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Bimota October 21, 2019 posted by

From the Cape: 1998 Bimota SB6R

Bimota is known for taking the road less traveled – in order to travel that road faster and with more exclusivity. And while Bimota has had some brilliant successes and failures, it was the SB6R that promised mainstream potential. Housing a GSX-R1100 powerplant magically wrapped in aluminum and fiberglass, the SB6R weighed less than the Suzuki donor bike that gave up the engine and trans. Fast, powerful and looking like it was built to break speed limits everywhere, the SB6R is among the most approachable of the Bimota set, and always worth a closer look.

1998 Bimota SB6R for sale on eBay

While you would be forgiven to lust after a more exotic Bimota – say a VDue or Tesi – the SB6R is a work of art in its own right. Look closely at the details and let the fun begin. Where to start? How about that asymmetrical swing arm, complete with BIMOTA stamped out in raised lettering. Light, trick and very indicative of the level of workmanship. Check out the under tail exhaust poking out shotgun style over the rear wheel. Look at the solo saddle. No passengers on this ride, and there is no faux solo seat cover to confuse the issue. This is a rider’s bike. Check out the Bimota-logo instruments and spend some time on those lovely triple clamps. Yes, those started life out as billet blocks. Even the non-Bimota stuff is gorgeous: the rear Ohlins shock and placement, the right side up Paioli fork with carbon covering and quick release, and the Brembo binders all work together to create art.

From the seller:
On offer is this mint condition Bimota SB6R.
Corse exhausts.
Low mileage, well maintained and serviced recently.
I have also included an additional original rear wheel.
This prime example would make a great addition to any motorcycle collection.
Worldwide shipping is available at competitive rates.

In a sad twist of irony, it was the more exotic Bimota VDue that sealed the fate of the SB6R. With the recalls of the two-stroke machine pushing Bimota into bankruptcy, a mere 600 SB6Rs were produced – far fewer than anticipated. That makes this particular bike a bit rare. Unfortunately in this case rare does not immediately equate to expensive. While this was priced above $30,000 when new, these are laregely sub $10k machines today. And that makes them well worth the purchase. Where else can you find the exclusivity and panache that only a Bimota can give you – not to mention the handling and performance – for that kind of dosh? Sure, maintenance is a bit tough on many of these models due to the tight tolerances between the engine, frame and bodywork, but thankfully the Suzuki mill is well neigh bulletproof. Check it out here, as this one is looking for an opening ask of $9,900. That is more than many we have seen recently, but not out of the range of reason by any means. Good Luck!!

MI

From the Cape: 1998 Bimota SB6R
Bimota August 7, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: Zero-mile 1997 Bimota VDue time capsule

CMG Motorcycles has two motorcycles on RSBFS right now, a 0 mile VDue and a brand new Bimota Tesi! Check them both out! -dc

There is no more tantalizing bike on the planet for me than the Bimota VDue. A bespoke Italian chassis from the finest boutique bike maker on the planet, draped with exotic suspension and prodigious brakes with fuel injection, the waistline of a ballerina and 110 or so two-stroke horsepower. A dream machine for the ages, it was supposed to kick Bimota into a new market segment in a cloud of sweet-smelling blue smoke. Instead, the dream went up like a Persian Gulf oil field and took the iconic nameplate down with it. 

Bad power delivery, seizing pistons, oil leaks plagued the first couple hundred VDues, and most owners returned them. Fixing the issues, which meant sticking carburetors on and invalidating the bikes for street use, ruined Bimota’s finances. Eventually, an engineer on the team that put the idea together bought the leftovers and fixed them. He sold about 120 that put out more than 120 street-legal two-stroke ponies, but by that point the toothpaste was out of the tube. 

This 1997 Bimota VDue never experienced any of those issues, because it has racked up exactly zero miles in its 22-year life. It is a literal museum piece in absolutely flawless cosmetic condition. Given the likelihood that its mechanicals are absolutely useless, both by design and from sitting, this thing is perfect for a collector who needs the finishing touch on a prestigious collection. 

