If you have issues seeing a Bimota possibly being tossed down the track; look away. The quick hits: no title, owner isn’t positive on exact year of the bike, loaded with race goodies and a $65,000 BIN (open to offers though).
The said goodies:
Pectel SQ6 ECU
Custom Made Wiring Harness
AIM Digital Dash
HPE Full Exhaust System
Completely Built 1178cc HyperMotard Engine
Ohlins Gas Forks
BST Carbon Wheels
BREMBO Full Floating Rotors
BREMBO Billet MonoBloc Calipers
BREMBO Brake GP M/Cyl w/ Accosato Electric Lever Adjuster
BREMBO Clutch GP M/Cyl
ATTACK RACING Triple Trees
YOYODYNE Slipper Clutch
SP ELECTRONICS Quick Shifter
ANTIGRAVITY Lithium Lightweight Battery
Too many other items/mods to mention
What’s under the hood you ask?
This HyperMotard motored DB5 was built up to 1178cc / 102mm bore with very close to 117hp and was recently rebuilt with only 4 trackdays on it.
A look at your office. I’m curious about the custom built wiring harness. I’ve read a custom race harness can be quite a high dollar item.
All I see is dollar signs.
It has apparently won quite a few national and regional titles. Can you add another?
Regular readers of RSBFS might know that I have a fetish for BIMOTAs. If you wonder why, just look at this:
Do I need to say more ?
I am tempted to leave the rest of his article empty.
There is really not much to say here that your eyes have not already captured. A short time ago, there was some discussion on the blog about how special an MV Agusta F4 SPR 750 really is. I am not going to make comparisons. All I can say is that with about 14500 $ you have here an opportunity to acquire:
1) A beautiful and exclusive (by nature) Bimota
2) A very special and rare model within the Bimota production range
3) A hand built motorbike
4) A bike that featured the best components that a race team would have had access to in 1993
5) A bike with a full carbon fairing beautifully painted and all stock
6) A bike that had in 1993 a whopping 164 HP from the FZR 1000 power plant…that’s more or less like a bike of today with 250 hp (just like a factory GP)
7) A bike that is so sexy and unique that you wonder whether viewing it should not be allowed to non adults
8) A bike that you can take apart piece by piece and you will be left with a collection of the finest craftsmanship bits made of machined blocks of aluminum
9) A bike that had in 1993 a carbon fiber gear actuator lever
10) A bike that in 1993 was so light that you wouldn’t believe it (180kg = -30kg vs Yamaha FZR 1000)
11) A bike that today will still perform in any conditions
12) a bike that is the most advanced evolution of the YB4 which won a Formula 1 World championship in 1987
With less than 10.000 km on the clock, this pristine piece of art is an object of desire…literally!
Repeat after me: I want it….I want it…I want it…
Here it’s not a matter of: “is there a buyer ready to pay 14500 $ cash for this”, it is a matter of “first come, first serve”….
Update 3.24.2013: This stunning DB5 R is being relisted for consideration after previously being listed last March. Owner has included a more thorough description and is selling directly. Good luck with the sale Chris!
Chris emailed to alert us that his gorgeous DB5 R is now available from his private collection. Only the R models got the tri-color paint scheme and under that paint scheme is a carbon fiber fairing also exclusive the R. The lightweight OZ wheels are also part of that package.
Like new original condition in pearl white, red and green Tri-color. Bone stock with no modifications or enhancements. Bimota registry number 77
All original paint in spotless condition without a mark or scratch anywhere. Laser cut 3M protective film covers most of the bike and can be easy removed if desired. Brand new Metzeler Sportec M5 Tires. Always garaged and covered on a battery tender and exercised every 6 weeks.
I have all the books, documentation, certificate of origin and extra un-used key as well as the original silk Bimota factory cover.
I am a long term multiple Bimota owner and collector. This is a very rare piece and will not be easy to find in this condition. I have taken very good care of this bike for about 3 years
We have many more detailed photos that we will be happy to send or provide any specific photos that you may be looking for.
We are available during the weekday and on Saturday. Please call Chris for more information and to schedule an appointment at 252-294-8988. We have many more high resolution photos available on request.
Cliff notes on the DB5 R:
- utilizes the 1000DS V-Twin from Ducati, which is good for about 90hp. Not a lot but only weights 370lbs!
- designed by Roberto Commini who also penned the V Due.
- adjustable Ohlins suspension.
- nearly $40k new.
The BIMOTA SB7 was built with a return to Superbike racing in mind. Hence, the Suzuki power plant on this model is a 750cc. Coming from the water cooled GSX-R 750 SP, it features a close ratio gear box with a taller first gear. In 1995 BIMOTA introduced specially made camshafts with a cams’ more aggressive profile. Coupled with a retuned fuel injection and a brand new exhaust routed under seat, this engine delivers hardly any torque below 5000 rpm, a few horses below 8000 rpm and unleashes all it’s 132 hp on the way to the 14000 rpm red line. In comparison to the GSX-R 750 SP, the SB7 was lighter, more powerful and more agile. On the chassis side it featured a shorter wheelbase and fine suspension (Öhlins horizontally mounted rear shock and Paioli custom built front forks).
