Posts by tag: V Due

Bimota February 14, 2017 posted by

The VDue that worked:
1999 Bimota VDue Trofeo in Italy

Update 2.14.2017: We last posted this bike roughly a year ago, and bidding stopped at a little over $20k, reserve not met. Links are updated with the current auction. Good luck to buyers and seller! -dc

Here is something we have only had on RSBFS once before, a Bimota VDue Trofeo edition.  The Trofeo was a track oriented VDue produced by the factory that incorporated a host of changes which Bimota claimed fixed the problems that had plagued the VDue since its launch.

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1999 Bimota VDue Trofeo in Italy

The VDue was supposed to be a game changer for Bimota; it would have not only the specialized frame and top-spec suspension components Bimota was known for but also have a new direct-injected 500cc two-stroke v-twin.  Pollution regulations in the 1990's were making it harder for new two-stroke models to get approved for street use. Bimota decided the solution was fuel injection; it would defeat a lot of the pollution and would place Bimota at the top of the sportbike-as-luxury-item category.

As regularly RSBFS readers know, despite the promise of the VDue design, the first VDue models had major problems, especially in the fuel management and engine areas.  These problems have been detailed in previous VDue listings here on RSBFS.  For anyone who is curious, an especially good explanation was done in a post back in December by RSBFS contributor Tad D which can be read here.

Suffice to say the VDue is now considered the bike that forced Bimota into bankruptcy and the last of the big/500cc two-stroke sportbikes.

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The Trofeo was an effort by Bimota to prove the VDue issues were resolved.  Built as a run of 26 track-focused bikes by Bimota and "leased" to racers by Bimota for a sponsored challenger/race series called "Trophy", the 26 Trofeo editions came with serious racing components, including race-oriented carburetors, a race-spec electrical harness and ECU and different exhaust systems.

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According to research, the Trofeo edition did not have the engine issues or peaky power delivery that had plagued the earlier models and the engine didn't suffer any major issues.   Another 177 VDue's were produced after the Trofeo version and those also seemed to have less problems but the initial reputation remained. and the VDue was one more nail in the coffin of Bimota.

Note:  I can't help but think what might have been if Bimota had taken the VDue racing first, identified and then resolved the engine issues and then made a street legal VDue version available to the masses.  Perhaps we would still be hearing stuff like this on the streets of the USA today.

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For this VDue Trofeo mileage is listed as zero and the bike has apparently been in a collection since 2003.  This bike shows a VIN# of 26 and the seller indicates this is the last Trofeo and the only one that is still in NOS condition.

NOTE:  According to the VDue.it website, the Trofeo models cannot have a numberplate for road usage.  Not sure what this means for any non uk buyer.

Obviously a full service (including tires) would be required before it went back on the street.

Here is what the seller has to say:

  • Not to be confused with the injection model or the later not factory built Evoluzione road model.
  • This is the last of 26 units the factory built in 1999 to compete in the Bimota 500 VDue Trofeo.
  • The bike is new unused/new san some small scratches in years of storing.
  • Unique occasion to own the most desiderable version of the only Bimota model with Bimota engine!
  • The only one of the 26 units still new

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What is this "last" VDue Trofeo worth?   Well I have seen VDue's listed for between $22,000 USD to $39,500 USD and given their limited production run of only 378(ish) units an average price for a VDue is tough to pin down.  In the UK gently ridden fuel injected models seem to be offered around $24,000 USD while in the US prices seem to be about $7,000 higher .  This one is supposed to be the last Trofeo which isn't fuel injected and has zero miles so I would guess a price of $27,000-$32,000 USD. While that price is kind of steep for a 16 year old bike that had a reputation for engine problems and might not be able to be used on the street, I do think it would be a jewel in any collection.

-Marty/Dallaslavowner

The VDue that worked: </br>1999 Bimota VDue Trofeo in Italy
Bimota April 25, 2015 posted by

What Could Have Been – 1997 Bimota V-Due

1997 Bimota V-Due on eBay

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On paper, it was everything that we all asked and begged for... a roadgoing version of the 500cc two stroke monsters that we watched Mick Doohan and crew wrestle around the track in Grand Prix racing.  Unfortunately two strokes, for all of their performance legend and lore were burdened with characteristics that some (The Fun Police) found distasteful.  They were loud and dirty and smoky and anybody who rode one became the scourge of the neighborhood.  The Japanese manufacturers had left two strokes in the past and they weren't coming back.  Until Bimota decided to take what would ultimately prove to be a suicidal risk.  The numbers were there.  110hp and a claimed 300lb dry weight was the closest thing that any of us would ever get to our GP fantasies.... and it was beautiful.

