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Bimota November 12, 2010 posted by

Can you tell it’s Friday? 2008 Bimota Tesi 3D Limited Edition #28 of 29!

Bimota Friday is BACK!  And to kick it off we have a 2008 Bimota Tesi 3D Limited Edition – #28 of 29 – with only 60 miles (what?!) on it!

Up for sale is a MINT condition, pretty much brand new,Bimota Tesi3 D Limited Edition number 28 of 29 ever produced. This bikes retail price is over 36K…and good luck finding one of these Limited Edition models for sale…let alone…finding one with only 60 miles on it.  The Bike is located in California.  The buyer is responsible for handling all shipping!

It’s not everyday that you come across a Bimota, and even rarer still if it’s a Tesi.  Just check out that fabulous engineering on that hub center steered front end.

A quick bit of info on the Tesi: before working for the exclusive Italian marque, ex-Bimota chief engineer Pier Luigi Marconi wrote his Mechanical Engineering degree thesis on the hub-center steering concept.  While at Bimota, Marconi applied his thesis design to create the Tesi 1D (‘Tesi’ meaning ‘Thesis’ in Italian, and ‘D’ indicating that it has a Ducati engine – a Bimota modified 851 motor – inside) – Bimota’s first alternative front end design.

After the Tesi 1D was introduced in 1990, there came the Tesi 1D SR (slightly larger engine displacement than the 1D), the Tesi 1D EF (Edition Final), Tesi 2D, and now the latest incarnation, the Tesi 3D.

The Limited Edition refers to the very first production series of the 3D, the it has carbon tie rods, CNC machined fluid reservoirs on top of the triple clamp, and a wet clutch, as opposed to steel tie rods, plastic fluid reservoirs, and a dry clutch for the later production series.  I am not so sure about the seller’s claim of “29 ever produced” as some other countries – such as Japan – also had a limited edition first production series as well.

Personally, I would say the LE is definitely the best looking of all the 3Ds, especially with the machined fluid reservoirs sitting oh-so-pretty on top of the triple clamps (which coincidentally echo the same design on the 1986 Bimota DB1).  The starting bid of $30,000 – while significantly cheaper than MSRP – is still a bit high considering that another similar Tesi 3D LE sold for quite a bit less earlier. Click here to see other Bimota Tesis previously listed.

In any case, the Tesi 3D is definitely the jewel in the current Bimota lineup (yes, more so than the DB7 in my opinion), so if you are lucky enough to be in the market for one, I’d say go for it.  Besides, how many Bimota Tesi 3Ds have you seen lately?  😉

ph

Bimota October 27, 2010 posted by

2000 Bimota SB8R in Dallas

2008 Bimota SB8R for sale in Dallas with 9932 miles – $10,900 only!

I have never been a big fan of the SB8R with that bulbous front end, but the Suzuki TL1000R v twin engine is a charmer and the carbon / aluminum hybrid beam chassis always make good conversation fodder.  And here’s one for sale in Dallas:

2000 Bimota SB8R. This hand-built limited production Italian motorcycle uses the Suzuki TL1000R V-twin engine. This bike has ONLY 9932 original miles! The fairings are carbon fiber/composite and the frame is aluminum and carbon fiber. Accessories include: PAIOLI suspension, Brembo brakes, Ohlins steering damper, Arrow carbon fiber/titanium exhaust installed, factory exhaust (included) Factory rear stand.

Now I don’t want to give the impression that the SB8R is by any means a lemon, it’s just that personally I find it less exciting than the other Bimotas such as the SB8K or the DB series.  Having said that, Motocorse (Japanese Bimota importer) has a long history of offering their own version of Bimotas for sale, and the SB8RC (‘C’ stands for Corse) is one of the sexiest Bimotas ever.  Check out the following video of it:

We have listed quite a few SB8R and SB8RS (Special) in the past, so that should provide some good price reference info. Click HERE to see all previously listed Bimota SB8Rs.

Click HERE to jump to the ad or just give Kyle a call.

ph

Bimota August 26, 2010 posted by

2000 Bimota SB8R in Chula Vista, CA

2000 Bimota SB8R with 2852 miles located in Chula Vista, CA listed for sale on ebay.

It’s Italian, has a v twin engine (although this one comes from Hamamatsu, Japan) inside, and it’s generously endowed with carbon fiber bits, Paoli forks, and CNC machined parts.  It can only be the Bimota SB8R (well, it could also be an SB8K, but those come up later):

Gorgeous Ultraspecial Machine. Collectors or serious Bimota fans only, please

This beautiful handcrafted italian motorcycle sold in very small numbers (+/- 150 units produced). This is one of the few opportunities you will have to get your hands on one with very low mileage and impeccable condition. Carbon fiber, titanium, Paioli suspension, Antera wheels. Only the highest quality components were used by this boutique italian manufacturer of dream machines to produce this highly exclusive work of rolling art.

