Transform Your Honda CBR600RR into a Vyrus 986 M2

04/30/2014 @ 12:02 pm, by Jensen Beeler9 COMMENTS


Maybe one of the most lurid motorcycles ever to grace the pages of Asphalt & Rubber, the Vyrus 986 M2 Moto2 race bike is just as much art as it is engineering innovation. A hub-center steering front-end, self-supporting carbon fiber body pieces, and a bevy of GP-level electronics adorn this futuristic looking motorcycle from Italy.

The goal from Vyrus was to have a Moto2-class legal racing machine that was ready for competition, though we doubt many owners see it that way. What few bikes that actually leave their owner’s garage, we imagine only a handful will see any track time, but that’s sometimes just the way it goes.

Originally priced at €55,000 for the race bike (a pretty cheap price for a Moto2 machine), a street version was supposed to debut at €25,000, while a Vyrus 986 M2 kit was to be made available at €16,900 (one must supply their own Honda CB600RR motor to use the kit option).

After currency exchange rates, the Vyrus 986 M2 kit sounded like a fairly affordable and hands-on way to own such a unique machine. Well, now that Vyrus is actually able to make good on its do-it-yourself option, things have changed a little…by say €10,000 or so.

Now priced at €27,930, the Vyrus 986 M2 kit is just shy of $40,000 and then there is still the small matter of buying a motor. To its credit though, Vyrus must have been listening to its customers, as in addition to the Honda CBR600RR lump, there are 986 M2 kit variants that will fit Ducati motors from the 1100 air-cooled series, 999 series, and 1198 series.

If you have the coin, Vyrus is happy to sell you upgrades to virtually every component on the Vyrus 986 M2 kit, and the costs go up rapidly when you do so. Options include full GP electronics, top of the line wheels, suspension, and brakes, and of course there is a bevy of composite choices to make (we personally like the idea of a self-supporting front and rear body sections made out of carbon fiber, a €7,200 option).

All this of course means that our hopes of building a somewhat affordable, yet dead-to-rights sexy, motorcycle may have been dashed, but considering the usual fare that comes with the Vyrus name, the 986 model is still relatively cheap, as it is without the six-figure sticker shock factor.

If you have the means, what is stopping you from buying one? As for us, we will just have to be content with admiring from afar.



Photos of the Vyrus 986 M2 Moto2 Race Bike at the 2011 Verona Motor Bike Expo:

Source: Vyrus

  • Chris Blair

    Dig the new breed.

  • chris

    why call it a moto2 bike? it’s never been in moto2. maybe it raced once in the spanish national series? maybe? i don’t see vyrus listed anywhere in their year end results since moto2 started. you can buy an actual moto2 bike at the end of the season, listed on the cev website for a similar price.

  • Shagwood

    Sure would like that electronics package(s) for my bike!

  • Wil

    So. Much. Want.

  • Gutterslob

    Reminds me of the gool ol’ Bimota-Suzuki days, where we had exotic Italian chassis bits coupled with proper reliable Japanese motors.

    Now all we need are for Kalex, FTR and Moriwaki to build packages like these – hopefully offer (barely) road legal builds as well – for CBR motors.

  • sideswipeasaurus

    What chris said above. While this is undeniably unique and sure to be the center of attention at any track day or road side pit stop, you could get a real 2nd or 3rd hand Kalex or Suter Moto2 bike with some racing provenance. In fact if you were quick with the cash about 2 years ago you could have bought the 2011 Catalunya Caixa Suter MMX that Marc Marquez rode to 6 victories that year. That would have been smart money.

  • NDspd

    Check out the photoshoot I had with the M986 in Charlotte. It is truly an amazing bike to see still and on a track.

  • Grant Madden

    Checked out the street bike.Hideous head light stolen from a parts bin somewhere.Should have stuck with the slinky honda look.It’s not a train!!! But other wise it would be the coolest thing on the block at any place that thinks motorcycles and even those that dont will admire its shiny black lines. Just the pose value is worth … well maybe not worth that much just to be new but still very cool.Where are pics of the ducati powered one? have a new face.

  • Ah yes, I would ride one while wearing neon pink snake skin leathers! Lurid, indeed!