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Bimota May 1, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: 1991 Bimota YB10 Dieci for Sale

I've mentioned this before, but everything just sounds cooler in Italian. If you want to intimidate someone, just shout gibberish at them in German: anything you say sounds clipped and military and very, very serious. But yell at someone in Italian, and it just sounds like you're trying to very emphatically seduce them. I mean, Italian car and motorcycle manufacturers don't even have to try, they just basically describe the thing, and it still sounds cool, exotic, and expensive. A Maserati Quatroporte? You mean a Maserati "Four-Door"? And bikes are even lazier: Testastretta is just "Narrow Head" and Desmosedici sounds plenty exotic, but it's just "Desmo Sixteen [Valves]." Today's Featured Listing Bimota YB10 Dieci might be the worst offender though. In English, it's just the "Yamaha-Bimota #10 Ten."

While giving your bike a simple, two-digit number for a name may not be all that creative, it suits Bimota's pragmatic approach to making impractical motorcycles. Seeing the potential in the powerful, efficient, and reliable engines being churned out by the Japanese manufacturers packaged into overweight, overbuilt, and under-suspended roadbikes, they took that performance and stuffed it into machines as much as a hundred pounds lighter. Spared any need to be affordable or practical, Bimota was free to experiment with exotic, weight-saving materials, the newest ideas in frame design, and the best suspension components available at both ends. Bimota's creations might not have been very versatile, but they were pretty good at the one thing they were supposed to be good at, which was going fast and looking cool. Okay, I guess that's really two things...

Of course, the fact that they were freed from any need to be practical also means that they can be a real pain to service. The stiff, light aluminum beam frame that was Bimota's signature during this period was wrapped tightly around the engine to keep weight down and centralize mass, so many of their bikes need to be pretty much completely disassembled before you can perform basic maintenance. Thankfully, they were also designed with body panels that are easily removed with a minimum of fuss. Seriously: look closely at those plastics and note how few seams and mounting points are visible: the tank cover, seat, and tail section are all one piece.

Of course, there's a downside to that simplicity as well: drop a modern sportbike and you might just have to replace a couple sections of fairing or a side panel or two. But when your bodywork consists of just four or five separate pieces and only 224 machines were ever produced... Well let's just say that if I owned a Bimota Dieci and planned to ride it regularly, I'd order a set of Airtech fairings and have them painted up to look like the original parts, then hang the stock bodywork on my livingroom wall.

I'm not sure exactly what changes were made between the 1987 YB4 and the 1991 YB10, but the bodywork and frame look suspiciously similar. That's no bad thing, as Italian vehicles always do seem to get better with each successive generation as the kinks are worked out, right up until they finally get it right and then promptly discontinue the model. Similar-looking Yamaha-engined Bimotas were powered by 750 and 400cc versions of their five-valve Genesis liquid-cooled inline four, but this is the big daddy, motivated by a nearly stock 1002cc engine and five-speed gearbox from the FZR1000 that produced 145hp. With a claimed weight of 407lbs, nearly 70 less than the donor bike, the slippery superbike could hit a tested top speed of 172mph, with stability provided by the fully adjustable 42mm Marzocchi upside-down forks up front and an adjustable Öhlins shock out back, which the seller has helpfully photographed for prospective buyers.

From the Seller: 1991 Bimota YB10 Dieci for Sale

VIN: ZESS8YA23MRZES041 In 1991 the first of 224 (total production) YB10 Dieci machines were produced with many of the best bits from previous models. Named Dieci (ten) in recognition of the 10th collaboration between Bimota and Yamaha, the YB10 represents the evolution of the series YB6 and YB8 with a 4 cylinder 1000cc Bimota tuned Yamaha engine. Pierluigi Marconi used inverted Marzocchi forks, super strong lightweight aluminum beam frame, redesigned aero, larger high-flow carbureted intake and more comfortable riding position. Dieci is the perfect name for the final development of the YB line. Weighing in at 407lbs (65lbs down on the stock Yamaha FZR) with 145BHP on tap, gives the rider power with a comfortable and balanced ride. Great brakes were a must so Marconi used a pair of 320mm front discs plus a single rear 230, combined with Brembo calipers. Whilst this Dieci is 25 years old and shows just over 12000 miles it doesn’t appear tired or dated. It has been well preserved and restored where necessary. The bodywork is less rounded than current trends but the ‘stealth’ look still works well, especially with its silver over red combination. Overall the body panels are well preserved and in very good condition. Recent performance and service includes Ohlin rear shock, new Pirelli Corsa tires, Termignoni carbon muffler, new chain and sprocket, new braided lines and new battery. The Dieci was originally sold and serviced by Bob Steinbugler at Bimota Spirit. Needs nothing, ready to ride. $10,500. Contact Matt with your interest: mattshaw@comcast.net

