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Bimota August 24, 2017 posted by

Big Ten: 1993 Bimota YB10 Dieci for Sale

Considering that Bimota is still... in business [was going to type something else, but had second thoughts as maybe "thriving" is a bit too strong a word] it's a little surprising that some of their older offerings are so affordable, considering their exotic looks, extreme rarity, high specification, and performance that will at least keep modern bikes in sight. Powered by the Yamaha FZR1000's inline four and five-speed gearbox, today's Bimota YB10 is a surprisingly affordable proposition, considering parts for the drivetrain at least shouldn't be too hard to come by...

With just 224 built between 1991 and 1994, the YB10 "Dieci" or "Ten" in Italian was the tenth Bimota powered by a Yamaha engine. Have you stumbled across and unfamiliar Bimota? You can tell a bit about it just from the name, which basically reads as "Yamaha, Bimota, Number 10." Modifications to that EXUP-valved 1002cc Yamaha Genesis engine were minimal, up to 149hp from Yamaha's 145hp claim, owing to better breathing from an improved intake that also smoothed out some dips in the donor bike's powerband. Slipperier bodywork meant a slightly higher top speed as well: 172mph as tested.

1970s Bimotas typically featured gorgeous tubular steel frames, but by the 1990s Bimota had moved on to beefy aluminum frames as seen here, with fully adjustable 42mm Marzocchi upside-down forks up front and an adjustable Öhlins shock out back. The main performance advantage of the YB10 over the FZR1000 is a result of weight lost: the Bimota had a claimed dry weight of 407lbs, nearly 70lbs less than the Yamaha. Period tests praised the handling and seemingly unlimited cornering-clearance of the YB10, along with unexpectedly improved ergonomics over the preceding YB8 and YB9.

Unfortunately, there's not much information over on eBay about this bike, as it's a dealer listing, although there are some nice pictures!

From the original eBay listing: 1993 Bimota YB10 for Sale

Specialized is offering this gorgeous, Italian-designed Bimota YB10 , this motorcycle comes out of our Museum collection. 1000 cc inline 4 cylinder Yamaha engine in a hand built Italian chassis, except for rear turn signals this is a Original YB10 correct as produced.

The Buy It Now price for this bit of exotic kit is $8,900. To me, 1990s Bimotas represent a real steal if you're looking for something incredibly rare, fast enough to keep up with modern bikes, and relatively easy keep on the road. Of course, "easy to keep on the road" assumes you don't drop it and need difficult-to-obtain bodywork or end up trying to track down nearly impossible-to-obtain suspension components: I know a guy who was waiting many months on a set of fork seals for a YB11. Although, if that becomes a problem, I'm sure you could track down a set of modern Öhlins forks and have someone make you up a set of adapters...

-tad

Big Ten: 1993 Bimota YB10 Dieci for Sale
Bimota August 19, 2017 posted by

Spec-ial-ity – 2006 Bimota SB8K Santamonica with Under 1,000 miles !

Even among specialty manufacturers like Bimota there are favorites, where performance and style have somehow met in a synchronicity better than other models.  The SB8K is one such example, the first bike produced after the company was resuscitated in the early 2000's.  The fresh design, techniques, and materials were spot-on and even resulted in a couple of WSBK race wins.

2006 Bimota SB8K Santamonica for sale on eBay

Using the 996cc Suzuki TL-1000 mill, Bimota engineered their own and intakes and a moving fuel injector system which optimized the fuel delivery position relative to the throttle butterfly.  The resulting 143 hp had the big twin's wide torque band and was packaged in a lighter hybrid frame with aluminum beams and carbon fiber connectors.  The body and fuel tank were also carbon, finished to a level usually only seen on Bimota's billet aluminum components.  Oversize Öhlins forks are fully adjustable, as is the rear monoshock.  Radially mounted Brembo brakes, OZ wheels, and Termignoni exhaust complete the picture.

As you might expect from a bike with under 1,000 miles, things are stock and very clean.  Shouldn't be any maintenance issues with the hybrid chain and gear cam drive.  Likely the new owner could change the fluids and rubber and ride away.  From the eBay auction:

This bike has spent most of its life in living rooms, 866 miles. 