It has been ridden occasionally, always maintained at the local Bimota certified dealer, and displayed with pride. It has never been raced. No damage, no modifications, no accidents. Ever.

It looks and feels like nothing else because there is nothing else quite like a Bimota.

*** Offers above $11,000.00 get a new (never installed) set of custom built race exhaust pipes ***

I only accept communication from prospective buyers, no publicity requests are welcome.

I’m slightly confused about the last sentence – so does listing it on RSBFS qualify as a “publicity request”? If you are the seller and are reading this and have a problem with this listing, please let us know. Seriously. =)

OK – back to the bike.  The SB8R, with a Suzuki TL1000R engine inside, is a fab bike no doubt. And this one, I would wildly guess, probably has a reserve price set at $11,000, which also buys you a set of custom built race pipes.  Most of the SB8Rs have been floating around this price range.  Here’s a list of previously featured SB8Rs.

The beauty of the TL1000R engine is that it gives you Japanese reliability with the best of Italian motorcycle handling.  Some have even said that the Suzuki v-twin engine is better than ones from Bologna (shhh…don’t let the Ducatisti hear this)!  In any case, if you want an Italian v twin without all the Italian “personality” traits, give this one a go.  Oh, did I mention that it’s a Bimota (which is one-up on a Ducati) as well?  .

ph

Bimota August 24, 2010 posted by

Mint Bimota DB4 i.e. – for $1!

That’s exactly what the title says – and yes, it got my attention too!  In any case, here’s a fuel injected Bimota DB4 i.e. with BST carbon fiber wheels and plenty of titanium and magnesium goodies for sale in Cincinnati.

VERY RARE only 9 Imported to the USA. 950 miles. $15k in BLING. BST Carbon Fiber Wheels, All Bolts inside and out are Titanium. Lots of Magnesium and Titanium Factory Race parts. I have new OEM take off parts also. Way to much to list. Car trade 911, BMW M3 M5, Audi TT, Mazda RX 8. I am a 43 year old Ducati Bimota Tech. I built this bike for my self. It is in MINT PERFECT CONDITION. Should weigh in at @ 320 pound and never on the race track.

The DB4 i.e. (only made for one year in 2000 I think) differs from the from normal DB4 in that the i.e. is fuel injected and is a biposto. Normal DB4s have been running around the $8-10,000 range, so this one with BST carbon fiber wheels and titanium and magnesium race parts should be in the $13-15,000 range.  Normally I am skeptical of “race part” claims, but I have dealt with the seller in the past and almost purchased another DB4 from him, so I know he is legit.

Personally, I prefer the original DB4s tricolore colours, but at a claimed 320 pounds and with all the go-fast goodies (BST carbon! Titanium! Magnesium! Race parts!), this one sounds like one heck of a fun ride.  Here’s a list of Bimota DB4s that we have featured in the past for your reference.

If you’re interested in this DB4, give Dean a call and he’ll set you up right.  Oh, here’s the ad on Craigslist.

ph

Bimota July 21, 2010 posted by

Mint 2006 Bimota SB8K in Los Angeles with 177 miles!

Mint (as in 177 miles!!) 2006 Bimota SB8K for sale in Los Angeles.

The SB8K is one of my favourite Bimotas, pairing the charismatic v-twin engine from a Suzuki TL1000R with a hybrid carbon (check out those carbon chassis side plates)/aluminum beam frame from Bimota.  :

Bimota has been making exquisite hand crafted road and race motorcycles for almost 40 years, true functional pieces of rolling art. This factory original Bimota SB8K SantaMonica is derived from the same race platform that Anthony Gobert won the World Superbike race in Phillips Island. It uses the same incredible composite frame with twin aluminum spars. This beautiful frame is graced with 43mm Ohlin forks with radially mounted Brembo brakes. Power is provided by the wonderful Suzuki TL1000R V-Twin motor that produces 143hp. Just as the chassis utilizes the most advanced materials of its day, the engine boasts important technological advances as well. The most noticeable and striking feature is the radial motion of fuel injectors that perfectly mimics the movement of the butterfly valves. This innovation maximizes performance by ensuring a perfect fluidity and consistency of the power delivery over the complete RPM range of the engine. Carbon fiber is also used for the fairing and the fuel tank. The attention to detail is a hallmark of all Bimota motorcycles. This bike is in showroom condition and has only travelled 177 miles from new, perfect in every way.

