Motorbike cognoscenti recognize the Vyrus name, the Italian brand producing exotic sportbikes based on the amazing hub-center-steered Bimota Tesi.
The Vyrus story begins when Bimota filed for bankruptcy in the early 2000s. Vyrus principal Ascanio Rodorigo, a former Bimota employee, began producing his version of the Tesi after Bimota let its patents expire while it was in bankruptcy. When Bimota re-launched under new ownership in 2003, Vyrus reportedly built the Tesi for Bimota because it was already in production.
Vyrus currently builds three versions of the Tesi, each with Ducati powerplants and unique swingarm front ends.
The Vyrus 984 uses a 992cc air-cooled motor with a claimed 90.5 hp. It has a purported dry weight of just 331 lbs.
The Vyrus 985 uses the liquid-cooled Ducati engine from the 999R, said to produce 155 hp. It scales in at 346 lbs dry and has a retail price near $70,000.
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