(kilometers shown in picture) Beautiful near perfect bike, built with a profusion of light alloys and carbon fibre.  Many parts meticulously machined from aluminum alloy.  The motor was taken from the Suzuki TL1000R and has been highly tuned by engineers to deliver more output and torque at all engine speeds.  The SB8K is the only production bike in the world to use Bimota's very own Radial Injection.  Some paint chipping by titanium panel chips on side fairings,(easily touched up) and some small scratches on lower fairing under bike, I assume from loading (not visible unless fairing is removed).  Runs perfect, pulls like a freight train.  Carbon fibre everything including parts of the frame, Has OZ Wheels, Ohlin struts and shocks, Brembo Monobloc calipers, 385 lbs. 134 horsepower!

The SB8K reviewed as a big machine, but sharp, with light weight and handling, and hard suspension.  Bimota's tune camouflages the Suzuki engine, and power delivery is linear.  The rarity and low miles will probably keep this Santamonica on display, but it could be pressed into service at any time.  Named for the Superbike World Championship track in Rimini, Italy ( and not the West Hollywood suburb ) the Santamonica was a great re-start for Bimota, and a great oughties exotic...

-donn

 

Spec-ial-ity – 2006 Bimota SB8K Santamonica with Under 1,000 miles !
Bimota August 13, 2017 posted by

Italian Charm: 1999 Bimota DB4

Bimotas are not exactly known for their scary antics and cartoonish horsepower. They are instead renowned for being rolling exhibitions in balance, handling and craft mastery. The brand has had it share of screamers -- the 1100cc SB6R and the Suzuki TL-1000R-powered SB8 come to mind -- but it isn't their stock and trade.

1999 Bimota DB4 for sale on eBay

This 1999 Bimota DB4 is right in the brand's wheelhouse: a pretty, handmade frame, boutique suspension pieces and hand-laid bodywork wrapping a character-rich and adequately powerful engine.

Sporting the mill from a 1990s Ducati 900SS, which had its fuel injection jettisoned for a set of carbs, the DB4 claimed a modest 80-odd horses when new. Even with the torque available from the big twin, this thing won't make you a light-to-light hero.

Those ponies, though, must only haul around about 365 pounds, and a fully-adjustable Paioli fork works in concert with an Ohlins shock to allow the bike to carry what speed it can muster with little drama and maximum efficiency.

The low-mileage example here looks to be in excellent condition, albeit with signs of use and a few marks that show its age. The seller notes some changes from stock, but provides little detail.

From the eBay listing:

SPECIALIZED MOTORS and SPECIALIZED MOTORCYCLES
Specialized is offering another limited collectible Motorcycle out of our Museum. This Bimota DB4 is a ART as well as PERFORMANCE . Please feel free to call with any questions thanks specializedmotors.com anthony -954-540-8495 cell

900cc V Twin
Very Limited Production Motorcycle
Ducati Powered
Keihin Carb Conversion
Billet Adapters To Raise Handlebars
Brembo Brakes Front And Rear

Buy-It-Now is set at $10,500, which is right in line for these bikes. It's a stack to pay for a nearly 20-year-old bike, but the rarity and artistry are second-to-none, and certainly could not be replicated for that money. The sale concludes in 18 days, giving you plenty of time to arrange the funds and shipping.

Italian Charm: 1999 Bimota DB4
Bimota August 9, 2017 posted by

Unobtanium alert: 2008 Bimota 3D Carbonio

Here's one that meets all the major RSBFS criteria, a 2008 Bimota Tesi 3D in the rare carbon bodywork.  Enjoy!

2008 Bimota Tesi 3D Carbino on eBay

Ah the Bimota Tesi 3d...an evolution of an idea that began in 1991 with the 1D, continued with the 2D/Vyrus in 2005 and then reached its final form in the 3D in 2007.  The original Tesi was the work of Bimota founder and legendary designer Massimo Tamburini, the same person responsible for the Ducati 916 and MV Agusta F4 and a tesi is probably on every rare sport bike collectors "bucket list".

While the 3D certainly looks the business, in typical Bimota fashion the result didn't quite quite live up to the promise of the design concept.   It wasn't a major failure like the V-Due, but most reviews expressed a sentiment of it not being all that it could have been in large part due to the power limit of a 95 bhp Ducati engine.  Reviewers also noted a lack of front end feel which was no doubt due to the hub-centered front fork design.  But on the plus side, the same fork system offered improved braking due to no front-end dive and it still looks amazingly cool.

