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Bimota April 21, 2017 posted by

Screaming Deal: 1996 Bimota YB9SR for Sale

This is the first Bimota YB9SR I can remember seeing for sale and the seller unfortunately includes very little information, although the photos are of decent quality. The one detail you might want to keep in mind? The $5,500 asking price which, assuming the bike is mechanically sound, makes it an absolute steal. You probably won't find the YB9 on a short list of classic Bimotas, but bascially every Bimota is rare, fast, and collectible, although "fast" might be pushing things a bit here. The "9" has nothing to do with the bike's displacement and simply indicates that it's the ninth Bimota powered by a Yamaha engine. It's a bit down on power compared to its stablemates the SB6 and the YB11, which feature the GSX-R1100 and YZF1000R "Thunderace," respectively, since the YB9 actually uses the liquid-cooled inline four and transmission from the YZF600R "Thundercat" [Ho!] with around 100hp and it even uses that bike's stock gauge cluster, nestled in between the carbon air-intake tubes.

Bimota obviously made its reputation wrapping lightweight frames and sexy bodywork around reliable powerplants from Japan, sexy powerplants from Ducati, and even the occasional German powerplant from BMW... Their early offerings used tube-style frames like the Verlicchi part from yesterday's Ducati 750 F1, but by the 1990s they'd moved on to aluminum beam frames as seen here. Access on some beam-frame models for maintenance and repair can be a bit iffy: the massive-looking part used on the SB6 and SB6R is designed to connect the steering head and swingarm pivot directly, but makes access to some parts difficult, like the front sprocket that supposedly requires the engine to be dropped when it needs changing... I've heard no such complaints about the YB11 that uses a very similar frame to the one seen here, which makes a certain amount of sense considering the fact that both use Yamaha engines.

This appears to be the carbureted SR model, not the fuel-injected SRi introduced in 1996: the metal knob at the top of the triple clamp looks like it could be the choke. That's probably no bad thing, as the fuel injection system was exclusive to the Bimota and will probably make maintaining the bike more problematic: with just 651 YB9s built, anything exclusive to the model might be tricky to source. The system did add a few claimed ponies but, like all Bimotas of the period, reviews of the fueling "improvements" varied a bit and I've read both rants and raves. And as easy as it should be to maintain the YZF600 engine and transmission, be aware that bits and seals for those forks and the Paioli rear shock might not be so easy and the bodywork... Let's just say if it were mine, I'd be regularly trolling eBay for panels "just in case."

From the original Craigslist post: 1996 Bimota YB9SR for Sale

2,653 original miles. 2nd owner. All stock, 1 of 3 imported to the US. Email for more info. Available April 19-26 only.

So the listing contains very little information, but mileage is extremely low, and it looks to be in pristine condition from the few photos provided. And the price? A screaming deal at $5,500. I'm under the impression that the seller needs to sell quickly, which might explain a price more in line with a decent used 600cc supersport. Of course the YB9's 600cc engine means a modern 600cc supersport would probably destroy it in any straight-line competition, but handling should still be impressive. Maintenance should be affordable, but bodywork might be very difficult to obtain if you push a bit too hard... I'm not the biggest fan of the yellow color with blue graphics, but this is a great-looking bike and possibly the cheapest way to get into Bimota ownership outside the questionably-styled Mantra.

-tad

Screaming Deal: 1996 Bimota YB9SR for Sale
Bimota April 14, 2016 posted by

1991 Bimota YB9 Bellaria available in North Carolina

bimota yb9 for sale

Bimota sportbikes tend to get a bad rap at RSBFS as they are inherently rare, but they're always available for sale as well. This particular example isn't your garden variety SB6R though. This is the YB9 which utilizes Yamaha's FZR600 engine. The seller notes that only 145 examples were produced worldwide making it very rare indeed. We have only posted a YB9 one other time in 2009. This example has actually been ridden with nearly 17k miles but is reasonably priced at $7,950.

dc

1991 Bimota YB9 for sale on eBay

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from the seller's listing:

The Bimota YB9 Bellaria was produced from 1990-93. Only 145 in total were made, making this an exceptionally rare motorcycle, even by Bimota standards. It's unknown how many have been imported into the U.S., but I have seen no others listed by owners in recent years. Most Bimotas were not given a name, but in this case Bimota decided to call it the Bellaria, which means "beautiful air" in Italian. The YB9 uses Yamaha's FZR600 engine, with a Bimota airbox and exhaust system boosting power to 95 hp. The frame is the crown jewel of the bike, a beautifully crafted twin-spar alloy frame with 42mm inverted forks and aluminum swingarm. Brembo four-piston calipers are up front, with Brembo two-piston in the rear. The YB9 is notable for its sporting but less extreme riding position and was the first Bimota with a two-passenger seat.

This 1991 YB9 is in excellent condition mechanically and cosmetically. The frame and running gear are in exceptional condition for a 25 year old motorcycle. The instruments were far ahead of their time, with digital readouts and backlighting on the tachometer, and are all still operating as designed. The original bodywork was repainted to a very high standard by the previous owner. The factory baby blue color was changed to classic Bimota red and white. It's a matter of taste, but in my opinion the bike looks far better now than in its original color scheme.

This YB9 was serviced last year by Bimota Spirit, the leading Bimota service shop in the U.S. The Mikuni carburetors were completely disassembled and cleaned, new air and oil filters and battery were installed. New rear brake pads have also been fitted. The bike starts easily and the engine runs and performs as expected. An auxiliary fan switch can be activated at the rider's discretion. The battery is wired for a Battery Tender, which is included in the sale.

This is a great bike to ride anywhere, but especially on backroads. It has remarkably stable but quick handling, combined with thrilling high-end power from its 600cc four-cylinder engine. If you don't think 600cc is enough engine, you will change your mind after the first ride on this YB9! I recently displayed the bike at Charlotte's Motori Italiano, where it received much attention and admiration.

Note: There is some slight weeping from one of the fork seals, new owner will need to address this at some point. Otherwise, a flawless Bimota.

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1991 Bimota YB9 Bellaria available in North Carolina
Bimota September 16, 2009 posted by

1991 Bimota YB9 Bellaria buy-it-now for $8200.00

Here we have another Bimota for sale.  It seems as of late there have been a lot of these up for sale, but who's complaining?  Not me, because I think they are really nice works of motorcycle art.

Check out all of the machined aluminum bits on this bike, they're amazing! 

Now, if my memory serves me correctly the YB9's cost over $10,000 in 91 which was a truck load of cash for a 600cc bike.  I believe the FZR600's were going for $5,000 to $6,000 back in 91.  I compared it to the FZR because the YB9 uses the FZR 600 engine.  Obviously, they didn't have the mystique that Bimota was offering either.  This bike is not in it's original color, but has been done in a very tasteful Bimota type paint scheme.  Originally, these were offered in a very odd, light blue color that was not very appealing to sport bikers.  However, they did offer a rarity in that this bike has a digital dash, that was way ahead of the Japanese big 4.   
 

This YB9 is one of the rarest bikes in the USA (less than 5 ),even the world, as only 200 were made! It is a full restoration from Italy as I know it, possibly from the race series where Bimota won the 600 series 91-93.

 
I was unable to verify the above statement, but I'm sure some of our readers will be giving me the 411 on the bike as we have few Bimota followers out there.

dd