Aside from the usual expensive lashings of Ohlins suspension, Brembo radial calipers, CNC machined bits, carbon fiber fairings and fuel tank(!), the most innovative feature of this bike has to be the overhead “shower” radial injectors perfectly mimics the movement of the butterfly valves.  Here’s a video of the injectors in action (although it’s not very clear):

Here’s a brief write up on Motorcyclist.com and a past article by Roland Brown for Fast Bikes. My only nit pick about the SB8K is that it looks like a first gen Suzuki SV650s from the front – other than that, this is one exotica that hopefully will find its way into my garage some day!!

ph

Ducati May 1, 2010 posted by

2007 NCR Ducati New Blue – #50 of 50

A very limited edition 2007 Ducati New Blue by NCR – #50 of 50 – for $75,000!

Pretty much anything by NCR is rare, sexy, and lust-worthy and the Ducati New Blue, based on the Ducati Sportclassic Sport 1000S, has been tuned to the nines and lathered with exotic parts such as Brembo monobloc calipers, Ohlins forks and shocks, BST carbon fiber wheels, Zard(?) titanium full exhaust, and light weight magnesium crank cases. Only missing ingredient is some Kyptonite! Here’s more official info on the New Blue at Ducati.com and NCR’s website.

has been raced by Larry Pegram and has a meagre 100 miles on the clock:

DUCATI OF NORTH AMERICA COMMISSIONED THE NCR FACTORY IN ITALY TO DESIGN AND PRODUCE A LIMITED EDITION (50 OR LESS) MOTORCYCLE TO COMEMORATE 30 YEARS AGO COOK NEILSON 1977 DAYTONA  AMA SUPERBIKE VICTORY, THIS WAS A EXTREMELY MAJOR VICTORY FOR A OUT DATED AIR COOLED V-TWIN AGAINST THE  OVER POWERING  MODERN JAPANESE  MOTORCYCLES, SO THIS WAS A EXTREMLY EXCITING PROJECT BETWEEN NCR FACTORY AND DUCATI OF NORTH AMERICA.

THE FINAL RESULT  SET THE MOTORCYCLE WORLD ON FIRE  WITH ITS UNFORGETABLE DESIGN AND PERFORMANCE – THAT RETROED OLD BLUE FROM 1977.

THIS PARTICULAR BIKE WAS SPECIALLY BUILT FOR ME BY THE NCR FACTORY,WITH EVERY SINGLE OPTION AVAILABLE BY NCR AND THEN SOME.

NCR FACTORY THOUGHT THIS BEST WAY TO COMEMORATE THIS OCCASION WAS TO RACE IT AT DAYTONA IN 2007.

SO DURING THE BUILD OF THIS BIKE THEY ASKED ME IF THEY COULD RACE MY BIKE BEFORE DELIVERY TO ME AT DAYTONA,I AGREED THIS WOULD BE A SPECIAL MOMENT. SO THEY PROCEEDED TO BUILD THIS WITH WINNING DAYTONA IN MIND AND WITH THE HELP OF DUCATI ,THEY GOT DUCATIS FACTORY RIDER LARRY PEGRAM TO RACE THIS BIKE,WHICH LARRY WAS ELATED TO DO SO.

LARRY ENDED UP PLACING 3RD WHICH IS A MAJOR ACOMPLISHMENT 1ST TIME OUT WITH NO PREVIOUS TESTING,

ALSO NO BREAK DOWNS OR CRASHES, THE WINNER WAS GUARESHI 0N A 1400CC MOTO GUZZI THAT HAD LOTS OF DEVELOPEMENT AND RACING UNDER THEIR BELT, SO LARRY WAS DOWN 300 CC ON THE WINNING BIKE. WHAT A TESTAMENT TO THIS NCR FACTORY BIKE AND LARRY PEGRAM. LARRY LOVED RIDING THE BIKE  AS HE SMILED EAR TO EAR WHEN RIDING AND WHEELING DOWN THE TRACK.

