Spy Shots Of 2 New Viper Motorcycles

They are still in the garage being prepped for their 1st appearance. Here a sneak preview of what Viper Motorcycles will unveil in 10 days at the V-Twin Expo in Cincinnati. Both bikes have the same 152" billet engines (wow) but with short stroke to deliver lower vibrations. Later this year, Viper will offer their proprietary "gasket less" engines to OEM and custom builders. The blue bike is called the Diablo Deluxe Package with a company designed low profile and quick release wind screen (don’t confuse with a wind shield). The black chopper is a departure from their former rubber mounted engine system. Professionals will see the bikes at the V-Twin Expo (at booth 2719 ). Viper Motorcycle Company.    

6 Responses to “Spy Shots Of 2 New Viper Motorcycles”

  1. 1 Donnie Jan 24th, 2008 at 9:59 pm

    The bagger looks good, but the rigid is like so many choppers of these last 7 years. I don’t think you can sell a new model, whatever the other mechanical improvements, if it’s not packaged in a radically new design.

  2. 2 Doc Robinson Jan 26th, 2008 at 1:17 am

    I’m a little confused. The Viper web site says, “Many of a Viper’s component parts are billet aluminum, machined in-house, using distinctive patented technology: Viper engines – 115 to 152 cubic inches, big bore/short stroke, Viper air-ride suspension, Viper Rigid Drive system.
    Real custom – real reliability. We deliver engineering and design solutions that mass production would find impossible.”
    But in the on-line financial journal Biospace, a Jan 2007 news release from Viper said, “Viper Motorcycle Company, a wholly owned subsidiary, has outsourced all manufacturing to strategic partners to lower the fixed costs of operations and implemented further cost savings, principally in a reduction of headcount, facility fixed costs and marketing programs”. Viper Motorcycle Founder and Managing Director John Silseth II stated, “All outsourced manufacturing is now in place as we have commenced production of all components for our Diablo and Diamondback models.
    With much trumpet blowing about being “one of only 3 real American cruiser manufacturers'” the implication is that by designing and engineering parts themselves they are a cut above the rest. I’d like to know what percentage of their bikes Viper actually manufacture.

  3. 3 Fred Proctor Jan 26th, 2008 at 5:50 pm

    Doc, All of Viper’s patented designs were all done in house . What Viper realized in trying to build every component in house, it becomes an enormous undertaking in machinery , acquisition, stock and $$$ !
    Viper has developed alliances with USA companies in producing some of our components in bringing the models up to a production level numbers. All are manufactured to our strict specifications. It would be unreasonable and financially irresponsible to our shareholders in storing blocks of aluminum and other raw materials, when we can use our vendors resources for that. We have begun to implement Just In Time Manufacturing practices in keeping costs low and vendors knowlegable in deliery times to production processes. WE assemble our components in house.
    Viper Motorcycles use of so called kit catalog parts are negligable in production of our bikes. As we grow as a company, and can afford to design and replace those parts, through design and testing, we will.
    As a side note, keep up the good work at the magazine. Got to find a way to get you on one of our bikes Doing any traveling, soon?

  4. 4 Art Jan 27th, 2008 at 1:25 pm

    I think the new bike looks good Fred.

  5. 5 Doc Robinson Jan 27th, 2008 at 4:18 pm

    Re the new Vipers.
    Hey Fred, love to ride/write about your new bikes.
    Contact me through the mag at info@heavyduty.com.au

  6. 6 uncle vern Mar 15th, 2008 at 10:38 pm

    very good idea with baggers, we need more with a little more room

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