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Bimota June 14, 2015 posted by

Closer to home: 1989 Bimota YB5 in Canada

Prior to April of this year we hadn’t seen a Bimota YB5 pop up for sale since 2009 so of course now there is a second one, and instead of being far away in New Zealand this one is a bit closer to the RSBFS offices, with a location in Laval Quebec, Canada.

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The YB5 was the fifth Bimota model powered by Yamaha and was an attempt by the Rimini based company to offer a big fast sportbike that could also be used for light touring.  This explains why in untypical-for-Bimota fashion there was a passenger/pillion seat hidden under the rear cowling.

While the passenger accommodations were unusual for a 1980’s Bimota, the YB5 did follow the standard Bimota philosophy elsewhere by taking a standard bike and then improving on it.  In the case of the YB5  a 1200cc Yamaha FJ was the basis to help the YB5 meet the “big and fast” criteria. The YB5 was the highest displacement and most powerful bike that Bimota produced prior to is most recent reorganization.  NOTE: The Bimota power crown now belongs to its new BMW powered BB3.

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1989 Bimota YB5 for sale on ebay (Canada)

The YB5 was first displayed at the 1986 Cologne Motor Show and entered production the following year.   Its 210kg dry weight was a claimed 25kg lighter than the Yamaha FJ1200 on which it was mostly based, resulting in 130hp at 9,000rpm and a top speed of 243kph/150 mph, not bad in 1989.  Reviews were generally positive although some reported a somewhat unforgiving suspension and engine heat blowing onto rider’s legs. 

In typical late 80’s fashion, the production number of the YB5 is of some debate. Some websites list 200, some 250, I even found one listing 208. Regardless the YB5 is quite rare but given its Yamaha basis, its more reliable than a lot of Bimota products (cough-cough-VDue-cough-cough). Nice touches abound on the bike, including machined frame connectors Marzocchi forks and single rear shock, plus a full set of dash indicators.

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Here is what the seller has to say:

  • Number 149
  • I am the 3rd owner as far as I can tell, previous owner imported the Bike from the UK.
  • I have owned it since 2007, since then I have put 2k km on it as I do not have time to ride it.
  • Have changed the clutch Master cylinder  and clutch line.
  • Also changed the flasher stalks (still have them), and battery.
  • Some small scratches on fairing that can be buffed out.
  • Also have the tools for headlamp adjustment and rear wheel hub adjustment.

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So what is this YB5 located in Far North America worth?  Well there are no bids at the opening price of $10,000 USD but this price is actually right in line with what we have seen on the few previous YB5’s posted on RSBFS.    While its not as appealing to me as some of Bimota’s other designs (what I wouldnt give for an SB2 to be in my little collection), its probably one of the more reliable Bimotas from the late 1980’s.

I think this one will probably begin to appreciate at a reasonable rate over the next few years.  Perhaps a smart North American collector should give some consideration to picking this up.

 

-Marty/Dallaslavowner

Closer to home:  1989 Bimota YB5 in Canada
Roehr May 13, 2015 posted by

Collector Alert: 2009 Roehr 1250S prototype for sale in Illinois

Here is one that has been floating around the net off and on for the last year or so, a 2009 Roehr 1250s (non-supercharged).

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2009 Roehr 1250s for sale on ebay

Motorcycle collectors typically fall into two groups; those who collect bikes because they enjoy them (which includes “nostalgia” collectors who are reliving their youth) and those who collect bikes as investments.

For the later group, there is an inherent risk that comes from having to make assumptions about a bikes future value.  For every Britten-V1000 there is a Fischer MRX or Bimota Mantra.  Some investment-oriented collectors try to focus on buying limited editions from more established brands, but there is still no guarantee of future value;  for every bike that has its value jump up (example: Ducati SuperMono, Honda NR750) there are those that go the opposite way and depreciate far below the original asking price (example: Aprilia Nera, Bimota V-Due).

The reason for what I wrote above is that I think this bike, a 2009 Roehr 1250s, will appeal most to an investment-oriented collector.

