EFI electronic
Front suspension: suspension FG
Rear suspension: direct system
Chassis: Double Omega
Headset: 18 ° to 24 °
Trail: 80 mm to 105 mm
Front brake: 320 mm dual disc floating front
Rear brake: 210 mm single disc
Front Tire: 120 75 zr 17
Rear Tire: 190 50 zr 17
Weight: 155 kg
Fuel tank capacity: 12 liters
Wheelbase: 1400 mm

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  • http://www.1977mopeds.com dan

    I think I saw this bike in person at the Italy show, and it is insane!

  • CafeRacer1200

    This is amazing though I’m sure it will be a wee bit pricier than my house.

  • Charlie

    Even though it has the elephant under the hood I might prefer the Tesi 3D. The 1100 power plant is such a great engine and the trellis frame and overall look is so much better. In fairness, this may look better in person, but a little too transformers for me.

  • Isaac

    I’ll take two!

  • Sean Smith

    I’ll take one with a set of Yamaha GT 1000-esque fairings for the ultimate sleeper.

  • vic

    so..where exactly is the frame?..if any is it like a britton?

    • Sean Smith

      It’s all bolted to the motor. It looks like there are a few machined plates on each side, but there isn’t much in the way of a real frame.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Watch this vid and you can see the frame more clearly, it’s sort of an Omega dealie, as on the Yamaha GTS 1000:


  • Isaac

    This bike is so gorgeous! I wish I had like 150k so I could get two of them. One for the road and one for the track.

  • OzStuntman

    Sign me up.
    I want a silver one, although I guess there is not much to paint.
    I dont get why all the big bike manufacturers
    arn’t going this way, at least a little bit.
    They make the same old same each year and call it ‘NEW’.
    We are all suckers.
    This is the future.

  • Cameron Baum

    Cool. I want one. Give one to me as I’ll never be able to afford a George Jetson bike.

    But I’m confused, didn’t John Britten die 15 years ago?

  • http://www.damiengaudet.com damien

    wow. that thing looks the business. a bit more high-tech than my carb’d thruxton.

  • Eddie Smith

    Is the front so ugly they won’t even photograph it? For such a technically interesting bike, it sure does lack for style. I’ll ask Uncle Scrooge for a Streetfighter instead.

    • Emmet

      who needs style when you have 211 bhp and hub center steering?

      • Isaac


    • Trojanhorse

      Different strokes I guess, Eddie; I think it’s one of the coolest, most “stylish” bikes I’ve ever seen. You can have the Streetfighter, for me this thing kicks its ass in every way.

    • froryde

      Like all finer things in life, it’s an acquired taste…

      Having said that, I like it!

  • In Line

    It may need a lower fairing, not too sure about the exposed suspension….I wonder how that front end feels?

  • Mateo

    I don’t know… If I’m going to buy a bike that looks like that I might as well have the Bimota name attached to it. Looks like a carbon copy of the Tesi 2d.

    • froryde

      Actually, the Tesi 2D WAS built by Vyrus, so it’s the other way round.

  • sidehackern8

    Unfortunately, for all of the “progressiveness” of motorcyclists, the basic design suspension design has not really changed much- front forks and a rear swingarm (even leading link is not that much of a departure.) However, hub centric front suspensions really solve the problem of steering and braking affecting one another. It would be nice if the big four started utilizing these so that they could eventually trickle down to a bike that I could afford (used that is.) Just my $.02 for what it’s worth.

  • cambia philippines

    wow this bike is very elegant for me….i like it

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000763320603#!/album.php?id=100000969844801&aid=295 pawan

    my name is pawan,
    i am a student of mechanical engineering.
    can anybody tell me that how can i make hub center steering for my bike in my workshop. and what are the required parts? and can any body give me detailed drawing of this mechanism’s component. please help me out

    • Thomas

      if you can’t do the research and figure how it works,your not going to be able to build one,how are you going to be a ME if your looking for someone to hand you engineering drawing’s,it won’t happen,companies invest a lot of time and money in building specialized components and have to protect there rights,,look at drawings photos and design your own,talk to your teacher about doing it as a project,for your senior year,if possible,Good luck..