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Bimota June 1, 2022 posted by

Long Way To Go: Bimota HB3 in Japan

The 1980s were a last hurrah for the mighty air cooled four cylinder superbikes.  Soon water cooled engines would produce more power and start to dominate the performance charts.  One of the high water marks of that era was the Honda CB1100R.  Those bikes were desirable in period and remain sought after additions to many collections.  For many the closest one will ever get to these rare motorcycles is to build a plastic kit of one.  Bimota saw what Honda had achieved with the engine and thought that they could turn the wick up a bit.

Reducing the weight, adding better suspension and improving the frame design created an even more lust worthy machine.  The Bimota HB3 was the third iteration of a Bimota with a Honda engine.  Just 101 of these motorcycles were built.  As with anything this rear it is far fetched to find one local, let alone at all.  This example is located in Japan, but due to the age there should be little problem importing it to anyplace else in the world.

From The Seller’s Listing:

It was stored for a long time in the warehouse.
The inside of the tank is clean. (Because it is made of plastic, there is no rust.)
Since the front and rear brakes have been disassembled and cleaned, there is no sticking.
The rear brake master cylinder is not working.
(Repairable with general-purpose products)
I cleaned the inside of the carburetor.
Oil was sprayed and cranked in the cylinder.
Battery needs to be replaced.
I have lost my key.
(Since the handle, electrical system, and key are made by Honda, you can create a key from the key cylinder.)
There is no exterior or other rust.

There are 101 cars in the world, and the number of existing cars in Japan is probably one hand.
It is a very rare individual.
We strongly recommend checking the current car.
We have all pointed out the engine, so we will correct it.
I recognized that the engines of CB1100R and CB1100F are the same, but since the point cover and crankcase of CB1100R are gold, my vehicle is the engine of CB1100F.
will add the progress on the engine key and tank key.
Keys can be created from the cylinder. Since you can construct it on a business trip,
we will arrange it immediately if you make a successful bid.

A Buy It Now price is listed of about $20,000 USD and as of writing has not been sold.  The price might be slightly optimistic after digging into the listing.  It appears that the bike has been in long term storage and will need a decent service before being put back on the road.  If static display is more you thing, a basic detail should be all that is needed to end up with a rare sport bike that anyone would be proud to stare at for hours.   The billet work is wonderful on these bikes and the engineering is rather interesting as well.

Long Way To Go:  Bimota HB3 in Japan
Aprilia May 25, 2022 posted by

RSBFS Featured Listing Summary

Here’s all the available Featured Listings from our readers in the last week of May 2022! -dc


Yamaha GTS1000 for sale

Mike has dropped the price of his GTS1000 listing to $6,750 CAD which is roughly $5,279 today.


Ducati 748 for sale

Michael’s 2002 Ducati 748 listing went live last week. He’s looking for an enthusiast to take over stewardship of this excellent and low mileage example.


BMW HP2 Sport for sale

Fred’s HP2 Sport is looking for a new home at a very reasonable $14,500. These are difficult to find and quickly becoming collectible.


Bimota SB6R

William is an RSBFS team member and his Bimota SB6R listing went live last week.


RSV4 Factory For sale

Dave lowered the price on his Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC to $11,000 last month!


Ducati Monster race bike for sale

Jonathon’s Monster 1100 Evo racebike is available for summer fun!


Ducati 848 for sale

Northwest European has this low mileage Ducati 848 available for just $8,950.

RSBFS Featured Listing Summary
Bimota May 20, 2022 posted by

Featured Listing: 1998 Bimota SB6R

In the spirit of full disclosure, this bike is being offered by RSBFS contributor, William. -dc

If you have been a reader of RSBFS for any length of time, you know we are huge Bimota fans.  The appeal is the wonderful marriage of exotic Italian design, incredible engineering and the proven performance of an OEM engine.  In this case the SB6R is powered by a water-cooled GSXR1100 engine.  Service cost are kept in check by the use of the Suzuki engine.  Suspension is Paoli adjustable forks out front and an Ohlins adjustable shock in the rear.  Plenty of stopping power is provided by the Brembo Goldline calipers.  The end result is a machine with the reliable power of the GSXR1100, but the better part of 100 less pounds to move down the road.

We have featured many examples over the years and this particular bike was purchased here in 2019 by me as my first Bimota experience.  I had a long standing passion for the brand and jumped at the opportunity to get this bike back on the road.  At this point my passion has surpassed my garage capacity and this bike needs to be moved on to a new home.  As with any bike that has gone a while without use, the fuel system needed to be cleaned.  Viton seals were installed in the carburetors after a total tear down and ultrasonic cleaning.  New intake manifolds were installed to replace the original dry cracked units.  Tires, breaks and service items were also installed.  Under my stewardship I have covered about 500 miles of trouble free enjoyment.

