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Bimota September 29, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing: 2003 Bimota VDue

The last gasp of the two stroke sportbike could have been something incredible; a jewel of a machine with impeccable balance and style and an unmatched power-to-weight ratio. And it almost was. When Bimota release the 500cc v-twin two stroke V Due in 1997, all the elements were there. Acres of carbon fiber, trick and expensive Paioli forks and a direct-injected 90-degree engine. But the first 150 or so bikes were nightmarishly unreliable, thanks to dodgy castings and a fueling system that never worked properly.

2003 Bimota VDue for sale on eBay

The result was the bikes leaked and seized more often than not, and when they did run the fueling and power delivery were untamed and unruly. The debacle ended up torpedoing Bimota as it existed then.

But in 2003 and 2004, a Bimota engineer bought the leftover bikes and fixed what plagued them, throwing a set of carburetors atop the v-twin, which saw in the neighborhood of 120 horsepower in a 320-pound bike. Thanks to emissions regs, the carbs meant the bike was a no-go for the street, but at least its riding potential could be realized.

This 2003 Bimota VDue has just over 330 kilometers on the clock, and according to the seller has lived inside as a display piece since the mid-aughties. The ad doesn’t go into the mechanical condition, but if the cosmetics are to be believed, this is a VDue you could actually get some seat time on.

From the eBay listing:

Bimota 500 VDUE

Year 2003 with 336 kilometers. Immaculate bike.

This bike has been inside an office for decoration over 14 years.

Number 067 from 180 unities made.

Bike is in Portugal with Italian Documents.

Please feel free to ask me more pictures or videos.

Transport to UK costs around £550 and will be Chas Mortimer Logistic Ltd collecting this bike.

Any doubt please call me +351916524741 or call Chas Mortimer Ltd to ask for my feedback.

The damage for this beautiful piece of Italian history is just over 35,0000 USD, and that’s before you get it here from Portugal. But, if you’re of a mind and the means, you’re unlikely to get a similar opportunity too many more times.

Featured Listing: 2003 Bimota VDue
Bimota September 16, 2020 posted by

Once Bitten – 2000 Bimota SB8R-S Carbon

Last seen on RSBFS in 2015, Bimota’s SB8R-S brought Suzuki’s TL-1000 twin to the Rimini carrozzeria.  Out of Vegas with minimal pertinent information, the condition of this SB8RS is to drool for.

2000 Bimota SB8R-S Carbon for sale on eBay

As Bimota liked to do, they took a leading drivetrain and wrapped it in their innovative chassis.  In this case the aluminum twin-spars terminate in carbon frame connectors.  The lighter weight and Bimota’s intakes, bespoke fuel injection, and exhausts put 133 hp up against sub-400 lbs. dry weight.  Components from Paoli, Öhlins, and Brembo transform the lazy handling TL-1000 into a superbike worthy of the name.  Bimota showcased their carbon fab skills, with the big-weave fresh air tubes dominating the cockpit.

No maintenance or ownership history is mentioned by the selling dealer, but 1,500 miles and excellent condition tell their own story.  Though the black on black presentation is tricky, exquisite details abound.  While the interface between the seat sub-frame, frame connector and fairing is a futuristic landscape, the asymmetrical triple tree with off-center ignition switch greets the owner on every ride.  Gold Paoli accents are echoed at the pegs and brakes.

Though the SB8R was a winning model, the V-Due and Moto GP sponsor debacles forced the doors closed for a few years.  It’s a  pretty nice testament to the design that it was reinvigorated in 2005 as the SB8K.  This might be the same example auctioned at Iconic recently, if so it’s said to have a celebrity owner Nicholas Cage in its past.  An SB8R-S in this condition should be celebrity enough for any owner, though if it’s a short-term sale the reserve is probably up there.  Something to keep a close eye on !

-donn

Once Bitten – 2000 Bimota SB8R-S Carbon
Bimota August 30, 2020 posted by

Robbiano Report – 2008 Bimota DB6R with 2,040 Miles !

Revitalized in the early 2000’s, Bimota and their sadly late designer Sergio Robbiano presented the DB6R Delirio, powered by Ducati’s latest 1100cc air-cooled engine.  This Long Island example has barely been ridden and looks basically new.