The $10,500 the seller is asking is right in line with the asking prices we've seen for similar Bimotas recently, and is pretty much chump change for such a rare, exotic, and good looking machine that can still show many modern sportbikes a clean pair of heels. You might have to work a bit harder, and avoid pissing matches with modern literbikes, but your buddy on an R6 or GSX-R is going to be very shocked to see those two big, round, endurance-style headlamps in his rear-view mirrors on a brisk Sunday morning ride...

-tad

Featured Listing: 1991 Bimota YB10 Dieci for Sale
Bimota September 2, 2015 posted by

La Piccolina – 1988 Bimota YB7

Quite rare stateside, the Yamaha 400-four powered Bimota YB7 might be the exotic you feel safe sending your girlfriend out on.  While most of the 321 production models went to Japan ( due to insurance regulations ), a handful has found there way here.  Though you can wind it out in every gear, the feather weight makes the YB7 probably Bimota's most streetable bike.

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1988 Bimota YB7 for sale on eBay

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Reporting 65 hp at 12,000 rpm, you have to get deep into the 4-valve inline four to go places.  But you're not swimming alone - clearly oversized aluminum perimeter frame is welded to billet connectors, with matching aluminum swingarm.  42mm Marzocchi forks are followed by Ohlins monoshock, all kept in check by dual 280mm front disks, 230mm rear.  The headline news at the first corner is the "vintage" weight of around 350 lbs., making this a thoroughly flickable ride.

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From the stable of a Conn. collector, this Bimota has under 5,000 miles, not a boatload of eBay photos, but some good information in the auction:

Only 320 units made for the world wide market it is believed that less than 20 were delivered to the United States making this a very rare jewel.  Most of the production went to Japan where the 400cc motor capacity was the largest bike you could ride at the time.  This is a wicked cool little bike.  It features the hand welded  huge aluminum beam frame that Bimota is known for as well as the top quality Marzoochi/Ohlins suspension, massive Brembo brakes and Bimota spec OSCAM wheels.   For power you got a screaming 14,000rpm Yamaha  FZR400SP power plant.  Cool thing about this bike is you can sit on it and touch the ground flat footed if you are under 5'5".  My wife and daughter both rode this with no problem.  I'm 5'11" and it fit me perfectly.  It's so dam light at about 325lbs. It flicks from side to side so quickly its amazing. Probably the most fun bike to ride in my whole collection. This particular bike came to me a few years back from it's first owner.  It's in real nice condition.  It has not ever been crashed but a couple scratched on the left  side motor cover and the bar end say it did fall over once.  That is more than likely due to the suicide Ducati style retracing side stand. (stupid design!)  Anyway the bodywork is very nice with no breaks it has a few stress cracks but certainly completely showable.  I would rate it a 8 out of 10.  Not museum quality like my other listed Bimota's but very very nice. This bike was recently serviced and runs perfect.

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Sporting the classy white with red and gold, the dual-headlight fairing is looking good.  Pete says it fits him nicely at 5'11", though a backpack would be handy with the monoposto seat fairing.  If you can stick with the bigger-bike guys to the start of the twisties, the little YB7 will show its specialty.  With a road title this is certainly a rare opportunity, and on the east coast...

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-donn

La Piccolina – 1988 Bimota YB7
Bimota May 5, 2015 posted by

Japanese-Market Rarity: 1988 Bimota YB7 for Sale

1988 Bimota YB7 R Side Front

Only rarely seen outside Japan, the market for which it was exclusively designed, the Bimota YB7 is like a 3/4 scale YB4. The bike is based around the FZR400 powerplant, so it's obviously no real powerhouse, with a claimed 65hp from the 399cc liquid-cooled four. But that just means you get a sweet-handling, four-cylinder exotic with performance you can actually access, seeing redline in multiple gears, instead of just first, without finding yourself in the pokey.

