Posts by Category: Bimota

Bimota August 27, 2021 posted by

Freaky Friday Bag-O-Bikes feat. Bimota, Guzzi and an AMAZING RG500!

Moto Guzzi Daytona For Sale on Craigslist!

Big, Beautiful, and Body Positive- I’d ride it!
Even though Guzzi describes it as a “sport bike” this, 450#, shaft driven machine pales in comparison to today’s 200hp rockets, but it does have a certain mystique about it. I bet with a set of pipes the 992cc V2 would belt out a musical note worthy of the top spot on Mikes Mix-Tape. The reach from the seat to the clip-ons looks to be a bit long- can anyone confirm this?

1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000
Fully stock.
Beautiful bike.
Always garage kept.
Biposto version (very rare)
#2 of only 250 that were imported into the US — own a piece of motorcycle history.

 
 


2007 Bimota DB6 Delirio For Sale on Craigslist!

Simply a work of Hyper Bike Art. The Italians know what I like and continue to build some of the most eye pleasing machines- I could sit and look at this one All. Day. Long.

01 of 23 built in the world.
Power is from a Ducati 992cc SOHC L-twin paired with a six-speed transmission, and the bike is finished in Red/white with carbon fiber fenders and engine covers.

Additional features include Brembo radial front disc brakes with wave rotors, Zard mufflers, a steering damper, an inverted Marzocchi fork, and seating for two.

 
 


1989 Honda Hawk in Grey For Sale on Craigslist!

I had one of these gems on last weeks B-O-B’s post and as long as I keep finding them you’re going to keep seeing them 🙂
Super cool bikes that never gained much traction as a street machine, but they have plenty of cult following on the track. Back in the day, I had the opportunity to purchase one of these, but at the time I was all in on FZR400’s. Much older and wiser now, I kick myself for not buying it when I had the chance.

Rides great no funny noises or smells, no overheating problems, battery is new , good chain & sprockets, good brakes, good tires, original paint, no accidents, just in great shape, no oil leaks it’s a Honda.

It’s a Honda- Preach it Brother!

 
 


Capirossi Ducati Monster on the cheap!

Nothing too crazy here other than some snazzy decals. However, $4,000 for a 2,000 mile Ducati seems like a pretty good deal to me, but apparently, I’m an outlier because this one has been sitting on CL for a while.

Showroom condition on this Capirossi Monster. Only 65 of these were shipped to the USA.

 
 


1990 Honda CB-1 For Sale on Craigslist!

Another small Honda that didn’t garner too much attention when it was released, but I have to tell you- these are some neat little bikes. This 400cc inline four has gear driven cams and a 13,500 screaming red line. You don’t see these very often and when you do, they’re usually all jacked up with nasty paint, bumps and bruises. This one “appears” to be pretty nice and would make a great grocery getter or commuter.
What do you all think about these?

1990 Honda CB-1, 6 speed, 25,500 miles. Rare bike: 400cc inline four with gear driven cams, revs to 13.5k RPM. 3rd owner (all were in Bay Area), parked in garages its whole life. Under 300 miles on Pirelli Sport Demon tires. Original paint and seat.

 
 


1972 Laverda 750 SF1 – Italian Cafe Racer For Sale on Craigslist!

These older “Cafe Racer” machines always make me smile and while it would be a bad move on my part; if I owned this I’d wear a leather helmet and smoke goggles while riding it. You know- for the nostalgic kool factor.

Sensational Bike, Very Low Original Miles … Rare, Cool and Fun to Ride

 
 


1985 Suzuki RG500 Gamma w/ only 864 miles- For Sale on Craigslist!

I’m just going to leave this one right here and let you all hammer out the details because we all know this is One Bad-Mutha!

This is extremely nice and very rare.
1985 RG 500 Gamma (Canadian Spec)
One owner…. Only 864 miles from new ! (1,391 kilometers)
California registered
$42,000.

