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Bimota September 23, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: 1999 Bimota SB8R for Sale

Update 10.12.2017: SOLD. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Update 9.23.2017: Back on eBay with fresh pictures and a buy-it-now of $9,000. Seller note: Open to trades, would consider a trade up or trade down on a RC30, RC45, NC35 and possibly an Ow01 or Ow02, already have an NC30 so I’m good there. Yes, I realize the RC’s and OW’s are quite a bit more but if the offer is fair, I’ll make up the difference in cash. Would also consider a Hypermotard (only bike I miss after I sold and want another one soon!). Open to all trades I suppose, just has to be interesting and not run of the mill… Good luck to buyers and seller! -dc

Two nice Bimotas in one week! Today's SB8R Featured Listing that can also be found on eBay doesn't bother with a traditional Italian powerplant like the DB2, but does stick with a v-twin, in this case the liquid-cooled, 996cc unit from Suzuki's TL1000R. The TL-R may have been flawed as a sportbike, but there was surely nothing wrong with that engine, and Suzuki supplied it to Bimota and Cagiva to power their Raptor line as well. The engine was largely stock, although Bimota used different fuel injectors to bump power to a claimed 138hp. It's reliable, sounds great, and offers up plenty of performance in this lightweight machine.

Styling certainly isn't as svelte as the Ducatis it was pitched against, but the look is distinctive, with lots of exposed carbon on the bodywork and frame. Of course, that frame really is the centerpiece of any Bimota and the SB8R uses a sophisticated, composite design that uses aluminum spars and carbon fiber side plates, a design inspired by the one found on Cagiva's Moto GP bike. That curvy tail is made of carbon as well, and is self-supporting. Up front were beefy Paioli forks and a traditional Öhlins rear shock replaced Suzuki's troublesome rotary rear damper. These components helped shave nearly 50lbs compared to the TL-R and improve both the power-to-weight ratio and handling of the SB8R.

Suzuki donated the headlight and the gauges as well. They don't look quite as special as you might hope for on a pricey Italian exotic, but they also actually work, something that wasn't guaranteed on other 1990s Bimotas, so it's a sensible choice. Those huge carbon intake tubes may hearken back to a late 1980s Kawasaki ZX7, but that beautiful top triple they frame really shows the incredible details found on Bimotas of every era: innovative frames, trick bodywork that removes with just a few fasteners, machined from billet frame parts, footpegs with eccentric adjusters, and top shelf components. If you don't like what you see at first, just look a little bit closer.

From the Seller: 1999 Bimota SB8R for Sale

This example is number #18 out of 250 ever produced, with just 50 SB8Rs officially imported into the USA.  Hand built Italian super bike weighing in at around 380 lbs dry and 135 HP. This Bimota is truly stunning, especially considering it's 18 years old!  The red paint is a vibrant red, white is very clean and the carbon work is amazing.  The only imperfections that are all quite minor are the barely functional mirrors (look good for display though) and a tiny little crack in the "carbon tube base" where it meets the fuel tank (I pointed it out in the picture with my finger) but even that would be a very easy touch up, if you even noticed it.
 
The bike is pretty much stock other then a carbon Arrow Exhaust, 6 pot ISR calipers (rebuilt in 2016 with receipt), aftermarket kickstand (stock ones are known to collapse) and adjustable rear sets.  I have the stock exhaust and a few other things in a box.  Bike starts right up as it should with the choke engaged and is currently sitting in our warehouse under a soft cover.  Will need tires pretty quick though if you're planning to ride.  If you want to fly in and ride it back, I'd be willing to have new tires installed prior to your arrival at your cost of course...the labor would be free though.
 
I've been a huge Bimota fan since they first came out but back then they were out of my budget and just a poster bike.  The workmanship with the beautiful gold forks, CNC'd fork legs, carbon fiber frame and beefy swing arm are truly Italian Art.  The reason the SB8R is one of my favorites is that it utilizes the TL1000R motor which means you get the Italian style and an exceptionally easy motor to work on whereas some of the other models are belt driven Ducati's and much more expensive to keep running.  This is one of the few collector quality motorcycles that you can actually ride.  It's not a small bike by any means (I suspect it may be large for anyone under about 5'10) but it's exceptionally well planted on the freeway, excellent torque, fantastic brakes / suspension and much more comfortable then many of my prior bikes.
 
