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Bimota December 30, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: 1980 Bimota SB3 for Sale

Update 3.27.2018: Contact Chris with your interest by email: cdavid@wddlegal.com

Most of our readers probably think of Bimota as a manufacturer of overpriced two-wheeled status symbols dripping with billet and carbon fiber and Italian style. But Bimota originally took its name from founders Valerio BIanchi, Giuseppe MOrri, and Massimo TAmburini. Yes, that Massimo Tamburini. And his genius is on display in this 1980 Bimota SB3 that was one of their earliest and most radical machines, considering it was based around the inline four cylinder engine from the very typical for the period Suzuki GS1000.

Japanese bikes of the 1970s and early 1980s, even those from factory racing efforts, had engines that were famously more advanced than their frames. Road bikes were often especially bad, with flexibility that meant some felt like they had an extra hinge in the middle, and into this handling void came Bimota. A tradition of boutique frame builders actually sprang up all over Europe and Great Britain to fill the need for bikes that went around corners as well as they ate up straight lines, and Bimota was one of the most successful.

It's a shame Bimota didn't make naked bikes during their heyday, since the tubular frame seen on the SB3 is a work of art, and incorporates innovative ideas like the concentric swingarm pivot that kept the geometry constant throughout the swingarm's travel and allowed the chain to be run with virtually no slack. The frame fit so tightly around the engine that it actually split to allow servicing, once the one-piece tail and tank-cover was removed.

Even without the handling improvements provided by the frame and suspension upgrades, the SB3 still would have been blisteringly fast: the air-cooled Suzuki four was lightly tuned, but the overall package was a staggering 79 pounds lighter than the stock machine. It was incredibly rare, incredibly exotic, and incredibly fast, although it was also incredibly uncomfortable: a torturous riding position and unforgiving suspension meant it was only at home on very smooth, curvy pavement.

From the Seller: 1980 Bimota SB3 for Sale

1980 Bimota SB3 #187 of 402 with spare unused factory fairing and windscreen.

Trades considered. - Items of interest - Ducati's or toys using Ducati 900ss engine, will accept or add cash for the right deal.

The SB3 had its debut at the Milan Show in 1979 and showcased some radical thinking; particularly in the frame design. The chromoly frame is assembled around the engine and uses aircraft style 'conical' joints to connect the front and rear halves. It also has a 'perimeter' swing arm, which pivots exactly at the transmission sprocket axis, eliminating the need for chain slack and geometry changes that go along with that. Modular bodywork, top-line (for the day) Italian components (Brembo, Marzocchi, Campagnolo,). Powered by Suzuki's bullet-proof GS1000 power plant, only 402 copies were made during its production.

Local Texas bike that has been ridden/enjoyed over the years. The bike has some wear from use which is listed below. The only upgrades are period correct Keihin CR 31 smoothbore carburetors, Dyna S ignition, and fresh coils.

Wheels have been brought down to bare magnesium and dye tested for cracks. After testing came back fine they were then properly primed and painted with color matched from an original color chip. Wheels have new bearings front and rear.

Bike comes with a spare fairing as the builder of the bike planned to use it as a race bike but never ended up doing so. Lately, I was able to source a spare original windscreen in clear so you have a color choice. Front and rear suspension rebuilt in 2016. Recent engine removal for valve adjustment.

Parts are able to be sourced online from BimotaClassicParts.com and your local Suzuki shop.

• Slight rash on right side fairing pictured from garage tip over.
• Some rock chips in paint on forks from road use as pictured.
• Some paint cracking and peeling around gas cap (damn ethanol). Inside of tank looks fine.
• Left fairing is shows bubbling under the paint. Use the new spare fairing while this is sent for repair.
• Odometer does not work as no speedo sending unit is installed. Currently a spacer is installed where a speedo sending unit would mount. I will include the Garmin wrist wearable GPS I leave on the upper fork brace I use to track speed and mileage.
• Swingarm under rear shock mount is missing some powdercoating and shows surface rust.
• Upper fairing has a slight crack on the left side near the petcock. Was like this from my first meeting the bike 25 years ago and has not grown.
• Petcock has been rebuilt. Does not use vacuum from carbs to operate so should be switched on and off and likely cause of above mentioned crack.
• Recent replacement of coils, wires, and upgrade to Dyna S ignition module.
• Magnesium wheels freshly dye tested and properly prepared (chromate treatment) before paint which was properly paint matched from original.
• Fresh spark plugs, caps and wires.
• Fresh tires, tubes and wheel bearings front and rear.
• New chain.
• Rear brake caliper recently rebuilt, parts on hand to rebuild front when required.
• Front forks and rear shock rebuilt in 2016 by 812 Suspension.
• Clutch cover freshly powder coated to match original engine color.
• No oil leaks.
• Engine has solid compression and all cylinders within 5% of each other.

