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Bimota August 29, 2015 posted by

Bimötaheads: 1986 Bimota DB1 and 1998 Bimota YB11

“Like any habit that becomes a vice, you think you can handle it.  Just the one.  That’s what you tell yourself.  As a man of fortitude and strong character, you can take it or leave it.  But before too long you’ve crossed a line.  You don’t even know where that line was and now you’re hooked, unsure of how you got here not sure you even want to go back.   No one ever stops at just one Bimota”. – Alan Seeley, Practical Sportbikes, August 2015


Call it common sense or logic or whatever you want, there is a legitimate argument that says pre-bankruptcy Bimotas aren’t worth the money, that modern day sportbikes are better at everything the Rimini factory produced back in the day, and that the company has more misses than hits.  It is true the Rimini firm’s pre-bankruptcy operations resulted in some goods bikes (YB4, S8R) and some not-so-great (Mantra, VDue, Tesi 1D) but Bimotas still seem to appeal to a lot of collectors.

For this post, we have a Bimota collector located in Norwalk, Connecticut with a large collection of Bimotas who has decided to let two go; a 1986 Bimota DB1 and a 1998 Bimota YB11.

Note:  The collector indicates that the rest of the collection will be up for sale shortly so I suggest you favorite the seller if a Bimtoa is something you have on your wish list – Marty/Dallaslavowner


1986 Bimota DB1 for sale on ebay

The DB1 was notable as the first “all-Italian” Bimota as it was the first effort with a Ducati engine.  While the DB1 came with a 750 cc Ducati powerplant, it was the frame that was a big improvement over the Ducati it was based on. Made of special steel tubing and using a triangulated “Birdcage” design, the frame used the engine as a stressed member.  The DB1 also had trick parts such as a triple-tree/fork top, clip-ons, rear-sets made of aluminum.

Several DB1 models were produced, this one appears to be the standard version with 36 mm carburetors and the quieter exhaust.

Here is a summary of the bike:

  • One of only 400 DB1’s produced
  • 13,000 miles/19,000 kilometers
  • Custom two-in-one exhaust system
  • Belt service,and all fluids a few years ago
  • Special two piece custom wheels.
  • Few small stress cracks but nothing that would cause me to get the body refinished.
  • Bike will be sold with a bill of sale, but I believe it can be titled because its over 25 years oldv(never titled).

Opening Bid of $20,000 USD has already been met but reserve is not met.  Previous listings on RSBFS seem to show a price ranging between $35,000 for a used race bike to $45,000 USD for a new-in-the-crate edition.   This DB1 looks to be pristine, so expect the upper end of the range to be required to take this one home.

Now here is the second offering, a 1998 Bimota YB11 Superleggera.


1998 Bimota YB11 for sale on ebay

While the the YB 11 had the same engine as the Yahama YZF1000R, the Bimota was 33 pounds (15kg) lighter than the Yamaha, hence the name Superleggera/”Superlight”.  The reduced weight gave the YB11 neck cracking acceleration, with a flick of the throttle sending the YB11 ripping towards a top speed of 170mph.  The YB11 also came with a sophisticated Paioli rear shock and a new aluminium rear swingarm.  Overall, the Bimota was more race oriented than the YZR1000R it was based on, with a stretched-out riding position, flat seat and firmer suspension. Only 650 were reported to have been built.

Here is what the seller has to say

  • Has just over 3,000 miles.
  • Totally stock, includes the single seat cowl and passenger seat.
  • Only flaw is a crack in the windshield which I repaired with a high strength epoxy.

The opening bid price of $10,000 USD for this YB11 has not been met.  Previous YB11 listings on RSBFS seem to show a price ranging between $8,000 and $10,000 USD so this one might be priced a bit high but the YB11 is certainly one of the best looking pre-bankruptcy Bimota models.  Also Bimotas tend to depreciate very slowly but I have to say I don’t think it will increase in value as a collectors item ala the VDue or Tesi editions.


One last note – while these two Bimotas will likely appeal more to someone already experience with Bimotas,  the seller indicates that the rest of his Bimota collection will be up for sale shortly,   If a pre-bankruptcy Bimtoa is something you have on your wish list, I suggest you favorite the eBay auction seller id.


