Posts by Category: Bimota

Bimota October 24, 2009 posted by

It’s Raining Bimota’s! Here’s a YB11 For Sale in Seattle

I know we've been on a real Bimota tear recently and here's another! Hope you're enjoying the selection of these newly available exotics!

1997 Bimota YB11 - $5800 on Craigslist:

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quote from seller's listing:

This 1997 YB11 Superleggera has a Clean Title in hand and has never been wrecked or dropped. It has a few small scratches and is 7 or 8 out of 10. This bike is Rare, Red, (Superlight) and in great runing shape. It has 11,050 original Miles. It has a new Battery (purchased 2 months ago and is on a tender), just changed oil (2nd time with only putting 150 miles since purchased two years ago) This Bike has a 1000cc Yamaha YZF1000R engine from the factory with over 150hp and has a dry weight of 403.4 pounds. When it was purchased it came with many upgrades and has a box of stock parts. I owned two other bikes (which I've sold) that I rode more often and didnt ride this one for that reason.
I have to sell it because I need to keep my house!

Phil knows far more about these bikes than I do, so hopefully he'll give us some background on this model. From my limited perspective, $5800 sounds like a great deal on an exotic you can actually ride and enjoy. Not to mention I have a strange weakness for the Thunderace and with it's motor in this chassis, I'm especially intrigued.

Someone help this guy stay in his house and take the Bimota off his hands!

dc

Bimota October 23, 2009 posted by

Bimota Tesi 3D for sale…on Ebay Poland!

I know, I know, this bike isn't in the US...but since the Bimota Tesi 3D is such a beautiful rare bird, I got permission from Dan to post this so we can all drool over it.  With that, I give you a 2009 Bimota Tesi 3D for sale on ebay Poland:

There's not much information offered in the listing, except that the seller "have a special statement to allow registration in Poland."  While I cannot comment on the USD40,000+ asking price and the seller's zero feedback rating, but coat me in chocolate and throw me in a barrel of cats if that's not a beautiful bike!

A bit of background on the Tesi series: before working for the exclusive Italian marque, ex-Bimota chief engineer Pier Luigi Marconi wrote his Mechanical Engineering degree thesis on the hub-center steering concept.  While at Bimota, Marconi applied his thesis design to create the Tesi 1D ('Tesi' meaning 'Thesis' in Italian, and 'D' indicating that it has a Ducati engine - a Bimota modified 851 motor - inside) - Bimota's first alternative front end design.

After the Tesi 1D was introduced in 1990, there came the Tesi 1D SR (slightly larger engine displacement than the 1D), the Tesi 1D EF (Edition Final), Tesi 2D (also known as the Vyrus 984), and now the latest incarnation, the Tesi 3D.  The Tesi was never meant to be a mass poduced vehicle, and the Tesi 1D was probably the most (relatively) common model at 127 units totally produced.  

Although there are no official figures how many 3Ds have been made, my (very) rough guess is 50-80 units worldwide.  This particular example is from a later production batch as identified by the red-coloured steel steering push rods and plastic brake fluid reservoirs.  Units from the very first production run was a limited series (named as the 'Tesi 3D Concept' by some importers), with carbon fiber steering push rods, alloy machined brake fluid reservoirs mounted on top of the triple clamp (just like the old DB1), wet clutch, and a small metal plaque stating the serial number. These bikes also came with Bimota Tesi 3D watches (made by Italian watch maker Officina Del Tempo) complete with matching numbers!

Definitely something to drool and fantasize about over the weekend!

phil

Bimota October 7, 2009 posted by

More Bimotas! Mint DB1 for sale on ebay

Can I share something personal?  I'm torn - genuinely torn.  On one hand I'm ecstatic to see all these Bimotas on the market these days, but on the other, it's painful - PAINFUL - not having the cash to scoop up every single one of them!  First it was the absolutely gorgeous and super rare DB1SR tricolore that Alex found, and now this - :

Bimota DB1 750. Only 2500kms or 1500miles on the clock. Engine model ZDM750L. The bike is in very good condition. It was used for the first few years then has been in storage having the engine started and servicing done every so often. The engine has now not been started for about 1year and will need a full service. The body work presents nicely however the bike is over 20years old. This is Motorbike history and a rare chance for a DB1

The seller lists this as an 1985 model, but as far I know the first year for the DB1 is 1986.  Also, those mirrors doesn't look like they are original, but minor details really.  The thing that I am most concerned about is the price - $30,000!  Yes, the DB1 is a legend and this one is mint, but $30,000? 