I've been shopping for one for years but they were not the condition I was looking for or perhaps I didn't trust the source.  So why sell after a short stint of ownership?
 
My son had went down on his Daytona 675 last year (see it on my other ebay auction), he's saved up enough for a new ride so we stopped to see a pretty special bike on the way to Laguna Seca last week.  Turns out, he has my UNICORN of motorcycles...the one bike that I've never been able to get my hands on, a beautiful condition RC45!  He also has the CBR400 my son was looking for.  Here's the catch, he's getting up there in years and cleaning house.  He will only sell me the RC45 if I take all 7.5 of his bikes (the .5 is a  rolling chassis)...  I've never really wanted a large collection, just a handful at the most, not to mention I just picked up some classic sport bikes in the trailing weeks to fix up with my son.  SOOOO.. seeing that I can't pass up this RC, looks like I'll be selling some of these others once I get through all the paperwork and figure out what I want to keep (tough life I know...HAHA).
 
Bear in mind, I'm not letting the Bimota go for cheap, if it doesn't find the right owner then I'll focus on selling some of the others.  Fact is, this SB8R is in such great shape, I feel bad to ride it... just too hard to find bodywork and I'm not the kind of guy that just looks at my bikes. The RC45 comes with 2 set of bodywork which is perfect for taking her out and new skins for showing it off :).
 
Thank you again Frank, my son and I are very excited about the new arrivals!!  I know you watch the 'Rare Sportbikes for Sale" site daily as we try too so you'll undoubtedly see this post.
 
Title is clear, in my name and CA registered.  If you want to ship, no worries.  I use Federal Transport (owned by Allied Van Lines), great guys!
 
PS.  This bike has had a few owners, as such you can search SB8R and see some of the prior postings as well as many other pics.  Last owner was a great guy!  He babied the bike and just sold it to get something that was a little more of a daily rider.  I've already waxed it as well so she's looking spiffy!
The SB8R was one of Bimota's most successful models, a much-needed win for the financially troubled company. With a starting bid of $8,000 and several days left on the auction, there's still time to pounce on this bit of Italian exotica, so head on over and bid at eBay if you're interested! This example has been thoughtfully upgraded with six-pot calipers and a set of classic Arrow cans, as indicated by the seller. There are just over 7,000 miles on the clock, which is low enough for collectors, but not so low you'd be afraid to put on a few more riding your handbuilt superbike.
-tad
Featured Listing: 1999 Bimota SB8R for Sale
Bimota August 23, 2016 posted by

Affordable Italian: 2001 Bimota SB8R for Sale

2001 Bimota SB8R R Side Front

If simply going fast is your thing, you probably don't spend much time on this site. You went out and bought a Suzuki GSX-R1000, threw some sticky rubber, rearsets, and a Power Commander on it, then went out to dominate road and track, with stone axe reliability and off-the-shelf parts availability. But in a sea of same, some of us want to have our cake and eat it too, and exotic bikes don't necessarily have to cost a fortune to buy and own. Bimota's exotic SB8R generally trades for south of $10,000 and offers up v-twin character and midrange punch, light weight, sophisticated handling, and the reliability of a Suzuki.

2001 Bimota SB8R Front

Styling is striking, if not actually pretty, and the view from the seat is dominated by those huge carbon intakes that recall the ZX-7R of the late 80s and early 90s. Handling was much improved compared to the TL1000R: it weighed a good bit less than the donor Suzuki and, if nothing else, it replaced the famously troublesome rotary rear damper with a more traditional unit.

2001 Bimota SB8R Clocks

The SB8R is surprisingly wide for a twin, but the bulbous fairing at least provides some wind protection but, like all Bimotas, the frame was the real centerpiece of the SB8. In this case, it was a sophisticated variation on the beam frame often used by Japanese superbikes. But here the construction is composite, with aluminum spars and carbon fiber side plates. The tail piece is self-supporting and also made of carbon. If that headlight looks familiar, Bimota wisely cribbed the part for their SB8, along with that very ordinary-looking, but functional dash. Suzuki obviously also lent the bike their eight-valve, liquid-cooled 996cc v-twin engine, modified with different injectors to produce a claimed 138hp, and a real-world 124whp.