The seller is asking under $15k for this mechanically very sound SB3 with a few clearly shown cosmetic imperfections. Certainly a good place to start for a restoration, or just ride it as-is! Even better, follow through on the bike builder's original intent and enter the bike in some classic races! Skinny tires and vintage power output aside, I'm sure it handles well and would certainly be in the true spirit of Bimota's original mission. Considering how impossibly stiff the stock machine was supposed to be, that might be the best use for it...

-tad

Featured Listing: 1980 Bimota SB3 for Sale
Bimota December 14, 2016 posted by

Swede Speed: 1980 Bimota SB3

Do you have the winter blues? Are you hoping for a European getaway? Are you jonesing for some Italian flair? Does one liter power rattle your wok? If so, we have the International combo platter for you! Nestled in a garage near Stockholm sits this beautiful Bimota SB3 - just waiting for an enterprising hero to come save it. While not perfect, the bones appear to be solid. Trim pieces may need to be sourced (or fabricated), but with only some 400 bikes produced over a three year span, this is a rare looker that could be the cornerstone of any collection.

1980 Bimota SB3 for sale in Sweden

What you got when you bought a new Bimota SB3: Chrome-moly frame by the sublime Rimini artists at the Bimota factory. Marzocchi suspenders with Bimota aluminum triple clamps, novel rising-rate single shock rear swing arm (a big deal back in 1980), Brembo binders, and miles of hand-laid, thin & lightweight fiberglass. And that's it. YOU needed to supply the donor Suzuki GS1000 for engine, trans and electrical. And you needed to put it all together. You see, back in 1980, Bimota produced motorcycle kits. As a result, no two early Bimotas are ever exactly the same.

From the seller:
Up for sale is an old collectable sport bike. I have owned it since 2000 but it has been standing in my garage the last 7-8 years without touching it sad enough so the miles for 24000 km (Swedish) is probably correct. I don't know remember where I put the back turn signals but I do think it is the same as some piaggio or something.
The bike need TLC but will be worth it big time !! It was a really joy riding it. My time is my problem and that is why I decided to eventuality sell it. The bike is in Sweden outside Stockholm and I am able to help loading it if the buyer takes care of the rest.

Italian grace and stunning looks motivated by the very best Hamamatsu had to offer in the day results in the usual RSBFS motorcycle porn. Sure, the pictures could be better - way better in fact. And the seller could have made a better effort to clean up the works to better showcase this Italianese merger of noise and speed. On the other hand, one has to acknowledge the refreshing honesty in providing photos of the bike in situ; you know it has been looked after since it sits indoors, and you don't have to worry about the seller shining it up to make a quick, glossy buck. It is what it is and it is available now. Good luck!

MI

Swede Speed: 1980 Bimota SB3
Bimota August 4, 2015 posted by

Its a conical joint thing: 1980 Bimota SB3 in Houston

Here is something a bit unusual, a pre-bankruptcy Bimota SB3 that looks like it was actively ridden.

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Bimota was founded on the idea of taking an existing bike and making it better, with particular focus on the frame. The SB3 debuted in 1979 and while not as dramatic looking as the SB2 it was derived from, the SB3 incorporated a series of significant technical changes from its predecessor.

The SB3 frame was specifically designed for the Suzuki GS1000 engine, including a tubular rear sub-frame that was assembled around the engine.  The SB2 also uses conical joints to connect the frame segments and was one of the first commercially available bikes to include a perimeter swing arm.  Other advanced-for-the-time aspects of the SB3 include full modular bodywork and top shelf components such as  Brembo brakes.