Freaky Friday Bag-O-Bikes feat. Bimota, Guzzi and an AMAZING RG500!
Bimota August 23, 2021 posted by

Past Due: 1998 Bimota VDue

Better than a pension! That is the headline that screams from the ad for this 2 owner, 1,500 mile wonder. And it is a wonder. Part mythical beast and part utter genius, the VDue was the bike that turned Bimota from a kit bike maker and frame builder into a full-fledged motorcycle manufacturer. It also was the bike that utterly destroyed the company, caused the Italian government to step in, and sprung a cottage industry of tuners and parts mongers. This bike is the ultimate legend, largely for all the wrong reasons.

1998 Bimota VDue for sale on eBay

Let’s put the VDue in perspective. This is a 500cc v-twin GP racer for the street: that means Suzuki RGV250 / Aprilia RS250 size, weight and nimbleness with GSXR1100 power. Interested? So was the world. Throw in a solid decade of R&D to try to make a two stroke emissions friendly enough to past muster as a street bike and the GP dream takes a hard left at the end of pit lane. Bimota engineers developed a direct injection system for the VDue – an ingenious and ambitious solution – meant to cure the dirty elements of 2-stroke power and provide plausible fuel economy. Sadly, in the late 1990s the tech was not quite there and the resultant effort – while producing over 110 HP while it ran – was inconsistent, unreliable, and prone to failure. Of the 500 bikes proposed for the series, Bimota produced 340 – all which were recalled. This, coupled with the loss of a major sponsor in WSBK racing who owed them money, left the company in financial ruin. Today, Kawasaki has a majority investor stake in the company, which produces a single model (Tesi H2).

From the seller:
The very last of the legendary stink wheel generation before legislation finally killed off the two stroke engine! This incredible machine has earned its place in the hall of motorcycle frame for lots of reasons, not least of which is the styling which still looks fresh twenty years later, as well as all of the controversy and very Italian politics involved in the very limited production run. This means as you know that not very many were made and even fewer found their way to the UK, this makes them an incredible bike to own for exclusivity, the ultimate riding experience and how could you not agree that this would be a whole lot more enjoyable as an investment than a pension or ISA!!!

In a last gasp effort, Bimota reworked the VDue with Dell’Orto carbs and re-badged the bike as the “Evoluzione,” but in reality it was a step backwards in tech. Only 21 of these bikes made it out of the factory for road use. In the end, Piero Caronni (one of the Bimota engineers on the original VDue project) purchased the remaining bikes, all the spares he could get his hands on, and the rights to the VDue name. It could be said that most of these bikes that are running today are due to his fanatical efforts on this halo bike.

Today’s VDue is located in England – these marvelous machines were never officially imported into the US. There is no commentary as to what has been done, if it retains the original fuel injection (or, if swapped out to carbs, who did the work), etc. These are all questions that should likely be asked by a potential buyer. The bike looks new, as a 1,500 mile example should. By all accounts, a properly running VDue is a joy to ride, but be warned that between fuel consumption, high-end 2-stroke oil and frequent rebuilds these are not cheap to operate. But they are very, very rare, and very, very collectible. These were $30k when new, if you could find one. This one is listed in the UK for £24,999 – which nets out to about $34 large American greenbacks. Check out all of the details here and Good Luck!!

MI

Past Due:  1998 Bimota VDue
Bimota August 22, 2021 posted by

When Rare Is Just Too Common: Bimota SB8K Ultimo

Things are always interesting in the world of rare and exotic motorcycles.  There seems to be an endless stream of things to ogle and dream about.  For many the top of the list is Bimota.  The storied Italian brand has always produced lust worthy motorcycles in low volume.  Over the years they have used many different engine configurations, from many different manufactures, so there is something for everyone.  In the late 90s Bimota tool the Suzuki TL1000R V Twin and decided it would be perfect for their new SB8R and slightly more intense SB8RS models.  These bikes featured a unique carbon fiber frame section as well as top tier suspension for the day.  In 2000 Bimota was racing an SB8R in WSBK with Anthony Gobert.  The high water mark of the year was a race win at Philip Island.  To celebrate this success, Bimota released the SB8K as an updated version of the SB8R.