2008 Bimota DB6R for sale on eBay

Even Bimota was compelled to produce an all around naked sport, but the mixed chassis of trellis and billet connectors puts a fine edge on the concept.  Ducati’s injected dual-spark twin pumps 95 hp through the factory slipper clutch, and the stepped seat will hold you in for 160 mph.  Superbike-sized Öhlins and Brembo components are found front and rear, and carbon fiber mudguards cover the natural-finished Marvic wheels.  The complex array of mostly carbon side covers and fairing pieces don’t push the riding weight over 370 lbs.

Just enough information in this auction to make one want more, but what’s here appears clean and without a scratch.  The Delirio came with a modern canister exhaust but the Zard update is a sportier-looking replacement.  From the eBay auction:

This bike is in perfect condition in every way with only 2,040 miles.  It has a carbon fiber Zard exhaust installed by Bimota dealer at time of original purchase.  This may not be factual, but I was told that only approximately 6 of these bikes were imported into the US directly by the Bimota importer, making this a truly collectible and rare bike.

Robbiano started at Ducati, drawing Tamburini’s ideas for the 916, and was taken early from the middle of a successful design career which was always about two wheels.  As intended, the DB6R made a splash in Milan, and the production bike had great reviews.  Seemingly undamaged in many years of under-use, the bidding on this Delirio starts at just half of the list price.  For a fan of the brand or a design buff, a quick change of belts, tires, and liquids will give this Bimota a new lease on life.

-donn

Robbiano Report – 2008 Bimota DB6R with 2,040 Miles !
Bimota July 26, 2020 posted by

The Purist: 1993 Bimota DB2 for Sale

The Bimota DB2 is a bit of an odd duck [pun!]: the company’s claim to fame was building high-spec, light weight, race-inspired sportbikes powered by Japanese engines. Those engines came from bikes that were overbuilt and often significantly heavy, so Bimota found a significant performance increase by building motorcycles as much as a hundred pounds lighter than the original machines that donated their powerplants. But Ducati, with a few exceptions, has always had the whole handling thing pretty much nailed, and the DB2 isn’t much lighter than the Ducati 900SS that donated its engine to the endeavor.

Bimota’s naming system flies in the face of motorcycling convention. You’d probably think a Bimota SB6 would be powered by a 600cc engine. It’s not. Instead, it’s packing 1100cc of Suzuki heat. “SB6” means the bike in question is the sixth Suzuki-powered Bimota. The number has nothing to do with displacement. Because Italy. The original Ducati-powered DB1 proved to be a big seller and, at around 600 units, qualified as nearly volume production.

Luckily, the DB2 was a bit lighter than the 900SS at a claimed 373lbs dry. The one-piece tank shroud and tail section was held in place by a few fasteners, and was wrapped around a plastic fuel cell, all of which helped keep things simple as well as light. It was powered by Ducti’s 904cc air-cooled Desmodue v-twin from the 900SS that produced 86 claimed horsepower. That charismatic engine was suspended in a trellis frame similar to the original Supersport unit, matched to a sexy tubular swingarm, with stout Paioli forks and an adjustable Öhlins shock out back.

From the original eBay listing: 1993 Bimota DB2 for Sale

1993 Bimota DB2 VIN#ZES1DB21XPRZES018. 408 DB2s were manufactured and this is one of the 285 full-fairing models. I purchased this bike in 2014 and have put less than 1,000 miles on it since then. After picking it up it was fully serviced by DucPond (Ducati Winchester, VA) with valves, belts, fluids and a new clutch basket and plates. Most recently in Feb 2020 it was back for belts and fluids at DucPond. Bike has the air cooled Ducati 2 valve motor in it. This is a very light bike with remarkable handling and great brakes – only bike I have ridden with true floating front discs. Reliable, easy to work on and tons of options available for it. It runs strong and pulls very nicely.

Everything works on the bike. The low fuel level light comes on and off regardless of the fuel level – common to these bikes I think. If I was keeping it I would put fresh tires on it (the ones on it are past their shelf life); change the brake fluid again; and replace the blinker relay with an adjustable one (they blink too fast). Bike charges fine and has a newish battery in it. No warranty expressed or implied – it is 27 years old, but I would happily ride this bike anywhere. As a 27 year old bike it is not perfect and has a few flaws which I have tried to highlight in the pictures. The paint is probably as good as the factory, but has blemishes in it. Clear title in my name.

Not on the bike but included are the steering dampener and original airbox. It comes with two sets of keys and the original books. Separately I have a lot of spares for this bike, that are not included with the sale here but I will consider a good offer on them from the purchaser of the bike. Bike shows 1978 miles and if the below is correct, then total mileage would be about 5,000 miles.