Keep in mind that, until World Superbike twins grew to 1200cc and started chasing hp at the expense of the midrange that was previously their forte, 124hp was considered huge power for a twin. Especially when the only traction control was your sensitive right hand...

From the original eBay listing: 2001 Bimota SB8R for Sale

I hate to let my dream bike go, but I have to do it. It's got the factory fuel trimmer and full Arrow exhaust. I have the stock mirrors and rear fender/taillight/blinker assembly. I installed a lithium battery less than a year ago. It makes servicing/accessing the battery a TON easier.

2001 Bimota SB8R R Side Rear

As far as Bimotas go, these are pretty common, but that's not saying very much. The listing is pretty spare, but the photos are good and should give you a pretty good idea of what to expect. Obviously, the engine should be easy to service, but bodywork will be difficult and/or expensive. As always, Bimota experts are welcome to weigh in and point out anything for potential buyers to be aware of but, aside from some slightly faded carbon as you'd expect on a bike this old, everything appears to be in order, or available from the seller. Bidding is very active but currently up to just north of $4,000 with the reserve not met and just a couple days left on the auction.

-tad

2001 Bimota SB8R R Side

Affordable Italian: 2001 Bimota SB8R for Sale
Bimota May 31, 2016 posted by

Sophisticated Frame: 2000 Bimota SB8R for Sale

2000 Bimota SB8R L Side Front

Given the Bimota SB8R’s exotic reputation, you might be surprised to learn just how affordable they can be. They’re one of the most commonly-seen Bimotas and offer up Ducati noise and performance with looks that you’d never confuse with anything else.

2000 Bimota SB8R R Side

The slightly odd styling certainly matches the exotic brand and the bike uses Suzuki’s own headlight, making it look far better than it ever did in the duck-billed [and tailed] original. Suzuki also donated it’s eight-valve, liquid-cooled 996cc v-twin engine, tweaked here with different injectors to produce a claimed 138hp, and a real-world 124whp. Not impressive compared to 190hp Panigales, but with a huge midrange as opposed to power further up the rev-range, the SB8R will still be plenty fast, especially in real-world conditions.

2000 Bimota SB8R Cockpit

The heart of any Bimota, ironically, isn’t the heart: with engines sourced from outside manufacturers, and bodywork just a shell, it’s the frames that have always set the company apart, and the one here is a stunner: a composite unit, with aluminum and carbon-fiber elements, along with a self-supporting seat unit. Supposedly inspired by the frame on Cagiva’s Moto GP bike, it helps shave almost 50lbs off Suzuki’s original TL-R while giving a better weight-distribution as well.

2000 Bimota SB8R Tail

A more traditionally configured Ohlins rear standard shock versus the easily-overwhelmed rotary unit matched to a Paioli fork helps give race-ready handling, and the SB8 had some success in World Superbike competition, although they struggled to meet homologation numbers...

From the original ebay listing: 2000 Bimota SB8R Serial Number "007" for Sale

We are proud to offer this spectacular Bimota which is one of less than 150 built only in 1999 & 2000!

"Exotic, ultra-rare and built with a level of attention few manufacturers can match. " [MCN]

Just 7,969 miles

2000 Bimota SB8R R Side Front

The stock Suzuki gauges are a bit of a let-down on such a wild-looking motorcycle, although at least they're nestled down behind those massive carbon intake tubes and at least they should prove reliable! And the new owner can certainly plump for a nice TransLogic digital dash or something if the standard gauges are too pedestrian...
These exotic machines offer up a bit of a conundrum. They’re race-bred, but you’d be likely to tiptoe your beloved Bimota around the track for fear of a crash. The bodywork was designed to ease access and reduce the costs of a crash but, fifteen years later, panel availability may be a challenge. And even if you’re well-heeled and keep your pride-and-joy rubber-side-down, sometimes the maintenance parts needed to keep extremely low-production motorcycles running just aren’t available, at any price. And if they’re NLA, then you have to find folks to make you one-off parts: gaskets, fork seals…

-tad

2000 Bimota SB8R L Side

Sophisticated Frame: 2000 Bimota SB8R 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 April 23, 2015 posted by