The SB8K was the end of the Suzuki powered Bimota era.  Details are scarce on exactly how many were built, but there is no doubt the production run was in the tens, and not hundreds of bikes built.  To make things even more confusing, Bimota also had a few variants of the SB8K.  The “standard”, Gobert, and Santamonica edition round out the field.  Make no mistake, all of these were rare, expensive and interesting options in period.  One can only imagine how amazing it would have been to source one of these bikes new.  But what might be even more amazing is that it seems that there was a market even higher up the food chain.  Apparently there were people that saw the SB8K as too common, or not focused enough, so the SB8K Ultimo was created.

The aptly named Ultimo was dripping with even more high performance and exotic components.  It was the brainchild of the Japanese importer for Bimota, Redbro Racing.  They had a history of turning the wick up on other Bimota for the Japanese market.  For just over 6 million Yen, you got even better Ohlins forks, upgraded brakes, and a host of internal engine modifications.  The Motor breaths through a Moto Corsa Ti exhaust system that is sure to please the ears.

From the Seller’s eBay listing:

Only 10 SB8K Ultimo bikes were ever built, for the buyer that wanted something very special. This bike has Marchesini magnesium wheels, Brembo mono block brakes, full Ohlins front and rear suspension, Ohlins steering damper. Stack dash, modified ECU, High compression forged pistons, 12:1. High lift cams, Titanium silencers. (moto corsa), Alcantara fabric seat, full carbon body work, tank, sub frame all as standard equipment on this model. The new price when released in Japan was 6,000,000Yen.(39,000pounds) Essentially brand new 22 year old bike, the dash says 38km traveled, but according to Stack, the dash will never read zero as km are added to the dash whilst testing. The Stack dash can be scrolled through many different screens and setting by the pass button on the LHS bar, very cool. I estimate the bike has done 3km. The SB8R isn’t even in the same league as this model. With forks, calipers and wheels alone worth over 10,000Pounds. The bike has been fully serviced and runs like a dream. Send me an email and I can send you a link to watch the bike running on you tube. The bike is located in New Zealand. Included in the buy now price is crating the bike and transport to most major ports. London, LA. etc. Price does not include local import or port charges or insurance. This is a very special, rare bike, running the beautiful TL1000R engine you wont be disappointed adding this one to your collection. It sounds and looks amazing.

In the late 90s and early 2000s it was not uncommon to see owners modifying their vehicles, or well known shops to do a limited run of in house custom builds.  Many of these builds have either not aged well, or have not survived long enough to be collectable.  This example here represents a chance to experience a really interesting period in time again with essentially a brand new bike.  The bike seems perfectly preserved and would be well suited for a static collection, or returned to the road for enjoyment.  The seller appears to be no stranger to the bike, or transporting around the world.  This would be a wonderful benefit to a potential buyer, almost as much as the seller’s offer to crate and ship the bike to your local port.  With anything this rear, it is hard to put an exact value on it.  Currently listed at just under twenty thousand British pounds.  This price point is not for everyone, but when you think about how special this bike is it is hard to think of a better way to spend the money.

When Rare Is Just Too Common:  Bimota SB8K Ultimo
Bimota July 28, 2021 posted by

A Ten on the RAD Scale: Bimota YB10 Dieci

With the recent rise in popularity of all things late 80s and early 90s, there has been a push to find the most RAD vehicle for your local Cars and Coffee.  This Bimota YB will surely turn some heads.

Bimota YB10 Deici on Craigslist Los Angeles

Only 224 of these machines were built, and substantially fewer delivered to the USA.  These were very expensive and exotic bikes when new.  With over 145hp and top tier suspension components this bike will undoubtedly put a smile on the rider’s face.  While some may shy away from an Italian exotic, Bimota deserves a closer look.  Yamaha supplied FZR1000 engine means reasonable and easy service costs as well as a solid parts network to keep the bike going.  Bimota themselves still offer support via their classics department.

This example appears to be well loved by a knowledgeable owner.  In the USA Bimota world, some of the best examples are known to have traded hands through Bimota Spirt in NC.  With fresh suspension and carburetor services, couple with a tank liner and overall clean presentation this bike will offer something that can be used and enjoyed day one.  Many Bimota live a static display life and take a fair bit of work to be returned to the road where they belong.