Prior to my ownership what the previous owner stated (these are not my words). There is a letter in the paper work indicating acceptance of the bike as a gift.

“This motorcycle was completely restored in 2001 when it had approximately 3000 miles and donated to the Larz Anderson Transportation Museum in Boston, who elected to auction it to focus on their older collection of pre-war cars.

Enhancements performed in 2001:

“944cc big bore kit, stainless steel engine studs, carburetor jet kit, new timing belts, carbon fibre belt covers, braided brake lines, polished wheels, mufflers, intake manifolds, new chain and sprocket, adjustable brake and clutch levers, tinted windscreen, Euro headlight, new speedometer and tachometer, painted frame.”

Bike is located in Northern VA.

Bidding is very active on this example, which is no surprise considering it hasn’t even cracked $10k yet. I have to be honest: the Bimota DB2 is one of my favorite Bimotas, but I’m not a huge fan of those graphics with their dripping paint/urban camo design. I’d happily live with them though, even in the garish white/purple [?!]/white scheme that was also available. It’s one of the purest expressions of Italian motorcycling, a light, nimble machine with striking looks and just enough power to be fun. The DB2 is easy to run as well, at least as far as the two-valve Ducati engine is concerned. Don’t be put off too much by the scary Italian reputation: a well cared-for Desmodue is good for 100,000 miles or more, and servicing isn’t all that expensive, or difficult for a handy home mechanic.

-tad

The Purist: 1993 Bimota DB2 for Sale
Bimota July 9, 2020 posted by

Gives You Wings – 2007 Bimota DB6 Delirio Azzurro #4 of 23 !

In this day and age when a very limited edition can be a few thousand, here’s a Ducati-based naked with total production of 23 units !  Not perfect, this Azzurro is still very good, with one of Borgo Panigale’s best drivetrains, and livery celebrating Italy’s national football team.

2007 Bimota DB6 Delirio Azzurro for sale on eBay

Ducati provided their air cooled dual-spark to Rimini’s designers, who used the factory Marelli injection but fabricated their own exhaust, resulting in 86 available hp.  As usual, the artwork was between the headstock and pillion, a combination of chrom-moly trellis and alloy sideplates, and matching fabricated swingarm.  Typically excellent components included 50mm Marzocchi forks, 320mm Brembo brakes and gold alloys.  The tank starts out skinny but branches out to accomodate 4.2 gallons.

This Azzurro was actually featured on RSBFS in 2014, and has been ridden some 7,000 km’s since then.  Looks like an off-side tipover is in the history books, but except for some Rizoma farkles, it’s as Bimota intended.  Notes from the eBay auction:

This is a show-stopping work of naked-bike art. It’s also light, fast, and comfortable. 

Bimota created this limited edition to commemorate the Italian 2006 World Cup soccer champions (their national team is “the Azzurro”). Twelve of these motorcycles went to players. Eleven were sold to the public with a retail price of around $30,000. You’re bidding on number 4 of the 23.

This motorcycle has these extras:

Zard slip-on carbon fiber mufflers 

Rizoma mirrors

Rizoma brake and clutch reservoir mounts

Brembo RCS radial brake & clutch cylinders

New battery and trickle charger

Pirelli Rosso II tires with less than 500 mi

This motorcycle is in excellent condition. Since I purchased it in 2014, it has been faithfully maintained by M Racing, Glendora, CA. It has 13,071 km, equal to 8,122 miles. Its small scrapes are shown in the last three photos.

Designed by the late Sergio Robbiano, this Delirio Azzurra was very special when it left the factory, and is only a light rejuvenation away.  Any sharp Ducati specialist can set the valve clearances and mount new belts, and this one has several nice mods.  The reserve will be up there, but might be worth testing.

-donn

 

Gives You Wings – 2007 Bimota DB6 Delirio Azzurro #4 of 23 !
Bimota July 2, 2020 posted by

Dragon West – 1999 Bimota DB4 Tri-Colore

Bimota’s fourth Ducati used the tried-and-true ( if not overpowering ) 904cc desmodue, but was a lightweight handler.  This owner hasn’t belabored the cosmetics, but from the looks of the tires has used it as intended – on the wickedly technical Palomar Mountain Loop.