Nevertheless, do check out the auction because there's a link with a few more photos of this gem.

phil

Bimota October 2, 2009 posted by

Beautiful 2007 Bimota DB5R For Sale

This Bimota DB5 just came over the radar and what a looker! Check out this (200 miles!):

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quote from the Craigslist post:

Italian twin-cylinder sport bike powered by the classic Ducati 1100 DS motor
290 Miles - better than new - runs & looks PERFECT
(only ridden on the track at a few demonstrations by Bimota rep & MRA Champion Shane Turpin)

Full Ohlins suspension
Brembo brakes
Slipper clutch
NCR titanium clutch cover
Titanium countershaft cover (stock available also)
Custom Termignoni exhaust by Norman Racing Group
GP shift (stock shifting linkage available as well)
Custom fuel mapping
Safety wired
Michelin Pilot tires (new)
White vinyl "number plate areas"
Ducati break-away bolts on mirrors
Battery Tender, Cover and Stand (included)

The body work and attention to detail is awesome for a modern era bike. Top notch components, carbon fiber body work, and that swing arm is very cool. No wonder it's $28k! My only issue is that I've never heard anyone get too excited about the DS based motors. I've ridden a Sport Classic that had this motor, and while capable, it didn't seem like it had any soul... Then again, when equipped with the Termi pipes, it sure did wake it up!

dc

Bimota October 2, 2009 posted by

1990 Bimota DB1SR

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Located in Sliver Spring, Maryland is a very cool 1990 Bimota DB1SR.  This bike is in amazing original condition with 3,475 miles.  The seller states that this is one of only two known to be in the U.S.; also included is a general description of the FE DB1:

Known as the “Green Stripe DB1SR" (tri-color vs. the two of the regular DB1SR) it is considered to represent the ultimate refinement of the trestle type space tube frame and telescopic fork design. The “Series Finale” is particularly special due to its different forks, wheels, brakes and two into one exhaust. The motor produces 90- 95 hp (*manufactures claim) fitted with 41.5 Malossi carburetors and with a dry weight of 368 lbs and 406 lbs wet, bringing this DB1SR to a level of performance few can appreciate.

The starting bid is $12,000 with a reserve.  See the eBay ad

AG

Aprilia September 30, 2009 posted by

Wednesday Rapid Post: Wes Cooley Project, Bimota SB6R, Ducati 851, and Aprilia RS125

Squeezing in a quick post between meetings today with some interesting finds. Enjoy! -dc

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1980 Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley on Craigslist for $1850 (24k miles, California):

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quote from Craigslist:

1980 Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley - RUSTED ROUGH NOT RUNNING - MOTOR TURNS - 24K-BRAKES FROZE - TANK RUSTED THRU- ALL ORIGINAL COMPLETE FOR RESTORATION

This bike seems to be priced pretty high considering how much work it needs done and compared to previous GS1000S bikes listed on this blog. But if the buyer can work a deal, could be an interesting project for this winter.

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When I got my eBay alerts this morning, I spotted the little thumbnail for this gray SB6R. I didn't realize the came in gray... Check out this (Seattle, $9500 buy-it-now, 5300 miles):

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quote from seller's listing:

[...] From what I am told, the 1st owner was a serious bike collector from Florida. I was able to contact the salesperson from 2004 and he tells me the bike was always meticulously maintained by that 1st owner. We are also led to believe that the 1st owner carried out basic performance mods such as upgraded camshafts, mild cylinder head porting, carburetor rejetting, fuel system sorting, racing exhaust, different rims, upgraded calipers, etc. I do not have specific info on the internal engine mods but both Jay and the salesperson from '04 recall the bike being represented as such. I can tell you the bike runs strong, crisp and way better than the stock SB6R I had in 1998.

So why the heck is the bike this color? Funny you should ask! Jay did not care for the solid red paint scheme as delivered from the factory. He removed all the bodywork sometime in early 2006 and handed it to a well known local Seattle bike painter to create what Jay thought would be the ultimate paintjob for his expensive piece of Asian/Italian finery. Three years later Jay finally got fed up and picked up his bodywork which had been sanded and prepped for painting but that was all. He wanted to ride so he bought many cans of grey Krylon and went to town. [...]

Again, compared to other SB6 Bimotas listed on this site, this seems high regardless of how much expense has gone into this bike. If we were talking about a garden variety GSX-R or Ninja, I'd give the Krylon painted bodywork a pass, but not on a Bimota!

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Yep, another Ducati 851. Isn't it great owning your own website so you can be this self indulgent? Self: Yes! Check out this :

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quote from the eBay listing:

I just picked the bike from Hansen’s BMW Ducati in Medford, Or where they completed over $1500 of service on the bike. The bike needs nothing but more gas. It is currently titled in California if that is a concern to your titling issues. Besides being incredibly beautiful, it has some very rare and historic parts bolted to it.

Make sure to read the full description on eBay. This bike reportedly has $40k in upgrades and work, and apparently a history to back it up. There is an interesting thread on the Ducati 851/888 mailing list debating what the value and sale price value look like. Most agree that it's worth mid-teens but won't likely get over 9-10k at auction.

Update 10.6.09 - This auction ended at about $4900 reserve not met.

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Finally, Ari spotted this street legal RS125 on the Bay Area Two Stroke forums (1400 miles, $8500):

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quote from the forum listing:

I have a 2009 RS125 California plated bike for sale.
Mods are as follows:
1. 154cc Big bore kit
2. 34mm carb (properly jeted).
3. Intake manifold.
4. V-force reeds.
5. Arrow pipe.
6. Euro wiring harness, lights, switches, mirrors, etc.
7. Seat cowl
8. Carbon Fiber Chain Gaurde
As i said it's registered and has around 1400 miles on it. Very fast, runs excellent !

Seller is definitely asking a premium for this one as it's nearly impossible to get something like this registered in California. But I sat on one at last year's Seattle Motorcycle Show, and it's a beautiful machine. So light and the craftsmanship is awesome! Thanks for the submission Ari!

dc