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1980 Bimota SB3 for sale on eBay

Powered by Suzuki's bullet-proof GS1100 power plant the SB3 could out handle and outrun practically anything else on the road save for an all-out racebike.   Here is a recent classicbike.com review

"Even today you might be surprised at the potential - should you be lucky or brave enough to ride it in anger.  At the heart of this classic is a Suzuki in-line four 987 cc engine from the GS1000, cranking out 87 hp.    At 450 lbs it's not the lightest or fastest bike around but it certainly looks good and moves like a big cat."

Despite all the advanced tech, only 402 examples of the SB3 were produced during its 1979-1982 model lifespan.  This was partly due to the unfamiliarity of the Bimota brand at the time and also because the SB3 was possible the most expensive bike for sale back in 1980 at $7000 (which translates to $24,278 today).

An excellent review was put up on Classicsportbikesforsale earlier this year by our own Tad D, click here to read it.

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Overall condition of this particular 1980 Bimota SB3 looks to be good but not great, with some rash and paint issues and a bit of tuning needing.  Mileage is uncertain due to the speedo not being connected but based on condition of the fork paint, the bike hasn't been a garage queen.

Here is some of what the seller has to say

  • Light rash on right side fairing  some rock chips in paint of forks, paint issue around fuel cap, left fairing is shows bubbling under the paint. Also powder coating on front right wheel center has come off as pictured, swingarm under rear shock mount is missing some powdercoating and shows surface rust.
  • Odometer does not work as no speedo sending unit is installed. Needs the proper speedo sending unit from a Suzuki donor bike.
  • Bike is sluggish between 4500-6000 rpm but will hit redline in top gear. Checking timing shows proper advance so likely a carb tuning issue which could be resolve on the dyno.

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So what is this 1980 Bimota SB3 worth? Well the seller indicates this is number 179 of 402 produced but I don't see a placque or anything to confirm that.  While the Buy-It-Now $18,500 USD asking price is pretty high for an early 1980's sportbike, it is actually in line with the few previous SB3's that we have had on RSBFS.  The next owner will get a bike that will need some work if a concours d elegance level bike is desired.

I suppose a new owner could keep it un-restored and just enjoy it but 18k is a lot to spend for a daily runner or perhaps this one will appeal to someone who already has a stable of Bimotas and who is willing to spend a few more 1000s to bring it up to concours level.

-Marty/Dallaslavowner

(NOTE:  The seller does indicate an extra OEM set of lower fairings which is a nice addition).

Its a conical joint thing:  1980 Bimota SB3 in Houston
Bimota December 26, 2012 posted by

Early Unobtainium: 1980 Bimota SB3

For Sale: 1980 Bimota SB3

12/26/2012: Back on eBay with a starting bid of $25k reserve not met and $29,500 buy-it-now. If Santa missed you this year, maybe this will work 😉 Links updated. -dc

4/12/2012: We love this early Bimota and it's back on eBay for $4000 less than it's last listing. Links updated. -dc

3/20/2012: Back on eBay since our original posting last year, this SB3 is now being offered out of New York for $29,000 USD or best offer. The auction is mistakenly labeled for a Ducati Superbike, which might slow some bidders down. There are also some new pictures in the auction, so be sure and check them out! Links updated. MI

When it comes to the early age of Bimotas, we do see them cross the auction block from time to time (witness this Bimota post from Rem, for example). They are, however, very rare and usually very pricey.

This particular example of the breed - in fantastic condition throughout according to the pictures - comes to us from the Ontario providence of Canada. Perhaps it is the short riding seasons that have kept this beauty from accumulating many miles - less than 5,000 miles grace the face of this bike's odometer.

From the seller:
Look closely at the technology and engineering of the machine and it's hard to believe that this bike is a 1980 model. The SB3 had its debut at the Milan Show in 1979 and showcased some radical thinking; particularly in the frame design. The cromoly frame is assembled around the engine and uses aircraft style 'conical' joints to connect the front and rear halves. It also has a 'perimeter' swing arm, which pivots exactly at the transmission sprocket axis, eliminating the need for chain slack and geometry changes that go along with that. Modular bodywork, top-line (for the day) Italian components (Brembo, Marzocchi, Campagnolo,). Powered by Suzuki's bullet-proof GS1100 power plant, only 402 copies were made during its production.