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And weighing in at 352lbs dry, it's not like the bike is actually slow: 136mph is plenty to have fun with, and the bike has a reputation for being relatively easy to ride and unintimidating as well, even in everyday traffic.

1988 Bimota YB7 Dash

They're very rare as well, with less than 500 produced and, being Bimota, they're certainly collectible. So these fill a bit of a weird niche: an everyday exotic that won't try and kill you. For me, that's a big plus but, for many speed-junkies, anything less than 750cc's is a complete waste of time.

1988 Bimota YB7 L Peg Detail

From the original eBay listing: 1988 Bimota YB7 for Sale

Located in Santa Ana, California. Bike has 5951 km = 3570 miles on it. This Bimota is based on the Yamaha FZR400. These bikes were built for the Japanese market only. Bimota made approx. 321 of these bikes. This bike is in very good condition with low miles. The engine runs very good. There is no crash damage on this bike. I do not have a title for this bike. Bike is being sold with a bill of sale only. Non USA buyers will have to make there own shipping arrangements. I can recommend a very good shipping company in Los Angeles. Bike is being sold as is, no returns. So, ask questions and look at the pictures carefully before you bid. Again, this bike is being sold with a bill of sale only. I do not have a title for this bike.

1988 Bimota YB7 Front

The seller mentions that he doesn't have a title for this bike, so be sure to check with your DMV if you plan to register it for the road. Caveat emptor: in some states, this will definitely cause headaches, although it may be no problem at all in others.

1988 Bimota YB7 L Rear Wheel

That being said, it's a really cool little bike that has, so far, generated very little interest. Which is a shame: parts to maintain it should be easy to come by, even if fairing panels are not, and the bike will provide more capability than probably 90% of riders can actually exploit.

1988 Bimota YB7 L Peg Detail

If you could locate some pattern bodywork, it might make a very cool little racebike or track-day curiosity. Certainly, it'd be satisfying to run down literbikes and even 600's on a screaming little 400...

-tad

1988 Bimota YB7 R Side

Japanese-Market Rarity: 1988 Bimota YB7 for Sale
Bimota July 1, 2014 posted by

Does size matter? 1992 Bimota YB7

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What you are looking at is 400ccs of Bimota goodness. Meant to be the Rimini firm's entry into the hyperactive Japanese small bike segment, the YB7 called on styling and design cues from larger Bimota models while making the best possible use of the Yamaha sourced FZ400 engine and gearbox. There was a planned run of 500 units, however there doesn't seem to be more than 300 or so actually built; like many Bimotas, production figures are sketchy (at best). Models are generally constructed until interest wanes. The YB7 has the classic lines and good looks of its bigger brothers, the YB4 (750cc) and YB6 (1000cc). Never officially imported into the US, this particular example currently resides in Japan.

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1992 Bimota YB7 for sale in Japan

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From the seller:
Bimota YB-7 engine strong,
Rear sprocket model which carries better to exchange is good, the engine of the rare Yamaha FZR400R
Is there a registration dossier in Japan.
Send the world, delivery consultation, please ask.

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Language barriers are difficult when selling an emotion the likes of a Bimota. Rather than flame the seller for a brave attempt at translation (translating words, if not the intent), I will applaud him for offering up such a rare model worldwide. These do not come around often, so if you are looking to add to your 400cc collection and don't have one of these, better get moving. The YB7 is a gem of a small sport bike. Depending upon where you live in the world, this one just might be worth looking at. Check it out here. Good Luck!

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Does size matter?  1992 Bimota YB7
Bimota June 22, 2012 posted by

Wonder from Down Under: 1988 Bimota YB7

For Sale: 1988 Bimota YB7

I'm dragging on my nomex undies in preparation for this one. By all counts a very rare YB7 deserves a place in the pages of RSBFS - and a home in somebody's heated garage. But the reality of hand built Italian motorcycles is that most of them are rare, and we have received some backlash for having posted waaay too many Bimotas as of late (is it safe to post a Bimota again?). It doesn't help the North American readers when this one is located in Brisbane, Australia. It is certainly true that there are plenty of great bikes out there to drool over - most of them strokers and smokers - but I'm taking a risk that readers will still appreciate this 400, even if it does hail from Rimini.

