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Bimota July 21, 2010 posted by Phil

Mint 2006 Bimota SB8K in Los Angeles with 177 miles!

Mint (as in 177 miles!!) 2006 Bimota SB8K for sale in Los Angeles.

The SB8K is one of my favourite Bimotas, pairing the charismatic v-twin engine from a Suzuki TL1000R with a hybrid carbon (check out those carbon chassis side plates)/aluminum beam frame from Bimota.  :

Bimota has been making exquisite hand crafted road and race motorcycles for almost 40 years, true functional pieces of rolling art. This factory original Bimota SB8K SantaMonica is derived from the same race platform that Anthony Gobert won the World Superbike race in Phillips Island. It uses the same incredible composite frame with twin aluminum spars. This beautiful frame is graced with 43mm Ohlin forks with radially mounted Brembo brakes. Power is provided by the wonderful Suzuki TL1000R V-Twin motor that produces 143hp. Just as the chassis utilizes the most advanced materials of its day, the engine boasts important technological advances as well. The most noticeable and striking feature is the radial motion of fuel injectors that perfectly mimics the movement of the butterfly valves. This innovation maximizes performance by ensuring a perfect fluidity and consistency of the power delivery over the complete RPM range of the engine. Carbon fiber is also used for the fairing and the fuel tank. The attention to detail is a hallmark of all Bimota motorcycles. This bike is in showroom condition and has only travelled 177 miles from new, perfect in every way.

Aside from the usual expensive lashings of Ohlins suspension, Brembo radial calipers, CNC machined bits, carbon fiber fairings and fuel tank(!), the most innovative feature of this bike has to be the overhead “shower” radial injectors perfectly mimics the movement of the butterfly valves.  Here’s a video of the injectors in action (although it’s not very clear):

Here’s a brief write up on Motorcyclist.com and a past article by Roland Brown for Fast Bikes. My only nit pick about the SB8K is that it looks like a first gen Suzuki SV650s from the front – other than that, this is one exotica that hopefully will find its way into my garage some day!!

ph

Bimota July 20, 2010 posted by Phil

2008 Bimota Tesi 3D serial #0000 – first one in the US!

2008 Bimota Tesi 3D – serial #0000 – with only 1040 miles!

Another post, another Bimota, and another one of my favourites from the marque.  Can you tell I like Bimotas?  And this one is the very special hub center steered Tesi 3D:

If you searched for this brand of motorcycle, you already know what you are looking at.  Unquestionably one of the most exotic and rare motorcycles on the planet.  Owning this bike was a dream for me since the first time I saw one but unfortunately financial circumstances force the sale of my baby. Rather than retype all the manufacturer details, please visit the following bimota website:

http://www.bimotaamerica.com/bikes_t3da.html

2008 Bimota Tesi 3D with 1040 original miles.  This motorcycle is sure to gather a crowd wherever you take her.  Incredibly gorgeous in person and so much detail that you can literally stare at it for hours and find something you never noticed before.  An engineering and machining marvel with a forkless front suspension, trellis rear swingarm, omega aluminum frame, and carbon fiber bodywork.  This bike is powered by a very reliable Ducati 1100cc engine.  This bike has a very comfortable riding position and a great power to weight ratio due to it’s light weight.

Another intersting aspect of this particular bike is that the VIN number ends in 000000 meaning it is the first Tesi 3D to hit american shores. This bike was also the actual bike photographed and tested at Miller Motorsports Park by one of the mainstream US motorcycle magazines.  This bike was purchased from an authorized Bimota dealer on an MSO.  I am the first owner.  Clear title in hand and ready to go.

The motorcycle does have a couple of minor flaws that were there when I originally purchased her.  I have attempted to capture these issues in the posted pictures.  The issues are not significant and could be corrected by the new owner.  They were never enough to bother me and were never noticed by anyone of the hundreds of people who have stopped to galk at this bike. These flaws consist of:

– chipped clearcoat in rear fender (clearcoat only, carbon fiber is unaffected)

– chipped/cracked clearcoat area on front fender (again clearcoat only, carbon fiber unaffected)

– small indendations in aluminum rear section of right side of swingarm and scratches in trellis (touched up so very difficult to see) presumably from an inproperly place swing arm stand by the “professionals” at the magazine that tested this bike

– minor dings in upper fairing where hand controls bump into fairing at full lock.  This is a design flaw and cannot be adjusted out of one side.  The marks were present when I bought the bike and I was able to adjust one side to clear but the other cannot and be in a functional position.

