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Ultra Rare From Rimini: 1994 Bimota DB2 400cc Junior

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This post is in our archives. Links in this post have been updated to point to similar bikes available to bid on eBay.

DB2_Jr_2

The Bimota DB2 is one of the more rare Bimotas. Not built in the same numbers as the YB or SB model series, the DB2 evolved from the magnificent DB1 racer and homologated road bike. Small and nimble, but packing serious desmo-twin grunt, the DB2 is a rider’s dream. However what we are looking at is a DB2 Junior – essentially a 400cc version of the DB2.

1994 Bimota DB2 400cc for sale on eBay

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Ducati was the first to try to crack the Japanese market with a 400cc version of the venerable Supersport (check out Ian’s discovery of the model here). Bimota capitalized on the effort and utilized the same engine and transmission, but wrapped it in a classic birdcage frame and beautiful bodywork, just like the bigger DB2. The result is the Junior model DB2 – all the wonderful artistic trappings of a classic Bimota in a smaller package. This is a rare bird indeed, and a first for the pages of RSBFS.

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From the seller:
The Bimota DB2 is in our opinion one of the nicest looking sport bikes to come out of the 90s. With Ducati power they all sound great and perform well. All components are top shelf including Brembo brakes and the Ohlins rear suspension.

For the Japanese market a 400cc version was produced, to take advantage of the lower tax regime for small capacity sport bikes. Just 101 examples of the DB2 were produced with this power plant. The only differences to the larger bike being the engine, single front disc (twin discs optional) and slightly narrower rear wheel.

This example has traveled 17,800 miles and is immaculate, having clearly been well cared for by its former owner.

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Bimota’s later attempt to break into the Japanese market brought us the YB7 evolution (with aluminum frame and Yamaha power), however it was the DB2 Junior with Ducati 2-valve, air-cooled power that lead the way. This particular bike is NOT local to the US (unfortunately), but the seller is willing to ship. Currently parked in the hobbit-friendly country of New Zealand, this DB2 Junior is looking for a new home. Check it out here, as you won’t see another for quite a while, if ever!

MI

1 Comment

  • Great looking bike but I always find it tough to get over the mark up from this seller. Having access to the Japanese auctions where they buy you can check the original price paid at auction. I’d suggest a cheaper route would be to have a broker in Japan purchase and import a bike on your behalf.
    Bit tough though with a bike like this when there are so few available.

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