Having never moved under its own power, it wears its original tires, which are now shiny from sitting around vulcanizing for a couple decades. But that’s no matter. When else will you get the chance to own a bike that is original and untouched down to the protective film on the windscreen? The thing we love most is that this bike is in its best state: an unblemished embodiment of bold vision and faith in engineering. It deserves to stay that way.

It is available in Christchurch, New Zealand for $48,990 USD and requests and inquiries can be sent to Brad by email  – here –.

Featured Listing: Zero-mile 1997 Bimota VDue time capsule
Bimota June 19, 2019 posted by

10/10: 1991 Bimota YB10 Dieci

This 1991 Bimota YB10 Dieci is back on eBay after it didn’t sell a couple of months ago. We wrote about it then, but figured we’d take another crack at it now that it’s back. When the Dieci bowed, it represented the culmination of a 10-bike collaborative effort between the Rimini firm and Yamaha, a feat the Italians celebrated with a bike that was way more than the sum of its parts.

1991 Bimota YB10 Dieci for sale on eBay

By the early ‘90s, Bimota’s Japanese engine-bespoke chassis-classy suspension formula was well-established, and the Dieci employed it to textbook effect. The Yamaha FZR1000 engine was massaged by Bimota to knock on the door of 150 horsepower, and was cradled in a proprietary beam frame and suspended by fancy Marzocchi bits front and rear. It was slowed by 320mm front and 230mm rear discs. Dry weight was under 420 pounds.

Despite the terrifying numbers, the Dieci was known for being almost as comfortable and easy to live with as it was stupidly fast. For the pleasure, you had to be extremely well-heeled, as Bimota built just 225 over a three-year run and commanded the price of a nice car for the privilege.

This one sets itself apart as it has just 1.3 miles on the analog odometer, which likely means it has only been fired to move it around a parking lot. Past that, it has sat untouched in a collection. As you would expect, it is as close to flawless as a 28-year-old bike gets.

From the eBay listing:

Up for bid is a 1991 Bimota YB10 Dieci – Rare 1 of only 224 made– Never Registered Zero Miles! This gorgeous Super-bike is part of a collection of fine motorcycles at Formula One Motor Sports in Oakdale New York.

Bimota’s are well known for their Italian style, class and over the top engineering. It has a one piece billet machined frame paired with a Yamaha FZR1000 motor,and seamless upper fairing it also comes with billet triple, classic style wheels!

The Bimota Dieci not offers Italian Style but you get the reliability of a Japanese Motorbike. Don’t miss out on a chance to bid on this museum quality bike it is a must have for any collector.

Also for sale 1948 Indian Chief, (2) 1942 WLA Army Bikes, 1987 XLCR, 1987 Moto Guzzi Lemans, Daytona Race Winner Ducati Bevel Head, 1995 Z1 Kawasaki, 1935 Royal Enfield, 1953 BSA-B33 and a brand new 1992 Harley Davidson Dyna Daytona Anniversary Edition 0 Miles,Ducati 851’s, F1’s, Troy Corsers (ferraci) winning 888 superbike, Superlites, Old Triumphs, Aprilla 1000’s + 50 Late model Harleys +200 Japanese Bikes, Scott Rusells 1992 Muzzy Super Bike (The one that won Daytona on 1992). Please come see it for yourself call Jack (917) 642-3152

The Buy-It-Now for this beast is set far below what even a ratty Honda RC30 commands these days, which is something of a steal, given how rare and special these bikes are.

10/10: 1991 Bimota YB10 Dieci
Bimota May 19, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 2007 Bimota DB6 Delirio Azzurro

When it comes to motorcycle manufacturers, none seem to offer the combination of performance, artwork and mystique than iconic builder Bimota. Originally known for their frames and eventual frame kits for various engine makers, Bimota made the leap to become a full-blown motorcycle manufacturer utilizing Ducati power plants exclusively (with the exception of the ill-fated, in-house Vdue project). And by standardizing on a family of engines, Bimota was able to hyper-extend their focus on the art of performance. This maniacal frenzy of artistic and mechanical expression is best seen on the lesser-clothed machines – and this rare DB6 Delirio Azzurro is the perfect case study.

