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Bimota July 27, 2021 posted by

Track Tuesday: Bimota DB5 Lapping Weapon

Longtime RSBFS readers have always indicated they prefer streetable sportbikes on these pages. We’re tipping our toe in the water on Tuesday’s with dedicated track bikes that aren’t streetable but of similar quality to our usual selections. Leave a comment and let us know what you think. -dc

Bimota have always been focused performance machines.  Not for the faint of heart, or wallet.  Many commanded eye watering MSRPs and few had the stomach to track such a rare and finely crafted machine.  Luckily not all heros wear capes, and some Bimota did find their way to the track.  One such example is this 2007 DB5.  It is powered by an air cooled Ducati twin that is said to have the capacity slightly enlarged to 1123cc  and on race fuel produces 116 hp.  Just enough power to provide thrilling performance in a light  package.  Quality Ohlins suspension, forged wheels and Brembo calipers round out the top tier specs.

Bimota DB5 Race Bike

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Track Tuesday:  Bimota DB5 Lapping Weapon
Bimota July 9, 2014 posted by

Tasty Origami: 2008 Bimota DB5R for Sale

I really wanted to post up yet another wonderfully weird and definitely non-sucky Buell but, unfortunately for fans of that misunderstood marque, I stumbled across this sharp-edged Bimota DB5R first, so all you lovers of perimeter brakes and double-duty components will have to wait for another day to get your fix.

And, in a way, Bimota really is sort of like the Italian Buell: other than the fantastically flawed V Due that almost bankrupted the company, all of their bikes featured engines from other manufacturers, wrapped in lighter, stronger frames, with aerodynamic bodywork and high-end suspension. Kawasakis, Hondas, Suzukis, BMWs, Yamahas, and Ducatis have all powered various Bimotas.

2008 Bimota DB5R Fairings2

Early Bimotas often featured dramatic improvements in terms of handling or performance compared to the bikes that donated their engines. But as technology progressed and the handling of factory machines improved, the company has evolved into a manufacturer of boutique origami confections of carbon and titanium that could be ridden in anger, but probably aren’t. Some innovative ideas still manage to work their way into their designs, but with only incremental advantages over the factory bikes, Bimota’s primary selling point these days seems to be their exotic style and top-shelf components. Dripping with exotic materials and high-end names, they take the very best and make it just that little bit better in the way that only lots of money can.

2008 Bimota DB5R Fairings

With the Italian mystique multiplied by their collaboration with Ducati, the DB bikes have always been good sellers for Bimota. Interestingly, the DB5 uses the air/oil-cooled, two-valve motor, instead of the much more powerful liquid-cooled, four-valve motor, although the DS version used here does feature twin plugs per cylinder.

From the original eBay listing: 2008 Bimota DB5R for Sale

This is a 2008 Bimota DB5R with only 750 miles on it, I have had it since it was new in 2008.
This model was one of two build for Shane Turpin.
The bike was serviced back in January 2014 with new battery and fluids and it has not been ridden since then.
It has come to the time where I have to many toy’s and I will have to let go of this amazing bike.
It has some scratches on the right side due to it falling in my garage last year, I have taken pictures for you to review the scratches.
Please do some research on the bike if you do not know about this model.

There are certainly faster bikes for the money. You’re paying a whole lot of cash for a machine that only marginally outperforms the donor bike, which wasn’t all that fast to begin with: Ducati’s characterful air-cooled L-twin offers plenty of flexible midrange poke and the suspension components should offer sublime handling, but you’ll get killed on the straights at the track by guys who bought salvage-title GSX-R600s with unpainted race fairings. But that’s really not the point here: these days, Bimotas are really cost-no-object bits of road and track jewelry, bikes for folks who can afford the best.

2008 Bimota DB5R Dash Front

So who cares if this DB5 isn’t actually much faster than the Ducati Monster that donated its engine? It’s still plenty fast and exotic, although Bimota’s current obsession with stealth-fighter angularity could use a few curves thrown in. Straight lines are nice, and very decisive design elements, but these bikes tend to look a bit too busy to be truly beautiful.


2008 Bimota DB5R Rear


Tasty Origami: 2008 Bimota DB5R for Sale
Bimota June 19, 2013 posted by

Red Hot: Bimota DB5R (Switzerland)

This modern Ducati motored Bimota is all about lightweight and compact dimensions. The DB5 is my favorite modern Bimota. The Italian firm has put together a very focused street bike that emphasis handling more than power. Fitted with the air cooled power plant from Ducati’s Hypermotard, the 1100cc V twin is all about torque.


The power is more around the 100 horses rather than the 180 of other liquid cooled twins, but it’s the combination of easy-to-manage power, always there for you and the compact dimensions with low weight that make this DB5 a proper fast and ultra fun bike to ride.



A standard DB5 already delivers all of the above, but this is an R+ model. On top of the exotic materials and components that belong to the R, it also comes with a nice (and pricey) set of extras that we welcome very much. These include:

  • 1 full road fairing in fiberglass
  • 1 full track fairing in fiberglass (see picture)
  • 1 full road fairing in carbon fiber
  • 2 sets of forged OZ wheels including high spec disc brakes
  • 1 additional fuel tank
  • 1 Zard exhaust system
  • 1 set of new tyres



The bike has covered 4000 km on the road and 500 km on the track.  At the price of about 30000 $ this is very good value, provided this range is in your budget. I would love to ride this on the road, I bet it will smoke many “bigger” bikes any time…and it looks fantastic…and it is unique…and…the price when new was above 50000 $…


Bimota DB5R in Switzerland




Bimota June 18, 2013 posted by

Are You Feeling Well? 2007 Bimota DB5

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Uh oh, the for sale signs are out on Bimotas again which we all know, may cause cases of Bimota-itis.  That is where the brain can no longer appreciate a Bimota  due to excessive Bimota JPEG viewing.  You know what these are so enjoy the pics;  but not for too long.  I don’t want anyone getting sick. 