The YB7 installed the engine and gearbox from a Yamaha FZR400 and wrapped the rest in aluminum and hand laid fiberglass. What was left was sprinkled with Brembo, Marzocchi and Ohlins, and then painted in the striking red/white/black/gold scheme similar to the rest of the family lineup: YB4 (750) and YB6 (1000).

From the seller:
THIS IS A BIMOTA YB7 BUILT FOR ONE YEAR ONLY IN 1988 IN VERY GOOD ORIGINAL CONDITION AND ONLY DONE 17,OOOKLMS,THEY ARE POWERED BY A YAMAHA FZR400 IN LINE 4 CYL ENGINE WITH A 6 SPEED GEARBOX.HAS RECENTLY HAD A NEW FRONT TYRE,NEW BRAKE PADS,NEW BATTERY,AND THE POD AIR FILTERS,THERE ARE SOME MINOR SCRATCHES TO THE TANK AND PLASTICS BUT OVERALL IT LOOKS GOOD,THIS BIKE IS A PRIVATE IMPORT AND COMES WITH THE IMPORT APPROVAL AND COMPLIANCE PLATE WHICH ALLOWS IT TO BE REGISTERED ANYWHERE IN AUSTRALIA.

I'm pretty sure that readers will not need to know much about the quality and relative rarity of a Bimota offering. Readers probably are equally familiar with the FZR400, with it's jewel of a powerplant and 6-speed tranny. The smaller Yamahas are popular bikes on RSBFS, both for collections as well as track days. While I'm not sure that I would want to risk this YB7 for the track, I can only imagine that the Bimota reputation for performance would make it a joy to ride on a closed circuit.

This particular bike has 17,000 KM on the clock (that is about ten five for the non-metric set in the US). The asking price is AU $8,950 OBO. The exchange rate is not exactly helping US based buyers, as that works out to be slightly more than $9,100 USD. Still, we don't see many of the "7" model on these pages, making this a great find. For more info and pictures, click the link and jump over to the auction. G'Day!

MI

Bimota November 15, 2011 posted by

Destination Japan: 1989 Bimota YB7

Destination Japan:  1989 Bimota YB7

You are looking at Bimota's entry into the Japanese small cc wars of the late 80's and early 90's.  Apparently the Japanese Bimota importer had the exclusive right to the YB7's until the buyers there voted with their wallets and said "no more".  The production run was supposed to produce 500 units but I'm seeing claims of 321  actually built.  You don't have to go to Japan to find this one but you still have to cross a border; it is located in Canada.

Your typical Bimota attention to detail on the frame.  Looking through the RSBFS records, which are under tight security ( think Fort Knox), the YB7 is one of the more rare Bimota's to be had. We've only listed a handful.  It has Yamaha's FZ400 engine hidden under the bodywork.  I saw the spec sheet claims 65 hp. Hmmmmm, anyone ever had one on a dyno?

The seller loves the close up's.  This one is going home with someone, it looks like there was no reserve.

The details:

I shipped this bike in from Japan a couple of years ago. It is registered with a legal Canadian title and has been safety inspected. It has only 2,550 kms on it, and recent set of Pirelli tires. It runs great and is a joy to rev up to 14,000 rpm! It is very light and nimble and the handling is amazing, even by today's standards.

I am assuming that anyone looking at this is aware of how special these bikes are. More pictures available upon request. Although not a museum piece I consider it to be in excellent condition for the age and the distance it has travelled to get here. White wheels are in excellent condition, and the windscreen has only minor scratches. The only cosmetics that I am unsatisfied with are the scratches on the right hand mirror and some minor paint issues, which I have tried to show in the pictures. 

 

Overall it looks like a well kept  bike.  It does have some scratches here and there and some of the stickers look a little worn but overall a clean bike.  It is low mileage with less than 2000 miles on it.

570lbs?  Did I convert correctly?  That seems heavier than I would have expected.

Bid to win!

Ian