Featured Listing: 2007 Bimota DB6 Delirio Azzurro

All in all, there are seven different variants of the DB6 platform. All enjoy the same gorgeous trestle frame with aluminum side plates, Brembo binders, Marzocchi suspension (Ohlins for the R bikes) and air cooled, Ducati desmo engine. The earliest of the models – including today’s Delirio Azzurro – utilized the fuel injected 992cc dual spark mill, while later DB6 models were uprated to the 1100 (actually 1078cc) format. The Azzurro is one of the more rare versions of this already rare bike, offering some exclusivity due to the graphics and purpose. As the story goes, Bimota created this version of the DB6 as a tribute to the Italian soccer team for winning the World Cup. Football – or soccer as it is known in the US – is a very big deal throughout most of Europe, South America and Australia. World Cup winners are heroes in their home country, and being Italian the 2006 World Cup winners received a special edition Bimota. A total of 23 bikes were produced in this striking livery with a only a few being offered to the public. Grazie!!

From the seller:
This bike is one of 23 ever made and was given as a gift from the Italian government to one of the 2006 Italian World Cup championship players. A New York collector bought this bike and stored it in his climate controlled garage. I purchased the bike from him when he was relocated back to Europe and have displayed it in my office in my home ever since. This bike has less than 1000 miles on it. It is number 8 of 23.

Price: $ 25,000
Contact: tonybosi@gmail.com
or 201.206.4572

Artfully executed from frame to swing arm, polished and anodized to show striking contrast, fitted with top-notch components throughout with performance on tap thanks to light weight and Ducati torque, the DB6 Delirio Azzurra is a sharper, crisper, rarer Monster. It retains all of the rideability traits of the naked bike – upright seating, low weight and simply less clutter and farkles, but loses none of its potency when the going gets twisty. With miles of ground clearance, compliant suspension, boat-anchor brakes and exclusivity that only a hand-built, limited production machine can bring this is the bike you want to be on to show the world you’ve made it in style.

With fewer than 1,000 miles on the analog/digital clocks, this particular example has spent more time being seen than being ridden. But when you have artwork that looks like this, one might just have to reconsider the other side of the equation. Certainly the value with any collector piece such as this relates to condition, and lower miles simply equate to the perception of better condition. Mechanically sympathetic readers might cringe at “hangar queens,” but there are many facets to the hobby; the artistry that goes into a Bimota makes for collector appreciation even while static. This uber-rare Bimota is looking for a new home. If you are a riding fan, a Bimota fan, a Ducati dual spark desmo fan, a football fan (or even a soccer fan), or a fan of all things Italiano, this is something you should be checking out. Interested readers can give Tony a ping via phone or email. Good Luck!!

MI

Featured Listing: 2007 Bimota DB6 Delirio Azzurro
Bimota September 12, 2018 posted by

Artful Dodger: 2000 Bimota SB8R

The masters from Rimini were on a roll: From the tube-framed madness from the cusp of the 1980s to the aluminum beams as the 1990s approached, Bimota has always been in the frame game. But unlike many bespoke frame makers who concentrated only on the chassis, these Italian artists disguised as motorcycle makers ensured that their bikes handled the stage of the visceral world as well as the paved one. As such, Bimotas continue to delight with their strong visual presence, coupled with legendary handling and performance. All of this comes at a price, however – making riding a Bimota a relatively exclusive affair.

2000 Bimota SB8R for sale on eBay

Introduced in the years following the V-Due debacle, the SB8R returned to Bimota’s more successful business plan of stuffing a 3rd-party engine and transmission into a motorcycle of their own design. In this case, power is courtesy of Suzuki’s ripping TL1000R v-twin. This Japanese homage to Ducati’s 916 mill is well known for being potent across the entire face of the tach, excelling at a high RPM rush not unlike that of inline fours. Devoid of the rest of the TL package (including the funky rotary damper), Bimota engineered a beast of a bike that was lighter and more precise than the Suzuki that donated its guts. It also looked far less porky then the Japanese offering.