This one shows some sensible mods from the previous owner (Pingle fuel tap, relocated choke, battery charger pig tail) and a bit of natural patina from use, but is in exceptional condition and with only 4,700 miles on the clock; it's barely broken-in.

There were an estimated 402 SB3 bikes produced during the 1979-1983 model run. This bike, a 1980 model with a low VIN, is obviously an early example. Yet even after 31 years the overall condition of the bike looks to be fantasic. Such is the way with rare and exotic collectibles: a lot of looking and polishing, but often not a lot of riding.

That is a shame in some ways, as this bike was the top of the food chain at the beginning of the decade. With a chrome moly trellis frame, top level suspension and braking components and a Suzuki GS1000 mill, this bike could out handle and outrun practically anything else on the road save for an all-out racebike. Even today you might be surprised at the potential - should you be lucky (or brave) enough to ride it in anger.

This magnificent SB3 is available now via an eBay auction. At the time of this writing, the current bid was approximately $5,900 with reserve still in place. The bidding is taking place with Canadian dollars, so stateside bidders will need to watch conversion rates (1 USD is approximately .95 CAN at the going rate). The last SB3 posted here on RSBFS had an opening bid of $10k and a BIN of $25k, just to give you an expected range. There is no reason to believe that this bike would fall outside of that spread, and it will be interesting to see where the reserve is set for this rocket. For more information, click on the link and jump over to the auction. Don't forget to tell 'em you found it on RSBFS!

MI

Bimota March 15, 2011 posted by

Back to our regular Italian program – a truly rare 1982 Bimota SB3 with history!!

Ex-Malcolm Forbes owned 1982 Bimota SB3 with Suzuki GS1000 engine!

Having answered some of our readers' request for fewer Italian bikes (well, Ducati specifically), I posted a Honda RVF750R RC45 race bike and a Honda NR750 that generated some interesting comments.  However, I am still an eye-talian bike kinda guy and so before long I find myself Googling "Bimota" and this is what I found:

The motorcycle has been in a private collection since new. The bike is almost 30 years old and in beautiful condition, as it should for remaining in a climate controlled environment for its entire life. This is an exclusive and gorgeous exotic thoroughbred. Its craftsmanship and design will grace any collection. The motorcycle was purchased by Malcolm Forbes new, and is being sold from the Forbes collection. It has been maintained meticulously, even being taken back to Italy for a complete renovation at the Bimota factory. Mr. Forbes had a specially equipped 727 for carrying motorcycles; he transported motorcycles all over the world regularly. Here is an article that came out when he bought the Bimota [see photo above].

Look closely at the technology and engineering of this machine. The SB3 showcase’s some radical thinking; particularly in the frame design. The chromoly frame is assembled around the engine and uses aircraft style conical joints to connect the front and rear halves. It also has a perimeter swing arm, which pivots exactly at the transmission sprocket axis, eliminating the need for chain slack. Its modular bodywork and top of the line Italian components made it one of the most, if not the most expensive motorcycle you could buy in 1982. The engine, a Suzuki GS-1000, has been increased in power by adapting a 4 into 1 type exhaust system. Its standard suction chamber [I think he meant the air box - ph] has been replaced with 4 K&N filters on the carburetor horns. Only 402 were made during its production; this bike being a late production model (number 390).

Included in the auction are all of the service records, receipts and paperwork. This Bimota has been ridden regularly over the years; there are not any issues because of the bike sitting for an extended period of time.

The SB3 (like the very collectible SB2) has a modular steel tubular frame joined together by conical joints (you can see this in one of the photos above of the right hand side of the frame) - a very unique and innovative feature even by today's standards.  It weighted 20kgs less than it's donor bike (the Suzuki GS1000) and was 20 km/h faster - it even set a time of 1'02"40 at the Monza circuit where 55" was the record for GP bikes at that time.

There were only 402 SB3s produced in total, with most of them being in a silver grey with paint stripe paint scheme.  Only 9 were offered in white with red speed blocks which makes this one even more rare. Now Suzuki engined Bimotas aren't particularly collectible (with the exception of the SB2), but with its unique frame structure, colour scheme, combined with the interesting ownership history, I bet this SB3 will be sold for good money when the auction ends.

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ph