Details About The Bike:

For the 2020 season:

  • Michelin Power RS Tires

  • New Battery

  • EBC Brake Pads

  • All Hydraulics Flushed

  •  Coolant Flushed

  • NGK Plugs

  • Carburetor Rebuild

  • New OEM Suzuki Intake Boots/Manifolds 

The bike shows very well with low mileage of just over 3,000 miles.  The red bodywork pops in the sunlight, and the Corse exhaust provides and intoxicating sound.  The carbon is glossy and the billet work is amazing to look at.  All lights, gauges, switches and systems work as they should.  Would be at home on display as part of a collection, or out for the occasional Sunday ride.  No leaks, smoke, funny noises or issues to report.  This bike will provide many more miles of enjoyment should the new owner decide.

Sold with a Clear Title and an asking price of $13,500.  Please email Jaguarsurfer@yahoo.com with any questions, or to express interest.

Featured Listing:  1998 Bimota SB6R
Bimota May 12, 2022 posted by

Relative Bargain: 1993 Bimota DB2 In The UK

Less is often said to be more.  Less weight means better handling.  Less power can mean the rider can extract more from the machine and end up having more fun.  Less complications translate to lower service costs.  If someone was going to email the RSBFS crew and want a recommendation for a bike that embodies this mindset, most of the time the answer would be a first generation Ducati 900SS.  We love that bike, and for good reasons.  But today lets explore a bike that is both very similar to the 900SS and very different.  The Bimota DB2.

The Bimota DB2 is powered by the venerable air cooled L twin two valve Ducati engine.  Producing about the same horsepower as in the Ducati.  Quotes range from 82 to 86 horsepower, on average about a 2 horsepower bump over the Ducati.  Maybe that is real, maybe it is marking fluff.  The number that stands out is 30 pounds.  That is roughly how much less weight the engine in the Bimota has to lug around.  That is a hugely impressive achievement when you consider that the 900SS was not exactly a tank to start with.

The uprated suspension and Brembo calipers ensure confidence when the rider is pushing the limits either on the road or the track.  Service costs are kept in check as the Ducati is know for being a reliable and easy to live with power plant.  Components are easily sourced.  This is not a bike that is going to consume brakes and tires like a modern superbike.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

1993 Bimota DB2. Ducati Bimota 904cc
these were only produced in very small numbers using Bimota’s Lightweight trellis chassis and running gear mated with the tried and tested Ducati 904cc V twin engine
( A perfect Combination) This is a very collectible lightweight V Twin that is fantastic to ride especially on B roads, just 20309 km equating to 12,619 miles.
A total of only 408 DB2s produced worldwide, out of these only 123 came with the half fairing seen on this bike.
Fitted as standard with an Ohlins rear shock, Paioli Forks and Brembo Brakes, which make for an exceptional ride.
Worldwide and nationwide delivery available.

Was surprised to see that the But It Now was only 7,500 Pounds Sterling .  Traditionally there is a fairly even world wide demand for motorcycles like that, and with the prices of the 900SS examples ever rising, this really feels like a bargain.  Only 408 were made, and only 123 feature this split fairing bodywork.

Guess the real question is:  “Would you save a couple of bucks and buy a 900SS, or would you splurge and take the DB2?”

Relative Bargain:  1993 Bimota DB2 In The UK
Bimota April 4, 2022 posted by

(Thunder) Cat’s Meow – 1996 Bimota YB9 in Australia

So rare it’s difficult to find a test or review, Bimota’s YB9 SR had total production of just 651 over three years.  This example is a long way off in Queensland but looks to be worth the extra effort.

1996 Bimota YB9 SR ( Australia ) for sale on eBay

Massive looking but light alloy, Bimota’s twin spars held Yamaha’s YZF-600 mill closely.  Rimini crafted their own airbox and exhaust, more as part of the overall design than in search of power, since both bikes claim 100 hp and very similar torque numbers.  Paioli’s USD forks are multi-adjustable, as is their monoshock, in an alloy swingarm that allows a 15mm adjustment in the wheelbase.  Brembo supplied their typically excellent four-piston brakes, and carbon accents help keep dry weight at 386 lbs., a surprising 31 lbs. less that the FZR.

This dealer has several interesting bikes on offer, but this the YB9 is a singular experience.  Very engaging at just under 10,000 miles, though paint blemishes are noted.  Not sure if the pillion cover is missing, and there are isolated marks of crazing or corrosion of alloy parts.  Carbon fenders might regain some luster with a little clear coat.  Notes from the eBay auction:

SR in the best colour combo and only 16,000 km from new. The YB9 uses the liquid-cooled inline four and transmission from the YZF600R “Thundercat” with around 100hp and it even uses that bike’s stock gauge cluster.
With just 651 YB9s built, Bimota took the very best 600cc engine. available in 1996 and matched it to their superb aircraft aluminium frame. the best Brembo brakes and Marchesini wheels, Paioli suspension front and rear to create a lightweight, agile and brilliant handling motorcycle.
 