Writers Notation/shameless plug for which I will receive no type of compensation: The title of this post and some of the content are based on an article in the latest edition of my favorite magazine, Practical Sportbikes which is published out of the UK.   If you don’t have a subscription and are a fan of late 1980’s/1990’s sportbikes, then you are missing out.   I urge you to get a subscription, you won’t regret it – Marty/Dallaslavowner

Bimötaheads:  1986 Bimota DB1 and 1998 Bimota YB11
Bimota June 30, 2015 posted by

Blade Runner – 2007 Bimota DB6 Delirio

The late designer Sergio Robbiano’s upright response to his Bimota DB5, the DB6 Delirio is a motard variant, an urban sportbike based on the Ducati 992 desmodue.  Factory-made but hardly mass-produced, the Delirio has inspired design, innovative solutions and superb components.

20150629 2007 bimota db6 delirio left

2007 Bimota DB6 Delirio for sale on eBay

20150629 2007 bimota db6 delirio left front

If the trellis frame of the Delirio appears unusually light, Bimota used chrome-moly tubing, showing off some of the thin edges.  The distinctive billet aluminum connectors for the frame and rear wheel complement the red frame.  The body is an angular combination of metal and plastic, complex without being busy.  Just 400 lbs. wet, the Delirio requires just a thought to change direction, the Marzocchi suspension always ready.  Braking by the Brembo 320mm wavy front disks and 4-piston calipers is outstanding.    The alloy Marchesini wheels are light and black to the point of invisibility.  The futuristic headlight fairing integrates the turn signals and has its own billet brackets.

20150629 2007 bimota db6 delirio left detail  20150629 2007 bimota db6 delirio binnacle

20150629 2007 bimota db6 delirio cockpit  20150629 2007 bimota db6 delirio right clutch detail

Asking nearly $30,000 when new, the DB6 is a design piece, every detail examined, drawn, tested.  On this one, only the exhaust has been upgraded to a Zard carbon system.  With just break-in miles since 2007, this bike looks perfect but will likely require new fluids, belts, and rubber.  From the eBay auction:

This is a beautiful Bimota DB6 Delirio in excellent condition.  Zard carbon exhaust.  Rare and exotic, incredible workmanship and detailing, just 1,787 original miles, a Ducati at heart, but much more!  Condition: Excellent-Bike shows like brand new.

20150629 2007 bimota db6 delirio left engine detail  20150629 2007 bimota db6 delirio right rear wheel

20150629 2007 bimota db6 delirio right exhaust  20150629 2007 bimota db6 delirio right rear

There are more rare and exotic Bimotas, even special Delirios, as there is an Azzurro model ( think blue ) and a Superlight with full carbon frame, but this “base” model has all the design elements, just about all the performance, and most of the exclusivity.  A dream compared to the wide majority of naked bikes.  Hoping those frame sliders never get used !



Blade Runner – 2007 Bimota DB6 Delirio
Exclusive April 3, 2013 posted by

Get Your Bike Sold this Spring with a Featured Listing!

Featured Listings are Just $59

1987 Yamaha FZR750R Genesis For Sale

With spring fever in full swing, we’re seeing a lot of bikes fresh out of winter storage and available for sale. It happens every year about this time as the sun starts making more regular appearances and staying out longer each evening as well. As sport riders, we’ve been waiting impatiently all winter to ride! But some have been spending the winter pondering how to fill the empty slot in the stable. Savvy sellers know this feeling all too well because they’ve been there before themselves. As a result we often see some of the best bikes of the year available in the spring when buyers are eager to spend.

1991 Ducati 851 Superbike with just 8200 Miles

While we are always happy to consider your submissions for our mailbag, we have also traditionally offered Featured Listings. These are paid listings that get special attention from our contributors to help give your rare sportbike the best exposure on our site.

1989 Yamaha FZR1000 EXUP For Sale!

Feature Listing Benefits

– We work with you to help sculpt the best listing possible that clearly communicates what you’re offering to potential buyers.
– We can assist with valuation, input not only from our team but with contacts we’ve made over the years running the site.
– Your listing will be shared with our audience on this website, our dedicated mailing list, and even Facebook and Twitter.
– We make a custom graphic ad that is added to the sidebar of our website, which is seen on every page of the website for maximum exposure.

1988 Ducati 750 F1 with Just 4000 Miles

RSBFS By The Numbers

2012 Review:
– 2.4m pageviews
– 650k individual enthusiasts checked out the site
– Nearly 8000 Facebook fans and 1000 dedicated email/RSS subscribers
– We increased visits to the site by 38% over the previous year
– And the stat I’m most proud of, RSBFS readers helped at least 77 motorcycles sell on eBay in 2012.

