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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

1985 Bimota DB1SR L Front2

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
Bimota December 23, 2015 posted by

1983 Bimota KB2 Laser TT

Bimota KB3 for sale

This seller has impressed us all year with the incredible selection of rare, Italian offerings. Today this Bimota KB2 is listed on eBay and available for shipping from Italy. Mike wrote a great post on KB2's a few years back that does an excellent job of describing the background on these bikes. This example is showing over 25k miles but looks really sharp and mostly period correct.

dc

1983 Bimota KB2 Laser TT for sale on eBay

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from the seller:

Bimota KB2 550/600 Laser TT

model year 1983

VIN 00090 (only 177 KB2 were built and only 62 were TT)

This is the state of art frame from genius Tamburini and declared by him his favourite. It is definitely one of the 3 most desiderable Bimota models ever and one of the rarier. This specific bike is fitted with full race kit as pistons, racing cammeshaft and Mikuni flat carns but also present unique Factory specifications being Factory upgraded in the 80's with M1R Marzocchi/Bimota forks, Brembo 4pots calipers matched to 320mm discs and 17" Bimota wheels. Recently added with a one off very expensive top quality complete racing exhaust system.The bike is in top conditions, just fully serviced with new tyres, oils and battery. German registration documents.

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Bimota December 19, 2015 posted by

Two-Stroke Apotheosis: 2004 Bimota VDue for Sale

2004 Bimota VDue L SideThe Bimota VDue was an ambitious project from the start. Of course it incorporated Bimota's usual jaw-dropping bodwork draped over a stiff, lightweight frame and top-spec suspension components. A 300lb, carbon-fiber dream-machine in patriotic red, white, and green paint. But the real centerpiece was a direct-injected, 500cc two-stroke v-twin of Bimota's own design, a clean-burning engine that was supposed to save the two-stroke sportbike from extinction.

Instead, it sank the company.

On paper it was the perfect sportbike: featherweight construction, cassette six-speed gearbox, and GP handling. The sophisticated engine management was supposed to allow the normally very smoky two-stroke engine to meet emissions requirements while punching out 110hp and a racebike soundtrack. But that engine is where the trouble began. The bike delivered in the handling department, as you'd expect, but the first batch of bikes was nearly impossible to ride at anything less than full throttle. They were jerky, they hunted, they wouldn't run smoothly. They seized. Some even ran just fine.

2004 Bimota VDue R Rear

And for a long time, Bimota couldn't even figure out what was going on: at first, it was thought that there were problems with the new ignition. So bikes went back to the factory to be remapped. Which worked great on individual bikes, but maps wouldn't work when used on different bikes. Then it was thought that manufacturing differences were causing issues with the port-heights. So the barrels were then replaced, but that didn't really sort the problem either. And by then, it was all over for Bimota...

2004 Bimota VDue Rear

The potential was obviously still there, and Piero Caronni, one of the engineers originally involved with the bike, continued to develop the VDue after the company folded, fitting a set of carburetors to replace the injection system and selling the bike as a track-only machine. This was obviously not an ideal fix, but his Evoluzione at least ran, even if it wasn't road-legal.

The problem was traced, years later to something completely unrelated to either the ignition or the barrels: aluminum porosity and casting issues in the engine cases were ultimately determined to be the root of the poor performance, and new castings are available, if you want to turn your display-piece into a runner.

From the original Craigslist post: 2004 Bimota VDue for Sale

It is time for me to let go one of my V-Due Evoluzione II. Still NEW with only 10 manufactured test miles, No gas in the tank, Battery not hooked up but will prep for the buyer. Not a single imperfection. Comes with new US MSO! You will be the first owner!

This bike is not like any other V-Due that bankrupted Bimota for its defect. You can ride this bike reliably. Not more than 22 2004 Evoluzione 04 and only one is still NEW. The new release of new and improved V-Due were not plan to be street legal, this one is.

The Evo 04 is equipped with much improved DFI (Direct Fuel Injection) and not the cheap carburetor version. Exoticness

Cost me big bucks to bring one here especially that US MSO. Looking to get $32K or trade for something mint and rare.

Less than 500 of these little jewels exist and the seller's asking price for what he claims is a rideable motorcycle seems pretty much par for the course. I'd like to say that this 10-mile example is unusual, but many have spent more time on display than on the road. That's a tragedy, but at least they make very nice display pieces: the VDue really is a gorgeous motorcycle, one of the best-looking bikes of the era. Fortunately, with a bit of work, it could also be one of the best-riding bikes of any era...

-tad

2004 Bimota VDue L Front

Two-Stroke Apotheosis: 2004 Bimota VDue for Sale
Bimota December 6, 2015 posted by

For your consideration: 1995 Bimota SB6

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1995 Bimota SB6 on ebay

I will to admit to hesitating before posting this one as the number of pictures is low, the paint job is apparently non-stock (per Bob @ Bimotaspirit) and mileage is higher than most Bimota's.  But for many the SB6 is close-to-if-not the pinnacle of the 1990's Bimota offerings and has even been listed as one of the sexiest Bimota's ever built.