The 2009 Roehr 1250s was marketed as an “all america sportbike”, which was a bit of a poke at Buell which had switched over to Rotax engines.   The Roehr 1205s was designed to produce 180 hp due to a supercharged Harley Davidson 1250 cc “Revolution” engine.  The frame was also quite inventive, featuring a Bi-Metal beam design consiting of both chrome-moly steel and T6 Aluminum.   While the engine and frame designs were inventive, styling was a bit of a mishmash, with a front fairing reminiscent of a Ducati 999, undertail exhausts that were already starting to go out of fashion, no passenger accomodations, and HD-derived instrumentation.

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Despite the mishmash of styling, reviews were actually pretty good. So what happened? Unfortunately for Walter Roehrich (the man behind the effort) the Roehr was introduced ight at the beginning of the financial crisis.  Together with an initial asking price of an eye-popping $50,000 USD, its not surprising that sales werent exactly robust.  The company struggled on for a few years but only 10 production versions of the 1250s were reported to have been made with the full supercharger setup before the company closed up shop.

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This particular Roehr looks to be quite clean with just a few tiny scuffs and scratches.  While its being listed as the prototype bike that all the others were based on, its a bit unclear as to whether the supercharger unit is installed or not.

Here is some info provided by the seller along with some observations

  • 2009 Roehr Harley based sport bike, single sided swingarm, Akropovic exhausts
  • 2800 miles
  • Bike belonged to the owner (Walter Roehrich) and was the bike that all the others were based on.
  • There are ten of these in the world with most being sold to collectors in Europe and Asia.  This bike is one of only two in the U.S
  • Bike is constructed using only high end components and materials (Carbon fiber, billet, titanium), Marchesini wheels, etc.
  • This bike is normally aspirated using cams and K&N intakes

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Is this bike worth the Buy-It-Now asking price of S18,000 USD?   Well the previous times this bike has been listed by seller Chris Dolan the bids seem to reaching around 14k but that was last year.   Original listing price for the turbocharged version was $50,000 USD so you are getting a very steep discount but it will be important for any future owner to confirm the status of the turbocharger system.

Personally I think the Roehr is a bit of a puzzle but still kind of appealing to right kind of buyer, perhaps a collector willing to take a chance.   I can already picture a Roehr in the Solvang motorcycle museum or the Barber Motorsport complex, perhaps next to a Bimota VDue with a placard saying “What could have been”….

 

-Marty/Dallaslavowner

Collector Alert:  2009 Roehr 1250S prototype for sale in Illinois
Bimota April 25, 2015 posted by

What Could Have Been – 1997 Bimota V-Due

1997 Bimota V-Due on eBay

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On paper, it was everything that we all asked and begged for… a roadgoing version of the 500cc two stroke monsters that we watched Mick Doohan and crew wrestle around the track in Grand Prix racing.  Unfortunately two strokes, for all of their performance legend and lore were burdened with characteristics that some (The Fun Police) found distasteful.  They were loud and dirty and smoky and anybody who rode one became the scourge of the neighborhood.  The Japanese manufacturers had left two strokes in the past and they weren’t coming back.  Until Bimota decided to take what would ultimately prove to be a suicidal risk.  The numbers were there.  110hp and a claimed 300lb dry weight was the closest thing that any of us would ever get to our GP fantasies…. and it was beautiful.

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Unfortunately and catastrophically for Bimota… the V-Due just wasn’t sorted out.  The initial excitement was quickly tempered by some scathing reviews by the European press and when customers eventually rode their machines they all stunk.  Customers reported seized engines, oil leaks and a power delivery that was so erratic that the V-Due was practically unrideable.  Many simply returned their bikes to the dealships.   The initial diagnosis blamed the fuel injection and Bimota attempted to remedy the situation by retrofitting carbs, but it was too little too late and the damage was done.  Bimota filed for bankruptcy in 1999.  Several years later, with new investors and properly sorted out, a few hundred V-Dues resurfaced as new 2003-2004 models with carburetors.

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This particular model is basically showroom new, with only 47 kilometers on the clock and given it’s dubious legacy, you have to wonder if that’s because it never worked.  The seller’s ad doesn’t mention anything about the running condition, but it does state that it’s still fuel injected… so proceed with caution!  1997 Bimota V-Due on eBay UK

BIMOTA 500 V DUE 500 1997 Covered only 46 KM from new in immaculate condition complete with both keys. Bike is originally from Germany will be registered to the new owner supplied with a UK V5 and new 12 months MOT. Very rare investment opportunity fuel injection 500 cc Two stroke model.