Retail on this bike is $36,900.  My reserve is far less than that.  Own this dream bike at a fraction of the original purchase price.  Please feel free to ask questions

The mainstream US motorcycle magazine is none other than Cycle World (Feb 2008 issue) and they did test this bike at Miller Park.  The first production batch (I think 29 for the US market) had a wet clutch, carbon fiber tie rods and CNC machined brake and clutch reservoirs on top of the triples, as opposed a dry clutch, steel tie rods and plastic reservoirs on the later production units.

If you’re wondering how that front end works, check out the video of one of Motocorse (Japan importer of Bimota and makers of exquisitely fine motorcycle components) test riders flogging a the 3D round the the Tsukuba circuit:

Watching the 3D overtake slower bikes on the OUTSIDE gives me goosebumps!!  Oh, .

ph

Bimota May 17, 2010 posted by Phil

1993 Bimota DB2 in San Diego – update with lower price!

Very clean looking red/white 1993 Bimota DB2 for sale in San Diego.

Update: 5.26.10 –

Update 2: Now with hi-res pictures from the seller

Bimota DB2 For Sale

This is an update post of a 1993 Bimota DB2 that we’ve posted earlier back in February – the asking price back then was $11,000, which I thought was a bit high and suggested that $8000 was a more realistic price. Guess what the new lower price is?  Yup, you’ve guessed it – $8000!

Here are some additional photos of this clean looking DB2:

The seller (still) didn’t give too many details, but the bike looks very clean with low miles (previous post listed 4,400 miles).  And at $8000, it’s bang on what I would consider a good deal.  They don’t do mortgage on babies, do they?

Oh, and here’s the link to the listing on Craigslist.

ph

Norton May 2, 2010 posted by Phil

1976 Norton Ala Verda custom – ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS!!

1976 one-off Norton Ala Verda custom for sale on ebay for a cool $75,000.

Beautiful.  Stunning. Gorgeous. Brilliant. Splendid. Magnificent. Gob-smacking.  Bellisimo.  And I’m running out of words to describe this bike.  I have seen this in magazines and websites, but had never thought I would see it for sale on ebay! Even if you’re not interested in Nortons, you owe it to yourself as a motorcyclist to check the bike and try to appreciate the time, effort, and passion that went into the creation of it. .

Not that I can afford it anyway, but some lucky collector will have the chance to add this gem to his/her collection.  I’ll let the pictures so the talking:

THIS IS THE HOLY GRAIL OF NORTON CUSTOMS.

THIS IS THE MOST BEAUITFUL BIKE I HAVE EVER SEEN,

IT IS TIME FOR THE NEXT CUSTODIAN TO ENJOY!

THIS IS THE MOST PHOTOGRAPHED  &  PUBLICIZED NORTON EVER!

THIS BIKE IS IN JUST ABOUT EVERY COUNTRYS MOTORCYCLE MAGAZINES ,ON THE COVER

OR FEATURED  INSIDE .

THIS NORTON WAS A HUGE HIT AT THE 2008 CONCOURS  D” ELEGANCE IN HALF MOON BAY

CALIFORNIA. MOTORCYCLE ENTHUSIASTS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD WERE THEIR TO FEAST THEIR EYES ON THIS BEAUTY,THERE WERE CROWDS AROUND ALA VERDA ALL DAY LONG.

I WILL POST PICTURES,IF SOMEONE NEEDS MORE PICTURES I HAVE MANY,JUST E-MAIL AND I WILL SEND. I HAVE ALL KINDS OF MEMORABILIA,BUILD BOOK,MAGAZINES,CUSTOM GREEN BIKE COVER WITH #  53 ON COVER ECT.

IF YOU NEED TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THIS BIKE JUST GOOGLE-NORTON ALA” VERDA,THERE WILL BE MORE INFO THAN YOU CAN HANDLE.

The “holy grail custom Norton customs” is a pretty big title to live up to, but looking at the painstaking attention to detail that went into the creation of this, I would say that title fits.  And not only is this the most beautiful Norton custom that I’ve seen – this has to be one of the most beautiful bikes ever. Period.

Here’s a video of a Norton 1975 MKIII being started – sounds nice, ain’t it?  The Ala Verda has a tuned 1976 engine it in and also has electric start.  And probably sounds even nicer with those tasty megaphones sticking out the back like that.