The seller indicates this is one of 29 Tesi 3D units.  While experience has taught us that any official production number information from Bimota should be taken as  leap of faith (cough-VDue-cough-SB6-cough) the Tesi is certainly something you don't tend to see at bike night.  Oh, and one additional note -  from what I understand, the carbon-skinned bodywork makes this a much rarer model.

This low mileage of this particular Bimota Tesi 3D seems to indicate it was a bit of a toy for the current owner.  As for condition, the seller indicates the standard Ducati belt service has not been done, the brake fluid looks dark and no mention is made of tire age so I am thinking this one has been standing for a while.   The seller does mention oil changes in the questions section of the ebay listing but overall I would expect to spend $1000 to put it back on the road and a few more thousand if the intent is to make it a concours-level machine.

Here is a recap of the info provided in the eBay post:

  • Mileage 4,355
  • Due for a timing belt/ inspection replacement
  • Has Zard carbon fiber slip-on's with the stock exhaust included
  • Last serviced in 2010 by Rockwell Cycles (dealer bike was purchased from) at approximately 2,500 miles.
  • I have personally changed the oil and filter several times since the initial dealer servicing.
  • Excellent condition except for small cracks in -pain at fuel tank fill (see photos).  Other than the paint crack near the tank it needs no other work and is basically a new motorcycle.

So let's just to the big question - is this bit of carbon skinned Italian goodness worth the current $30,000 USD Buy-It-Now asking price?   Well lets look at the positives and the negatives

  • Positives -  the Tesi 3D is probably the ultimate iteration of the hub-centered philosophy and given its low production number, this one will likely hold its value.  Also this is the carbon edition of which suposedly very few were produced and for collectors of factory offered carbon-skinned Italian exotics of this era, this is right up there with the Aprilia Nera, Benelli Tornado Tre and Ducati MH900e.
  • Negatives - the asking price is well above what we have seen other carbon Bimota Tesi 3D's go for on RSBFS. Furthermore, if the intent is to buy it as an investment, bringing it back to concours-level condition will probably involve a few more thousand in cost.

I have to admit that I am a fan of the 3D Tesi but I prefer the non-carbon version as it seems to be a more dramatic presentation of the hub-centered technology.  This carbon skinned Tesi 3D seems like it will appeal most to either a collector focused on Bimota's, someone who is already familiar with the Tesi/Vyrus lineup, or an investment oriented collector who is willing to put it into dry storage for a bit.

One additional note - the seller indicates offers are being accepted but I wouldn't expect to see any serious reduction from the asking price simply because even though its almost 10 years old, its still a damn cool bike.

-Marty/Dallaslavowner

Unobtanium alert:  2008 Bimota 3D Carbonio
Bimota August 8, 2017 posted by

Baby Bimota: 1973 Bimota HB1 350

What you are looking at is somewhat of an oddity. Most people likely do not even know this model existed in the Bimota lineup - probably because it didn't. Whereas the HB1 was officially a frame/suspension/bodywork kit designed around the Honda CB750, the HB1 350/400 provided a shorter list of components designed to augment Honda CB350 and CB400s. The smaller kit did not provide a new frame (which was the major cost associated with a Bimota offering). Instead, the smaller HB1 model provided some bodywork and a swingarm which were meant to augment the performance of the smaller Honda fours and relied upon the stock, Honda chassis.

1973 Bimota HB1 350 for sale on eBay

Like all early Bimotas, the HB1 350/400 components were delivered separate from the remaining pieces necessary to build a complete motorcycle. The buyer was expected to supply a suitable donor machine which would then be utilized as a parts bike. Not only that, but the buyer was expected to build the bike - or at least hire a competent shop for assembly purposes. In the case of the 350/400 kits, the donor machine WAS the base motorcycle, and buyers had their choice of a few different Honda fours from this period. Of the handful of kits that were produced (numbers are *extremely* hard to verify in this case as no frame numbers are associated with the pieces), most appear to have been built on the CB400 Four. This example utilizes a CB350.

From the seller:
Up for No Reserve auction is this nice example of a rare Honda/Bimota HB1 350. Produced in very limited numbers (approximately 10), the original HB1 was based on a Honda CB750 and all were built for the track. However, Bimota also produced a handful of kits that fit CB 350 and 400 fours. The kit consisted of the tank, bodywork, swingarm, and a couple of other odds and ends. This particular machine started life as a European market 1972 CB350, and one of the aforementioned kits was added later on. Generally speaking this bike shows well, and its bodywork's aging paint is in very good condition.