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What Could Have Been – 1997 Bimota V-Due
Bimota March 19, 2015 posted by

Featured Listing: 2000 Bimota SB8R for Sale

Update 6.18.2015: The owner has contacted us to update that this bike is sold. Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

2000 Bimota SB8R L Side

Today’s Featured Listing Bimota SB8R could be considered one of the marque’s most successful modern models, although you’re still looking at a low-production Italian exotic, with approximately 150 built.

After the V Due debacle, it was back to business as usual for Bimota, sticking reliable Japanese lumps into state of the art chassis they tried to get on their feet. And Suzuki’s thumping v-twin was certainly a brilliant powerplant in search of an equally impressive chassis. While the TL1000S and R met with mixed reviews, no one was complaining about the power and, with the 996cc engine retuned to a claimed 138hp and a weight savings of almost 50lbs compared to the donor TL, Bimota’s SB8 was always going to be an impressive performer.

2000 Bimota SB8R R Front

The SB8 is a handsome bike, and houses the original TL headlight in a bulbous, ram-air fairing with a bulging forehead. The intake tubes for the ram-air system are very prominent, but at least they’re formed from gorgeous carbon fiber. Which is good because you’ll have them in your face basically all the time…

2000 Bimota SB8R Dash

The frame is, in typical Bimota style, a masterpiece of cutting-edge design and materials, and was derived from Cagiva’s 500cc Moto GP bike. It featured an aluminum-beam front section and carbon side-plates bolted together to provide strength and good weight distribution.

This machine looks to be in perfect condition, with a laundry-list of updates, upgrades, and OEM spare parts.When all is said and done, at $12,500 this is a relatively inexpensive Bimota, but fairly expensive in terms of performance-per-dollar. But if you’re looking for functional garage jewelry and an unbeatable sense of pride of ownership, you’d have a hard time beating it.

2000 Bimota SB8R Front

From the seller: 2000 Bimota SB8R with 4,723 miles for Sale: $12,500

This bike was purchased new from Ducati Bellevue on 3/2/2002. The 1st owner was a local Seattle aerospace engineer who rarely rode the bike. It was never ridden in the rain, never left outdoors overnight, never around a racetrack nor has it ever been tipped over and/or damaged in any way. Kai at Red Label Moto acquired the bike and it has since passed to me as of 2012. Overall, this bike is in excellent condition and has a ton of hard to find goodies that are included with the purchase. I also have pictures of those as well if you’re interested.

The 1st owner made no modifications to this machine. His one mod was having a custom fuel trimmer or potentiometer made to work with the existing wiring harness. These bikes are known to have fueling issues due to the massive throttle bodies and this is where the potentiometer helps out. Unfortunately the potentiometer is old technology and the adjustment range was limited. I have since installed a PCIII that was tuned by Nels at 2 Wheel Dyno Works in Woodinville.

Some of the most recent updates to the bike include:

  • Barely broke in set of Michelin Power Pure 2CT tires.
  • New braided steel clutch and rear brake lines. Used but perfect condition.
  • Braided steel front brake lines. These bikes came with rubber hydraulic hoses.
  • New EBC brake pads front and rear. The metallic versions in the front.
  • New engine oil and filter as of Sept 2014.
  • Fairly new spark plugs. NGK CR9EK.
  • Out-of-production Evoluzione SB8R fuel trimmer from a Bimota enthusiast in Colorado. This unit is more precisely calibrated with nearly infinite settings between 0 and 999. The Bimota trimmer has 8 positions total. Also, this unit has a way-cool analog digital display that shows where your fuel mixture is set. And a more trick looking gold anodized mounting bracket.
  • The arrow exhaust on the bike has been cored for better performance and sound. The result is outstanding in that it essentially replicates full racing pipes with much better performance and sound. The pipes ended up a couple inches shorter than stock, however they are much lighter after being modified and look better in my opinion.
  • PCIII was installed to permanently wash out some of the fueling issues that was typical of the SB8R model and its huge throttle bodies. Nels at 2wheeldyno did an amazing job and this bike accelerates easier through the rev range than before. The fuel trimmer that had been installed prior to me purchasing the bike was only finite and could not adjust or reach some of these issues in the rev range. This modification alone makes it rideable if you get stuck in traffic.
  • Modded oem footpegs to replicate the footpegs as they would have been delivered on a European market SB8R. The bikes sold in the US were required to have folding footpegs
  • New Shorai lightweight lithium replacement battery. Trust me, the fact that this bike has a new battery of any type is a huge plus. The battery is located under an unholy amount of tank/carbonfider/frame. Ive also installed a CTEK battery tender since it is such a pain in the ass to get to the battery.
  • New vacuum line that goes from the airbox to a vacuum switching valve.
  • Cleaned/serviced air filter foam element.
  • The stock headlight control (left-side switchgear) has an extra metal tab inside so you can’t turn off the headlights. Now the lights can be switched on and off.
  • Ive also sourced out another unused OEM Arrow exhaust set that is in immaculate condition. The one that is currently on the bike is the re-cored version. If you wanted to switch back to the oem sound and condition, it would be boxed up and available.
  • Brand new and unused set of Brembo front brake rotors are also included. These Brembo rotors are OEM and matching to this specific motorcycle as well. Also included are a brand new set of EBC brake pads to finish off the install.
  • Ive also found a SB8RS rear sprocket which replaced the bland SB8R sprocket. This in my opinion, is completes the look of the bike much better than the standard silver colored one and matches the gold front brake rotors. The original is also stashed away and will be included as well.
  • Ive also sourced another gas tank which I’ve been keeping for a rainy day as well. OEM parts are especially hard to find for these bikes and an unused tank is even more rare. Duplicates are always good IMHO.
  • Extra OEM rear and front carbon fiber fender. Figured it couldn’t hurt to have another one of each laying around.
  • Extra OEM seat as well. The one on the bike is an oem version that has the Bimota logo embossed on it.
  • I’ve also sourced out the Bimota shop manual for this bike, as well as the parts catalogue. Always nice to have these around if you’re working on your own bike. Although some of it is in poorly translated Italian, it does touch on some nice little nuances of the bike.
  • The stock tank on these SB8R’s is an Acerbis tank and Ducati just went through a big class action lawsuit because of their Acerbis tanks expanding over time due to the ethanol content in gasoline. I had the tank that’s currently installed on the bike sealed and lined by Russ Foy in late 2014 to prevent any tank bloat. Either way, the only kind of gas I’ve used in the bike has been ethanol free.
  • Includes both factory keys, leather Bimota key fob, owner’s booklet, wiring diagram, display stand, stock footpeg folding thingies, toolkit, helmet lock (?) and the stock rubber hydraulic hoses if you want them. I also have pictures of all the extra bits if you are interested.

Seattle, Washington

2000 Bimota SB8R R Rear

These do seem to change hands regularly with low miles, which is a shame, although this example is obviously no garage-queen, since the seller has made changes to make it more real-world useable.

-tad

2000 Bimota SB8R R Side

Featured Listing: 2000 Bimota SB8R for Sale
Mondial February 23, 2015 posted by

Unobtanium Alert! Multiple Mondial Piegas for sale on ebay UK, including an EF version!

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Here are two (2!) of the ultra rare Mondial Piega models, both from the same seller.

For anyone not familiar with these bikes from previous RSBFS posts, FB Mondial was a small motorcycle manufacturer that had racing success in the 1940’s and 50’s but couldn’t translate that success into a long term successful business model.  Mondial produced highly successful race bikes, many with the distinctive Dustbin fairings.  These bikes are considered to be some of the most beautiful bikes ever made and are now highly valued by collectors.  For example, the 1957 Mondial 125cc Grand Prix DOHC ‘Dustbin’ pictured below was recently offered for sale by Bonhams for over 110,000 USD (click the pic for more details).

1957 Mondial 125, Bonhams auction

Mondial Racebike

The Monidal bikes were so successful and so highly regarded that back in the 50’s Soichiro Honda himself approached Mondial about purchasing their 125cc race bikes to help his company get up to speed (no pun intended).  When Honda won the 125cc and 250cc championships in 1961 the badges said Honda but the technology was Mondial.  FYI – This is why today, when you enter Honda’s museum at its race track at Motegi, Japan, the first bike you see on display is a 125 Mondial.

By the mid 1960’s Mondial was starting to struggle and in an interesting reversal, the company worked out an agreement with Honda to offer their bikes with Honda power. The Mondial brand continued on until the late 1970’s but eventually it shutdown and fell into disuse.