Carbon Fiber Fantasy – 2000 Bimota SB8R

2000 Bimota SB8R on eBay

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Bimota managed to carve out a nice little niche in the sportbike market by taking existing engines from established manufacturers and packaging them in their own sexy Italian style.  The Bimota SB8R might be the epitome of that idea.  Starting with the positively stonking 135hp 996cc v-twin from Suzuki's Tl1000R, Bimota surrounded it with a twin spar frame that was half aluminum and half carbon fiber and then draped it in striking carbon fiber bodywork.  The giant carbon fiber air inlets seem to be a "love it or hate it" part of the style, but either way, they are certainly a trademark design element for the SB8R.  The generous use of carbon fiber and other weight savings tricks resulted in a motorcycle that still had the great power of the Suzuki but weighed almost 75lbs less.  That's a recipe for fast any way you cut it.  Production was very limited with only 150 total units sold, so act fast if you want one of your very own!

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This beautiful Bimota appears to be in near flawless condition.  The seller also list a few minor modifications that he's made in his eBay listing seen here: 2000 Bimota SB8R for sale

any ways the bike has had recent oil and fluids changed  and is in near perfect condition. I will say it is as I bought it from the importer , which I got it right out of the crate. so anything you think or see that is not right, well, its the way it came.

with the flowing exceptions.

stainless steel brake lines installed from brand new

moto corsa exhaust installed at brand new.

digital fuel trimmer, installed at brand new.

SB8RS bimota rearsets installed slightly after purchase

clear clutch cover and custom made flywheel with Barnett Kevlar clutch set, installed slightly after purchase.

one tooth smaller front sprocket and billet sprocket cover. installed slightly after purchase.

recent brisk sparkplugs

recent shorai battery.

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Carbon Fiber Fantasy – 2000 Bimota SB8R
Bimota March 19, 2015 posted by

Featured Listing: 2000 Bimota SB8R for Sale

Update 6.18.2015: The owner has contacted us to update that this bike is sold. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

2000 Bimota SB8R L Side

Today's Featured Listing Bimota SB8R could be considered one of the marque's most successful modern models, although you're still looking at a low-production Italian exotic, with approximately 150 built.

After the V Due debacle, it was back to business as usual for Bimota, sticking reliable Japanese lumps into state of the art chassis they tried to get on their feet. And Suzuki's thumping v-twin was certainly a brilliant powerplant in search of an equally impressive chassis. While the TL1000S and R met with mixed reviews, no one was complaining about the power and, with the 996cc engine retuned to a claimed 138hp and a weight savings of almost 50lbs compared to the donor TL, Bimota's SB8 was always going to be an impressive performer.

2000 Bimota SB8R R Front

The SB8 is a handsome bike, and houses the original TL headlight in a bulbous, ram-air fairing with a bulging forehead. The intake tubes for the ram-air system are very prominent, but at least they're formed from gorgeous carbon fiber. Which is good because you'll have them in your face basically all the time...

2000 Bimota SB8R Dash

The frame is, in typical Bimota style, a masterpiece of cutting-edge design and materials, and was derived from Cagiva's 500cc Moto GP bike. It featured an aluminum-beam front section and carbon side-plates bolted together to provide strength and good weight distribution.

This machine looks to be in perfect condition, with a laundry-list of updates, upgrades, and OEM spare parts.When all is said and done, at $12,500 this is a relatively inexpensive Bimota, but fairly expensive in terms of performance-per-dollar. But if you're looking for functional garage jewelry and an unbeatable sense of pride of ownership, you'd have a hard time beating it.

2000 Bimota SB8R Front

From the seller: 2000 Bimota SB8R with 4,723 miles for Sale: $12,500

This bike was purchased new from Ducati Bellevue on 3/2/2002. The 1st owner was a local Seattle aerospace engineer who rarely rode the bike. It was never ridden in the rain, never left outdoors overnight, never around a racetrack nor has it ever been tipped over and/or damaged in any way. Kai at Red Label Moto acquired the bike and it has since passed to me as of 2012. Overall, this bike is in excellent condition and has a ton of hard to find goodies that are included with the purchase. I also have pictures of those as well if you're interested.

The 1st owner made no modifications to this machine. His one mod was having a custom fuel trimmer or potentiometer made to work with the existing wiring harness. These bikes are known to have fueling issues due to the massive throttle bodies and this is where the potentiometer helps out. Unfortunately the potentiometer is old technology and the adjustment range was limited. I have since installed a PCIII that was tuned by Nels at 2 Wheel Dyno Works in Woodinville.

