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Sophisticated Frame: 2000 Bimota SB8R for Sale

2000 Bimota SB8R L Side Front

Given the Bimota SB8R’s exotic reputation, you might be surprised to learn just how affordable they can be. They’re one of the most commonly-seen Bimotas and offer up Ducati noise and performance with looks that you’d never confuse with anything else.

2000 Bimota SB8R R Side

The slightly odd styling certainly matches the exotic brand and the bike uses Suzuki’s own headlight, making it look far better than it ever did in the duck-billed [and tailed] original. Suzuki also donated it’s eight-valve, liquid-cooled 996cc v-twin engine, tweaked here with different injectors to produce a claimed 138hp, and a real-world 124whp. Not impressive compared to 190hp Panigales, but with a huge midrange as opposed to power further up the rev-range, the SB8R will still be plenty fast, especially in real-world conditions.

2000 Bimota SB8R Cockpit

The heart of any Bimota, ironically, isn’t the heart: with engines sourced from outside manufacturers, and bodywork just a shell, it’s the frames that have always set the company apart, and the one here is a stunner: a composite unit, with aluminum and carbon-fiber elements, along with a self-supporting seat unit. Supposedly inspired by the frame on Cagiva’s Moto GP bike, it helps shave almost 50lbs off Suzuki’s original TL-R while giving a better weight-distribution as well.

2000 Bimota SB8R Tail

A more traditionally configured Ohlins rear standard shock versus the easily-overwhelmed rotary unit matched to a Paioli fork helps give race-ready handling, and the SB8 had some success in World Superbike competition, although they struggled to meet homologation numbers…

From the original ebay listing: 2000 Bimota SB8R Serial Number “007” for Sale

We are proud to offer this spectacular Bimota which is one of less than 150 built only in 1999 & 2000!

“Exotic, ultra-rare and built with a level of attention few manufacturers can match. ” [MCN]

Just 7,969 miles

2000 Bimota SB8R R Side Front

The stock Suzuki gauges are a bit of a let-down on such a wild-looking motorcycle, although at least they’re nestled down behind those massive carbon intake tubes and at least they should prove reliable! And the new owner can certainly plump for a nice TransLogic digital dash or something if the standard gauges are too pedestrian…
These exotic machines offer up a bit of a conundrum. They’re race-bred, but you’d be likely to tiptoe your beloved Bimota around the track for fear of a crash. The bodywork was designed to ease access and reduce the costs of a crash but, fifteen years later, panel availability may be a challenge. And even if you’re well-heeled and keep your pride-and-joy rubber-side-down, sometimes the maintenance parts needed to keep extremely low-production motorcycles running just aren’t available, at any price. And if they’re NLA, then you have to find folks to make you one-off parts: gaskets, fork seals…

-tad

2000 Bimota SB8R L Side

1 Comment

  • I’d ride it………Looks legit.

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