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Unfortunately and catastrophically for Bimota... the V-Due just wasn't sorted out.  The initial excitement was quickly tempered by some scathing reviews by the European press and when customers eventually rode their machines they all stunk.  Customers reported seized engines, oil leaks and a power delivery that was so erratic that the V-Due was practically unrideable.  Many simply returned their bikes to the dealships.   The initial diagnosis blamed the fuel injection and Bimota attempted to remedy the situation by retrofitting carbs, but it was too little too late and the damage was done.  Bimota filed for bankruptcy in 1999.  Several years later, with new investors and properly sorted out, a few hundred V-Dues resurfaced as new 2003-2004 models with carburetors.

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This particular model is basically showroom new, with only 47 kilometers on the clock and given it's dubious legacy, you have to wonder if that's because it never worked.  The seller's ad doesn't mention anything about the running condition, but it does state that it's still fuel injected... so proceed with caution!  1997 Bimota V-Due on eBay UK

BIMOTA 500 V DUE 500 1997 Covered only 46 KM from new in immaculate condition complete with both keys. Bike is originally from Germany will be registered to the new owner supplied with a UK V5 and new 12 months MOT. Very rare investment opportunity fuel injection 500 cc Two stroke model.

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What Could Have Been – 1997 Bimota V-Due
Bimota June 2, 2014 posted by

Good From Far, Far From Good? 1998 Bimota V-Due

Update 6.1.2014: Back on eBay, this auction now features fresh pictures. Click through to see the new pics. Thanks for the heads up Marty! -dc

Update 2.13.2014: Originally we posted this V-Due in October but it's been relisted at least one other time and failed to sell at over $17k. Now it's relisted with an opening bid of $19k and no takers thus far. Thanks for the heads up from Martin and Mike. Links updated. -dc

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That phrase you and your buddies used to use when checking out the ladies might also apply to the ole Bimota V-Due. The story is pretty well know by now; exotic bike builder decides to tackle the Mt. Everest of motorcycle design and it ends up locking the doors of the company in the process. The early fuel injected models became known as unrideable while the later carbed, Evo models have a pretty darn good reputation.

Bimota V-Due for sale on eBay

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So what version is this one? It apparently has an updated engine that retains the factory fuel injection. As far as I knew, all the Evo models had carbs but a few individuals (not Bimota) have worked on their own to improve the original fuel injection. I was not aware of an improved V-Due engine that retained the fuel injection. Please comment away to enlighten me.

From the seller:

I purchased this bike still in the original crate (at least on the pallet that was the crate base) in September 2004. It only had factory test miles on it (21 km), and was as it left the factory. After Bimota closed for business in 2000 (before reopening in 2003), the entire Vdue segment was purchased from the creditors, and development continued on some of the engine “issues”. I was able to get and install one of the new versions of the original fuel injected engines, with improved main bearing oiling, and more accurate assembly (among other things), so it should be significantly more reliable than stock. It has been ridden only a few times (the last was Nov. 2011), for a total of 227 km.

The bike also has carbon fiber lower fairing panels, and a set of very rare titanium expansion chambers (which were almost too pretty to install on the bike!). The stock fairing panels and exhaust are included. The only flaw in the paint is a small touched up (before I got the bike) area on the corner of the fairing near the right handlebar. It was small enough that I decided not to do anything about it. The top of the fuel tank was signed by Gianluca Galasso, who was the development rider and factory racer for Bimota during that time.

vdue chamber 2Maybe it is worth buying just to be able to stare at that. Click here for an excellent read on the V-Due from Odd-bike.com.

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Just some graphic close ups. Take a moment if you need to.

Join the auction fun here.

Ian

Good From Far, Far From Good?  1998 Bimota V-Due
Bimota December 28, 2012 posted by

Relisted: 1998 Bimota V Due in Arizona with 48 Miles [Video]

Update 12.28.2012: After being relisted in early December, the seller has contacted us with a new listing and a revised reserve. Good luck to buyer and seller! -dc

We originally posted this V Due in a block with 3 other Bimota's from the same seller. This bike is being relisted after a winning bid of $19700 was accepted but the deal fell through. Opening bid is $18k reserve not met with less than 3 days remaining on the auction. Make sure to note the seller's requirement for wire transfer with 72 hours as the only accepted method of payment.

1998 Bimota V Due For Sale on eBay

from the seller:

This Vdue is being relisted due to a buyer that could not understand my payment requirements. Please read and understand them as I do not bend on these requirements. At all.

1998 Bimota Vdue 500 Iniezione

78 kilometers (48 miles). On 1st title (AZ) from the MSO. Never registered/plated.

Completely stock/original. No modifications. Fuel Injected. FI has not been touched/tuned.

I won't go into all the details of a Vdue. If you are interested in this bike, then you already know what it is. There are no stories with this bike, It is very straight forward. It has 78 kilometers (48 miles). It has a clean Arizona title. Only titled, never registered or plated. It starts and runs as it should and all functions operate as designed. I have included a short video of it starting and idling. You are more than welcome to come and inspect the bike & listen to it run. No test rides though. All inspections must be done before the auction ends.

