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Shogun in an Italian suit: 2000 Bimota SB8R

Taking Italian suspension, style and bespoke build quality know-how and shoving it full of deadnuts-reliable and prodigious power from the other side of the Atlantic, or in this case the Pacific, is a time-honored tradition. In the ’60s, the likes of Bizzarrini and Iso executed the formula to devastating effect in cars. But Bimota ported the practice over to bikes with racing success to back it up.

2000 Bimota SB8R for sale on eBay

In this case, the Italians hung a handbuilt frame and handmade carbon fiber bodywork around a Suzuki TL1000R engine, then threw Paioli springy bits at it to give it Bimota’s signature refinement. Before they were done, Bimota tweaked the big v-twin to push out just south of 140 horsepower at the crank. The result was a piece of industrial art that was made for race tracks but was almost too pretty to ride in anger.

This one, located at Speedart in Miami, Florida, has covered just 5,100 miles, and has been kept the way you’d expect for a collector’s piece of this caliber. There isn’t a surface on it that you’d be scared to eat off of. This one has a Power Commander III that was added by the second owner, which after a tune settled down some of the fueling issues these bikes can have thanks to those massive throttle bodies. It also wears a very stylish Arrow exhaust.

From the eBay listing:

Vehicle Description
Chassis No: ZESSB8R02YR000013

Odometer: 5,105 Miles

Engine: 996cc Four Stroke, V-Twin 8-valve, Liquid Cooled DOHC

Transmission: 6-Speed Gearbox

Performance: 135 bhp @ 9,750 rpm / 77 lb-ft – 0-60 mph 3.1 sec / 170 mph

Exterior: Competition Red/White

Interior: N/A

About This Motorcycle
“The first thing you notice about the SB8R is the striking exotic looks, thanks to passionate Italian design, hand-built craftsmanship, and the advanced, for its time, use of carbon fibre.”

The name Bimota is derived from the first two letters of the names of the three founders, Bianchi, Morri, and Tamburini.

Massimo Tamburini crashed his Honda 750 at the Misano race course in 1972, breaking three ribs. Finding himself with time on his hands while recovering, he designed and constructed a tubular steel frame that would eliminate the flex and handling problems that plagued the high horsepower machines of all the large Japanese manufacturers. Bimota’s first model, the HB1, was the result of his work and vision.

Only ten of them were produced, starting when the company was formed in 1973. In the early years Bimota produced mainly racing frames, then began manufacturing complete high performance machines as well as ones in “kit” form. When the now legendary KB1 was developed, the company was assured of commercial success. Bimota continued to be at the very leading edge of extremely high performance motorcycle design throughout the 80’s, 90’s and into the new millennia on both the track and the street.

Now more than forty five years after the firm’s founding, Bimotas of any era are sought after throughout the world because of their beauty, technological superiority and exclusivity.

The SB8R was the first production bike to use carbon fibre in the frame. There is plenty more additional carbon fibre elements, including the unusual but effective air intake system integrated into the front fairing, tail assembly and more. Bimota used engines from other manufacturers and constructed their own frame and body work to give it less weight and improved handling over the “donor bike”.

The Bimota SB8R uses a Suzuki TL-1000 motor, with Bimota’s own fuel and exhuast system that resulted in 135 hp. The motor and special designed rear suspension give the bike perfect balance resulting in a machine that is a joy to ride.

Even though the SB8R was designed for the track, most owners (true in the case of this motorbike), used them sparingly, riding on nice days, and the occasional bike show. This Bimota has only 5,100 miles after 16 years of ownership.

From the total of 150 hand-built examples spanning a two year period only 69 SB8Rs were exported into the US. It is questionable of how many are still in this pristine and original condition. Upon a closer examination it is easy to attest to the claims that it’s never been tipped over or any evidence of track time.

Speedart Motorsports is pleased to present this time capsule original SB8R in the configuration it left the factory in Rimini with a couple of small modifications in order to improve the ownership experience.

The light switch was modified so the headlight can be turned off, foot-pegs were replaced with European fixed position pegs, and the fueling system was modified to make it more rideable in street configuration.The fairings have original paint, carbon fiber parts have no cracks, all lights, turn-signals are original and working, tires have little wear, although they are at least 2 years old, so may want to consider replacing.Shocks don’t show signs of needing seals, engine has no leaks, runs great, once it warms up (these are cold-blooded beasts). Brakes have plenty of wear left, recommend oil change for the engine, something I intended to do, but haven’t made time.

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. The last owner purchased the bike on 2015 prior to Speedart Motorsports acquiring the Bimota.

The 1st owner made only one modification to this machine. His one mod was having a custom fuel trimmer or potentiometer made to work with the existing wiring harness. These bikes were 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. The second owner installed a PCIII that was tuned by Nels at 2 Wheel Dyno Works in Woodinville, WA.

PCIII was installed by second owner to permanently wash out some of the fueling issues that was typical of the SB8R model and its huge throttle bodies. This bike accelerates easier through the rev range than before. The fuel trimmer that had been installed by the first owner was only finite and could not adjust or reach some of these issues in the rev range. This modification alone makes it rideable even in heavy traffic.

As previously mentioned, the first owner added an out-of-production Evoluzione SB8R fuel trimmer provided by 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.