The $11,000 asking price is in line with other past data.  With the world of ultra rare bikes it is hard to know how wide the delta is between asking and selling prices are.  Either way with what some of the run of the mill superbikes from the Japanese big four have been selling for recently, this could be a chance to have something very unique with amazing styling for similar money.  A bike like this can be so much more then just a riding experience.  It can be a ticket to exclusive events.  This bike was on the lawn at Quail in 2018.

From the seller’s CraigsList add:

A quintessential 90’s Superbike with Italian styling & handling along with Japanese reliability. A rare hand built motorcycle with a total production of 224 units. 1991 was the first year for the Dieci. It’s an Italian market bike that I purchased from Bimota Spirit over 6 years ago with 8100 km (5000 miles) on the clock. Currently odometer shows 12500 km (7767 miles). Professionally maintained by Jett Tuning in Camarillo, comes with service records. Jett Tuning replaced fork seals and performed front fork service, Mikuni carburettors refurbished, clutch, did tune up, cooling system flush, oil and filter change, etc.

Fuel tank was lined at GTL in North Hollywood, upgraded tank coupling and fuel lines, fresh fuel filter and Acerbis pet cocks. There is no leaks or smoking of any sort, bike runs super strong. All lights and turn signals work great. Tach, speedometer and temp gauge all function. New Yuasa battery with batter tender connectors.

Bike is extremely fast and will hold its own against much newer bikes. FZR1000 motor and Yamaha electronics are very reliable. Engine puts out 145 hp and top speed is 278 km/hr. Carbon fiber 4 into 1 exhaust sounds amazing. Brembo brakes, Marzocchi upside-down forks, brand new Ohlins rear shock custom made for the YB10 and imported from Europe.

Any Bimota is a rolling sculpture of hand machined aluminium billet parts including frame, triple clamp, pull rods, pegs, etc. This YB10 has been maintained and ridden by mature rider. Never been down or dropped, raced or tracked. It’s not a museum example, has wear in line with a 30 year old motorcycle. Was a participant at 2018 Quail Moto Gathering.

California title and current registration good until 10/21. Rare owner’s manual and Bimota garage mat included in the sale. I have a lot invested in this bike, it’s been serviced and ready to ride for many more miles, the only reason this bike is on the market is due to relocation. Price is in line with a market on rarer Italian super bikes, it is firm.

A Ten on the RAD Scale: Bimota YB10 Dieci
Bimota July 27, 2021 posted by

Track Tuesday: Bimota DB5 Lapping Weapon

Longtime RSBFS readers have always indicated they prefer streetable sportbikes on these pages. We’re tipping our toe in the water on Tuesday’s with dedicated track bikes that aren’t streetable but of similar quality to our usual selections. Leave a comment and let us know what you think. -dc

Bimota have always been focused performance machines.  Not for the faint of heart, or wallet.  Many commanded eye watering MSRPs and few had the stomach to track such a rare and finely crafted machine.  Luckily not all heros wear capes, and some Bimota did find their way to the track.  One such example is this 2007 DB5.  It is powered by an air cooled Ducati twin that is said to have the capacity slightly enlarged to 1123cc  and on race fuel produces 116 hp.  Just enough power to provide thrilling performance in a light  package.  Quality Ohlins suspension, forged wheels and Brembo calipers round out the top tier specs.

Bimota DB5 Race Bike

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Track Tuesday:  Bimota DB5 Lapping Weapon
Bimota July 19, 2021 posted by

The Budget Supermono: Bimota BB1

Anyone that is a true fan of lightweight exotic sport bikes has surly heard of the Ducati Supermono.  Those bikes were purpose built for a racing class and only 65 examples were made.  If you wanted the riding experience of a quality single cylinder sports bike from that era your options are severely limited.  It is a rare opportunity to be able to suggest any Bimota as the less expensive and more common option to any bike, but when talking about Supermono the BB1 is just such an example.

Decoding a Bimota model name can be slightly confusing.  Since Bimota does not traditionally use an inhouse engine, they are always a combination of Bimota frame and another manufacture’s engine.  The first B stands for Bimota, the second B is for Bimota and the number 1 simply meets this is the first time this combination has been offered.