Some of the most recent updates to the bike include:

  • Barely broke in set of Michelin Power Pure 2CT tires.
  • New braided steel clutch and rear brake lines. Used but perfect condition.
  • Braided steel front brake lines. These bikes came with rubber hydraulic hoses.
  • New EBC brake pads front and rear. The metallic versions in the front.
  • New engine oil and filter as of Sept 2014.
  • Fairly new spark plugs. NGK CR9EK.
  • Out-of-production Evoluzione SB8R fuel trimmer from a Bimota enthusiast in Colorado. This unit is more precisely calibrated with nearly infinite settings between 0 and 999. The Bimota trimmer has 8 positions total. Also, this unit has a way-cool analog digital display that shows where your fuel mixture is set. And a more trick looking gold anodized mounting bracket.
  • The arrow exhaust on the bike has been cored for better performance and sound. The result is outstanding in that it essentially replicates full racing pipes with much better performance and sound. The pipes ended up a couple inches shorter than stock, however they are much lighter after being modified and look better in my opinion.
  • PCIII was installed to permanently wash out some of the fueling issues that was typical of the SB8R model and its huge throttle bodies. Nels at 2wheeldyno did an amazing job and this bike accelerates easier through the rev range than before. The fuel trimmer that had been installed prior to me purchasing the bike was only finite and could not adjust or reach some of these issues in the rev range. This modification alone makes it rideable if you get stuck in traffic.
  • Modded oem footpegs to replicate the footpegs as they would have been delivered on a European market SB8R. The bikes sold in the US were required to have folding footpegs
  • New Shorai lightweight lithium replacement battery. Trust me, the fact that this bike has a new battery of any type is a huge plus. The battery is located under an unholy amount of tank/carbonfider/frame. Ive also installed a CTEK battery tender since it is such a pain in the ass to get to the battery.
  • New vacuum line that goes from the airbox to a vacuum switching valve.
  • Cleaned/serviced air filter foam element.
  • The stock headlight control (left-side switchgear) has an extra metal tab inside so you can't turn off the headlights. Now the lights can be switched on and off.
  • Ive also sourced out another unused OEM Arrow exhaust set that is in immaculate condition. The one that is currently on the bike is the re-cored version. If you wanted to switch back to the oem sound and condition, it would be boxed up and available.
  • Brand new and unused set of Brembo front brake rotors are also included. These Brembo rotors are OEM and matching to this specific motorcycle as well. Also included are a brand new set of EBC brake pads to finish off the install.
  • Ive also found a SB8RS rear sprocket which replaced the bland SB8R sprocket. This in my opinion, is completes the look of the bike much better than the standard silver colored one and matches the gold front brake rotors. The original is also stashed away and will be included as well.
  • Ive also sourced another gas tank which I’ve been keeping for a rainy day as well. OEM parts are especially hard to find for these bikes and an unused tank is even more rare. Duplicates are always good IMHO.
  • Extra OEM rear and front carbon fiber fender. Figured it couldn’t hurt to have another one of each laying around.
  • Extra OEM seat as well. The one on the bike is an oem version that has the Bimota logo embossed on it.
  • I've also sourced out the Bimota shop manual for this bike, as well as the parts catalogue. Always nice to have these around if you’re working on your own bike. Although some of it is in poorly translated Italian, it does touch on some nice little nuances of the bike.
  • The stock tank on these SB8R’s is an Acerbis tank and Ducati just went through a big class action lawsuit because of their Acerbis tanks expanding over time due to the ethanol content in gasoline. I had the tank that’s currently installed on the bike sealed and lined by Russ Foy in late 2014 to prevent any tank bloat. Either way, the only kind of gas I’ve used in the bike has been ethanol free.
  • Includes both factory keys, leather Bimota key fob, owner's booklet, wiring diagram, display stand, stock footpeg folding thingies, toolkit, helmet lock (?) and the stock rubber hydraulic hoses if you want them. I also have pictures of all the extra bits if you are interested.

Seattle, Washington

2000 Bimota SB8R R Rear

These do seem to change hands regularly with low miles, which is a shame, although this example is obviously no garage-queen, since the seller has made changes to make it more real-world useable.

-tad

2000 Bimota SB8R R Side

Featured Listing: 2000 Bimota SB8R for Sale