In 2000, entrepreneur Roberto Zileti bought the dormant Mondial name from the original owner family and using his considerable wealth had a new Mondial designed.  The new bike was designed to compete in World Superbike racing and was to be powered by a Suzuki TL1000 V-twin engine but just before it was due to be launched Suzuki withdrew.  Ziletti then managed to convince Honda to supply the reborn Mondial with Honda SP-1 engines and the new Mondial Piega was born.

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While European bikes designed around Japanese engines have been known to promise more than they deliver (Im looking at you, Bimota), the Piega isn’t one of those.  Mondial’s engine modifications were small, consisting of a new intake and exhaust system and a reworking of the fuel injection mapping which bumped out the power a bit.  The major change was to weight; due to the extensive use of carbon-fiber,, the Piega is 45lb lighter than the SP-1.

Reviewers were quite enthusiastic over the bike, stating:

“the bike also feels faster than the latest Honda SP and the handling is at least as good. The SP-1 felt awkward and at times unstable with an especially flighty front end. The Piega is better, with great stability.”

“The main development rider for the Piega was a 250cc race champion and it shows in the results…the Piega somehow manages to feel like a much smaller machine…it can be flicked into a corner and re-positioned mid-turn.  Also the very high quality race-based suspension gives the bike a tactile quality.”

“You don’t have to ride the Piega fast to savor the sensations it offers, because it’s enormously rewarding at most speeds, but when you do it responds with a top-level ability. Of course the bike is also great to look at in its traditional blue and silver livery, although the combination of hard edges and curves occasionally clashes and the droop of the tail plate unit detracts from the bike’s aggression.”

2003? Blue and White Piega for sale on ebay UK

Here is the first one, a year isnt specified but it looks to be one of the early edition bikes, possibly a 2003.  Mileage is listed as Zero/new.  Asking price is 17,000 GBP which comes out to about 26,000 USD.

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While normally I am wary anytime someone says Zero/o miles for a bike, this one does look absolutely clean.  NOTE:  There have also been comments on previous RSBFS Piega posts that 11 of these bikes were “taken” by employees who didn’t receive their paychecks after the company went bankrupt and that these are considered stolen.


Now here is the second one, an EF/Finale Edition version in lovely black and carbon fiber.

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2008? Mondial Piega EF/Final Edition

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The build history on the Final Edition/EF versions is a bit vague and the only info I can find is a brief mention of them being launched in 2008.   It seems like the EF version was produced out of Piega backstock with different carbon based bodywork similar to that from the Mondial GP bike.   The seller indicates this 1 of 10 EF versions which may account for its higher asking price of 22,500 GBP/35,000 USD.

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Now, the question is, what are these bikes worth?  The Mondial Piega is certainly a rare sportbike based on the listed production numbers and finding one let alone two in brand new condition is pretty amazing.  Even so, I think the price for these may be a bit high.  Previous postings on RSBFS  went for quite a bit less than the asking price but those posts were for US bikes, the bikes weren’t 0 miles bikes and occurred while the financial crisis was still ongoing.  Perhaps someone can work out a package deal for both…?

-Marty/Dallaslavowner

Note:  This seller appears to have quite a few high end bikes for sale, including a Bimota VDue Evoluzione, which is the upgraded version equipped with carburetors.

Unobtanium Alert!  Multiple Mondial Piegas for sale on ebay UK, including an EF version!
Bimota February 7, 2015 posted by

The real culprit: 1991 Bimota Tesi 1D SR (in the UK)

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Regular readers of RSBFS have seen many posts regarding Bimota, their history, collapse and rebirth. The Bimota V-Due (or VDue) model is usually referred to as the bike that caused Bimota to go bankrupt but this isn’t the whole story. The VDue and the sudden disappearance of one of Bimota’s main sponsors during the 2000 World Superbike season finally pushed the company into receivership but the Tesi effort actually started Bimota downwards.

The Tesi series  was a design and production effort based on the idea of hub centered steering offering improved stability over conventional forks. The Tesi 1D appeared in 1991 and attracted attention for its hub-steering system. (Note: The ‘D’ in 1D signifies Ducati as power came from the engine designed for the Ducati 851). The Bimota was equipped with a fuel injection system Weber dual injector per cylinder and other modifications that produced 113 bhp.