From the seller:
This is an excellent original SB8R in the configuration it left the factory with a couple of small modifications (improvements). 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. Bike is kept on battery tender to keep the (lithium) battery up.This is probably as close a time capsule as you’ll find for an SB8R.

More from the seller:
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. There were only 2 owners prior to my purchasing it in 2015.

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 are 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 if you get stuck in traffic.

Braided steel clutch and brake lines (stock ones were rubber).

As mentioned above, 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.

Always assembled with top-shelf suspension and brakes – Paioli and Brembo in this case – the SB8R reeks of class. From the huge snorkels that force-feed the air box hiding under the tank cover (the actual tank is the back half of that structure and extends downward centering/lowering the mass), to the way the huge exhaust cans poke out of the back seat, to the carbon-composite join plates of the frame to the exquisite swingarm with the embossed logo, everything looks expensive – and indeed it was a far more expensive motorcycle than its Japanese counterpart when new.

This particular bike looks to be in nice shape. With only 5,000 miles under the wheels, it has a reasonable number of miles and has been ridden without having been used/abused/trashed. There is plenty of evidence to know that the TL platform holds up well, making this one barely broken in. The haters will comment on the picture quality which makes it difficult to tell if we are looking at reflection or imperfection in the bodywork, but what we can see looks good. The seller appears to be knowledgeable about the machine and has 100% positive feedback, so I’m sure questions posed by serious buyers would be answered to satisfaction. With an opening ask of only $5,000, this Bimota is starting this auction in the basement. Interested parties should get in on the action now. This is the TL that Suzuki should have made; we’re just lucky that the boys from Rimini were still around to give the TL motor some love. Good luck, and be sure and share your thoughts in the comments.

MI

Artful Dodger: 2000 Bimota SB8R
Suzuki April 24, 2018 posted by

Future Classic: Clean, Low-Mileage 2001 Suzuki TL1000R for Sale

Look, here’s the thing. If you’re buying bikes [or cars, for that matter] that were hyped to be “instant classics” when they were introduced, thinking you can flip them for a profit… You may be waiting a while. Consider all the folks who bought the MV Agusta F4 750 Serie Oro when it was new, hoping it would be a valuable investment. That was almost twenty years ago and those are still selling at a significant discount, especially when you factor in inflation… So if you’re trying to buy low and sell high, you need to to look around the fringes, find the slightly forgotten and overlooked bikes. Maybe bikes that got universally blah reviews and didn’t sell all that well when new, but have strong performance, distinctive character and, if possible, a face only a mother could love. Something like this very low-mileage, banana-yellow Suzuki TL1000R.

When introduced, pretty much every review I read of the TL1000R was damning with faint praise. Billed as a “Ducati killer” it was too heavy, handling from the still-rotary-damped-dammit-Suzuki-stop-being-stubborn suspension wasn’t as good as the 996, and styling was… odd. Sort of like the designers looked to the animal kingdom for styling inspiration, and found… the platyus. Still, the 996cc motor was a excellent, and made plenty of power with the fat midrange for which v-twins are justifiably famous.

See, when they’re new, bikes get reviewed in context. But decades later, they get to stand on their own merits, without being compared unfairly to the bikes they were supposed to outperform. I’m joking a bit, but it’s true: reading some magazine comparison tests, you get a sense that “if you ain’t first, you’re last” and I think many very competent sportbikes have been unfairly overlooked because they made a couple horsepower less than the class leaders, had questionable styling, or had handling that tried to kill their riders.

The TL1000R looks oddly bulbous, but it makes a great road bike, and a set of aftermarket cans like the Yoshimura bits seen here liberate some pretty great v-twin throb. The 135hp won’t see you winning any stoplight races against newer tackle, but if you can’t have fun with that much power on road or track, maybe you should choose a different hobby. The package was high-performance enough for Bimota to use in their SB8R, and Performance Bikes did a series a while back, turning a nice TL-R into a literal Ducati-killer with a wild big-bore engine build, new gearbox, and lightweight bodywork.