The BB1 is powered by a Rotax built, BMW branded 650cc single producing about 50 horsepower.  Just 524 BB1 were made across all of the production years, and only 148 were the more practical 2 seat versions.  With all the recent press around the Aprilia RS660 line up being a “return to basics” one might be tempted to ask if this BB1, at half the price of the Aprilia, is a better option.

The seller lists that this recent import from Japan has about 800km on it, or about 500 miles from new.  The pictures show that the motorcycle could benefit from a good detail, but no signs of any damage or misuse can be seen.  In the listing there is some talk about the bike waiting for a new fuel pump.  Presumably this is related to the overall lack of use.  Bimota are often thought of as being hard to source parts for, but there is a Bimota Classic parts department that is staffed by some extremely helpful and knowledgeable people.  It really makes the ownership experience much better then other orphan brands.

What more could someone want?  Italian design, German engineering, low production number all wrapped up in a surprisingly affordable package that is actually usable?  The current asking price of $7500 is fair based on other data points.  This could be a great chance for someone to score a very rare and interesting motorcycle for their garage at an appealing price point.

From the Seller’s Listing:

Bimota BB1 Supermono Biposo. Nice condition w/ 800 original kilometers. Recent import. Clear WA title.

Pending new fuel pump – should be back in action soon.

The Budget Supermono: Bimota BB1
Bimota July 17, 2021 posted by

1997 Bimota SB6R

(Queue the commissioned sales person)
Good morning- Can I interest you in some Carbon Fiber? Or, better yet- What’s it gonna take to put you on this sexy AF Italian Big Bore today?

1997 Bimota SB6R FOR SALE #12 of 600

What’s not to like?
-All original
-2400 very low miles
-1100cc’s of Suzuki power
-156 horses
-74 lbft of torque
-Brembo’s
-Original 24 year old tires
-Have I mentioned the obscene amount of carbon eye candy?

From the seller

This SB6R is not currently running. It could be made road worthy by performing the following service
New tires (Michelin Pilots ($500 installed)
Carburetor cleaning ($500)
Brake and Clutch Fluid flush ($150)
Coolant Flush ($100)
New Air Filter ($125)
New NGK Plug service ($150)
New Battery ($198)

I like how the seller has this one listed. They’re offering it for the purist out there “as is” for $12,500 or they’re offering it in “road ready” condition, with the above mentioned updates performed, for $14,500. I’m thinking if you went with the higher priced option, slapped on some Heli bars (are those still a thing?) and a tank bag, coupled with the 5.8 gallon fuel tank you’d have a pretty good day tripping machine. Not to mention, you’d get chatted up at every stop along your route because it’s so freaking sexy.

As with most 24ish year old motorcycles they’ve been bumped and might have a few character marks and #12 is no exception. However, the seller has your back on this one and is offering his support if you wanted to make it blemish free before taking delivery.

The seller states

2 small cosmetic defects (see pictures). I have the red paint and the proper decal for the repair. I also have experience painting Bimotas.  (Check out the gallery photos for the other small blemish.)

And there you have it! You can order it as is or in pristine, road worthy condition. I think the SB6R has aged well and deserves to be ridden! What do you think? Ride it or keep it all original?

Many years ago my buddy Terry once told me “Would you save your girlfriend for the next person to use?” Obviously, my answer was “HELL NO!” and his simple reply was “Then ride the damn thing!”

The seller offers a lot more information about his machine and has his number listed for ease of communication so, make sure you make the jump in you’re interested Check it out here.

dd

1997 Bimota SB6R
Bimota April 19, 2021 posted by

Still No Slouch: 1997 Bimota YB11 for Sale

If you don’t mind the typical Italian quirks, the Bimota YB11 currently offers tremendous bang for the buck. It’s as rare as hen’s teeth, with just 650 made worldwide, packs a Yamaha YZF1000R motor and gearbox, is clothed in lightweight bodywork, and generally trade at $10,000 or less. It doesn’t get much rarer or more exclusive than that and the styling, while obviously not modern, makes the bike striking enough to display in your living room.

That 1002cc Thunderace motor puts out a stout 145hp and 80 ft/lbs of torque, enough to propel this Italian missile to nearly 170mph, a heady number in 1997 and still nothing to sneeze at today. Reliability for the engine is excellent as well, although accessing the bike to service it can prove difficult with the engine in the frame… Luckily the super leggera [“very lightweight”] bodywork is easily removed, with the tank shroud and entire tail section formed from a single piece!

