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Italian Exotica: 1995 Bimota – SB6

Italian Exotica:  1995 Bimota – SB6

Is it ok to buy a motorcycle just for the frame?  Question number two, has a stouter looking frame ever been produced?  I don’t know if Bimota designed that thing for form or function but it looks like a beast.  Are  my eyes deceiving me, is that a carbon fiber license plate holder?  One thing I did notice about the auction though is the dealership has this bike listed as an SB6R.  I hate to use the word “just” but this is just the standard SB6.  It also looks like somebody with too much time on their hands got a hold of the wheels and resprayed or powder coated them.  This is a Bimota, you don’t respray them!  As with most  Bimota’s it looks like the bike has been taken care of and is generally good shape.  The sellers say the bike has been fully serviced.

Unfortunately the dealership didn’t list much in the way of specifics on this particular bike (it has had two owners).  They instead choose to copy and paste an old review of the SB6.  It’s all about salesmanship my friends.  In my opinion,  on bikes with high price tags you have to go the extra mile and give as much info on the bike as possible if you expect people to buy.  As you would expect with an exotic bike with a low starting price, the bidding has been pretty active.  The reserve has not been met though and I’d expect it will be a little higher than if it was being sold by a private party.  The dealership has to obviously cover what they paid on the trade in.  If you’ve got the itch for an exotic Italian bike,


  • The “standard” SB6 is a far better motorcycle than the “R” is/was.

  • Earl,
    I haven’t sat on one let alone ridden one, why is the stand ard SB6 better?

  • They are really two different bikes aside from the same engine. Geometry/handling are not as good, The swing arm is 10mm longer and the entire bike sits higher, The “R” model used a pressurized airbox that is a nightmare to tune. I currently have 2 of the “standards” Not to say the “R” is a bad bike just not quite as sharp!

  • Great info, thanks Earl.

  • I also own a SB6. It is a smaller motorcycle compared to the SB6R. The “R” on bikes usually indicates a more “race-oriented” model, but in this case I would describe is as “revised”. I wonder if their full service includes a valve job, which requires dropping the engine.

  • Sorry. I meant valve adjustment.

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