Friday, June 01, 2007

Ex-Top Gun buys a Vyrus 985 C3 4V

The Vyrus doesn't have an afterburner, but then the ex-Top Gun must have also mellowed a bit since 1986...

Back in 1986, Jerry Bruckheimer's big-time hit movie Top Gun pretty much established Tom Cruise as a Hollywood mega-star. But once it's been twenty years since you last flew a fighter jet, what do you do to get your kicks? Well, you get a very fast, very high-tech motorcycle. Which is what Mr Cruise has done – he's bought a Vyrus 985 C3 4V.

Built in Rimini, Italy, the Vyrus 985 C3 4V is powered by a 150bhp Ducati v-twin, and top speed is around 250km/h. Cruise, apparently, saw the bike in a Beverly Hills showroom and decided he must have one. Buying a US$90,000 bike is probably no big deal for someone who's worth more than US$100 million, and Ascanio Rodorigo, the man who owns Vyrus, personally delivered Cruise's bike to his house.

US$90,000 means front swingarm instead of USD front forks for the Vyrus. But seriously, it should be an amazing bike

Says Rodorigo, 'To get it right, we had to weigh Tom and take his height and riding position. That way, when he rides it, it feels like a tailor-made suit.' But of course. In the meanwhile, you can read Motorcyclist magazine's road test of the Vyrus here. Also take a look at various other bikes which experimented with alternative front suspension over the years, here.

Also see:
Bike magazine readers: "Carl Fogarty is an idiot!"
1980s Exotica: Suzuki XN85 Turbo!
Bikers, listen up: Could you be going deaf...?!
Spinning around: Tailgunner rotary exhaust system
Memorable: The mighty Munch Mammut TTS-E

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