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 stock tank on these SB8R’s is an Acerbis tank. The tank that’s currently installed on the bike was sealed and lined by Russ Foy in late 2014 to prevent any tank expansion. Furthermore braided steel clutch and brake lines were fitted in lieu of the stock rubber.

The sale of this race bred super bike is accompanied by owner manuals, service books and two keys.

The fortunate new owner will receive a galore of unobtainium spare parts worth thousands of dollars and who are no longer available. Such spares include, composite full fairing skins that can be painted with the desired livery suitable for racing, extra monoposto seat, additional OEM Acerbis Tank, OEM full exhaust system with silencers, lithium battery charger, rear pit stand and more, making this acquisition the ultimate SB8R package.

Disclaimer
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The buy-it-now for this beast is set at $23,000, and there are just a couple days left on the listing. With few owners in its history and one very carefully done modification, this thing is ready to make its third owner very happy.

13 Comments

  • Comically overpriced. There are literally BRAND NEW examples on MSO for almost half…..

  • Same seller as the Ducati 916 ad from last week.Looking on their website one will find several other examples of slickly written ads proclaiming rarity and desirability along with stratospheric asking prices.

  • Wasn’t a full-carbon version sold a few years ago here for much less?

  • What’s bizarre is that its substantially easier to find a new/nearly new Bimota with a TLR engine in it these days than an actual TLR worth owning.

  • Astronomical? Seems cheap nowadays. There are no bargains left. Only bike to buy and hold, and enjoy. And if the value goes up, so be it. And if it goes down, so be it. We can only sheppard their existence for so long. I have added 5 homologated bikes to my collection in the last year and 1 very pristine non homologated bike and none of them were cheap (RC45, R7/OWO2, 888SP4, 851SP3, RC51 Hayden, CBR900RR Fireblade). I have 15 total in the house. NONE of them were cheap or reasonable, but all of them have gone up in value. My RC30 was the first bike I bought, and my friends gave me hard time for spending $27k for it, and now its clearly worth more. Same with every bike in my collection, including stuff like 916SPA that was impossible to price bc no one knows what they are worth because there were not very many made and very few ever pop up for sale, and my 72 mile OW01. I didnt care what I paid for it, I was going to get it at auction, period. If is the right bike, price isn’t the determinative factor. I want to be nice, but coming on a site like this and then nitpicking year after year about prices, as prices keep going up, is silly. Wait until next year, the price will be higher. $23K for this bike, if thats your cup of tea, is a steal. I need to be careful I suppose about my comments, but man this is a tough crowd. I know some collectors, I’ve met quite a few in my pursuit of my own collection, and the last thing that comes up usually is price. Its milage, condition, history and then price is always last, and the shortest part of the convo. Sorry not trying to offend, just trying to figure out why so much negativity, and criticism of sellers, prices, etc.

  • @William sorry to be dumb, what is MSO?? Sounds like something good!

  • This seller has a used 2019 V4S Corse listed for $2500 more than I can walk in and buy a brand new 2020 for at my local dealer. If that’s a bargain then I have some beachfront in AZ I’ll sell you…

  • @Damon Schuetze
    The price might seem “cheap” and I agree that many Bimota are undervalued in today’s market. My comment was based on the FACT that right now, TODAY, I have the option to buy a SB8R or SB8RS with ZERO miles for $13k. BRAND NEW! While these are rare bikes, there are a few on the market at all times. Want one with similar miles to this listing? $10k all day long.

    MSO is basically the manufactures paperwork a dealer uses to title a vehicle.

  • @William Oh I got you, I know what an MSO is lol. I didn’t string it together in the context. And I don’t anything about Bimota values and have zero interest in owning one for any reason, it doesn’t fit into my collection at all. No disrespect intended, I was more focused on the fairly consistent “it’s too expensive” comments I see in here. My own view is, if you are satisfied with the condition, and it fits into your collection criteria, and you want it for your collection, don’t worry about prices. But yeah, if you can buy a zero mile one for $13 then this price is pretty optimistic lol. I don’t really see Bimota as a collector bike but I also don’t pretend to know everything about anything!

  • The 0 mile example Iconic was recently selling didn’t reach reserve which appears to be $15775: https://iconicmotorbikeauctions.com/auction/2000-bimota-sb8r-2/

    This is NOT a joy to ride, ergonomics are for those who have arm reach longer then their inseam. Clip on switches are neatly hidden by the ram air runners. Tight slow canyon roads such as Box Canyon will result in above normal operating temperature in any climate warmer than 70*F. Many CF parts and especially the front fairing are virtually unobtainable and any stone impact that results in more than a few mm deep scratch will leave an irreparable mark. However, with all the shortcomings I mentioned this is pure sex on wheels. The black Anteras from the SB8R-S would make this one really pop. The sound through Arrow exhaust is intoxicating.

    As far as the values, its really worth what someone is willing to pay. I side with those who think this price is over the top, especially for a bike that’s border line collector quality (mainly due to miles).

  • Hey, @Sam , above, very astute observation!

  • Oh hey look at this, it’s my old bike. I was the second owner of this bike and had it up here in Seattle for a few years. I did most of the upgrades to this bike personally. I agree, this is absolutely insanely priced for the bike lol!

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