As all BIMOTAs this is an exotic bike. Built in 200 samples, it had a carbon fibre self supporting rear seat (as used on the modern Ducati Desmosedici, or the BMW HP2 Sport) and an updated Aluminum frame connecting the steering head directly to the rear swing arm pivot. If you want to hear how the SB7 sounds like check out this video from Japan (you got to love the passion Japanese people have for Italian motorbikes):
At about 10000 EUR this sample is in my opinion a good buy. With 24000 km and in original trim (except for a couple of stickers and those white lines on the rims) this looks like an unmolested model that probably never hit the race tracks.
Taking into account the exclusivity of a BIMOTA and within it’s range the peculiarity of a 750cc model, this is more attractive to me than many other models out there.
Consider that this bike is similar in dimensions to an RC45, it delivers more power, it is just as beautiful and it comes for about half the price. If you are interested click on the link of this private ad below:
In 1988 Davide Tardozzi almost won the first World SuperBike title on his Yamaha powered Bimota YB4. The result at the end of the year was something of rip off. He finished third, 7.5 points adrift from Merkel.
The thing is that Tardozzi won race 1 in the hills around Nottingham at Donnington Park but by crashing in race 2 he got home with zero points. That was due the curious/cruel (and let’s be honest…unfair) rules that applied to the opening race of what remains in my memory as the best motorcycle championship of the 90s. In those years, World SBK was (to me) more exciting than Moto GP. The races were a continuos fierce battle, action was never missing and the riders created such an entertainment riding bikes that you and me could buy (provided the money was there, which wasn’t for many of us) almost in any bike shop in your town. How I miss those years…
With my thoughts back in the old days, I present here what was the street successor of Tardozzi’s YB4, the Bimota YB6:
This beautiful and in excellent condition piece of history is kept in a garage in Switzerland and on sale through the Bimota Club Switzerland. I was very very close to go and grab it myself but another encounter with one of my all time favourite just avoided that. I thought then that I should share this jewel with anybody who would appreciate it as much as I would have. Yes, I am talking to you dear RSBFS reader. This bike has only 26000 km and is on sale in Switzerland for the equivalent of about 8600 $ which I think is a great price for the conditions of this Bi.Mo.Ta. !
Hoping to help the community and the seller as well, I attach below here the link to the private ad:
It’s been a while since we posted a Bimota on these pages. The search for the rare and the magnificent is a feast or famine affair. Fortunately the Bimota famine appears to be over with this very nice DB4. Offered by the same seller as this 851 racebike today’s DB4 sports the very tasty Corse kit bits (flatside carbs and Ti exhaust) but is otherwise stock.
The Bimota DB recipe utilizes a a trestle frame made up of ovid tubes (think Bimota Mantra) to wrap up a Ducati Supersport engine (air-cooled, two valve, Desmo). Par for the course with Bimota the rest of the bits are top notch, including 320mm Brembo brakes and Paioli forks up front. The resulting package is light (under 365 pounds), flickable and torquey.
From the seller:
This is a great example of light weight engineering at it’s best. Take a great tractable powerplant, and plug it into a state of the art lightweight platform, and you have the recipe for success.. the Bimota DB4. This particular unit comes with some extra goodies that make a great product even better: Corse kit, which includes a full Titanium exhaust, and FCR Flat slide carbs, which when combined really let this engine sing! The Bimota DB4 is the new model of the very fortunate DB series, that is the series of Bimota motorcycles powered by Ducati engine (the TESI models represent a series apart in the Bimota story) .
The philosophy of the Bimota DB4 is to evoke the styling and the charm of the first model of the series, the legendary DB1 which, in 1985, became very popular on the worldwide market as an extremely innovative motorcycle, both for styling and technique. In the respect of the tradition of the previous versions, the Bimota DB4 is a very light and compact model, with the unmistakable, but always original, look of the DB series. The Bimota DB4 is a real sports bike and offers unrivalled performance in terms of handling and roadholding thanks to extraordinary technical features like the wheelbase of only 1370 mm and the dry weight of 165 Kg (363lbs).
If you are looking for that exotic bike that will thrill you when you are riding it, look great wherever it is parked and be servicable in most areas, this might be opportunity knocking on your door. DB4s are pretty popular when they float our way, and this one looks sharp and has low miles on the clock. Minor stress cracks are the norm with the light and thin Bimota hand laid ‘glass (see pictures), and the rest seems to be an solid and honest DB4 – with the cool Corse kit added on. The price is a market reasonable $9,995. Jump direct to the seller for this one and make sure you tell ‘em you found it on RSBFS!
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