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Bimota April 17, 2016 posted by

Coming or Going – 2008 Bimota Tesi 3/D #023

In development and production since 1991 but still looking like the future, Bimota's Tesi 3/D might be the ultimate attention-getter.  The 3/D improved Tesi handling and production techniques, and uses the Ducati 1100DS engine, light and good for 95 hp.  Number 23 of just 29 2008's, this Tesi is light ridden with 2,250 miles and is in fine shape.

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2008 Bimota Tesi 3/D for sale on eBay

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Bimota's hallmark chassis research led them to attempt to separate suspension and steering in the late 1980's, and reduce the negative effects of braking on handling.  Rather more car-like, the Tesi front end uses a parallelogram layout and pull-damper mounted next to the engine.  Braking causes less compression of the suspension, and rake angle doesn't change with suspension movement.  Hard to call it simpler than a conventional fork, but the compromises made between rake, trail, braking, spring rates, damping, and anti-dive aren't easy either.

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The 3D uses the Ducati 1100DS engine, air/oil cooled with two spark plugs and valves per cylinder.  Fuel injection and ignition are Marelli electronic tuned by Bimota.  Brakes are 320mm Brembos, perfectly and weirdly mounted under the wheel hubs, front and rear, the rear using a 220mm disk.  The styling is dominated by the billet-machined frame elements, which are echoed by the seat sub-frame, angularity being the major theme.  The front and rear swingarms are steel trellis, painted red.  Livery is an exciting flight of highlights in white, red, black, carbon, and gold.

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Just occasional miles, as you'd expect from an exotic like this, and the bike does look undamaged and nicely detailed.  From the eBay auction:

You are bidding on a 2008 Bimota Tesi 3D with hub-center steering and Ducati engine in excellent original condition. Purchased in 2010 with 876 miles from 2nd owner. Current mileage is less than 2250 miles. Clear GA title and registration in my name. Bike runs very strong, nothing needs attention, and its ready to go. New belts just fitted in March 2016. Tires are originals, need replacing sooner or later depending on intended use.

Included with bike are:

- 2 keys

- owners manual

- spare parts manual copy on CD

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The owner has taken care of major maintenance, so the 1100DS can be run without worry.  A premium-priced technological exercise, it was never really reviewed as a road bike, though it is certainly built to ride.  More likely to be resident of the dining room than series of long rides, the new owner could mount some new tires and take advantage of the spring weather...

-donn

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Coming or Going – 2008 Bimota Tesi 3/D #023
Bimota April 14, 2016 posted by

1991 Bimota YB9 Bellaria available in North Carolina

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Bimota sportbikes tend to get a bad rap at RSBFS as they are inherently rare, but they're always available for sale as well. This particular example isn't your garden variety SB6R though. This is the YB9 which utilizes Yamaha's FZR600 engine. The seller notes that only 145 examples were produced worldwide making it very rare indeed. We have only posted a YB9 one other time in 2009. This example has actually been ridden with nearly 17k miles but is reasonably priced at $7,950.

dc

1991 Bimota YB9 for sale on eBay

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from the seller's listing:

The Bimota YB9 Bellaria was produced from 1990-93. Only 145 in total were made, making this an exceptionally rare motorcycle, even by Bimota standards. It's unknown how many have been imported into the U.S., but I have seen no others listed by owners in recent years. Most Bimotas were not given a name, but in this case Bimota decided to call it the Bellaria, which means "beautiful air" in Italian. The YB9 uses Yamaha's FZR600 engine, with a Bimota airbox and exhaust system boosting power to 95 hp. The frame is the crown jewel of the bike, a beautifully crafted twin-spar alloy frame with 42mm inverted forks and aluminum swingarm. Brembo four-piston calipers are up front, with Brembo two-piston in the rear. The YB9 is notable for its sporting but less extreme riding position and was the first Bimota with a two-passenger seat.

This 1991 YB9 is in excellent condition mechanically and cosmetically. The frame and running gear are in exceptional condition for a 25 year old motorcycle. The instruments were far ahead of their time, with digital readouts and backlighting on the tachometer, and are all still operating as designed. The original bodywork was repainted to a very high standard by the previous owner. The factory baby blue color was changed to classic Bimota red and white. It's a matter of taste, but in my opinion the bike looks far better now than in its original color scheme.

This YB9 was serviced last year by Bimota Spirit, the leading Bimota service shop in the U.S. The Mikuni carburetors were completely disassembled and cleaned, new air and oil filters and battery were installed. New rear brake pads have also been fitted. The bike starts easily and the engine runs and performs as expected. An auxiliary fan switch can be activated at the rider's discretion. The battery is wired for a Battery Tender, which is included in the sale.

This is a great bike to ride anywhere, but especially on backroads. It has remarkably stable but quick handling, combined with thrilling high-end power from its 600cc four-cylinder engine. If you don't think 600cc is enough engine, you will change your mind after the first ride on this YB9! I recently displayed the bike at Charlotte's Motori Italiano, where it received much attention and admiration.

Note: There is some slight weeping from one of the fork seals, new owner will need to address this at some point. Otherwise, a flawless Bimota.