So what’s $75,000 for a piece of “motorcycling’s Picasso”?  Hand over that stack of lottery tickets please.

ph

Ducati May 1, 2010 posted by Phil

2007 NCR Ducati New Blue – #50 of 50

A very limited edition 2007 Ducati New Blue by NCR – #50 of 50 – for $75,000!

Pretty much anything by NCR is rare, sexy, and lust-worthy and the Ducati New Blue, based on the Ducati Sportclassic Sport 1000S, has been tuned to the nines and lathered with exotic parts such as Brembo monobloc calipers, Ohlins forks and shocks, BST carbon fiber wheels, Zard(?) titanium full exhaust, and light weight magnesium crank cases. Only missing ingredient is some Kyptonite! Here’s more official info on the New Blue at Ducati.com and NCR’s website.

has been raced by Larry Pegram and has a meagre 100 miles on the clock:

DUCATI OF NORTH AMERICA COMMISSIONED THE NCR FACTORY IN ITALY TO DESIGN AND PRODUCE A LIMITED EDITION (50 OR LESS) MOTORCYCLE TO COMEMORATE 30 YEARS AGO COOK NEILSON 1977 DAYTONA  AMA SUPERBIKE VICTORY, THIS WAS A EXTREMELY MAJOR VICTORY FOR A OUT DATED AIR COOLED V-TWIN AGAINST THE  OVER POWERING  MODERN JAPANESE  MOTORCYCLES, SO THIS WAS A EXTREMLY EXCITING PROJECT BETWEEN NCR FACTORY AND DUCATI OF NORTH AMERICA.

THE FINAL RESULT  SET THE MOTORCYCLE WORLD ON FIRE  WITH ITS UNFORGETABLE DESIGN AND PERFORMANCE – THAT RETROED OLD BLUE FROM 1977.

THIS PARTICULAR BIKE WAS SPECIALLY BUILT FOR ME BY THE NCR FACTORY,WITH EVERY SINGLE OPTION AVAILABLE BY NCR AND THEN SOME.

NCR FACTORY THOUGHT THIS BEST WAY TO COMEMORATE THIS OCCASION WAS TO RACE IT AT DAYTONA IN 2007.

SO DURING THE BUILD OF THIS BIKE THEY ASKED ME IF THEY COULD RACE MY BIKE BEFORE DELIVERY TO ME AT DAYTONA,I AGREED THIS WOULD BE A SPECIAL MOMENT. SO THEY PROCEEDED TO BUILD THIS WITH WINNING DAYTONA IN MIND AND WITH THE HELP OF DUCATI ,THEY GOT DUCATIS FACTORY RIDER LARRY PEGRAM TO RACE THIS BIKE,WHICH LARRY WAS ELATED TO DO SO.

LARRY ENDED UP PLACING 3RD WHICH IS A MAJOR ACOMPLISHMENT 1ST TIME OUT WITH NO PREVIOUS TESTING,

ALSO NO BREAK DOWNS OR CRASHES, THE WINNER WAS GUARESHI 0N A 1400CC MOTO GUZZI THAT HAD LOTS OF DEVELOPEMENT AND RACING UNDER THEIR BELT, SO LARRY WAS DOWN 300 CC ON THE WINNING BIKE. WHAT A TESTAMENT TO THIS NCR FACTORY BIKE AND LARRY PEGRAM. LARRY LOVED RIDING THE BIKE  AS HE SMILED EAR TO EAR WHEN RIDING AND WHEELING DOWN THE TRACK.

THIS IS THE MOST FAMOUS OF ALL NEW BLUES  WITH LOTS OF HISTORY AND MANY STORIES MANY MORE PICS IF YOU NEED THEM,TO THE INTERESTED BUYER I WILL CALL THEM AND FILL THEM IN ON ALL THE HISTORY.

HAVE ALL DOCS, EXOTIC PEDIGREE BOOK,BUILD PHOTOS AND MUCH MORE.

BIKE CAN BE SEEN ANYTIME IN LAS VEGAS

So let’s see – created by NCR with only 50 world wide?  Check.  #50 of 50?  Check.  Raced by Ducati AMA rider Larry Pegram? Check.  Absolutely top of the shelf parts?  Check.  Signed by Cook Neilson and Phil Schilling? Double check. $75,000 price tag?  Hmm…

Having said that, if you read the text carefully and read one of the description in the photos, there is an interesting little side story to this #50 bike.  Cool?  Definitely.  But I still can’t get that $75,000 out of my head.