Significant upgrades to the power might be elusive or at least expensive for those of us without engine building friends or contacts with the gearbox specialists at Nova Racing, but fit some carbon panels and maybe a slimmer solo tail, change out the rotary damper at the rear for a more conventional unit, swap in a later GSX-R1000 front end for better forks and brakes, and you might be surprised at how much fun you can have on this affordable, reliable, easy-to-maintain v-twin sportbike.

From the original eBay listing: 2001 Suzuki TL1000R for Sale

It’s time to scoot your computer chair a little closer to the screen….. grab your reading glasses and prepare to view the cleanest Suzuki TL1000R on planet earth!!  This is no exaggeration, view any of the provided photo’s below and you will see what I mean.  This bike was purchased brand new in 2003 by an elderly car / motorcycle collector and parked inside a carpeted and climate controlled garage it’s entire life.  This bike has NEVER seen a race track and has never been ridden past 8,000RPM’s, ever.  This is the most babied and well taken care of example you’ll ever see, anywhere.  Literally looks like it just rolled off the showroom floor – as the photo’s clearly show.

If you’re a true motorcycle enthusiast, this particular bike will bend you at the knee’s.  With with only 2,583 ORIGINAL MILES, it’s probably the lowest mileage TL left in existence too.  Look anywhere you can think of…… Cycle Trader, Craigslist, Ebay, Offer up, or anywhere else you can think of and you will see how rare these bikes truly are.  Most of them have been highly modified, raced or stunted and abused.  Primarily because they are so well built and tough – they can handle the abuse of people beating the hell out of them.  As sad as that sounds, you will have nothing to worry about in that department with this bike.  Look over all of the provided photo’s in detail and you will see what I mean.  This is the closest you will ever get to showroom perfect as they come.  And SURELY the cleanest 2001 TL1000R on the market – anywhere. Hands down… Guaranteed!!  You absolutely WILL N O T find a cleaner TL anywhere.  This bike is SO clean you could eat your steak dinner right off the engine.  I have provided close up images showing the inner wheel hubs, the engine cases, coolant lines, chain, seats, trunk, dash, brake levers, shocks……. everything you would hope to see if you were buying a bike.  Look closely at the images provided and you will see what I mean.  Being garaged and covered it’s entire life, there is no rust, no corrosion and no discoloration from road grime or road salt etc.  This bike looks just as clean underneath and inside the fairings as it does on the outside.  The paint condition and quality is (literally) like new.  No pit marks or chips on the front end and no (dirty rag) swirls or marks on the body.  As I said – this truly is the cleanest one you will ever find.  This bike is so clean it could be parked on the showroom floor at a Suzuki dealership on a display stand just to show it off.  Unsuspecting customers would mistake it for a brand new bike……. it’s THAT clean!! 

Although there are no internal motor modifications, there are a few bolt on upgrades:
– Dealer Installed Yoshimura RS-3 polished slip on dual exhaust
– Dealer Installed power commander
– Custom rear fender painted to match
– Carbon fiber brake & clutch levers
– Zero gravity smoke tinted windscreen
– Smoke tinted flush mount turn signals
– Smoke tinted rear tail light lens
– Brand new front & rear tires (just installed 4-18-18)
– Rear under tail fender setup painted to match (never installed)

Being a collector bike, all stock parts were saved, packaged, boxed up and will go to the new owner.  If the new owner would like to put everything back to OEM stock condition, the parts are here and can easily be re-installed.  It comes with the original sales contract when it was purchased new, the original TL1000R owners manual and original TL1000R CD service discs.  It comes with a matching yellow helmet, only worn twice.  There’s a custom motorcycle cover too that will go to the new owner.  It fits the bike like a glove!!  I even saved the original OEM tires that came on the bike when new.  The tires were still in good condition, but I wanted to install brand new one’s for safety.  Not good to ride on old tires in my opinion, so I just had brand new tires installed front & rear.  All of the extra’s that come with the bike are shown below in the photo’s.  
 