The rest of the bike is every bit as exotic as you’d expect, with stout 51mm right-way up Paioli forks that feature carbon fiber tubes, Brembo gold line brakes, lots of carbon fiber, and even a pillion pad and pegs! You have to admit: passenger accommodations on a limited-production Italian superbike are exceptionally rare…

From the original eBay listing: 1997 Bimota YB11 for Sale

I am selling my 1997 Bimota YB11 Superleggera (and two other bikes – please see my profile) located in Cocoa, Florida. These bikes are always parked indoors and kept on battery tenders when not being ridden. I am not a dealer; I am a motorcycle collector/enthusiast selling my personal bikes due to an unforeseen health matter.

1997 Bimota YB11 Superleggera, 1 of 87 imported into USA in ’97 (650 worldwide)
-Biposto model (OEM passenger seat and NOS passenger pegs included with sale)
-Low 5,598 miles!
-YB11 is the last Yamaha-powered Bimota model produced (unlikely to see another Yamaha model in the future, as Bimota has been acquired by Kawasaki), powered by a 145hp Yamaha Thunderace engine (1,002cc). A robust inline-4, carbureted Yamaha engine that has a great track record and parts availability. Considered to be one of the most well-mannered, reliable, and sport touring-friendly Bimotas available.
-Original owner was a collector (this bike was ~$30,000 new and many went to collectors). Owner prior to me was an enthusiast and regular on Bimota Forums; they completed a functional/riding restoration prior to my possession to refresh the bike after minimal riding in its early years.
-Service/updates include: 51mm Paoli fork seals were replaced with NOS set, brake rotors/pads replaced, Arrow exhaust system with appropriate jetting to match (sounds tremendous), all fluids changed, adjustable anodized clutch and brake levers, good tires with plenty of tread remaining, fasteners on bodywork upgraded to stainless pieces, carbon fiber reinforcement on backside of bodywork mounting points to prevent cracking in the future, low profile rear signals, upgraded brake/clutch fluid reservoirs.
-Runs smoothly, very powerful, Yamaha EXUP system functions as it should
-Headlight, taillight, turn signals, gauge cluster, digital temp/odometer readout all function correctly
-Title is clear, no liens, ready to be signed over
-Extras: I am including some parts, ephemera, and spares for new owner, to include: NOS passenger pegs with locking mechanism, passenger seat in good condition, lightly used radiator obtained from previous owner(not needed but kept as a spare), “Bimota: 25 Years Of Excellence” by Giorgio Sarti (rare, out of print, $300-400 on eBay when found, best Bimota resource in print, IMHO)

PLEASE READ CONDITION NOTES CAREFULLY! I am an enthusiast and I know the feeling of driving far to pick up a car/bike/moped/etc and being disappointed upon arrival. I will tell you as much as I can, in hopes that your expectations will be accurate. I would rather you arrive and be pleasantly surprised at how the bike shows in person, rather than disappointed that flaws were omitted.

Condition Notes: This bike is very clean; please view photos carefully for best idea of condition. The mirrors have some minor/superficial scuffs on the plastic on the backsides, see photos. There is a small hairline crack near left mirror, see photos(has been reinforced on backside to prevent further spread). There is a scuff/wear where the bodywork meets, near the right fork tube, see photos(this is hard to notice unless underneath or very low, but worth mentioning). Black paint is chipping on kickstand. Please view photos carefully and let me know if you have questions about any other areas.

The seller appears knowledgeable and the bike looks very clean, in spite of a few minor blemishes and the over-exposed photos that don’t flatter the paintwork. I’m a huge fan of 90s Bimotas and values have managed to remain low, although that can’t last forever. They are pain to work on, but the mechanical bits are sound and this thing could still surprise an unwary modern bike with its performance. As to the claim that this “the most sport-touring” friendly Bimota available: the pegs do feel very high, but I’ve read that the somewhat odd riding position does work very well once you’ve acclimated yourself.

-tad

Still No Slouch: 1997 Bimota YB11 for Sale