Rare as a Bimota liter bike might be, finding one which has never been run is a hundred-fold more unusual. A 150hp cycle weighing 400lbs would be newsworthy today, but this one has been hidden away since 1991.
Made from 1991 to 1994 but in very low numbers, the Yamaha-Bimota 1000 removes some of the compromise from the FZR 1000R “bike of the decade”. Relieved of the biposto seat, the YB10’s aluminum beam frame and beautiful bodywork does conceal 20 valves and Yamaha’s servo-controlled exhaust valve system which widens the torque curve. South of the twin 38mm Mikunis, the liquid-cooled liter escapes via 4-into-1 exhaust. 5-speed transmission to get you going, dual 320mm front disks and 280mm rear bring things back into focus. Billet frame connections, triple-tree, and brackets are a joy. Upside-down Marzocchi front forks are complemented by an Ohlins rear shock, all three-way adjustable.
Usually this is where I discuss the bike’s condition, which will be one word in this case – NEW. Evidently in a dealer’s stockroom for almost two decades, the bike was purchased in 2010, and uncrated in 2013.
This motorcycle was purchased new in the crate from the dealer in 2010. In 2013 the motorcycle was removed from the crate and the front wheel and fender were installed. No fluids have been added to include engine oil, coolant, brake fluid, and gasoline. Except for the front wheel/fender the motorcycle is as it was when it left the factory. Since being removed from the crate it has been stored on stands in a dry, climate controlled garage and has never seen sunlight. All the original documentation, manuals, tool kit, and keys in the crate come with the motorcycle. Motorcycle comes with clear title and is sold “as is” with no warranties expressed or implied. Local pickup is best since the motorcycle has no fluids there are no brakes.
Finished in arrest-me red and silver, the YB10 appears ready for action, though one might expect some freshening unless keeping it as a display machine. Primarily Yamaha hard parts should ease the pain of breaking in a brand-new 24 year-old motorcycle. Bimota asked $24K when this bike was new, after doing your homework you may want to bid similarly on this beauty.