1999 Bimota DB4 Tri-Colore for sale on eBay

The DB4 design was no exception for Bimota, who typically stayed out of a factory mill and finagled their own intake and exhaust.  In this case they specified 38mm Mikuni carburetors instead of the factory fuel injection, and claimed 80 hp and 60 ft.-lbs. torque.  The race kit on this example includes flat-slide carbs and single muffler Corse exhaust.  A large part of Bimota’s art is in the alloy chassis, split between the sharp handling geometry and gorgeous CNC work and welding.  Premium components are also part of the story, with 43mm Paoli forks, Öhlins monoshock and generously-sized Brembo brakes.  Not sure if the Italo-centric livery was a special edition, but DB4’s are rarely seen without it.

The owner has a long-term relationship going here but doesn’t tell recent maintenance history.  From the overall condition and start-up – video – it might be best to factor in a valve adjustment, and of course tires.  The buy-it-now would be a lot easier to see if the seller had buffed this baby up a bit.  From the eBay auction:

1999 Bimota DB 4 with ” race kit “.
Kit consists light weight Corsa exhaust, flat slide carbs, and Ohlins rear shock. 
 
Will install new tires at Buy It Now price. 
Current tires a bit old but usable. See pics.
 
Overall good shape, with minor scrape on right lower due to lean angle. ( Was not down )
I removed lower when I rode it and put back on to sell.
 
Has been run on Palomar Mountain, but not a track since I have owned it.
Put about 1500 miles on it with a ride to L.A. and running Palomar. 

At the time, Bimota was struggling with their own engine in the V-Due, and needed every success, even with the air-cooled supersport engine.  The DB4 was that victory, and tided Rimini over to the SB8 superbike.  While this DB4 could use a little TLC, it’s from a less complicated time, when an lightweight 900 could carve a Supersport-sized niche in a legendary road.

-donn

Dragon West – 1999 Bimota DB4 Tri-Colore
Bimota June 29, 2020 posted by

Added Lightness: 1995 Bimota SB6 for Sale

Bimota’s tried-and-true formula is on display in the exotic SB6: take a powerful Japanese lump, hang it from an innovative frame and top-quality suspension, and then wrap it in wildly futuristic bodywork. In this case, the “lump” was from Suzuki, the liquid-cooled 1074cc inline four and five-speed gearbox that powered the final iteration of their GSX-R1100. Straight-line performance increases came from the Bimota’s extreme weight loss program: the donor GSX-R weighed in at 487lbs dry, compared to the SB6’s 419lbs.

Aside from the swoopy, carbon-fiber bodywork, the most distinctive feature of the SB6 was the massive aluminum frame that was designed around Bimota’s “Straight Connection Technology” that, put simply, linked the steering head as directly as possible to the swingarm pivot. The concept was simple enough, but difficult in practice, since the improved chassis rigidity came at the expense of packaging: the thick aluminum spars block access to several critical components. This example appears to use a set of white-faced dials that look like the Veglia components used on contemporary Ducatis, but earlier bikes used the donor GSX-R1100’s dash and gauges.

Note that the seller’s description below refers to “batteries.” You’re not reading that wrong: the SB6 had two 6-volt batteries wired in series. I’m sure this made sense at the time, possibly to distribute the weight of heavy lead-acid batteries more efficiently, but is definitely a hassle now. Not to mention that I’ve heard from someone who used to work on them that the battery tray had a bad habit of falling out!

In addition, in true Lotus-ish fashion, anything not absolutely necessary was left off in the interest of saving weight. That means the exhaust is almost as self-supporting as the tail section and has a habit of cracking at the headers. Hey, do you want to be a Bimota owner or not? The SB6 was a pretty big hit for boutique Bimota: approximately 1200 of the first-generation bikes were built, although production of the later SB6R was unfortunately cut short, with just 600 produced.

From the original eBay listing: 1995 Bimota SB6 for Sale

1995 Bimota SB6. Rare, NO RESERVE  excellent condition, runs well, 15k original miles, new batteries, bike has been stored in a heated hanger, selling for senior owner that no longer rides. Clean California title, never laid down. Paint is excellent, rare color combo. Front windshield has minor scratch. Small mesh tear in rear fairing, super easy fix. We at buyers expense can ship worldwide. Questions 503-999-0790 bike has not been detailed, it will clean up very nice. Rare opportunity to acquire a iconic Bimota! These bikes are very undervalued and will do nothing but go up in value .

Bidding for this Italian exotic is up to around $4,200 at the time of writing. Recent examples I’m aware of have sold for shockingly low figures, although I don’t imagine that will last forever. These are relatively simple, compared to modern motorcycles, and parts to keep the Suzuki engine easy to source, but keep in mind that these low-production exotics were a bit fragile. In addition, although they embodied sound engineering concepts, they didn’t always work as well on the road as they did on paper and had a bit of a shed-built reputation in terms of build quality. None of that would deter me from buying one, but I’ve always .