This one is is very nice overall condition, does have some paint blemishes here and there but they are minor.
We have just removed the carbs and had them cleaned and replaced fuel lines.
Bike starts runs and rides without issue. Great entry level Italian built exotic.

 

What reviews there were spoke of the light weight, high footpeg position, and 7,000 rpm start to the power band.  One reviewer wished for a steering damper but another called the steering light, neutral, and very precise.  Not much compromise in the riding position so probably best for spirited interludes.  Riders seeing the YB9 and saying it does well for a 900 will be in for a surprise.

-donn

(Thunder) Cat’s Meow – 1996 Bimota YB9 in Australia
Bimota March 25, 2022 posted by

Tasty Exotic: TL1000R Powered Bimota SB8R

Exotic motorcycles can be polarizing.  For some the cost of admission when new is too high, others will fear service and maintenance woes.  But this Bimota SB8R offers an interesting mix of Italian flair, low production numbers and the reliability and support of an OEM Suzuki engine.

The engine is lifted from a TL1000R so service costs are very low, and an owner can sleep soundly knowing that should an unfortunate even befall the V-Twin, it can be sorted without having to hunt down rare parts.

This particular bike has upgraded lighter wheels, and Arrow exhaust system, a few minor period add ons and low miles.  There are a few questions that need to be raised though.  The seller lists it as a 5 speed, and that is assumed to be a simple clerical error.  The bigger question surrounds the turn signals.  Units installed on the bike are not correct, and two of them are damaged.  It looks like this likely happened while moving the bike around in storage, but it is worth confirming.  Strange that the selling dealer would not at least remove them before the pictures.

From The Seller’s eBay Listing:

2000 Bimota SB8R Motorcycle

Limited-production track ready motorcycle
#3 of around 150 produced total
Aluminum & carbon fiber frame
1,000cc engine producing 135hp and 5 speed manual transmission
3,245 miles shown, but the title is mileage exempt
It’s not everyday that we get in a motorcycle as special as this one, a 2000 Bimota SB8R! MotoeXotica was Missouri’s sole Bimota dealership for many years until the unfortunate bankruptcy of Bimota, thus making this a very special bike for us.

The red paint of this SB8R is in fantastic shape, with only small imperfections, and the carbon fiber is still in tact. The gold wheels are a nice contrast, and are in good shape. The seat has no visible rips or tears. One of the rear turn signals is missing its cover.

Under the seat lies the 135 horsepower 1,000cc engine, mated to a 5 speed manual transmission, which truly makes this bike a rocket. Out back, it also features an Arrow performance exhaust, which gives this bike a truly one of a kind engine note.

This bike is currently located at our facility in St. Louis, Missouri. Current mileage on the odometer shows 3,245 miles. It is sold as is, where is, on a clean and clear, mileage exempt title. GET OUT AND DRIVE!!!

VIN: ZESSB8R0XYR000003

RSBFS posted about his bike in June of 2019 here, and it does not seem that much has changed since that listing.  The $13,900 asking price is in line with what others have been listed for.  Unsure if the time on the market is starting to turn would be buyers off, or if the pool of Bimota buyers is just too small at the moment.  The upgraded wheels is a very expensive and desirable addition, and not really mentioned properly in the listing.

With the sharp rise in price of this era Japanese sport bike one can only wonder if something like this will demand a premium over a similar condition TL1000R.

Tasty Exotic:  TL1000R Powered Bimota SB8R
Bimota March 11, 2022 posted by

Delicious 1988 Bimota YB5 #96 with 4,400 miles in Seattle

Here’s a mouth watering Bimota YB5 in time capsule condition and advertised as all original with a mere 4,384 miles from new! The pictures are well done but there’s also no denying this bike is clean enough to eat off of.

