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Bimota October 17, 2017 posted by

Why Be Ordinary? 1992 Bimota YB8 for Sale

By the end of the 1990s, it could be argued that Bimota was basically irrelevant. After all, the whole point of a Bimota was simple: take a powerful, reliable engine from a bike from an established manufacturer, then slip it into a stiff, lightweight frame with the best suspension money could buy at both ends, and wrap it all in simple, lightweight bodywork. The resulting bikes were free from practical considerations, expensive, and very fast. Sure, they often weren't quite finished as delivered, but a bit of time setting one up to your personal preferences meant you had the ultimate exotic racebike for the road. Unfortunately, the relentless pace of the Japanese manufacturers meant that their powerful, reliable engines were soon housed in bikes that were lighter than past efforts and handled much better than ever before, erasing any real advantage the Rimini machines had over their stock counterparts. But before that happened, bikes like this Bimota YB8 showed just how spectacular the results could be.

The YB8 was an evolutionary design, and used same basic frame as the YB4 and YB6, but used the larger, more powerful FZR1000 engine, complete with the famed EXUP system. 149 claimed horses doesn't sound like much in this era of superbikes making more than 200hp at the rear wheel, but keep in mind that Yamaha felt that the FZR only needed five gears for its literbike instead of the six found on 600s and 750s, and the 1002cc engine has a spread of torque that would make a modern machine jealous. Bimota claimed their alloy-framed confection was a claimed 64lbs lighter than a donor bike that no one would call slow even today. In the YB8, it meant a tested top speed of 173mph to match the race-bred handling.

One of the things that stands out on the YB8 and Bimotas in general is something that's missing: bodywork fasteners. If you've ever serviced your own sportbike, you know that, in most cases, removing the bodywork is a nightmare of tiny, sometimes inaccessible fasteners, screws, and plastic clips, that require all manner of wiggling and cursing to remove. Not here. Just a few bolts attach the bodywork, helped by the fact that the panels themselves are made up of just a few pieces. Great for simplicity, but possibly very expensive if your pride and joy tips over in the garage...

From the original eBay listing: 1992 Bimota YB8 for Sale

1992 Bimota YB8
1,900 original miles (3,200 kilometers)
Original / Unrestored
A+ condition
Clean title in hand
VIN: ZESS8YA23NRANS003

Here is a quick video with walk around etc... Sorry for my terrible mic on my camera. Also may seem like I'm winding it out a little at the end of the video, was just trying to show that it runs good on power, was no where near red line. Also switched to open source music so my apologies if it is annoying.

Bought the bike from a guy who had it sitting in his living room for several years. I love the early 90s carbed full fairing sport bikes so I had to have this when I saw it. The only reason I am selling is to fund another purchase that I have been given exclusive opportunity for. I was given a folder full of paperwork, with full service history, manuals, brochures etc... from what I see in there this bike stickered for $23,000 in 1992. I am also under the impression that this was one of only a handful of these imported into the U.S. for sale.

A bike like this is really only going to go up in value as the full fairing bikes of the early 90s are just getting rarer by the day, this one was rare in the first place with only 252 being manufactured there is probably only a handful left, and maybe none in this condition with this low of miles... please only bid if you are serious about owning and IF YOU HAVE 0 FEEDBACK YOU MUST CONTACT ME PRIOR TO BIDDING

THE ODO IS AT 3200... I AM OF THE UNDERSTANDING THAT THIS IS IN KILOMETERS... which would translate to ~1,900 miles...PLEASE UNDERSTAND I AM NOT 100% CERTAIN OF THAT, IF YOU KNOW HOW I CAN FIND OUT FOR SURE LET ME KNOW, WORST CASE SCENARIO IT HAS 3200 MILES.

Bike is for sale locally for $18,500 obo although I did not know exactly what to ask as the bike very well could be one of a kind in this condition, with this low of miles. I am definitely negotiable. If bike does not sell prior to auction end it will sell to highest bidder. Local buyers encouraged to come see the bike in person, all others I can send pictures or video of whatever you would like to see.