-tad

Added Lightness: 1995 Bimota SB6 for Sale
Bimota May 10, 2020 posted by

Phoenix Rising – 1994 Bimota DB2

Looks like this one found a buyer outside of eBay, but so rare it’s still worth a peek…  -donn

Bimota DB2’s make only an occasional appearance on RSBFS, expected with total production of just over 400.  The Tricolore is much more rare, and this rejuvenated example is in particularly nice shape.

1994 Bimota DB2 for sale on eBay

Bimota’s second cooperation with Ducati used their 904cc desmodue, good for 86 air-cooled hp.  Showing their usual fabrication skills, Rimini whipped up a lovely chrom-moly lattice frame and similar swingarm.  Nothing if not light, the chassis helped the DB2 stay under 375 lbs. dry.  Generously sized 320mm Brembo brakes seem to fill the 17-inch front wheel, hung in 41mm Paoli forks.  Out back the Öhlins shock does it without a complex linkage, relying on a progressive rate spring for control as forces increase.  Fiberglass fairings revealed more than the DB1, and kept things easy to get to plus light.

Sounds like this DB2 was on ice for a while and returned to service last fall.  The tail tidy looks good and retains most of the protection from the swingarm-mounted fender.  Not so sure about the lack of turn signals but they should be easy enough to replace if the new owner desires.  New master cylinders for brakes and clutch are a nice touch.  I’m almost thinking repaint but there’s no comment on such in the eBay auction:

Properly stored (fluids drained, cylinders fogged, etc.) here in the dry desert in Phoenix since 2013. This past fall, I decided to go through it and get it ready for our winter riding season. I had new timing belts installed and a valve adjustment performed by the well-known Tom Hull Ducati (Tom is a former Ducati race mechanic). I had Tom pull the top end for inspection and he replaced one intake valve and guide and pronounced everything else in top shape. I did a compression check once all was back together and my gauge says 160psi in both cylinders so very good compression. I also replaced the rear master cylinder with a stock Brembo unit as the old unit was in need of a rebuild, and it wasn’t much more to just buy a new one. Brake and clutch fluids are new (lines flushed) and a complete oil and filter change performed. Carbs were rebuilt with new diaphragms, needles, seats, etc. I also installed a new battery. Then I ruptured a disc in my back and have been unable to ride the bike comfortably since, so it’s time for it to go.  

The bike is mostly stock with a few tasteful and functional upgrades. These include radial Brembo master cylinders for the clutch and front brake along with billet reservoirs and Kevlar lines. The engine was treated to a vented clutch cover and carbon timing belt covers. Bimota offered carbon mufflers as an upgrade option, and I believe this bike came with them from the factory (they were there when I got it). Rear view mirrors were replaced with carbon look ones (a pair of stock ones that I sourced are included) and the rear fender/license plate assembly was replaced with a rear fender eliminator “kit” (both done before my ownership). The front and rear turn signals had also been removed but the wiring and connectors for them are still there if you want to add some back (I do not have the originals). 

The bike comes with its original Bimota keys for ignition, gas cap and seat lock. It also comes with its Bimota tool kit, Factory Owner’s Manual and factory rear stand (with both original thru pin and beautiful custom stainless side pins. I have copies of the original service and parts manuals for the bike as well. I also have a few spares including an extra headlight, an extra new K&N oil filter, and some miscellaneous bits and pieces. 

As with all Bimotas that are actually ridden, there is some minor spider webbing around some of the fastener points. There is also a small crack in the gelcoat next to the gas cap, but it is not structural and does not go through the fiberglass. (It got dinged when I had the tank/seat cover unit off for service.) If I were to keep it, I would replace the tires as they are the same ones it came with when I bought it some years ago. Other than that, the bike is “press the button, ready to go” and currently registered here in Arizona. It looks great and runs better! 

Early Bimotas are being snatched up now that there’s a ( green ) way forward, and seller references a 2016 DB2 auction which brought $17K and Bonham’s website confirms.  More important, you can ride this DB2, any worthy Ducati indy can work on it, and parts availability should only improve.  Reviewers praised the light weight, available torque, and rake of 23.5 degrees which made it a quick handler ( and required a steering damper ).  If the condition checks out it looks to be a very rare and nicely maintained winner.

-donn

 

Phoenix Rising – 1994 Bimota DB2