This motorcycle has been imported from the U.K., and was test ridden in Yorkshire. It preformed well, and the engine pulled linearly through the power-band. The auction's winner will be provided with British ownership paperwork, a dating and authenticity letter, and import documents.

This is an excellent opportunity to augment your motorcycle collection with a sharp looking rarity for a small fraction of the cost of the factory original HB1s.

Make no mistake - Bimota started life out as a small-bike racing company, and built successful frames and components for 350cc racers. Thus this was not really a departure for them, but rather a stepping stone to help finance the bigger, more ambitious projects. As such, this smaller Bimota-outfitted machine is both a tribute to the beginnings of this legendary company as well as a more affordable alternative to the models that would follow. The build itself looks good, and provides a proper cafe racer stance that nicely compliments the Bimota name, logo and colors.

A full HB1 750 build is something reserved for the wealthy - at auction you can expect one to easily cross the $75,000 USD threshold. The 350/400 kitted Bimota will be much, much more affordable. Sure, it's missing the hand-welded trellis frame. Yes, the bodywork is a bit spartan and has not aged particularly well. And let's face it: the Honda CB350 - while a fine motorcycle in its day - is never going to haul the mail with much gusto. All that adds up to a very rare set of pieces that will likely go for a bargain. Bidding on this no reserve auction started down in the basement (99 cents) and is climbing quickly from there. Lots of time left on this one, so watch it carefully; you may be able to score yourself a very rare, Italian deal. Good luck!!

MI

Baby Bimota: 1973 Bimota HB1 350
Bimota August 6, 2017 posted by

Big In Japan – 1988 Bimota YB7

Seen on RSBFS back in May, this YB7 is still available, links updated to current auction. - donn

Bimotas have always had a fan base in Japan, and the YB7 was dreamed almost specifically for their progressive licensing laws.  Just 399cc and 352 lbs. dry, it's a rarity with only 321 made over 1987-88.  The engine was well-mannered thanks to EXUP, and smooth handling made for a very rideable welterweight.

1988 Bimota YB7 for sale on eBay

 

From Bimota's billet period, the YB7 has gorgeous metal work, the big twin beam frame joined with machined connectors.  The triple tree is another art piece, as are the adjusters on the aluminum swingarm.  The monoposto bodywork is shaped and painted to recall the superbike YB4, which took the TTF1 honors in 1987 under Virginio Ferrari and had a shot at the WSBK crown !  Matched with oversized Marzocchi forks, Öhlins monoshock, and Brembo brakes, the YB7 did more than look the part.

  

Presented by a regular RSBSF reader, this very rare Bimota YB7 has but 6,000 miles and looks all original and very good.  The tank cover / seat console is unmarked save a corner of the foam seat, and the lightweight lowers show only a few stress cracks.  Engine side covers take the most abuse and could be refinished or replaced easily.  From the eBay auction:

Very rare Bimota YB7, 400cc Yamaha motor, never sold in USA, Japan bike only, very light and loaded with high performance goodies, hand built in Italy, very collectible and hard to find in USA, mine comes with IL clean title, was imported years ago from UK.  Bike is in very good condition, very little miles and use, been sitting indoors show room for few years now, took her out, cleaned the carbs, new battery and oil, starts and runs like a dream. Everything is original, no mods or alterations, tires were replaced few years ago, look like new but are a little old, has few scratches and nicks from normal use, some spider web cracks in the clear coat just like any other Italian bike from that era, the side motor covers are losing their finish and paint peels off but nothing too dramatic, one big scratch in the right fairing, one small piece of the seat foam broken off, I am sure there are more imperfections but this was a very light body hand molded and was never perfect from the beginning. Öhlins rear shock,  fully adjustable fork, light Bimota wheels, full floating rotors. 

 

The YB7 reviewed as one Bimota that was pleasant to ride in traffic and on the racetrack.  The well-balanced engine and chassis made it a great novice machine as well as a fine F3.  Almost above the big four's fray because of premium construction and pricing, the YB7 benefitted from Yamaha's excellent driveline.  Having recently been freshened up to ride, this YB4 needs just a couple of cosmetic details addressed to look really special as well...

-donn

 

Big In Japan – 1988 Bimota YB7