SHIPPING: I am happy to assist your shipper in any way I can, I can also provide a shipped to your door price where I arrange all of the shipping. Shipping motorcycles these days is very reasonable usually costing 200-600$ depending on how far you are from Reno, NV.

If you have ANY questions please feel free to contact me call or text at 775 742 8807 or message through eBay.

In case you missed it in the excerpt above, the seller does include a video of the bike, including a walk-around, start-up, rev, and even a ride. I recommend you turn the volume way down, or skip forward to the 2:20 mark to avoid the really horrible music that's even worse than the seller suggests. It's not the greatest video but it does give you a pretty good idea of what to expect. The seller is very honest about the fact that he wasn't sure how to price this, which is refreshing. Unfortunately, that $18,500 asking price seems optimistic, considering what 90s Bimotas have been selling, or not selling for recently. These Bimotas have a bit of a kit-bike feel to them, but with a bit of patience and, in some cases, even a bit of re-engineering, they can be made into very fast machines, since the fundamentals are all there: the trademark frame, powerful engine, high quality, if slightly dated suspension, and lightweight bodywork. This does look like a very nice example, a sharp, low-mileage bike that should need nothing, whether you plan to display it or to use it on the road.

-tad

Why Be Ordinary? 1992 Bimota YB8 for Sale
Bimota November 1, 2016 posted by

Nineties Flyer: 1991 Bimota YB8 for Sale

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With lightweight bodywork held on by just a few bolts [note the one-piece tank-and-tail unit] and a plastic fuel cell, the Bimota YB8 used plenty of tricks learned on the racetrack and was pretty far ahead of its time. Based on the previous YB4 and YB6 but powered by the larger FZR1000 engine, approximately 250 were produced between 1990 and 1994. Bimota claimed 149hp from the FZR1000 engine, up a bit compared to the stock bike due to Bimota ignoring the "gentleman's agreement" of the time and applying the usual tuning tricks, and the inline four puts its power to the rear wheel through the Yamaha's standard five-speed box. Top speed is a 173mph but, as always with Bimota, it's the cornering that impresses the most.

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It's hard to blame a small manufacturer if they wanted to recycle or slightly update an existing frame, especially if the donor engines slot in easily. Looking at the later YB11, the frames look very similar and, as was pointed out by one of the Commentariat, I wonder if a Yamaha R1 engine and transmission might slot in there without too much persuading... Somehow, that doesn't seem to be as sacrilegious an idea as it would be for something like, say, a Ducati. The resulting bike should be a shade lighter than the original R1 if the manufacturers' dry weights are to be believed...

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From the original eBay listing: 1991 Bimota YB8 for Sale

Very are super bike, mint condition, needs nothing, we ship at buyer's expense can ship worldwide. Runs excellent, reasonable reserve, rare opportunity.

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The listing doesn't include much information and the bike is clearly part of a larger collection. That's unfortunate although, obviously restoring that engine should be much easier than for some other obscure motorcycles. Bidding is up to just $5,200 with the Reserve Not Met, but Bimotas of this era seems to be going for around the $10,000 mark these days. Sure, for the price, you could buy a couple of nice Yamaha R1's, but that's hardly the point of this bit of Italian exotica.

-tad

1991-bimota-yb8-front

Nineties Flyer: 1991 Bimota YB8 for Sale
Bimota September 7, 2016 posted by

Framing the Superbike: 1988 Bimota YB4 Race Bike For Sale

1988 Bimota YB4 R Side

Although it's often the slinky bodywork that people remember about Bimotas, the frames are what really define them. The Bimota YB4 was designed around Bimota’s signature and unmistakable beam frame they used throughout the late 80s and 90s. No soft, moulded contours here: the spars look like girders that were extruded by some giant, industrial device, then cut and welded into place, with access to that five-valve Yamaha "Genesis" engine clearly an afterthought... The frame was amazingly stiff and, equipped with typically top-shelf suspension bits at both ends, the YB4 offered superlative handling.

