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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

1986 Bimota DB1 R Front

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!

1986 Bimota DB1 L Rear2

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.

1986 Bimota DB1 Dash

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.”

1986 Bimota DB1 Front Wheel

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

1986 Bimota DB1 R Side

 

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

Dual Nature: 1998 Bimota SB6R for Sale

1998 Bimota SB6R R Side Front2

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.

1998 Bimota SB6R L Side

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.

1998 Bimota SB6R Front Wheel

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.

1998 Bimota SB6R Dash

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.

1998 Bimota SB6R Rear Suspension

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

1998 Bimota SB6R R Side

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
Bimota February 21, 2016 posted by

LoudBike Redux: 1985 Bimota DB1 SR for Sale

Update 2.21.2016: We last saw the LoudBike DB1 SR listed in October of last year. Back on the market with an opening bid of $16k. -dc

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We featured this bike a while back and my post generated a bit of, ahem... Controversy in the comments. Mainly because one of our readers felt I was possibly a bit too enthusiastic about this little gem of a Bimota DB1. Anyway, it's for sale again and definitely worth a second look, with a bunch of beautiful photographs of the machine to drool over.

1985 Bimota DB1SR R Rear2

If you aren't familiar with the history of Bimota, they were founded way back in 1966 by three men: Bianchi, Morri, and Tamburini, to make heating systems, of all things. But by the 1970's they were busy stuffing reliable Japanese engines into state-of-the-art frames with top-shelf suspension at either end, then wrapping the results in quick-release bodywork. Bimota quite literally built race bikes for the road.

But this Ducati-powered Bimota DB1 no longer has any roadgoing pretensions...

From the original eBay listing: 1985 Bimota DB1 SR for Sale

92 honest-to-goodness rear wheel horsepower in a perfectly set-up package that weighs less than 300 pounds.  Arguably the fastest DB1 in North America and likely the only one set-up for serious track day work. 

Noted moto journalist, Chief Instructor at Yamaha Champions Riding School and Sport Riding Techniques author Nick Ienatsch rode the bike at Mosport last week and had this to say: "Buy it. My experience on Steve's DB-1 at Mosport couldn't have been more positive. He rolled it off the trailer Saturday morning, we rode the hell out of it all weekend, and he rode it back onto the trailer Sunday night. All Steve did was add gas. Bulletproof and extremely fun, surprisingly quick...probably the fourth-quickest lap time in the fast group at DOCC. The motor pulls strong, the bike sounds right and the chassis is sorted and composed at the limit. The problems?  All the new sport bikes in the way during lapping!!"

1985 Bimota DB1SR Dash2

The machine started out as a pretty tired and far removed from stock DB1 that was brought over from Europe by the previous owner and as such, it made an excellent candidate for a full-on hot-rod.  The bike was completely stripped-down and I started on the process of renewing all the rolling chassis components and rebuilding the motor over a period of 22 months.  The end result is an absolute riot on the race track – really sharp handling as would be expected with a platform as short as the DB1, but with excellent stability.  With 93hp and 63ftlbs of torque, the little bike goes like a scalded cat.  Given that the Montjuich cams are being used, I would have expected a more peaky delivery, but the Meyers Performance 790 kit beefed-up the bottom end significantly.  As you can see by the dyno chart in the pics, peak torque is at 6,500rpm and there’s usable stuff as low as 5,500.

I’ve ridden the bike at the Ducati Owners Club events at Mosport in 2013, 2014 and 2015 as well as at NHIS in October 2013 - and have been amazed at how well the whole package worked at speed.  The DB1 Is surprisingly comfortable and easy to ride fast – and absolutely gorgeous sounding.   My log shows 12 hours of riding time on the motor and I just completed a full post-season service.

Here are the specs on the build:

Motor:

  • 750 F1 (Montjuich) base with Meyers Performance 12:1 790cc kit
  • Lightened clutch basket, clutch housing, primaries, flywheel and clutch cover
  • JPrecision heads (Stage IV Pantah) with new valves, guides & seats
  • Montjuich ("P") cams with Bucchi adjustable pulleys – timing set at 102.5 degrees at lobe centers)
  • Mikuni Pro-Series TM 41 Flat Slide (installed this season)  -  Malossi 41mm carbs available as an alternative
  • Modified Old Racing Spares cam end covers
  • Top-end lubrication via cam end cover feed
  • Exact Fit timing belts
  • New Kokusan pick-ups
  • Aluminum & Titanium fasteners throughout
  • Dyno tuned to 93hp and 63ftlbs of torque (I terminated the pulls at 8,500rpm, so there’s more on tap)

There's much more over at the original listing, including a bunch of links to the build and this video of the bike being dynoed. Seriously, I want LoudBike to build my engine...

1985 Bimota DB1SR L Rear2

So pop on over and take a look quick: the clock is counting down on this one. Current bidding is up to $15,000 with the Reserve Not Met. It's hard to put a really clear value on this one: it's obviously not anywhere near original anymore, and I'm not sure if it's eligible for any racing classes considering the modifications. And if it is, should you really risk something this nice rubbing fenders with a bunch of track rats?

Basically, this is a Bimota distilled, or a Ducati in its purest form, punching well above its weight. Although I'm still not sold on those spun-aluminum wheels...

-tad

1985 Bimota DB1SR Track2

LoudBike Redux: 1985 Bimota DB1 SR for Sale
Bimota January 18, 2016 posted by

Zero Mile 1998 Bimota SB6R for Sale

1998 Bimota SB6R L Side

The Bimota SB6 was one of the Rimini-based company's best sellers, with 1,700 built, including 600 of the more exclusive SB6R models like this one. Powered by Suzuki's GSX-R1100 engine and six-speed transmission, it was a whopping 90lbs lighter than the donor bike and, with top-of-the-line Paioli forks up front and a shiny Öhlins shock in back, connected by a beautiful aluminum beam-frame, the bike was fast and very, very exotic.

1998 Bimota SB6R R Side Fairing

While 150hp may not sound especially impressive in this era of 200bhp superbikes, keep in mind that these old-school literbikes had something often lacking in today's screamers: torque. Suspension geometry may be a little bit laid-back, but that, combined with the flexible engine, just makes the SB6R a great weekend blaster.

1998 Bimota SB6R Clocks

Today's bike has no takers so far with the opening bid at $13,999. In time-capsule condition with zero miles, I'm sure the seller has high expectations for this particular bike, but the SB6 is generally considered pretty entry-level as far as Bimotas go, and these are relatively common and often very affordable.

1998 Bimota SB6R Front

The original eBay listing from the dealer selling the bike can be found here: 1998 Bimota SB6R for Sale

1998 Bimota SB6R Tail

A nearly 20 year old bike with zero miles on it will obviously need plenty of work if you plan to ride it. The listing contains no real detail about the bike's history or whether it's been kept ready to run. That makes it great for collectors who plan to let it sit in a heated garage with their other dozen or non-running motorcycles. But that seems a shame, considering the fact that the GSX-R1100 powertrain makes for such a relatively practical motorcycle: you may have to dismantle half the bike to do any work on it, but at least parts should be easy to find...

-tad

1998 Bimota SB6R R Side

Zero Mile 1998 Bimota SB6R for Sale