THIS IS THE MOST FAMOUS OF ALL NEW BLUES  WITH LOTS OF HISTORY AND MANY STORIES MANY MORE PICS IF YOU NEED THEM,TO THE INTERESTED BUYER I WILL CALL THEM AND FILL THEM IN ON ALL THE HISTORY.

HAVE ALL DOCS, EXOTIC PEDIGREE BOOK,BUILD PHOTOS AND MUCH MORE.

BIKE CAN BE SEEN ANYTIME IN LAS VEGAS

So let’s see – created by NCR with only 50 world wide?  Check.  #50 of 50?  Check.  Raced by Ducati AMA rider Larry Pegram? Check.  Absolutely top of the shelf parts?  Check.  Signed by Cook Neilson and Phil Schilling? Double check. $75,000 price tag?  Hmm…

Having said that, if you read the text carefully and read one of the description in the photos, there is an interesting little side story to this #50 bike.  Cool?  Definitely.  But I still can’t get that $75,000 out of my head.

On yet another side note, check out one of the photos with a dark grey car in the back ground – is that a Murciélago or a Reventón?!

Here’s what Mike Neeves of British magazine MCN has to say after riding the New Blue at the launch:

ph

Bimota April 9, 2010 posted by

1994 Bimota DB2 Tricolore in Wisconsin

1994 Bimota DB2 tricolor with 4,051 miles for sale in Madison, Wisconsin.

We’ve had several DB2s listed before, but none of them are of the tricolore variant which, whether you like it or not, is rather rare and hence desirable.

Rare sportbike, one of 34 tricolores in US. Ducati 904cc aircooled engine with Dynojet kit and opened airbox. 4,051 miles. Serviced by Ducati specialist. Dripping with carbon: cambelt covers, sprocket cover, vented clutch cover; also has: Termignoni carbon pipes, CRG’s Hindsight billet bar-end mirrors, billet oil filler cap & Euro switch, little flush Lockhart turn signals (fake carbon), evoluzione cyclesports’ regulator (with charger); Yoyodyne clutch slave; 916 SPS brake & clutch levers (and remotes), ss brake & clutch lines, Euro fairing w/parking light. Have similar quarter fairing, yet unpainted.

There’s no information that I can find to verify claims that there are only 34 of these in the US, but truth be told that I have only seen very few tricolors over the years.  There are several tasteful / de rigueur mods (such as the Termis…hmm!)  to the bike, so the asking price of $12000 is not outrageous, but definitely puts it at the higher end of the market – I guess the tricolore paint does demand a premium.

Update: The seller has sent the following information along to verify the 34 models stated. -dc

My source for the number of them is Bob Smith, then then-importer, who brought over 34 in a container. He had them painted in the pattern of the purple European
model, but in red-white-green. They were never sold in Europe (as confirmed by European members of the Bimota list), though there is a photo of one in the Bimota book.

Click here to see the ad on Craiglist

ph

MV Agusta February 19, 2010 posted by

2002 MV Agusta F4 SP-01

2002 MV Agusta F4 with SP-01 Viper kit – 1 of only 50 worldwide!

Some of our regular readers may know we here at RSBFS are quite fond of the MV Agusta F4 and think that it will become a iconic classic in the future.  There are many different versions of the F4 – Ago, Senna, Tamburinin, CC…etc. – but this one with the SP-01 “Viper” kit (each bike is signed by Mr. Tamburini himself!) has got to be high on the rare list – so much so that I didn’t even know that it existed until I saw this one! According to the seller, there’s only 50 of these in the world…

This may be your only chance to own one of these! MV Agusta only made 50, and I don’t think the other 49 guys are selling theirs.  I have priced this incredible machine at much less than I paid and even less than you would pay for a brand new rice burner that looks like every other sport bike out there.  Brand new, these cost $36k – $18k for the base bike and $18k for the SP-01 Kit.

This is the most beautiful bike you will ever lay your eyes on! If you are in So Cal come by and check it out; once you hear the sound, see the sexiness of its lines, and feels its power, you will be sold!  Also, as I own this bike myself, there are no liens against it; you pay for it, you get it right away.

If you are looking at this ad, then you know what this  bike is about.  The SP-01.  The Viper.  Signed by Massimo Tamburini himself.  I have pasted the info from MVA’s website below.

To find more what exactly is an SP-01 kit, click here.  And .

We’ve seen our share of the “regular” F4 in red and silver paint, but how often do you see one in factory blue and silver colours? I sure haven’t!

phil