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The story on this one:

  • 480 Miles Better than New!
  • Ridden on the track at a few demonstrations by Bimota rep Shane Turpin·            
  • Michelin Pilots (new)
  • Slipper Clutch
  • NCR – clutch cover
  • Countershaft cover (stock also)
  • Custom Termignoni Exhaust
  • Dyno Tuned Engine Mapping
  • Custom Seat Modification to fit exhaust
  • GP shift (stock shifting linkage as well)
  • New Mapping
  • Safety Wire
  • White vinyl “number plate areas”
  • Battery tender·           
  • Ducati break-away bolts on mirrors
  • California Title
  • Cover 
  • Stand

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A minimalist back end.  If you haven’t checked out Bimota’s website in a while it is worth a few minutes of dreaming.

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It is indeed safety wired.

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The usual assortment of mechanical art. 

If you so inclined to own it, bid here.



Bimota May 14, 2013 posted by

A Different DB: 2004 Bimota DB5

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If you have issues seeing a Bimota possibly being tossed down the track; look away. The quick hits: no title, owner isn’t positive on exact year of the bike, loaded with race goodies and a $65,000 BIN (open to offers though).

The said goodies:

Pectel SQ6 ECU

Custom Made Wiring Harness

AIM Digital Dash

HPE Full Exhaust System

Completely Built 1178cc HyperMotard Engine

Ohlins Gas Forks

Ohlins Shock

BST Carbon Wheels

BREMBO Full Floating Rotors

BREMBO Billet MonoBloc Calipers

BREMBO Brake GP M/Cyl w/ Accosato Electric Lever Adjuster

BREMBO Clutch GP M/Cyl


YOYODYNE Slipper Clutch


ANTIGRAVITY Lithium Lightweight Battery

Too many other items/mods to mention

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What’s under the hood you ask?


This HyperMotard motored DB5 was built up to 1178cc / 102mm bore with very close to 117hp and was recently rebuilt with only 4 trackdays on it.


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A look at your office. I’m curious about the custom built wiring harness. I’ve read a custom race harness can be quite a high dollar item.

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All I see is dollar signs.

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It has apparently won quite a few national and regional titles. Can you add another?

Click for the listing.


Bimota March 24, 2013 posted by

2006 Bimota DB5 R For Sale in North Carolina

Update 6.2.2013: SOLD!

Update 3.24.2013: This stunning DB5 R is being relisted for consideration after previously being listed last March. Owner has included a more thorough description and is selling directly. Good luck with the sale Chris!

Chris emailed to alert us that his gorgeous DB5 R is now available from his private collection. Only the R models got the tri-color paint scheme and under that paint scheme is a carbon fiber fairing also exclusive the R. The lightweight OZ wheels are also part of that package.

We’ve posted a handful of DB5 R’s previously and the $19,995 asking price is in line with what we’ve seen historically. And in keeping with the usual Bimota theme on RSBFS, this bike sports a mere 2900 miles.

The seller’s quote:

2006 Bimota DB5-R

Like new original condition in pearl white, red and green Tri-color. Bone stock with no modifications or enhancements. Bimota registry number 77

All original paint in spotless condition without a mark or scratch anywhere. Laser cut 3M protective film covers most of the bike and can be easy removed if desired. Brand new Metzeler Sportec M5 Tires. Always garaged and covered on a battery tender and exercised every 6 weeks.

I have all the books, documentation, certificate of origin and extra un-used key as well as the original silk Bimota factory cover.

I am a long term multiple Bimota owner and collector. This is a very rare piece and will not be easy to find in this condition. I have taken very good care of this bike for about 3 years

We have many more detailed photos that we will be happy to send or provide any specific photos that you may be looking for.

Miles: 2,663

Cliff notes on the DB5 R:
– utilizes the 1000DS V-Twin from Ducati, which is good for about 90hp. Not a lot but only weights 370lbs!
– designed by Roberto Commini who also penned the V Due.
– adjustable Ohlins suspension.
– nearly $40k new.

Good luck with the sale Chris!


Bimota February 7, 2011 posted by

Cure For The Winter Time Blues: 2008 Bimota DB5R

Cure For The Winter Time Blues: 2008 Bimota DB5R

You know it has been a long winter in the ole USA when a guy stuck in Georgia (me) is sick of winter.  Nothing can brighten a gloomy February day though than a  red, white and green Bimota.  Add some carbon fiber, Ohlins suspension, Brembo brakes and a factory option Zard exhaust and you will be praying for a 75 degree Spring day.

I don’t think I need to write another thing, this photo pretty much sums up the DB5R or most any Bimota for that matter:  outside the box engineering, ahead of the curve lines/looks and like a chic with shoes, more carbon fiber than you need.


A little on the bike, most of the info was cut and past press material:


The factory option Zard pipes are installed and the stock silencers are included in the sale.

I have carefully broken in the bike, ALWAYS observing the rev limits and varying the rpms within the range on the highwway. Ask my mechanic, I won’t let anyone else ride the bike during that period so the break-in is perfect. You get to skip most of that as higher revs and full throttle can now be applied.

As is the case with most Bimota’s this one has been looked at more than ridden.  It shows just over a 1000 miles.  You will be the first to scratch it!

I”m into close ups today.  I know it  gets over used but these things really are art and I do understand how people buy them and end up putting them in their house.  Like any good piece of art though it isn’t cheap.  The bidding is starting at $20,500 with a reserve of course.  MSRP was almost $37,000 back in 08.  Is somewhere in the high $20’s a fair price?


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