PLEASE READ AND UNDERSTAND THIS BEFORE BIDDING. PAYMENT OPTIONS ARE NON NEGOTIABLE. Payment via direct bank to bank wire transfer only. No other forms of payment accepted. NO PAYPAL, no cash, no money orders or cashiers checks.

dc

Bimota February 22, 2012 posted by

Round 2: More from the Seattle Homologation SportBike Collection For Sale

Update 2.18.2012: The seller has notified me that both V Due's are now sold, and the RC45 and RC30 are pending sale.

Update 2.23.2012: The seller has notified me that the 888 is no longer available. The R7 is still available and we should be receiving new pictures soon. There may also be an opportunity to obtain an OW-01 from this same collection and I will add details when I receive them. -dc

Long time fans of RSBFS recall the first time the Seattle seller came forward to let a few go from his amazing collection. We were honored to be the exclusive site offering viewers the opportunity to obtain these bikes and were able to connect several readers with his bikes. We are proud to make that opportunity available again as he's contacted me to let us know that he's considering thinning the herd even more and is pulling the following bikes from storage to get them ready for sale. Get your drool buckets ready...

Honda RC30 For Sale - PENDING SALE

Honda RC45 For Sale - PENDING SALE

Yamaha R7 For Sale

TWO Bimota V Due 500 For Sale - Both now SOLD

For now consider this post a teaser, but serious parties can contact me directly as we'll be acting as proxy in the release of the seller's email address.

As more information and pictures are made available, I will be updating and bumping this post to keep us all up to date.

In the meantime, I'm going start filling out the forms for a 2nd mortgage...

dc

Round 2:  More from the Seattle Homologation SportBike Collection For Sale
Bimota May 10, 2011 posted by

Smoke gets in my eyes – 1998 Bimota V-Due Evoluzione

1998 Bimota V-Due Evoluzione with 201 miles in Florida!

I wasn't lucky enough to grow up around them 2-stroke smoking machines, so I don't get all misty eyed like some of my fellow RSBFS contributors whenever a Suzuki RGV, Honda NSR250, or Aprilia RS250 comes up for sale.  I do, however, being a bit of a Bimota fan, the V-Due gets my attention every time:

YOU ARE BIDDING ON: A USED RARE / HARD to FIND LATE MODEL 1998 BIMOTA V-DUE EVOLUZIONE 500cc 2-STROKE MOTORCYCLE with ONLY 201 MILES.

Please check pictures, as you can see this 1998 Bimota V-DueEvoluzione is in good - very good condition. This bike has been in a collection for many years and still needs to have the electronics sorted still - as it is completely original and has not been modified except for the stainless collector pipes. This bike is being sold AS IS with a Bill of Sale only and I do not know what country it was imported from.

Since the bike has been sitting so long, the battery is dead and the carbs will need to be cleaned. Also, as you can see the bottom of the fairings are damaged from gas leaking on them. To my knowledge, the bottom of these fairings may still be available in carbon?

The front fairing on the white number plate has a small scratch, but the rest of the bike is close to perfect (except for the lower fairing).

If you are familiar with Bimotas V-Due project and lineage, then you are also probably familiar with the need for the electronics to be sorted out on the bike for it to run at its full potential.

This is a late model V-Due and does not have fuel injection. The fuel injection was removed and replaced with carburetors at the factory to help fix some of it's running problems (didn't really work that well), but does make it easier to tune the bike. Also the later model V-Dues have a digital tach, and a different paint scheme.

The V Due was a bike very significant in that 1.) it was Bimota's first and only (and ill-fated) attempt to develop an engine in-house  2.) it was supposed to be with cutting direct injection technology (on a 2-stroke!)  3.) styling was and still is absolutely drop dead gorgeous  4.) it broke Bimota.

Since a few V Dues have been listed before on RSBFS and we have written quite extensively about it, I'm going to be lazy and ask everyone to click here to read about them in our previous posts.

The one for sale here is the Evoluzione version - which means it is the later carb-ed models after the initial fuel injected production batch were plagued with running problems, so much so that a recall had to be issued.  The good thing is that carbs are much easier to tune than Italian fuel injection systems.

The bad thing is, as the seller states:"...still needs to have the electronics sorted still." which could mean anything on a 1998 Bimota.  The good news, however, is that there is a good following of V-Dues and there are websites (and passionate enthusiasts) dedicated to it, so I guess if the will is there, any V Due can be made to run properly.

The auction currently sits at $10,000 with 7 days to go - a good indication of just how desirable these bikes are. Did I mention that there are only - surprise, surprise - 500 (probably more like 300 by now) of these out there?  If you're feeling lucky,

ph