1988 Bimota YB5 for sale on eBay

from the seller:

INTRODUCTION:::

You are bidding on a 1988 Bimota YB5, it is estimated that only 196 YB5 units were produced, this is example #96. The YB5 models came equipped with a tuned Yamaha fj1200 motor and produce around 130hp, and 80 lb-ft torque. In addition to tuning the motor Bimota loaded the bike with high end components such as Marzocchi M1 forks, brembo calipers, brembo cast iron floating rotors, Marvic wheels and many other beautifully high quality CNC billet bits. The YB5 was the last Bimota designed by Massimo Tamburini and is one of the rare ones with provisions for a passenger. This particular Bimota YB5 model is in all original condition, and has an exceptionally low 7060 kilometers (4384miles) on the odometer. But please feel free to read more about the specifics of this bike and look at the pictures for verification. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. U.S. and International bidders are welcome to bid on this motorcycle but must arrange shipping themselves…

CONDITION:::

All of the body panels are in excellent condition, there no cracks or any paint nicks anywhere. The frame is in excellent condition and the paint on the frame is in very nice shape. Overall the motorcycle is nearly perfect cosmetically. Mechanically the bike runs and rides perfect, there are no oil leaks anywhere and all of the engine paint is in excellent condition. All of the electrical components work as they should; lights, blinkers, horn, speedo, tach, fuel gauge, all work properly. The bike just had a full service tune up so mechanically everything was inspected and replaced if necessary with original parts. The recent service includes, full carburetor cleaning, synchronized carburetors, new tires, new chain, new brake pads, air filter, oil filter, front and rear brake fluid flush, spark plugs.

CONCLUSION:::

This is a great opportunity to buy a rare all original Bimota YB5. If you need any additional pictures or have any additional questions please feel free to email us. Domestic & International buyers are welcome to bid but have to arrange the shipping themselves; however we will be glad to help with any loading of the motorcycle. We have assisted in shipping motorcycles overseas for other customers in the past. Please feel free to bid as long as you make the shipping arrangements.

eBay is now allowing seller’s to upload video and the one attached to this listing is well worth checking out. I’d wear headphones or make sure the subwoofer is hooked up — it’s intoxicating!

dc

Delicious 1988 Bimota YB5 #96 with 4,400 miles in Seattle
Bimota March 9, 2022 posted by

Take Everything Up A Notch: Bimota DB4C Moto Corse

The motorcycle world offers many interesting rabbit holes to dive into.  One can spend hours learning about a bike that only a few dozen are ever built.  Something that defies logic from a monetary standpoint, something that is just so over the top one would struggle to picture the intended buyer.  As one learns more about these rare machines they might understand it is never going to be for them, but they are happy to know it exists as it is a lust worthy creation.  The DB4C, a Bimota that was modified in Japan by the amazingly talented Shin Condo is one such example.  In period a buyer would have to write a check for $60,000 to get one of these motorcycles.

If Bimota took the Ducati 900ss recipe and elevated it, Moto Corse took things to the moon.  Sure the DB4 was more compact, made slightly more power and dropped a few pounds.  This was all well received, even if it came at a premium price point.  Some will be failure with the Moto Corse “kits” that were installed on standard DB4.  This was a set of FCR carbs, a fuel tank to clean them, a Ti exhaust and a few other minor tweaks.  The inhouse built DB4C is more of everything.

Power was increased by way of a big bore 944cc engine build that consisted of high compression pistons, performance camshafts, larger carbs, and a full exhaust.  The power was transmitted tot he road via an upgraded dry slipper clutch.  Weight was further reduced through the extensive us of titanium hardware.  The bikes were fully disassembled so that the signature gold finish could be applied to the frame.   Lighter magnesium wheels were installed, and on some bikes alloy Ohlins forks were utilized.

From The Seller’s Listing:

First year registration: April 2013, meter display distance: 14715 km, vehicle verification description distance: 13800 km.
At that time, it was a complete Motocorse vehicle produced in a limited number of 50 units worldwide.
It is a vehicle that has been exhibited and stored for a long time, and is currently immobile and unconfirmed (it is stored indoors). There was a car inspection in December, H27, and it seems that I was riding until then, but after that it seems that it has not moved at all.

The DB4C, a limited production vehicle of 50 units, was produced as a full-scale collaboration model with DB4C Bimota.
A slipper type butch forged high-comp piston with a 2mm wider bore, a combination of a Ducati L-twin scaled up from 904cc to 944cc and a special gold-finished frame, as well as a titanium exhaust, FCR carburetor, and magnesium wheels as standard equipment. It has produced performance that far surpasses that of the base DB4

Japan has long been the go to country for exotic motorcycles for sale.  This example is listed on Japan’s Yahoo Auctions.  Export should be possible to much of the world.  When dealing with bikes this special it is unlikely to find something local.  If willing to ship across a county, it is not a huge leap to transport around the world.  The wider the net one casts, the better chance they have of catching something.  As when new, the elephant in the room is cost.  The opening bid is set to just over $31,000.  That is a staggering amount of money for any version of a Ducati 900ss or DB4.  There were people out there when these were new that were willing to pay up to have the best, and that might still be true today on the classic market.

Any DB4 is a rare thing to see come to market, so for many of us we just settle for drooling over images, or collecting press material.

 

Take Everything Up A Notch:  Bimota DB4C Moto Corse