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1991 Bimota YB9 Bellaria available in North Carolina
Bimota April 11, 2016 posted by

1994 Bimota DB2 #001

It took Bimota 10 years to come home to Ducati for an engine, and after the DB1, nearly ten more for the DB2.  Worth waiting for, the 904cc desmodue was a great powerplant, good power and torque from a not overly complicated engine.  This 1994 model is a totally collectible serial number 001.

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1994 Bimota DB2 for sale on eBay

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The DB2 was penned by Pierluigi Marconi, who used chrome-moly tubing for the trellis frame and fabricated swingarm.  Handling was the strong suit, the 86 hp Ducati's doing except for improvements in the exhaust.  41mm Paoli forks and Ohlins monoshock were specified.  Brakes are great for the time, dual 320mm disks with single 230mm rear.   The very well-resolved fairing uses a Yamaha headlight, monoposto seat, and beautiful maroon livery.

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Beckoning collectors with its first serial number and original tires, this DB2 has only 1,600 miles.  Already christened, it has a scrape on the left seat fairing, but looks fabulous otherwise.  From the eBay auction:

For serious collectors, the chance to get a sn # 001 bike.

Very low mileage, original tires.

You may want to replace tires if it's to be ridden much,

or keep on for display and just maintenance runs.

Larger pictures can be e-mailed, direct if closer look for blemishes is desired.

Bike always stored indoors , and run every couple of months to keep healthy.

Have very large bike collection being thinned down to make more space.

Numerous pictures to show the good and the bad of it.

Overall, a pretty well preserved bike.

64 year old owner, former bike wrench and former shop owner.

Every effort has been made to show condition of bike with pictures and video.

Bike in good cond, though no warranty expressed or implied. Sold AS - IS .

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Reviewed with praise, the DB2 puts its handling out front but the years have proved the air-cooled Ducati powerplant to be willing and reliable.  Rarity assured with only a few hundred total production, this lovely DB2 being wheeled into a collector's gallery and ridden only occasionally won't be cause for celebration, unless it's yours...

-donn

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1994 Bimota DB2 #001
Bimota April 3, 2016 posted by

Classic Italian Performance: 1986 Ducati Bimota DB1 for Sale

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The DB1 was the quintessential Bimota, packaging a reliable Italian powerplant into a lightweight package with excellent handling... Wait, what? Actually, in spite of what you might expect, the belt-driven, SOHC Pantah engine is very reliable when properly maintained, and can be tuned to make good power. Sure, the 75 claimed horses don't sound like much, but the twin is very flexible and the noise, oh the noise!

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Although Bimota made its name building lightweight, nimble bikes around reliable Japanese powerplants, it's no surprise that, time and again, they've gone back to Ducati to supply engines for some of their best-selling and most popular machines. Ducati haven't always made the most powerful engines, but they're a great match for Bimota's lightweight ethos and the bikes that result are beautiful.

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The seller indicates that this was originally a Japanese bike, but currently has a California title, which should allay fears of its legality, as California's DMV is notoriously strict.

From the original eBay listing: 1986 Bimota DB1 for Sale

Up for action is early 1986 Bimota DB1 This is a original clean motorcycle that I am selling my collection bike. The Bike is only 21000 KM (about 13000 mile). There is little scratch but never been drop or any accident.

This bike have been currently service and maintained (spend $900). All functions on the bike work properly. No oil leaks! Run perfect as new bike and It is stable at 240Km high speed. You will not be disappointed. 

The Bike was imported form Japan currently has California Title. It is a 1986 model but has been titled as a 1980 Bimota DB1. I purchased this bike in 2006 from a good friend who own Famous Bike shop in CA. The bike was stored at his bike shop and taken care of.

And this bike is for not a beginner, only for those who know the value of a Bimota and what it is capable of... I have a clear CA title in hand and I will be happy to answer any questions you have. The bike is sold “as is.”

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Built between 1985 and 1990, the DB1 was one of the best-selling Bimotas, with almost 700 produced. There's plenty of time left on the listing, and bidding is up to just $11,000 with the reserve not yet met. I'd expect this one has a long way to go before it finds a buyer.

-tad

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Classic Italian Performance: 1986 Ducati Bimota DB1 for Sale
Bimota March 15, 2016 posted by

Dual Nature: 1998 Bimota SB6R for Sale

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Although it's nearly twenty years old now, it's likely very few people would realize that this Bimota SB6R is anything other than a modern motorcycle: while many 90s designs have quickly become very awkward or dated at the very least, it's clear Bimota knew what they were doing when they styled this thing.

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With Italian looks and the heart of a Japanese superbike, the SB6R epitomizes Bimota's philosophy. Instead of reinventing the wheel, they used dead reliable powerplants from major manufacturers and wrapped them in lightweight bodywork and decked out the resulting motorcycles with the best suspension money could buy, creating bikes that were lighter than the donor bikes and generally easy to source parts for, if not exactly easy to work on.