On yet another side note, check out one of the photos with a dark grey car in the back ground – is that a Murciélago or a Reventón?!

Here’s what Mike Neeves of British magazine MCN has to say after riding the New Blue at the launch:

ph

Bimota May 1, 2010 posted by Phil

Another Bimota YB7 for sale in the UK

1988 / 89 Bimota YB7 for sale in North Hampshire, UK.

So, during my quest for Bimotas listed for sale, I found another YB7 listed for sale in the UK on the Bimota forum:

I have a G plate YB7 for sale, lot of work done on it, new bearings, seals, tyres, exhaust valves etc. It’s in fair condition but is a devil to start; once it’s running it pulls well. I’m looking for best part of £1950.

Details are sparse, but it looks like very tidy bike.  For £1950 (approx. USD3000) it sounds like a decent deal? Click here to see the listing.

Just to get you in the mood, here are some tasty photos of other YB7s…

For even more pictures of the YB7, click HERE.

And let’s for a ride in Japan on the YB7’s bigger brother the YB6:

ph

Bimota April 24, 2010 posted by Phil

Another 1989 Bimota YB7 for sale – in Oz!

When it rains, it pours and this time it’s pouring Bimota YB7s!  This is the 3rd YB7 that I have listed, but this one’s a tricolor version and it’s for sale on ebay Australia:

HIS IS A RARE 1989 BIMOTA YB7 IN EXCELLENT CONDITION HAVING TRAVELLED ONLY 4,826 KLMS.IT IS ONE OF ONLY 321 EVER PRODUCED.OPTIONAL ‘TRI COLOUR’  SCHEME BASED ON THE TRIED AND TESTED FZR400 CC ENGINE FROM YAMAHA.HAS RECENTLY HAD NEW TYRES,FILTERS,PLUGS AND FLUIDS AND IS READY FOR REGO IN QUEENSLAND.,THIS BIKE IS PART OF A COLLECTION I AM SELLING ON BEHALF OF A FRIEND AND IT CAME FROM A JAPANESE COLLECTOR ABOUT 4 YEARS AGO.

So there you have it.  Just want to add that there are a total of 321 YB7s made, and only 124 in this tricolor paint scheme.  A previously listed tricolor YB7 (also a tricolore) sold for AUD8850 (approx. USD8200), so I would be interested if this one fetches a similar price (current price is at AUD5000 – approx. USD4600).

Oh, . Cheers!

ph

Bimota April 22, 2010 posted by Phil

1988/89 Bimota YB7 for sale on ebay UK

1988 /1989 Bimota YB7  (with Yamaha FZR400 EXUP engine) for sale on ebay UK.

I’ve been looking out for Bimotas for sale in the US, but there isn’t much out there and most of the ones that are have already been listed here earlier.  That’s just a long winded way of saying here’s a :

Original 12,174 klms 7.564 Miles  on the clock.

Vin Number YB7-00106

Made for 1988 to 1989

Number 106 out of 321 ever made!!

Starts, runs and rides beautifully!!!

This bike is powered by an FZR400 Exup Yamaha motor, that had 68 hp. It has a 6 speed gearbox and were capable of 134 Miles per hour.

This is a RARE opportunity to own a very collectible bike at an affordable price.

This bike would also make an awesome “period 6″ pre 1990 classic race bike.

Yes, you read it right – it has a Yamaha FZR400 EXUP engine in it.  Incidentally, and interestingly so, Japan was and still is one of biggest markets for Bimotas.  Japan has different engine displacement classes, and the 400cc is the great divide.

400cc variants are rarely seen outside the domestic Japanese market, which does make this quite rare.

Its have lots of work done on it all new Brembo Brake pads, oil oil filter, new battery, it has some fairing damage.

The seller lists this as a 1992 model, but he/she also cleared stated in the description that the YB7 was only manufactured in 1988 and 1989.  Parts of the description are also suspiciously similar to what I wrote in an earlier Bimota YB7 listing: https://raresportbikesforsale.com/1988-bimota-yb7-for-sale-down-under/

Hmm…..

Whatever the case maybe, the YB7 is a jewel, and with the current price at £1,500.00 (approx. USD2300), it’s worth a shot to place a bid and see where it goes?  Good luck and have fun!

ph