Viper Motorcycle Company Signs Joint Venture With Ilmor Engineering

Viper152inchesViper Motorcycle Company, a subsidiary of Viper Powersports Inc. (OTCBB: VPWI) and Ilmor Engineering, Inc., announced today that they have executed the manufacturing agreement outlined in the letter of intent dated October 6, 2009. Viper Motorcycle Company and Ilmor will partner on the manufacture of an Ilmor designed and developed Viper Motorcycle 152 cubic inch V-Twin engine. The Ilmor version of the Viper polished billet engine will be manufactured and assembled by Ilmor in Plymouth, MI, and will be co-branded with the famous racing company’s name. Viper Motorcycles and Ilmor will also provide cross-marketing support to promote the relationship.

John R. Silseth II, Viper Powersports CEO, said, “We anticipate a public launch of this exciting product in May 2010.  The Ilmor- Viper JV allows Viper to increase production and take its rightful place as a premiere American OEM of high performance cruiser motorcycles. The resulting product from this JV has no equal in the marketplace.”

Paul Ray, Ilmor Engineering, Inc.’s President, said, “This is a very promising start to the New Year. Our relationship with Viper Motorcycle Company grew tremendously in 2009 and we are very enthusiastic about getting the last details of the new engine design completed. Manufacturing of parts for the Viper-Ilmor V-Twin engine has already begun and we could be running on our test bench as soon as the end of Feb 2010”.

Viper Powersports designs, manufactures and markets a line of premium American V-Twin Super Cruiser motorcycles, V-Twin aftermarket engines and other related aftermarket products through an independent dealer network. Viper Powersports and Viper Motorcycle Company.

Ilmor Engineering is one of the most successful race-engine design and manufacturing firms in the world, best known for its expertise and success in the highest levels of automobile racing. The company has over 200 Indy Car wins to its credit including winning the prestigious Indy 500 no less than 15 times. Created as a race engineering company in the UK more 25 years ago, Ilmor has more than 150 personnel worldwide with facilities in Michigan, USA and Northampton, England.

13 Responses to “Viper Motorcycle Company Signs Joint Venture With Ilmor Engineering”

  1. 1 Dave Blevins Jan 9th, 2010 at 8:34 am

    That is a beautiful engine.

  2. 2 Wikked Steel Jan 9th, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    I have to agree, it is spectacular.

  3. 3 Honduras HD Jan 9th, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    Whats the conversion Fromula to turn Cubic inches to C.C.s?

  4. 4 dynamic Jan 9th, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    1 Cubic Inch = 16.387064 Cubic Centimeter

  5. 5 raycwheeler Jan 9th, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    Terry Nesbitt & Viper,

    Great job. Looking forward to being of assistance, if possible.

    raycwheeler USA

  6. 6 golfish Jan 9th, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    That’s a sweet looking engine. I wonder what the price tag is? your right, I can’t afford it.

  7. 7 Asa Jan 10th, 2010 at 11:41 am

    Looks almost like the x-wedge without the fuel injection installed ?

  8. 8 Dave Blevins Jan 10th, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    It looks nothing like an X-Wedge motor,
    This engine has round barrells and head fins unlike the Wedge & the rocker boxes are a lot different in shape as well…
    the Wedge’s pushrods are configured in a manner more akin to the Sportster, where this engine has the classic Big Twin pushrod appearence, the cam chest/igninition cover is diamond shaped on the Wedge while the cone shape is used on the Viper. External oil lines, dual plugs, even the cases look different…

  9. 9 ROCKSTAR Jan 10th, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    was a shame to see Ilmor leave MotoGP, after riding around at the back of the pack… maybe they’ll return now that 990’s are back

    so, hopefully they’ll be able to squeeze some money out of this project

  10. 10 jatinder pal Jan 11th, 2010 at 5:57 am

    Man ….thats really good looking motor…hope they are as reliable.

  11. 11 Motorcycle Medic Jan 11th, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    whoa…what a beast !!!!!
    I wonder what driveline that little bastard will go into ?
    I hope the deck height does not limit that to go into ….an FXR chassis?
    That would be killer

  12. 12 Fredp Jan 17th, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    The deck height is lower than a S&S 124″ engine, uses standard mounting bolt pattern as a H-D. It is coupled to a primo rivera tranny and drive. It is a short-stroked engine.

  13. 13 Johnny Gee Jan 18th, 2010 at 11:26 am

    If anyone is interested in more info , a test ride, or owning a Viper Motorcycle with the 152ci, Call Johnny Gee, Sales Manager at Rick Fairless’ Strokes Dallas – I have them in stock and they are awesome – We are very proud to be a dealer for Viper Motorcycles. We have sold a handfull of these at a very affordable price and have got nothing but positive feedback – Kudos to Terry and the gang!!!

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