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World's most powerful superbike

2010-02-03 09:34
The world is a currently quite a dangerous place. Wars. Natural disasters. Bakkies Botha cleaning you out at a ruck. There are any number of ways to get killed not quite natural causes.

Of all these though, catching a Vyrus is the most heroic.

Not, it’s not a typo, the Vyrus is former Bimota employee Ascanio Rodorigo’s interpretation of what a proper superbike should constitute.

Newfangled steering set-up

Perusing the image galley you’ve probably noticed it lacks a traditional front-fork arrangement, substituting it for a radical hub-centre-steering set-up.

Considering the Vyrus 987 C3 4V’s 155kW supercharged Ducati 1198cc V-twin engine, you had better have a childlike sense of faith in the engineering integrity of this low-volume Italian superbike and its curious steering configuration…

Good power-to-madness ratio

The Vyrus C3 4V is light too (only 163kg) thanks a generous amount of carbon-fibre weaved into its construction. Factoring that nearly every individual kg is partnered by its own part kW, we would surmise it’s rather quick. Expensive too.

Rodorigo believed the Vyrus C3 4V’s hub-centre-steering configuration (which prevents squat and dive under braking) is inherently more stable than conventional forks and easily up to task of taming the suicidal power output.

If you’d like one Rodorigo’s creations (they do, after all, boast the title of world’s most powerful production bike) be prepared to part $100 000, and in all likelihood, your life soon after…


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