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Already Appreciating: Bimota VDue in NL

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This post is in our archives. Links in this post have been updated to point to similar bikes available to bid on eBay.

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Back in 1997 the VDue (pronounced “Vee-Doo-A”) was supposed to be the Bike that pulled Bimota out of debt and back on the map.  The idea was great; a fuel injected two stroke that offered riders the power of a 500cc two stroke without the peaky two stroke power issue.  But as anyone familiar with the VDue or regular readers of RSBFS know, exactly the opposite happened and the VDue was pretty much a disaster.

The VDue had several problems, including typical manufacturing quality issues from a small Italian company (including spares availability).   But the biggest problem was the Fuel Injector system never worked correctly.  The bike struggled to run smoothly and couldn’t pass USA EPA standards.  Bimota was forced to ditch the novel fuel injection system and offer bikes with carburetors, which kind of defeated the point of the motorcycle.

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1998 Bimota VDue for sale on ebay (Netherlands)

Faced with another hit to their reputation (the preceding Tesi effort had also been a sales disaster), Bimota was struggling and then during the 2000 World Superbike season one of Bimota’s main sponsors disappeared while owing the company a great deal of money. The combination of events forced Bimota to file for bankruptcy and close their doors.  The remaining VDues were locked in the factory but eventually acquired and sold off to a combination of collectors and enthusiasts who continued to work to improve them.

Note:  An excellent write up on the VDue can be read on oddbike.

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This particular VDue appears to be completely stock, which means it would likely still have the running issues the bike is known for.    The seller states that the bike only has 20 miles on it but unfortunately doesn’t include any pictures of the dash mileage indicator gauge so this would need to be verified.   The bike is located in the Netherlands so asking prices will be higher than places like the USA.

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The asking price for this VDue is between 25-30 USD which while a lot, is actually in line with previous auctions.  Now I know that amount of money could get you something like the Yamaha R7 OW02 we listed earlier this week .  Also while this bike would not be able to be ridden right away.   So why would someone pick this over the OW02? Simple- based on the prices we have seen these listing for, these bikes are already starting to appreciate/values are going back up while bikes like the OW02 remain flat or are still declining.

The rise in asking/sales prices is probably due to several factors, including age and rarity.  But I have noticed that the VDue does seem to be a halo bike/”the-one-bimota-I want” for a lot of people (including Isle of Mann rider Guy Martin).  This is kind of interesting because since Bimota was restarted in 2003, their Ducati and BMW powered machines have gotten excellent reviews and parts availability/maintenance is no longer an issue.  Perhaps its a case of succeeding by failing first; the Bimota VDue failure made people believe that the company operates with an eye for passion as well as a desire for profitability.

3 Comments

  • Thanks for sharing my article. It’s a bit out of date now and due for revision; the problems with the V-Due motor were beyond just poor fuel injection mapping. Leaking main seals and flaws in the crankcase castings from Morini mean that they wouldn’t run or last even if the FI was flawless. Bob Steinbugler at Bimota Spirit provides rebuild services with new crankcases that solve the main issues. http://www.bimotaspirit.com/vdue.html

    It remains one of my dreams to ride a fully sorted V-Due in anger. Preferably with the EFI in working order. They are beautiful designs and their ergonomics and perfect size are immediately familiar to anyone who has a Tamburini design, even though he didn’t have a hand in this one. And they look even better naked! You have to see how the pipes snake around the bike, with the centre of the Vee pointing straight at the front wheel – the placement of the rear shock on the side of the bike pivoting off the frame spar is due to the huge expansion pipe mounted ahead of the rear wheel.

  • This is on my “bikes to buy” list when the Powerball comes in. Alas, I don’t think the F.I. version will ever run right..

  • Saw one of these at a two stroke show here is Sydney. I went home and immediately looked up what was for sale.
    In Australia at least they are extremely rare, especially in road legal form.
    Stunning bike!

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