Even Bimota was not immune to the siren call of Yamaha’s 130 hp FJ1200, producing one of their only biposto models. This example has been carefully preserved in South Africa.
Yamaha had recently given their air/oil-cooled four a big displacement bump and tuned it for a torque band that made shifting almost unnecessary. The massive lump was narrower than usual since the alternator was placed behind the cylinders rather than at the end of the crank. At the front of the interesting cradle and spar chassis, Marzocchi supplied 42mm forks, and Bimota fabricated their own swingarm. Wheels were eighteens front and rear, more of a GT solution, along with 280mm Brembo brakes. The body-color pillion cover is easily removable should a volunteer turn up.
This owner has a couple of other very collectible bikes at auction, all looking excellent though a long boat or plane ride away. Close-up photos show the finishes to be unblemished, with just under 10,000 miles the paint almost looks wet. From the eBay auction:
Number 18 out of 208 units ever produced.Bimota YB5’s do not come up for sale often, so this is the perfect opportunity to add a prime example of one to your collection.She handles surprisingly well considering a dry weight of 210 Kg.Apart from the turn signals, mirrors and windscreen everything else is still original. Even the factory paintwork has been preserved.The YB5 has been part of my private collection for the past five years in which time the vehicle only accumulated less than 500 Km.The tires were replaced about two years ago and a full service, including replacing the brake pads and the battery was completed three weeks ago.
Bimota couldn’t do much about the mass of that gorgeous drivetrain, though they reduced the dry weight to just under 500 lbs., and balanced the package to neutralize handling. The YB5’s rake and trail numbers are substantially less than the donor FJ, lightening the handling and stipulating a steering damper. Low profile tires were specified for the bike, which reduced the gyroscopic effect of the larger wheels. The “skinny” 1200 slips into the sleek fairing and can take two for a wicked sporty ride.