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Bimota Vyrus 985 C3 4V

Vyrus 985 C3 4V: Different strokes

seeing the Vyrus 985 C3 4V in your

First there was the Bimota 1D, in the early-1990s. With its complex front suspension, the first Tesi was a magnificent display of prowess with advanced technology. The hub-centre steering and swingarm separated steering and forces, eliminated dive hard braking, and offered stability in fast corners.

complained that the system did not enough feel. And the front assembly was hugely complex, to manufacture and tough to maintain. So Bimota only sold a few of these bikes, and that was the end of it.

Now it the Tesi 1D is reborn – as the Vyrus. A Italy-based company, VDM, is owned by former Bimota Rodorigo Ascanio, continued on the original Tesi, and the result is the 985 C3 4V. Says Rodorigo, ‘It’s our to try to persuade people to take a look at two-wheeled chassis

This is my challenge!’ Ahem.

The uses the Ducati 999R’s 150bhp V-twin engine, but the two are different in terms of handling Rodorigo says, ‘We made a that is a very stiff where nothing moves the suspension and the tires. And we produced a linkage with fewer so as to give it more sensitivity.

You feel the front tire as if the axle were in your All this influences handling and the bike steer much especially with the short It’s like a 250cc GP in terms of geometry, but it’s completely stable in a straight

Even if you try to make it shake by the handlebars, you can’t. And we have no damper fitted; that’s a for a wrong design!’

For those who have the Vyrus’ alien and cool front suspension, but are on a budget, there’s also the 984 2V, which is powered by the Ducati v-twin and costs about And if you’re all set to buy the US$75,000 985 C3 4V, you may want to Motorcyclist magazine’s road here

Front End Funnies

other bikes that the alternative front suspension

Hossack racebike

Back in inventor Norman Hossack his vision of the alternative front – the Hossack Wishbone. A development of is used on the BMW K1200S and K1200R

Elf Honda GP bike

Raced by Ron in 1985, the Elf Honda got hub-centre and a front swingarm instead of the front forks.

Bimota 1D

Launched in 1991, the Tesi 1D got complex and expensive hub-centre and front swingarm. It was beautiful to at, but ahead of its time. Excessive linkage play made it to ride, and there were issues with reliability and of various components. Not that would give up though…

Gilera CX125

The most thing about the Gilera (launched in 1992) was not its eccentric but its single-side front fork.


Back in the 1990s, V1000s used to thunder Ducati 851s in BoTT in Europe. And yes, they a Hossack-design front end.

Bimota Vyrus 985 C3 4V


Yamaha launched the in 1993. The bike was fitted a 1000cc inline-four from the and had hub-centre steering via a single-side swingarm. The bike was even at the Isle of Man TT, though it was a bit heavy and


The first modern-day BMW to the conventional front fork, the R1100RS sported BMW’s front suspension. This fork sliders (which quite conventional to unsuspecting connected to a rocker arm and a front absorber. People who’ve the bike say it works well, but the feedback of a conventional fork.

Italjet Dragster 180

One of the coolest, and most radical scooters to out of Italy, the Italjet Dragster 180 a 180cc two-… engine and of hub-centre steering via single-sided

BMW K1200S / K1200R

Launched in both, the K1200S and the K1200R use an of the Hossack Wishbone front


The ‘Flex 6X’ front used on the 2006 Motoczysz bike employs linear in stanchions, connected to an Ohlins in the headstock.

Bimota Tesi 3D

Ducati hub-centre steering, trellis chassis, 168kg kerb and a price tag of US$38,400. Only 29 of avant-garde Tesi 3D bikes be built, so exclusivity is guaranteed.

Bimota Vyrus 985 C3 4V
Bimota Vyrus 985 C3 4V
Bimota Vyrus 985 C3 4V
Bimota Vyrus 985 C3 4V
Bimota Vyrus 985 C3 4V


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