After covering the debut of new motorcycles for a little over two years now, I’d like to think I’ve become immune to the sheer product lust the occurs when seeing an exceptional two-wheeler. Well wheel me back to the insane asylum of discretionary consumer income, because the only thing I can think of today is this Vyrus 986 M2 Moto2 race bike, and what it’s street counterpart could look like if Vyrus green-lights the project.

I don’t care if the hub-steering design is truly superior to traditional fork suspension. I don’t care if a single team even picks up the Vyrus chassis to race in Moto2. And in fact, I don’t even care if this whole talk about racing in Moto2 is just a ploy to launch the 600cc sibling of the Vyrus 987 C3 4V Supercharged.

Looking at these photos (courtesy of our friends at, the only thing going through my mind is OMGWTFBBQ I Want One! Eloquent I know, but if you can handle your streetbikes being non-traditional is design, I think you’ll have a similar response after the jump when you see the Vyrus 986 M2, which was finally unveiled at the Motor Bike Expo at Verona today.


  • Day

    That is gorgeous.

  • Keith

    Oh hummina! But for the street I’druther the GSXR-600 motor. 8^) Been on suzuki’s for 30 years…it’s a habit.

  • BBQdog

    Nice looking, but the front part never worked on a Tesi and I doubt it will on this one.
    Gives no feed-back under braking and cornering.

  • RGR

    Where’s the dotted line I sign on???? droooool

  • Ed Gray

    Well I think they bit off too much, for a racing program. It is going to be tough enough to sort the front end out, without adding the monkey motion rear suspension with the crackpot shock. Does look cool though.

  • Patron

    Cool looking bike. But the picture of the front looks like it would have clearence issues. It looks like the steering mechanism would touch, albeit during extreem lean angle, but would still be close. I’m assuming that cant be the case, but I wonder how close it gets.

  • If there is a motorcycle version of the spank bank, that bike belongs in it.

  • Damo

    Looks pretty damn nice.

    I have been dying to test ride a bike with hub center steering. If anyone in the New England area has a Bimota Tesi 3D floating around, hit me up :)

  • chrome

    So maybe one of the more experienced track riders might be able to sort this out for me: Concerning feedback. It seems to me that feedback is largely the vibrations, instabilities, and flexing the wheel and fork system experience during maneuvers. But if the HCS system eliminates the inherent flex and wobble of the fork design, then what information is there to feedback? There’s no feedback because most of the stuff that caused feedback ahs been solved. Seems like it would be a feature, not a bug. but I don’t have the experience, so someone correct me.

    And that bike is freakin amazing.

  • Ed Gray

    No Chrome the feed back is information on the asphalt and rubber interaction. Go racing. Get experience.

  • Hayabrusa

    I concur with most of the sentiments. I’m a bit behind on the texting world though, as I don’t know what the BBQ is at the end of the original rant. God, I feel so lucky to have been a biker the last couple of decades!!!

  • Westward

    But where are the reflectors ?

  • MrGone

    OMGWTFLOLROFLCOPTERBBQ I would whore myself out to a hundred thousand fat chicks just for a chance to ride that gorgeous beast.
    And BBQdog, the current Tesi/Vyrus design actually works quite well, the few teams that have raced them (one is currently racing in a British twin series I believe) all say the feedback is definitively there it just isn’t that same as the feedback you get from typical forks, its more through the frame and pegs than the bars but they all say that once you reconfigure your mind its very predictable and brilliant to ride.

  • Allan Engel

    The front end isn’t (that) new. The Bimoto Tesi is well sorted. That bike was raced at Daytona, in the “twins” class more then ten years ago. Leon Haslam’s dad, Ron, raced a center-hub steering bike with a factory Honda 500 motor back in the 80’s. This was in GP’s against the best. The engineering is well sorted. That being said, the Elf Honda that Haslam rode did indeed have a problem with the front strut grounding at extreme lean angles. Good luck to Vyrus – I lover everything about the bike.

  • PD

    Gorgeous. But:

    1. The same reason that Moto2 teams weren’t willing to stray from the conventional last season – that tight budgets/sponsorship limited ability to take risks on “unconventional” tech – still seems to apply to the 2011 season. As much I’d like to see this bike on the grid in 2011, don’t know how likely that’ll be.

    2. Don’t know if Vyrus has been able to overcome it, but the prevailing wisdom/shortcoming about the hub-center design had always been, as many here have already mentioned, lack of feel from the front-end. Obviously, this would be critical. On the other hand, this design is supposed to all but eliminate front-end dive under braking, so…

    3. Hard to tell without the fairings removed, but it seems like the engine is perhaps being used as a fully-stressed component of the “chassis,” in a way similar to the the Ducati GP10, GP11. While most, if not all, Japanese supersports are labeled as having their engines as fully-stressed members of their frames, they nevertheless all have conventional twin-spar (full-length) frames; none have just the headstock and swingarm pivot members a la the Ducs, with the engines entirely replacing the lateral spars. So, the question is, is the “stock” CBR600RR engine being used in Moto2 able to provide sufficient structural integrity/performance as a stand-alone mid/main frame if indeed Vyrus is using such a set-up?

  • hoyt

    The lack of feel from the front-end comments aren’t giving the top racers in the world enough credit. These riders get on bikes that are complete one-offs so they are given new “stuff” all the time.

    The good riders adapt to whatever they’re riding at an insane pace. The great riders not only adapt, but provide accurate feedback to the engineers for improvement. Both types of riders will do just fine with this front-end.

    The frame seems to be a derivative of the Tryphonos (which was a derivative of the original Tesi). The Tryphonos used an i-4 motor & the frame goes underneath the engine and then upward (vice versa of the Tesi).

    Lean angle? Should not be a problem from a construction perspective as well as the above adaptation. Action photos of a Tesi twin:

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  • Dave

    Sure is Purdy!!

  • GeddyT

    Although these systems can completely eliminate dive under breaking, it’s my understanding that some brake dive can actually be tuned into the system.

    As far as the rear suspension, I don’t see a problem. It’s just a linkage turned sideways for packaging. Like with any shock linkage, if it’s designed right, it’ll work.

    The engine is stressed, but looks to be reinforced by machined billet side plates that incorporate the swingarm mounts.

    My big concern for the bike is with aerodynamics. Although I think this would make a beautiful street bike, that front end snorkel looks anything but slippery, and that’s going to be huge on the straights.

  • Keith

    BBQdog: you would know it gives no feedback how? Ever ridden one? Me either, so until you sling a leg up on one or I do. I’ll trust the manufacturer over you. The build ’em you just read and drool.

  • berzerker

    and where may the exhaust exit be ?

  • berzerker

    neverminnd.. found them…seem to double as a rear hugger….. gas tank/airbox “hump” must be brutal on the family jewels…

  • froryde

    Wonder how they address the front tire change issue? To change a front tire on the Tesi 3D is at least a 2 hour job!

  • BBQdog

    “you would know it gives no feedback how ?”

    First hand from somebody who’d driven a Tesi during many BOTT races …..
    And it was a person who has tested many of the best bikes around.

  • Not that I have a horse in this race, but BBQdog that’s technically second-hand information.

    For what it’s worth, the reason you see riders from WSBK struggling with the jump to MotoGP is because the GP bikes react and give feedback differently than the Superbikes. Riders get used to what they ride, I think anyone who rides their bike on a regular basis, and swaps bikes with a mate have experienced this phenomena first-hand, now take it to another degree and you’ve got the problem with hub-center steering.

    You see this in racing too, where the engineers do the setup that the computer says will be faster, but the rider doesn’t like it and wants a different setup that THEY can go faster on instead.