The 1990's Bimota philosphy was pretty straighforward; take powerful Japanese engines, transport them into better handling chassis/frame, add better bodywork, exhaust systems, a few bits of trick like carbon fiber or billet footpegs. For the SB6, Bimota took the Suzuki GSX1100 engine (which put out about 150 hp) and placed it within a framework of big aluminium spars that curve from the steering head all the way down outside the engine.  The frame also incorporates the rear swing-arm pivots while the rear suspension was via an Öhlins unit placed horizontally.  The seat was a MotoGP style carbon-fiber floating design and everything was shaped to blend smoothly into the tank cover which like all the bodywork was a composite of carbon and fiberglass for lightness and good looks.  Oh there was also a Bimota designed exhaust the moved the exhaust under the tail/rear fairing unit.

Overall the SB6 was better looking and over 40kilos lighter than the GSX it was based on.  However it was also much more expensive than the standard GSX-R1100 and only 1140 units were built before Bimota stoped production to focus on the followup, the SB6R.

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This particular SB6 seems to have been painted with a style similar to the Bimota DB2 tri-colore, albeit with different colors.  It doesn't look bad but probably won't appeal to collectors looking for a full OEM setup.  Perhaps the OEM bodywork is available from the seller?

The bike has definitely been ridden as evidenced by the mileage and the pics the seller has posted.

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What is this SB6 worth?  I truly don't know....on the plus side the SB6 is probably the most well-rounded model of all of the classic/pre-bankruptcy) Bimota models and a total of 1144 units were built so parts will probably be available with a bit of work.  On the negative side this SB6 seems to have non-stock turn signals, a missing rear mudguard, non-OEM paint, and the mileage might require some service (although the seller indicates fresh tires).

We tend to see more of the SB6R model that followed this one for sale here on RSBFS so info on current values of the SB6 model is kind of limited.  From what I was able to find, asking prices for a stock SB6 seem to be about 6,800 USD.  Current bidding on this one is at 4,650 with reserve not met and I think a fair price is somewhere in the middle.

-Marty/Dallaslavowner

 

Note:  To see what a standard SB6 looks like, check out this RSBFS post from Aug 2013.

For your consideration:  1995 Bimota SB6
Bimota November 2, 2015 posted by

Rimini Blaster: 1997 Bimota YB11 Superleggera for Sale

1997 Bimota YB11 R Front

Introduced in 1994 and weighing in at just 403lbs dry, the Bimota YB11 was a claimed 35lbs lighter than the Yamaha "Thunderace" that donated its powertrain, which hardly seems worthy of the name "Superleggera" but the difference between the two bikes is pronounced: the Bimota is sharper, more agile, more aggressive. It also helps that the motor was retuned slightly to a claimed 145hp with a larger airbox and freer-flowing exhaust that was good for a 170mph top speed, while the riding position helped enhance the bike's more committed feel: high pegs gave miles of clearance and the long reach over the tank to the bars meant maximum attack, while Paioli suspension front and rear gave serious feedback, at least over smooth pavement...

1997 Bimota YB11 L Rear

Early Bimotas often used trellis frames similar to Ducati's when they, you know, actually had frames... By the 90's, Bimota had switched to a very light and stiff aluminum beam frame as seen here, along with an aluminum swingarm. It's an interesting combination: the YZF1000 was a bit old-school, with a big 1002cc engine and a five-speed gearbox instead of six. It did use Yamaha's five-valve heads for deep breathing and a wide powerband that's miles from today's literbike screamers.

1997 Bimota YB11 Tank

From the original eBay listing: 1997 Bimota YB11 Superleggera for Sale

This beautiful machine is part of a wonderful collection of Italian Superbikes.  These bikes are owned by a friend who is 70 years young, and he has reluctantly decided to sell off some of them.  He's not computer savvy, so he asked if I would list the bikes for him as a favor, and we decided to list them individually rather than listing all the bikes at one time.

This Bimota was recently serviced and a new battery installed.  It starts immediately and runs strong, with a wonderful exhaust note.  While not an absolutely show bike perfect, the cosmetics look extremely nice overall - it is evident that this bike has led a very pampered life.  I could not find any issues to note.

Since this bike has been on static display for some time, the tires should be replaced for safety if it will be ridden regularly.

1997 Bimota YB11 L Lower Fairing

Bimota made its name by taking powerful and reliable engines from Japan and fitting them into sophisticated frames with top-quality suspension at both ends, all wrapped up in lightweight bodywork that was generally very simply to remove and held on with just a handful of fasteners. They were racebikes for the road. But after the Japanese Big Four had mastered engines, they turned their relentless engineering might on the next big challenge: handling.

1997 Bimota YB11 Clocks

By the late 1980s, they'd caught up and Bimota increasingly had to rely on the exotic and exclusive nature of their bikes to sell, as their performance advantages evaporated and their Italian-ness became more pronounced. Out of the box, Bimotas were often overly-stiff, temperamental, and flawed. But the formula remained: use the best engines Japan has to offer and use them to power the most exotic bikes on the planet.

1997 Bimota YB11 L Rear Suspension

Bidding is very active on this bike and, with just two days left on the auction, is up to $7,300 with the Reserve Not Met. This should be a good bike to ride, with that flexible, proven YZF engine and gearbox. As a bonus, it even comes fitted with passenger pegs. Although considering it's a Bimota, I wouldn't assume there's actually a pillion pad under that tail section...

-tad

1997 Bimota YB11 R Rear

Rimini Blaster: 1997 Bimota YB11 Superleggera for Sale