And that’s just the bikes we have data on. This roughly translates to a bike finding a new home every 3 to 5 days because of RSBFS exposure! And so far this spring is shaping up to be a strong season. We can report that RSBFS readers helped 7 rare sportbikes sell last month alone. In fact all the pictures in this post are bikes that sold due to exposure on RSBFS last month! Click each one to see the original post.

1990 Yamaha FZR750R OW01 For Sale on Atlanta Craigslist?!

Need Help Selling Your Bike?

Featured listings on RSBFS are just $59 and are promoted for 3 months. As an added bonus, we’re throwing in a RSBFS t-shirt with each listing. This offer is open to private party sales and dealers as well.

Please email us directly if you are interested and we’ll get started right away to help your bike sell on our site. See below for some criteria to help determine if your bike fits our mix.

Good luck to buyers and sellers this spring! Sincerely,

Dan Crouch

RSB Guidelines for Posting Consideration

Definition of a Rare SportBike: A sport enthusiast targeted model, upgraded limited edition, homologation special, or a survivor that was mass produced but rarely seen available in good to great condition anymore.

Rare SportBikes: 15+ Years Old
– The motorcycle needs to have a historical significance in the SportBike segment.
– Our readers appreciate bikes that are as close to as original as possible. Examples like this also bring the most cash.
– Modifications should be limited to improvements to address factory issues, period correct upgrades, and in moderation.
– Heavily customized bikes, no matter how much money has been invested, rarely bring positive attention on our site – especially when presented with a premium price.
– If the bike has been rebuilt it will need be deeply discounted and thorough documentation is required for consideration at all.
– Generally we don’t accept projects.

Classics SportBikes: 25+ Years Old
– Restored, Survivor, or Complete Project. Projects are considered on a case by case basis and in general will need to be a very rare opportunity with good value pending a restoration.
– If modified it should be period correct or of such an incredible standard that it deserves international attention.
– Customs are generally not encouraged if they do not follow the above criteria.

– Machines with professional race history
– Factory or small manufacturer, dedicated race built bikes
– Track day packages that are ready to ride.
– No projects please.

What we don’t accept ever:
– Bikes that don’t follow either a factory/period correct presentation.
– Extreme customs, no matter the money invested.
– Bikes outside the sportbike segment, like cruisers, adventure bikes, scooters, and standards.

Top 25 Examples of What Bikes Our Readers Respond to Best Based on Page Popularity:
1. Yamaha RZ500
2. Honda NSR250
3. Honda RC30
4. Yamaha R7 OW02
5. GSX-R 1100
6. GPZ750 Turbo
7. Honda RC45
8. Suzuki RG500
9. GSX-R 750
10. Ducati 900SS Superlight
11. Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley
12. Yamaha FZR400
13. Suzuki RGV250
14. Yamaha RZ350
15. Ducati Paul Smart 1000LE
16. Kawasaki ZX7R
17. MV Agusta F4
18. Kawasaki 500 H1
19. Aprilia RS250
20. Kawasaki KR1S
21. Honda CBR400RR
22. Ducati 851
23. Aprilia RS125
24. Kawasaki Z1R-TC
25. BMW R100RS

Aprilia January 6, 2013 posted by

The First Mailbag of 2013! [1190RS, Mantra, TZR250SP, XR41 Tribute, RS250, ZX-7R, 900SS, GSX-R 1100K, 916R Corse, 998S Bayliss]

Hey guys, I know this is overdue and I apologize. We all enjoyed some downtime over the holidays but here is what is still active from your emails. Have a great year and as always good luck to buyers and sellers!


We got lots of emails for this brand new Erik Buell Racing 1190RS. What an amazing bike! 7 days remaining on this one with a $45k buy-it-now.

Erik Buell EBR 1190RS Carbon For Sale

Here’s a Bimota we don’t see very often, a 1998 Bimota Mantra. This one has less than 2000 miles and current winning bid is $8500 with 4 days remaining. Thanks for the forward Kevin!


Brooks spotted this sharp 1992 Yamaha TZR250SP available in Tampa Bay for $9500.

1992 Yamaha TZR250SP For Sale

Brad sent us his XR41 tribute that he built on an 86 GSX-R. Looks pretty trick to me for $3900!