Flaws:
As with any pre-owned motorcycle or vehicle, normal signs of wear & tear may be present.  Scratches, nicks, chips, dings etc.  If you have any questions as to the condition of this bike, by all means – bring your mechanic and feel free to inspect it in person prior to bidding or purchase.  The only noted flaw I can find on this entire bike is on the left mid section of the fairing there is a small scratch in the chrome TL-R graphic.  Not even sure how it happened, but it’s about the only noted flaw I can find.  Replacing the TL1000R left side logo sticker would eliminate this completely. Also on the back edge of the left fairing just above the letter “K” where it says SUZUKI there is a small mark.  At one point in the bikes past, the fuel petcock sprung a tiny leak and some gas ran down this specific edge of the fairing which caused the smudge area.  This can most likely be rubbed out or buffed back to yellow with ease.  Also there is a tiny smudge on the back left outer edge of the Yoshimura slip on.  Looks like it was done from shoe rubber.  Will most likely rub off with a bit of effort.  You would have to be sitting on the pavement looking eye level at the side of the bike to notice either of these imperfections.  However, it is Ebay and I value my reputation as a seller so it’s something I wanted to point out. Aside from this, the bike is a close to mint as you will ever find.  This bike looks like it has barely been ridden. 

Obviously, I’m not really suggesting the TL1000R is a great investment opportunity. But they’re surprisingly affordable, offer great everyday performance, and really should increase in value over the next decade or so. Maybe not as obvious: for all the cheap shots I’ve taken at the TL1000R, I like them. This example has seen just 2,600 miles so far, so you can actually do some riding on your duck-billed modern classic and still maybe make a few bucks when the time comes to sell it on to some sucker… err, collector, when values have really spiked down the road and you’re ready to move on to the next forgotten superbike. And before you scoff too loudly, or in print in the comments below, remember that nice, first-generation GSX-R750s have pretty much tripled in price over the past few years. That may not be the reason you buy motorcycles, but it’s nice to know you might at least break even on your weekend toy, after you factor in consumables and a bit of maintenance. The seller didn’t set some wishful-thinking Buy It Now price either: bidding is very active and up to north of $4,000 as I write this.

-tad

Bimota December 28, 2017 posted by

Bitcoin level Bimota: Zero miles 1992 Bimota Tesi 1D in Switzerland

Here is a time capsule, a zero miles/NOS Bimota Tesi 1D SR that has never had fluids installed.  The 1st generation Bimota Tesi is already a bit of unobtanium and something every collector considers so this one is certainly one to take notice of…plus the color scheme is perfect for the holidays.

1992 Bimota Tesi 1D with zero miles in Switzerland

Thinking back on the late 1990’s, it seems safe to say that the manufacturer that best embodied the period ethos of “throw-it-against-the-wall-and-see-what-sticks” was Bimota.   Part of that was due to its small nature/lack of multi-layered governance and part of it was also probably due to it being an Italian firm where a certain level of fla.ir is expected.  Regardless, Bimota was willing to bring unproven concepts all the way to market and while some of these never delivered as promised (cough-VDue-cough), the Tesi series actually did what it promised.

The Tesi promise was improved handling via a new suspension feature; hub-centered steering.  The Bimota hub centered suspension setup transferred braking force into the frame, not up into the headstock area like on a conventional bike.  Without the impact of braking on the forks, the front end was significantly more stable which made handling feather quick and rock stable.

NOTE:  A good write up about the concept of hub-centered steering and Tesi can be found here.

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At the launch of the Tesi 1D Bimota said the plan was to build 300 but the actual production numbers are a bit vague.   According to sources I found, over 400 were produced between its launch and end in 1994 and this number is said to have included about 50 produced with 400cc for Japan as well as some “Final Edition” and SR models which came with a 904cc 851 motor (the seller indicates this is one of the SR editions).