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The SB6 was powered by Suzuki's GSX-R1100, so it wasn't exactly difficult to build something ligher. Weighing in at 90lbs less than the Gixxer with a genuine 150hp the bike was a fierce performer then and now. The SB6R featured a fully adjustable Öhlins shock, huge Paioli forks, and a self-supporting carbon-fibre seat unit. Although the bike was a pretty big seller for Bimota, just 600 of the R models were made during their production run.

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From the original eBay listing: 1998 Bimota SB6R for Sale

This 1998 Bimota BS6R was Bimota's most popular bike and is a fine example of a rare Japanese / Italian hybrid. The BS6R (upgraded BS6) features brutal power from a Japanese engine with the style of a a fine Italian chassis. As is typical with most Italian motorcycles, they cost 2x more than their Japanese counterparts…back in 1997, this Bimota would cost you $35,000 new. To help justify some of the price difference, unlike many Japanese sportbikes - the BS6R comes loaded with some of the best components available at the time – Paoli suspension, Brembo brakes, Marchesini wheels and more.

This Bimota SB6R has been well loved, rarely ridden and stored inside its entire life. A rare find indeed, with low mileage and pristine condition.

Features of this 1998 Bimota SB6R

- Frame & Engine Numbers Matching: ZESSB6009WR000010
- Only 2,505 Original Miles
- Original Red Paint and Bimota Badges & Decals
- Carbon Fiber Fairing Inserts and Wheel Covers (Front & Rear)
- 5-Speed Transmission with Chain Drive
- Electric Start with White Gauge Cluster (tachometer & speedometer)
- Liquid Cooled 1,074cc Engine
- Four Stroke, Transverse Four Cylinder w/DOHC (4 valves per cylinder)
- Paoli suspension, Brembo brakes, Marchesini wheels
- *156 bHP with 174 Top Speed (per Bimota)
- *29.7 Seat Height and 419 lbs Dry Weight (per Bimota)

All lights and electronics work perfectly. There are blinkers and a mirrors installed so it will easily pass vehicle inspection in Texas.

As you can see in the close up pictures, some of the carbon is slightly faded, although that seems nearly impossible to avoid on a bike of this age... And a bit of elbow grease or some new clearcoat might take care of that. The auction is currently sitting at $9,000 with one bid and plenty of time left on the auction.

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That's certainly not chump change but nine large seems like a pretty small price to pay for a piece of Italian exotica. Performance certainly won't be as eyeball-flattening as a modern literbike, but the performance on tap should be enough to keep things interesting for all but the fastest or most jaded riders... And if you're feeling the urge and aren't too worried about originality, the aftermarket makes plenty of go-fast bits for the venerable Gixxer motor that should give you all the power you can handle, confident that the chassis will deal with anything you throw at it.

-tad

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Dual Nature: 1998 Bimota SB6R for Sale
Bimota March 1, 2016 posted by

Carbon Unit – 2000 Bimota SB8R

Update 3.1.2016: Previously bid to $7,100 reserve not met this past November, this SB8R is back on eBay and reserve is currently met at $7k. Good luck to buyers and seller. Links updated. -dc

Emerging from the V-Due induced bankruptcy, Bimota produced a master stroke, a beautifully designed monoposto based on the exciting Suzuki TL-1000 twin.  With only 150 built, they show up on the market with surprising frequency, but an appearance by the big twin is always exciting.

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2000 Bimota SB8R for sale on eBay

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Based on the 996 cc V-twin, Bimota produced their own fuel injection system and exhaust for the engine resulting in 135 hp and 78 ft-lbs. torque.  Some street rideability issues emerged and many SB8R's have aftermarket controllers fitted.  The chassis is an art piece, twin aluminum spars mated to carbon frame connectors.  The seat sub-frame is also carbon, as are the fenders and fairings.

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Suspension front and rear is by Paioli and fully adjustable.  In the braking department, top of the line Brembo 320mm front disks are followed by 220mm rear.  Reviewed as a bit of a hodgepodge, the full fairing has a wide presence for a tandem twin, the Suzuki headlight flanked by large ram-air intakes.  The carbon fiber intake tubes dominate the flight deck, at least until you're under way.

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On display for several years after 8,000 miles, some renovation work has been done, but the bike still needs tires before riding at speed.  Looking good except for a scrape on the right swingarm and a craked left mirror ( might be tricky to replace ).  From the eBay auction:

This Bimota was recently serviced and a new battery installed.  It starts immediately and runs strong, with a very deep & throaty exhaust note.  The cosmetics look good overall, but there is some evidence of minor scratches and flaws (and a crack in one mirror base) that indicate that this bike probably saw some track duty early in its life.   Since this bike has been on static display for some time, the tires should be replaced for safety if it will be ridden regularly.

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Bimota's of any year are exotic and rare, but the later bikes have technology that was leading edge then, merely special and expensive today.   The company had a factory race team in 2000, and Anthony Gobert won the Australian GP after having the bike for only 5 weeks.  Sadly, the sponsorship crumbled and the team folded halfway through the season.  Well-engineered as a make-or-break bike for the new partners, the Bimota SB8R is one of those keeper bikes, but ride it for a bit before you put it on display...

-donn

Carbon Unit – 2000 Bimota SB8R