The problem was that the Tesi 1D and following Tesi related models were big development efforts than never translated into huge sales for Bimota, and the Tesi effort put Bimota into a a restricted financial condition.  Perhaps without the Tesi effort Bimota would have been able to weather the storm caused by the VDue debacle…

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1991 Bimota Tesi 1d for sale on ebay uk

While the Tesi 1D is already a rare bike, the seller indicates this particular Tesi 1D is one of the limited edit SR models.  The SR models were different in that the engine had larger displacement, weight was reduced, the tank was reduced to 4 liters and the suspension was switched to Öhlins.  Only  164 SR versions of the 1D were produced, and they can be recognized by the green lines on the bodywork.

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Like a lot of the early 1990’s Bimotas’, this one appears to have been owned by a collector.  The seller states that it was previously in Italy but it is now for sale via a UK-based dealership.  It certainly looks to be pristine and even seems to have the stock mufflers/exhaust canisters.

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Is this ultra-low mileage Tesi 1D worth the $35,000+ asking price?  Well prices for the previous ones we have posted here on RSBFS have gone from 15,000 USD back in 2011 to over 20,000 USD just a few years later and all the Bimota Tesi models seem to be moving to the front of collectors most wanted lists.  Personally I think this price is a bit high but given the trend, this may be one of those situations a potential buyer looks back on soon and regrets not acting on.

-Marty/Dallaslavowner

The real culprit: 1991 Bimota Tesi 1D SR (in the UK)
Bimota November 27, 2014 posted by

The Origin of Species: Bimota SB2 for Sale Down Under

Bimota SB2 R Front

Sometimes, looking at older sportbikes, it’s hard for those raised on GSX-R1000’s and R1’s to understand what all the fuss is about. I mean, on paper, the Bimota SB2 is pretty unimpressive: 430lbs, 743cc’s making 75hp, and a 130mph top speed. But at the time, this bike was at the bleeding-edge of sports motorcycle design, combining the best ideas of the day in terms of aerodynamics, frame, and suspension design.

Bimota SB2 L Side

Although they’ve been in-and-out of bankruptcy for decades, Bimota is still the first name in exotic Italian motorcycles, and recent products reflect a less-focused diversity that includes something for everyone. And by “everyone,” of course I mean “rich people.”

The name “Bimota” is derived from the names of the three company founders: Valerio Bianchi, Giuseppe Morri, and Massimo Tamburini, who actually started their company to work on heating and air-conditioning systems. In 1973, they built their first motorcycle, designing a light, stiff frame around a Honda 750 four-cylinder to create the HB1 in 1973.

BImota SB2 R Side

With only one, notorious exception, Bimota used engines from established manufacturers in their bikes, although they generally improved power somewhat with revised exhausts and tuning, and the alpha-numeric names of the bike will give you a clue as to what powerplant is hiding within: “H” for Honda, “D” for Ducati, “Y” for Yamaha, “K” for Kawasaki, “B” for BMW, and “S” for Suzuki. Obviously. So the SB2 was the second Bimota powered by a Suzuki engine.

If you’re used to the Transformers-style angularity of current Bimotas, the swoopy curves of SB2 might be a bit of a shock. But Bimota built its reputation for innovation and cutting edge design with machines like this. Powered by Suzuki’s reliable GS750 engine and 5-speed transmission, the SB2’s beauty wasn’t in the powertrain, but in the exotic suspension and frame. Check out that swingarm pivot, designed to keep chain tension constant throughout suspension travel.

Bimota SB2 R Rear Naked

The SB2 was almost impossibly advanced for the time and featured a host of race-inspired details: the aluminum and fiberglass one-piece tank and tail-section is held on by simple rubber quick-release straps: disconnect the fuel line, unplug an electrical connector, and it’s off, allowing access to the engine and revealing more of the gorgeous trellis frame and monoshock rear suspension.

Bimota SB2 Rear Suspension

From the original eBay listing: Bimota SB2 for Sale

This motorcycle has been fully restored including an engine re-build. The re-build was completed by an experienced Suzuki trained mechanic. The engine was found to have a Yoshimura 850cc kit in it with high lift cams and larger valves with double valve springs. A previous owner may have lightly ported the intakes. The pistons, gearbox and clutch indicated an easy life but extensive carbon deposits pointed to a lot of slow use. New rings and bearings where needed were used.