1988 Bimota YB4 Front

Introduced in 1987, the YB4 started out as a pure racing machine, with no road-legal counterpart. But when rules were announced for the new World Superbike racing series, Bimota was forced to make a limited number of roadbikes for homologation purposes in order to compete. The bike was successful in both the earlier Formula 1 championship that predated the roadgoing YB4 as well as the later fledgling World Superbike series, where it successfully competed against Yamaha’s own highly-developed OW01, a testament to the YB4’s handling prowess.

1988 Bimota YB4 Dash

Of course, being a Bimota, the engine is far more pedestrian than the beautifully crafted frame and sleek bodywork. The YB4 was powered by a 749cc version of the five-valve Yamaha “Genesis” motor which, while not very exotic, packed plenty of performance, and that powerplant was backed by the standard Yamaha six-speed gearbox. The roadbike weighed in at a claimed 396lbs dry and used fuel injection, but the racing machines featured carburetors. Just over 300 were built and unusually, the YB4 is visually almost identical to the bigger-engined and more common YB6 that was stuffed full of 1000cc Genesis motor.

1988 Bimota YB4 Carbs

Today’s YB4 isn’t a road bike, or even a road bike converted into a track-only machine. This YB4 is actually the reason we have any roadgoing YB4s at all: it’s a genuine World Superbike racing bike as raced by Steve Parrish’s team with Keith Huewen at the controls.
From the original eBay listing: 1988 Bimota YB4 Race Bike for Sale

Bimota YB4 Racing WSBK - ex-Huewen/Parrish Team Yamaha Loctite UK

M.Y. 1988 VIN 000037

It is the 1988 Bimota YB4 WSBK Team Yamaha Loctite Parrish/Heuwen The bike was raced in 1988, ridden by Keith Huewen who is now a Moto GP commentator. It was ridden in the British Championship and also some World Championship events like the Hungaroring.

It has all the genuine parts with special quick release pipes magnesium sump etc. and very important it is exactly as it was raced. There were originally only 4 imported to the UK Team Loctite had problems with the fuel injection and converted them all back to carburettors.

Iconic bike of an iconic race era. Ride, parade and collect! Bulletproof investment.

1988 Bimota YB4 L Side Unfaired

According to the seller, the bike is currently in the UK, but that shouldn’t pose much of a problem for the well-heeled or seriously dedicated collectors considering a purchase of this machine. What's it worth? Well, it's basically a successful racing machine from an exotic Italian manufacturer that was campaigned by a famous rider for a famous team, making it a one-of-a-kind piece of motorcycle history.

-tad

1988 Bimota YB4 L Side

Framing the Superbike: 1988 Bimota YB4 Race Bike For Sale
Bimota October 1, 2015 posted by

We Live Too Fast – 1988 Bimota YB6

The liter-bike big brother of the successful 750cc YB4, the Bimota YB6 was a super-high performance hand-crafted machine.  Designed by Frederico Martini, a total of 546 of the Yamaha-powered superbike were produced from 1988-90.  It looked a great deal like the 1987 championship-winning YB4, but had 140 hp of Yamaha 5-valve engine behind the fairing.

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1988 Bimota YB6 for sale on eBay

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Squeezing the four cylinder engine as a stressed member, the massive aluminum extrusions of the YB6 provide a stable platform for the 165 mph machine.  The swingarm is a similar welded extrusion, and the big Yamaha motor is rotated a few degrees back to shorten the wheelbase.  Marzocchi provided the fully adjustable 42mm forks and remote reservoir monoshock.  four-piston Brembo calipers grip the 320mm front rotors, with 230mm rear.  Lovely endurance monoposto fairing is one of the most together designs ever, with dual fresh air intakes and classic but exciting graphics.

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Listed by a Piano, Italy shop that appears to specialize in restoring and customizing Harleys ( their motto is the title of this post ), this YB6 looks amazing.  Number 125 of the production run, it also looks to be number 1 in the Bimota historic register.  Pictured with a track-oriented dash with no odometer, the auction says it has 12,000 miles, might be km.  Not-so-period Termignoni carbon muffler could be retro-modded easily.  Lights and street dash are included, along with owner's manual and rear stand.  The owner offers references and assistance with shipping.  From the eBay auction:

THIS IS THE BIKE DISPLAYED ON THE BIMOTA BOOK "25 YEARS OF EXCELLENCE" by GIORGIO SARTI.