Mounted in Bimota’s beautiful “Omega” frame the 904cc Ducati powerplant worked with the hub-center handling improvements to deliver a bike incredibly nimble for its size.  So why didn’t the the Tesi and it’s hub-centered design become the future of motorcycling?  The main factor was probably price.  When introduced the Tesi was offered at the eye-popping price of $40,000 USD which made it the most expensive motorcycle on the market.   Also, the complexity of the bike scared away some owners, especially after reports surfaced that the futuristic electrics and digital dash board could suddenly shut down or give wrong readings.

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Now lets look at this particular Tesi 1D.  According to the seller, the bike has essentially been a display piece since production.  Below is a summary of what the seller has to say:

  • Never ridden, never run, properly prepared for long term display.
  • Specifically ordered from the distributor without any fluids when new in 1992. Neither the hydraulic brake system front and rear, nor the cooling system nor the original battery have ever been filled with fluids.
  • All mechanical components inside the engine are still coated with assembly lube from the Ducati factory. The engine is filled with a light-weight oil to preserve internals, it has never been started or run.
  • Kept in a climate controlled environment without UV light present, so there has been no deterioration of any rubber pieces and no discoloration of any painted or coated surfaces. Of course there is no oxidation present on any metal surfaces or fasteners.
  • The protective yellow zinc plating on all three cast iron Brembo rotor surfaces is still present, the seat foam on the molded solo seat pad and backrest is still uncompressed. The tires mounted were specified to be racing tires when ordered new. Levers, grips, pegs, chain, sprockets as most everything else on this motorcycle are as new as they were in 1992.
  • Comes with all the original ownership documents, customs forms, the owners manual, the warranty booklet, copies of the parts manual and workshop manual and the original Tesi toolkit in duplicate.
  • The original early Tesi rear stand, the one off custom front stand (for displaying the bike with both tires off the ground) both mph and km/h dash boards (km dash & computer packed up, mph dash with protective white film still underneath, mounted in the fairing) and two original Weber Marelli P7 ECU computers, one chip’d for regular street use and the other fully open P7 ECU chipped for race use performance, are also included.
  • Multiple other original spares come with this bike. Of course the red Bimota cover is present and in its correct Bimota bag.

Note:  The seller also provides additional photos via an online photo album here.

Now for the real question – is this bike worth the current asking price of $150,000 USD?   Yes, you read that number right – $150,000 USD.   That’s almost 4 times the original asking price which is a level of increase I don’t think we have ever seen on RSBFS before.  To be honest, when I saw that asking price I thought this was possibly a test listing by the seller but after communication with them, this is in fact the actual Buy-It-Now asking price.  Since in most cases sellers expect offers with 10-15% of the BIN price, its seems safe to say this one is going to cost 6 figures US for any interested parties.

So is a zero miles 1D SR Tesi worth that much?  Personally I don’t think so but the 1D and 2D series of the Tesi come up for sale so rarely I don’t know what the current value is.   I do think the current ask price means it won’t go to an investment oriented collector but it could draw interest from the zero miles/”crate-bike” crowd.   I guess we can only wait and see…but it would sure be a nice way to start the new year with it in your living room.

-Marty G/Dallaslavowner

Bitcoin level Bimota:  Zero miles 1992 Bimota Tesi 1D in Switzerland
Bimota November 16, 2017 posted by

Still Fuel Injected: 1998 Bimota V-Due

There were a lot of things that led to the Bimota V-Due’s inauspicious fall from grace, mostly related to costs and hype that would ultimately spell disappointment when the bike finally broke cover. But by far the bike’s worst flaw was its positively heinous fuel injection system, which was designed to keep the bike in compliance with emissions regulations while keeping a two-stroke’s characteristic light weight and simplicity.

1998 Bimota V-Due for sale on eBay

The fuel delivery system was so poor that many of the bikes were retrofitted with carburetors at Bimota’s expense, which not only sank the company, it rendered the bikes offroad-only toys for the well-heeled, and not the stylish, fancy street racers the factory had envisioned. Added to the injection problems were oiling issues that seized pistons, electrical gremlins and poor crankcase sealing as the result of badly-cast engine cases.