The engine idles smoothly and runs quietly. The exhaust is a bit restrictive but will not cause registration problems. The front suspension may be soft for some heavy riders.

The rear de-carbon shock was rebuilt by SOS Sydney and the chassis, bodywork  and wheels were stripped and re-painted. The seat was done to original specs in NZ. The engine cases were stripped of paint and painstakingly cleaned before re-painting. The dash is NOS but a later one from the original which is available. An oil cooler and braided lines come with the bike but are not fitted.

Bimota SB2 R Rear

Interestingly, the listing does not mention the bike’s year of manufacture, although they were only made between 1977 and 1979. Reports vary as to how many were actually made, but supposedly no more than 140 SB2’s were built, making this extremely rare and very exotic. Parts to keep the nearly stock Suzuki GS750 engine and transmission should be very easy to come by, and plenty of hop-up parts exist for anyone looking to make a fast bike even faster.

There are six days left on the auction, with no bidders at the AU$20,000 starting bid. These are some of the most collectible and desirable Bimotas ever built, and I’d expect plenty of folks are waiting in the wings to bid on this one.

-tad

Bimota SB2 R Front Close

The Origin of Species: Bimota SB2 for Sale Down Under
Ducati August 29, 2014 posted by

Market Correction? 2001 Ducati MH900e with zero miles

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One of the most common questions asked of the RSBFS staff is “how much?” How much is my bike worth? How much should I pay for a grey market two stroke? How much this bike go up in value (note the assumption it will go up)? Value is an interesting indicator – not just of a particular bike, but also of the market as a whole. That brings us to this particular bike: A ZERO mile Ducati MH900e. We posted a quickie on this bike in the past, as part of a larger MH900e montage (see that post here). The interesting thing is that montage listed FOUR examples of the MH900e available at the same time. And this zero mile bike is still for sale. In fact, there is a second zero mile bike located in San Francisco for sale at this time (you can check that bike out here).

2001 Ducati MH900e with ZERO miles

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So what happened to the MH900e market? When it was first released via the internet as a Year 2000 wonderbike, the MH900e was a marvel. Investors bought out the entire first year bike run in a single day. It was predominantly investors and speculators that day, buying on the promise of a rolling work of art, built in limited numbers and with a foundation steeped in history. Planned for 2000 units total as model years 2000 and 2001, the final run did not complete until 2002. Speculation continued to follow the bike; after the initial sale, market prices for the MH900e went up significantly. From that time onward, prices rode the fluctuation roller coaster – dropping down until sales re-ignited and driven upwards until sales stalled yet again. Rinse and repeat.

MH900e_3

From the seller:
If you are landing on this page you clearly know what you are looking at. You are bidding on a very special early 2001 MH900E with “100” miles. The reason for the quotation is because this bike has 0 miles on the odometer. My understanding is that the dealership has to pay additional fee’s if they sell a brand new vehicle with “0” miles. Thus I believe it was recorded as “100” miles instead of “0” The title and registration (which has been paid for 2014) will reflect 100 miles on the bike. The bike is immaculate. The paint and body have been professionally detailed with mezerna polish and swissvax wax so the the bike looks better than the day it came off the dealership.

Bike comes with:
MH900E Stand
MH900E Numbered Shirt
MH900E Commemorative Numbered Plaque
MH900E Manuals
MH900E 2 Black Keys

For any collector, these items are a must to be included to retain top value for the bike.

MH900e_2

Some fun facts on the MH900e: The bike was designed by Pierre Terblanche (think 749/999), and was initially to have been assembled by Bimota staff. The implosion of the Rimini company in the wake of the vDue two stroke fiasco forced Ducati to bring the assembly back in house, resulting in the production delay. Another fun fact: this particular MH900e has been at auction again and again. At least six times by my count. And still looking for a home. Opening bid is $21k (!) It looks like market interest in this particular model is in the waning phase, top dollar prices will take longer to achieve, and prices will start to correct downwards. The MH900e will continue to be a special bike – but from current sales data we might have to wait a bit for it to become the “it” bike again.

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Market Correction?  2001 Ducati MH900e with zero miles

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