Very early model, one owner from new (the president of Bimota Club Italia), fully preserved conditions, comes with original indicators, user manual, dashboard, paddock stand. Italian registration documents.

Bike is currently located in Italy, 33080 Roveredo in Piano (Pordenone) but I can get them delivered all around the World at cost, no problem.

We can supply US contact as reference.

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Likely a project to register for the road, this could be a collection starter, or could be a superb vintage racer with the YB4-based frame.  A top seller for Bimota, but only an hour's production at their engine supplier, the YB6 is a hand-built superbike with a great pedigree.  Just a pleasure to look at and daydream...

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-donn

We Live Too Fast – 1988 Bimota YB6
Bimota May 29, 2013 posted by

The Most Classic Bimota: YB6 (Switzerland)

Produced in less than 1000 samples including EXUP models), the Yamaha FZR 1000 motored YB6 was among the most sold models from the Rimini based firm (the other most sold were the YB9 and the YB11 series). The YB6 built its image on the success on the race circuits in what was the ancestor of World Superbike. This was also a highly innovative motorcycle in terms of the technology it featured throughout. 22 years down the line, it is also still very beautiful to look at. Younger generations won't know the brand of Bimota, but surely they will notice the amazing frame of this bike and if they look closely, they will also notice the highest of standards in build quality.

Bimota YB6_1

Each Bimota is in fact, a hand built motorbike featuring a lot of “special” parts. The asking price close to 10.000 $ isn’t the cheapest you can find for this model, but that is still well worth for a motorbike with so much intrinsic value on top of its historical significance. The seller will also give you the original maintenance book, period brochures and magazines. I am sure that the potential buyer of a Bimota will sure appreciate.

Bimota YB6_2

In its white and red colors, this is also among the most beautiful Bimotas. With just 25.000 km on the clock, this YB6 is in great conditions. The FZR engine is very reliable so nothing to worry there. The YB6 also features carbs as opposed to later models with fuel injection.

Bimota YB6_3

Bimota was among the first companies to experiment with fuel injection. That meant that some bikes had a few early days issues and it is not un-common for some Bimota owners to dump the fuel injection and revert to reliable mechanical fueling given by the traditional Mikunis.

Bimota YB6_4

This is # 428 out if 546 produced before the introduction of the EXUP model. These bikes can only become more and more desirable in the future. If interested, click on the link below.

Bimota YB6_5

1991 Bimota YB6 in Switzerland

Claudio

Bimota June 14, 2012 posted by

Swiss Bimota Fetish …continued (YB6 and YB8)

If I only had some free cash I would grab one of these YB....

Here we have 2 of the most known models from the manufacturer of Rimini powered by the Yamaha FZR1000 and FZR1000 EXUP engines. They are on sale from the same owner (why, why, why ????) and up for grabs in Switzerland. The first bike is probably better known form the general public also because it was manufactured in 546 samples:

Bimota YB6

This bike has 22700km and can be yours with 6700$...yes you understood correctly...

Now if this is not a good deal enough for you, how about the YB6 successor, the YB6 Exup, otherwise known as the YB8 ?

This second one is even more rare and produced in just 252 samples.

Bimota YB8

Excited enough ? If not, let me tease you a bit more...How about if this YB8 with a total of 29000km would cost you the same price of 6700$ ??

Both bikes are in full original conditions and ready to drive or sit side by side in a lucky's collector garage.

The seller describes both bikes' conditions as follows:

im guten Zustand läuft tadellos.Besichtigung ist möglich

...which means : " in good conditions, runs perfectly. Viewing possible after appointment".

On sale at the Swiss auction site of Ricardo.ch with the above mentioned buy-it-now prices. links below:

 

Bimota YB6

Bimota YB8

If need somebody to pick these bikes and drive them you, just post a comment to this ad and I'll volunteer to help you out ! 🙂

Claudio