Why We Picked It:
Vyrus is a small Italian company that has focused entirely on making extremely limited, ultra-high tech motorcycles that are almost out of this world, hence the naming scheme of Alyen. Absolutely everything they use for a bike is the best of the best, no matter the cost, so their bikes, such as the Alyen 988, can soar to base prices of $200,000 or more.
We emphasize the base price, as each bike is essentially fitted to each customer, in a much more extensive and expensive form of Kawasaki's Ergo-Fit system. Each customer sits on a frame with the seat, handlebars, and pegs all movable, and when they feel it's right, that's where the handlebars, seat, and pegs on their Alyen 988 will be, no matter how much adjustment is needed.
The Alyen 988 is also one of the lightest bikes with this much power, due to extensive use of carbon fiber and carbon composites created with input from carbon fiber experts Pagani Automobili. Any metals are exotic, from titanium to motorsports grade magnesium. The only "standard" bit of the bike is the engine, a 1,285 Ducati Superquadro V2, although even that's been fettled and tuned to 205 HP.
Perhaps the most striking thing about the Alyen 988, apart from its price and its sharp, angular looks, is that forgoes the usual front forks, rear monoshock arrangement, and instead uses push-rod suspension with twin pivot horizontal swingarms, with the front swingarm also being hydraulically activated to with hub-center steering. If that doesn't scream exotic, we don't know what does!