Suzuki XR41 Tribute for sale

Robert forwarded us his 1999 Aprilia RS250 that is available in California for $8500. Nice!

1999 Aprilia RS250 For Sale in California

Dan emails us his 1993 Kawasaki ZX-7R in San Antonio. He states it’s in good not excellent condition, but then again it’s just $5k. Good luck with the sale!

1993 Kawasaki ZX-7R M1 For Sale

Joe emailed us his 93 Ducati 900SS in Houston for $6k. This one has all the right SS upgrades including Marvic mag wheels from a Superlight! Good luck with the sale!

1993 Ducati 900SS For Sale

Neil in New Zealand emails us his 1989 Suzuki GSX-R 1100K for $5500 NZD (~$4500 USD).

1989 Suzuki GSX-R 1100 For Sale

Tony sent us a link to this Fast by Ferracci 916R Corse for $20k. Nice!

Fast by Ferracci Ducati 916R Corse for sale

Here’s Azrael’s 2002 Ducati Bayliss 998s #292 available in Florida for $12k.

1998 Ducati 998S Bayliss For Sale

Aprilia May 5, 2011 posted by

Brand New 1996 Aprilia RS250 Chesterfield on Craigslist

We’ve been fortunate to see a number of MK1 Aprilia RS250‘s listed for sale in the U.S., but I don’t think we’ve ever seen a 0 km example for sale, with plates, in California!! This won’t last long so here is the link:

quote from the seller’s listing:

1996 Aprilia RS250 Max Biaggi Race replica with zero km . Yes, it’s brand new . Needs to be broken in before riding hard. A reliable two-stroke race bike from the Pro Italia Ducati dealer and it’s currently registered with CA title which makes this a plus. 80 plus hp on superlight body. The price is firm on this bike because it will be hard to find another.

While the price is one of the highest we’ve seen at $9500, good luck finding another brand new one. Maybe if they sell the one at the Barber museum!

This is correctly stated as a 96, which you can tell from the lime green pin-striping instead of the yellow on the 95’s. The early MK1 RS250’s can be distinguished by their slightly more angular bodywork, analog gauges, 3″ wide front wheel, and oil and water reservoirs in the rear. It does appear to have Arrow pipes, which are fine but I hope the stockers are included as well.

From what I’ve read, 80hp stock is very optimistic — maybe if measured at the crank. The AF1 forum has a great RS250 section and one of the pinned topics is how to get 70hp at the wheel.

Of course what makes this one extra special to RS250 enthusiasts is that it bears the Chesterfield livery, which imitates the bike that Max Biaggi rode in his early days of 250GP racing. I recently acquired a 95 myself and it will serve as the RSBFS project bike. You can read a bit about it on my personal blog.

Considering my purchase price and what it will cost to bring my bike back to the condition that this example shows, I might be better off financially just to buy this new-old stock bike!


Bimota March 24, 2010 posted by

2007 Bimota Delirio DB6 with only 3000 miles

Immaculate 2007 Bimota Delirio DB6 with 3,000 miles for $14,950!

Like most Bimotas, this DB6 has been seriously pampered with only 2986 miles on its clocks and looks to be in pristine condition:

Offered for sale is a 2007 Bimota Delirio DB6 finished in Red and White with only 2986 well maintained miles. Included are battery tender, two keys, owners manual, clean/clear title, laser etched Bimota clutch and brake levers, powder coated side stand to match frame, Zard carbon fiber slip-ons, recent oil/filter change and new Michelin Pilot Power 2cts 75 miles ago. VIN ZESD699257R000039, Bike is gorgeous needs absolutely nothing and looks/runs perfectly.

The DB6 has got to be one of the best nakeds out there, with its usable air-cooled 2V Ducati lump pushing a light weight chromoly-alloy hybrid chassis package, and this specific sample even has Zard slip-ons and sticky Michelin hoops already installed. Previous DB6s that we have listed were in the $18,000 – $20,000 price range, so this one, with all the nice touches and the mint condition, would qualify as a good deal at $14,950.

See the craigslist ad HERE.

Just to bump up the drool factor a bit, Bimota recently introduced a Superlight version of the DB6 with a carbon fiber trellis frame, swingarm, forks, and body panels that, combined, gives a dry weight vehicle of only 348 lbs!  Click HERE to read about the amazing DB6 Superlight.


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