The 1998 Bimota V-Due shown here is one of the few that runs well, with both its fuel injection and street legality intact. The seller says this bike was one of a handful that were purchased out of the company’s unsold stock by Piero Caronni, who set about fixing the promising-but-terrible machines. It has 417 kilometers on the clock from new, though the 500cc v-twin has zero miles on a rebuild that apparently fixed its original gremlins.

From the eBay listing:

Please see video (link below) and if you need more pics or information just let me know.

For most reading this you know all about the Bimota V-Due for those that don’t a quick google will tell you all you need to know. There were less than 500 Bimota V-Due’s built.

I’ve had this V-Due for 18 months and bought it from a UK V-Due collector with the intention of preparing it for trackday use. The reality is that its far too good to be used on track hence the reason for selling it.

What makes this bike rare, and the one to have, is that not only does it run, and run well but its one of what is believed to be less that 100 injection V-Due’s left in the world. On another point most of the V-Due’s seem to end up in private collections and never used and I’m hoping that this bike will find an owner wanting to take it on and develop it further. Obviously it’s not my concern once it’s sold.

When I bought the bike I knew it had electrical problems preventing the bike running for more than a few seconds. I’ve spent the past year diagnosing the problems and a combination of improving earth connections and other wiring, changing HT leads and fuel line connectors have solved the problem and the bike runs well and now just needs run in. The engine has Zero miles…..

This V-due would have a been an unsold stock bike when the Bimota business failed in 2001. Piero Caronni the then technical director for the V-Due at Bimota bought all the V Due stock when the Bimota factory closed. It was then first “sold” by him to Mr Sascha in 2005 in Germany. The German owner then sold it to the previous UK owner before me in 2016. In 2014 the previous owner sent the engine back to Piero to have it rebuilt. All the mechanical issues relating to the original engine was sorted and left perfect, Piero’s words, not mine. The previous owner then purchased new twin ECU’s, again a problem area in the original bike, bought new coils, and rather than refurbishing the original fuel injectors bought new improved ones from Piero.

The bike has a total of 417kms from new, with zero miles on the engine and it is in original condition and specification other than the rear indicators having been changed to something less obtrusive. Original indicators are still available new from Classic Bimota Parts in Italy. Also included in the sale are the original coils, HT leads, and twin ECU’s. I’ve also got the original owners handbook – with wiring diagram intact. The German transport documentation (from Mr Sascha) to allow a new V5 to be applied for in the UK. Also comes with a rare Bimota V-Due brochure and magazine pull out. Bike also has both keys.

The next owner may want to consider what to do next? Thankfully there is a keen and growing following of developers and riders and just recently released from promap-europe.com is a new improved “piggy back” ECU along with revised injectors that further improves ride-ability. Check out their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/BIMOTA500/?ref=br_rs this is the way to go if you want to ride this bike regularly.

There is a small pin head chip to at the front of the tank that could be dabbed in, personally i’d leave it. The right hand side of the fairing mid section has had a repair to a stress crack (known issue) that could be improved on at some stage. Other than that and a very few light scratches associated with being 20 years old the overall condition can only be described as “as new” certainly the bike with a little detailing could be presented as concours.

In summary this is a serious collectors bike that can be used and enjoyed, one of the last remaining fuel injected bikes, an appreciating asset. Only a change in my needs for a trackway bike mean this bike is for sale.

The bike is located in Lisburn just outside Belfast, Northern Ireland, just 10-20mins from all airports or ferry terminals. I can arrange transport to anywhere in the UK at cost if required. Viewing recommended.

While I have make an offer really the price is what I’m prepared to sell for, if you want to offer me your RC30 and a bucket of cash, well yes then i’d have to rethink. If you have something special then let me know.

Armed with new ECUs, wiring and fuel injectors, the bike should (emphasis on should) be ready to enjoy. For those in the EU or Britain, registration should be a relative breeze. The story will be different on this side of the pond, though that will change once the bike meets the 25-year mark.

To further make his point, the seller has included a video of the bike starting, idling and revving:

Even as a track or display-only machine, the Bimota V-Due is odd and interesting enough to warrant serious collector consideration.

 

Still Fuel Injected: 1998 Bimota V-Due