The Vyrus 986 M2 has to be one of the most gorgeous motorcycles we’ve ever seen grace our pages here at Asphalt & Rubber. It’s edgy and doesn’t conform to many of the elements we’d expect from a motorcycle design, and best of all Vyrus intends to race the hub-center steering bike (well maybe the fact you can buy one/build your own is the best thing of all).
With the Moto2 World Championship perhaps out of reach for the small Italian company, we instead see the Vyrus 986 M2 making an entry in the Spanish CEV Moto2 Championship, a national-level series that uses the same rules as the World Championship. Helping Vyrus enter that series is exhaust manufacturer MIVV, which has some experience in the CEV series, having partnered with FTR in past years.
For those that fell in love with original design of the 600cc Vyrus, you may not like some of the changes that have occurred since the bike’s original unveiling. Most noticeable in this announcement is that the discreetly hidden slash-cut pipe from Zard, which protruded just above the 986 M2′s swingarm, has given-way to a more traditional MIVV system (the cost of sponsorship we imagine).
Still considering that the full-titanium exhaust systems comes packed with two years of R&D on how to squeeze the most power out of the lightly-tuned Honda CBR600RR motor, we’ll have to let function give way to form on this situation.
More contentious though is the revised front-end of the motorcycle, which sees an extra brace added to the hub-center steering structure. We’ll have to get word from Vyrus as to what prompted the chassis design change, but one would imagine that the new braces help rider feedback and steering, considering the new brace seems to go directly into the head tube and clip-ons.
More on that as we get it, but we suspect more information will come out as the Vyrus 986 M2 is scheduled for its first race this weekend, taking part in the Spanish CEV Championship’s race at the Jerez de la Frontera on April 17th.