Vyrus initially worked alongside Bimota on the evolutionary development of Bimota's "Tesi" motorcycle. The "Tesi", meaning Thesis in Italian, had its origins as a university engineering project linked to Massimo Tamburini. The Tesi design was easily distinguished by the use of its hub-center steering front suspension arrangement. Vyrus split from the Bimota and completed the first evolution of the Tesi's development, marketing the bike under their own name.
Currently Vyrus has four models: 984 C3 2V (Ducati-sourced 2-valve 1000 cm3 air-cooled engine developing 100bhp), 985 C3 4V (Ducati-sourced 4-valve 1000 cm3 water-cooled engine developing 155bhp), 987 C3 4V (Ducati-sourced 4-valve 1200 cm3 water cooled engine developing 184bhp) and the 987 C3 4VV (Ducati-sourced 4-valve 1200 cm3 supercharged water cooled engine developing 211bhp).
Vyrus is very much a "bespoke" manufacturer - individual bikes are built to order, with no two bikes being the same. Due to the limited production and use of high-quality parts, all Vyrus models are expensive, with the cheapest models starting from $60,000USD.
2011 MotoGp prototypeEdit
In 2011 Vyrus showed interest in the new Moto2 category by designing a new bike around the series-spec Honda CBR600RR engine used in the class. The hub-centre front steering was used, with a new frame as well. Three versions were offered – a race-ready model with top spec components for a little under $90,000USD, a street legal variant for around $40,000USD and a kit without engine around $27,000USD. Unfortunately there were no takers for the venture and Vyrus sold off the prototypes in 2012.
MiniVirus 07 EVEdit
The MiniVirus was a pocketbike powered by a two-stroke 40cc engine and again using the hub-centre front steering system. Like the full-size bikes, the MiniVirus was expensive, costing over $5,000USD. Few were made.
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