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Vyrus even scarier than coronavirus

If you think coronavirus is scary, how about the Italian Vyrus Alyen 988 with its origami bikini fairing and tailpiece with a host of winglets?

It’s a rather unfortunate name for an Italian bespoke motorcycle company given the horrendous impact of the coronavirus on that country.

But Vyrus has been around for a while and even Hollywood actor Tom Cruise, who began riding at the age of 10, owns a Vyrus 987 C3 4V worth more than $100,000.

Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible 5 - on his Vyrus 987Tom on his Vyrus 987

Their latest bike is the Aylen 988 which features a hoist of winglets in styling that looks more like origami than motorcycles.VYRUS ALYEN 03

Winglets have been used in the past couple of seasons of MotoGP and are now starting to make their way on to production bikes such as the Aprilia RSV-4, Ducati Superleggera V4 and the Honda CBR1000RR-R.

Ugly Ducati MotoGP bike directDucati MotoGP winglets

The Alyen 988 is powered by a Ducati Panigale 1299 L-twin which is actually 1285cc and has output of 207hp at 11000rpm and 142Nm of torque at 9000rpm.

In this bike, power is down slightly to 2305hp, and there is no indication of the torque output.

Nor do they mention price.

In fact, their website only features some images, tech specs (below) and the word “Request” which takes you to a form to fill in to request a quote.

If you have to ask, you can’t afford it.VYRUS ALYEN 03

It is likely to cost around $100,000 given the lashings of carbon fibre on the body, tank and exhausts, plus the rather complex hub-centre steering.

That is understandable as Vyrus worked with Bimota on their Tesi model which features similar steering.

While motorcycling is experiencing a global downturn in sales that will be exacerbated by the current pandemic, it seems there is always space for esoteric bikes for the rich and famous.

Vyrus Alyen 988 tech specs

VYRUS ALYEN 03Origami tail

Engine type Ducati L-twin shaped 90° Desmo drive
Bore 116mm
Stroke 70.8mm
Displacement 1285cc
Compression ratio 11,3:1
Lubrication system forced by gear pump
Cooling system Water-cooled
Power 205hp @ 10.500 rpm
Gearbox 6 speed
Clutch wet clutch
Fuel injection Electronic Injection
Front suspension Push Rod Twin Pivot Vyrus
Rear suspension Push Rod Twin Pivot Vyrus
Frame Vyrus Magnesium double omega design combined with a self-supporting composite Body
Steering System Vyrus Hydraulic Wired Steering System
Caster angle 17° to 25°
Trail 84 mm to 112 mm
Front tire 120/70 ZR 17
Rear tire 200/60 ZR17
Fuel tank capacity 11 lt
Wheelbase 1575 mm

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Italians plan upside-down motorcycle

An Italian company plans to build a motorcycle with a howling, 150kW, upside-down, two-litre, triple engine and is seeking crowd-funding for the wacky idea.

While many motorcycle manufacturers are trying to build bikes with a lower centre of gravity for more stability, Nembo Motociclette says mass centralisation as featured in MotoGP bikes is more important.

With a rider on top of the bike, an upside-down engine with the heavy crank at the top would centralise mass.Nembo 32 upside-down engine

Nembo say the bike will have 150kW of power, 210Nm of torque and weigh just 160kg.

They say it would be great for racing, but the video doesn’t seem to prove its speed or handling prowess. However, it does sound fantastic!Nembo 32 upside-down engine

Upside-down history

The upside-down Nembo has been around for a while and was first publicly featured at the 2012 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este” at Lake Como, Italy.

Almost seven years later, Nembo Motociclette are pleading through crowd-funding site Indiegogo for €3.2m to go into production. That’s $A5.1m or $US3.7m or £2.8m.Nembo 32 upside-down engine

So far, they have raised a big fat zero with 50-odd days to go in their all-or-nothing fundraising bid.

The lack of support is understandable. An upside-upside-down engine? You’ve got to be kidding!

If you’ve got a lazy five-mill sitting around and want to invest you may like to know the bike can be reserved for €5000 ($A8000 or $US5700 or £4370).Nembo 32 upside-down engine

Final price has not yet been announced, but is expected to be about €59,000 ($A94,000, $US68,000, £51,500).

They say the more funding pledges they get, the lower the price with deliveries expected in December 2020.

Nembo 32

Nembo 32 not only has an upside-down engine, but a tank and fairing that tilt back to reveal the tank, airbox and the “bottom” of the engine.Nembo 32 upside-down engine

Other features are Bellapadrona fully adjustable air shock, 50mm Marzocchi forks, Brembo brakes, carbonfibre swingarm and 200mm rear tyre.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com