Posts by tag: beam frame

Bimota March 12, 2010 posted by

1988 Bimota YB7 for sale down under!

Update – the bike was sold for AU$8850 (approx. USD8200).

Thanks to a reader tip-off, here’s a nice example of a :

Original 11,014 klms on the clock.

Vin Number YB7-00274

Number 274 out of 321 ever made!!  There where only 124 Tricolors made.

Not currently Registered!!

Starts, runs and rides beautifully!!!

This bike is powered by an FZR400 Exup Yamaha motor, that had 65 hp. It has a 6 speed gearbox and were capable of 220 klms per hour.

This is a RARE opportunity to own a very collectible bike at an affordable price.

This bike would also make an awesome “period 6” pre 1990 classic race bike.

Yes, you read it right – it has a Yamaha FZR400 EXUP engine in it.  Incidentally, and interestingly so, Japan was and still is one of biggest markets for Bimotas.  Japan has different engine displacement classes, and the 400cc is the great divide.

To make the their bikes accessible to more Japanese consumers, Bimota offered some of their models in 400cc versions and the YB7 is one of them (the other 400cc variant is the DB1J with a 400cc Ducati air-cooled 2V engine), based on the YB6 with the Yamaha EXUP 1000 engine.  Click here for more reading on the YB7.

The current price of the YB7 is at AU$6999 (approx. US$6300) which makes it quite an expensive 400cc. Nevertheless  a.) it is a Bimota  and b.) 400cc variants are rarely seen outside the domestic Japanese market, which does make this quite rare.

Only thing I disagree with the seller is the last part about the YB7 being an awesome classic race bike – if i bought this YB7, I definitely would not be racing it!

phil

Bimota January 14, 2010 posted by

Bimota YB10 Dieci for sale in New Orleans

Here’s another Bimota for sale:  an unknown year Bimota YB10 Dieci in New Orleans (thanks for the tip Doug!)

Produced between 1991 to 1994, the YB10 uses a Yamaha FZR1000 engine house in Bimota’s own beam frame design (same frame as the YB6 and championship winning YB4).  Max output is 145 hp at 10,000 rpm and max torque is 11 kg at 8500 rpm, pushing a claimed dry weight of 188 kgs.

I am more of a fan of the DB series, but the YB series (especially ever since the YB4 won the F1 championship in 1987) has a strong following.  The seller didn’t offer much details, but judging from the photos, this bike is part of a larger collection.  The bike is a bit dusty and probably hasn’t been started in a few years, but at least it’s sitting inside in a clean and dry environment (as I would expect from anyone who would own a Bimota).

With only 224 units built ever, the asking price of $13,999 is not unreasonable, but I would knock off a few bucks with the bike being so dusty.  😉

Phil