The new Viper-brand motorcycles that will start rolling out to dealers later this month are going to be very fast. The company is reasoning that in the crowded custom cruiser market people want more power. Four years after its discreet launch in 2002, Viper’s production lines started up at the Big Lake plant in Minnesota. The models launched are equipped with in-house produced 152 cubic inches billet engines giving the bikes top speeds of 150 miles per hour. Last year, to prove their performance, the company lined up a three-quarter mile time trial against an F-16 fighter jet at an Air Force base in New Mexico. The F-16 covered the distance in 19.55 seconds, the Viper in 19.75 seconds, reaching 158 MPH. The first 3 produced models are called the “Diablo”, “Diamondback” and “Mamba ”. I know that there will be a lot of skepticism in the V-Twin industry. So many "Harley Clones" companies have already failed. But Viper states that a total of 200 bikes have already been pre-ordered and that they need to sell only 110 more in 2007 to break even. The target seems to be older baby boomers who kind of got tired of their Harley-Davidsons. Price range: $30/35,000. More info at Viper Motorcycles.