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Bimota Classic Motorcycles

Bimota Classic Motorcycles

The Bimota marque was born more by accident than design, though for superbike enthusiasts the accident was s surprisingly happy event. Massimo Tamburini owned a heating business in the town of Rimini, on the Adriatic coats, an area of Italy which had long been a centre for both racing and motorcycle manufacture. As a hobby, Tamburini modified several local riders' machines to make them not only faster but also lighter and sharper to handle better. His efforts were rewarded with success, and before long his work on one particular bike, the MV Agusta 600 four, had gained the admiration of the entire Italian biking fraternity. More Bimota motorcycle history...

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Bimota SB1 Racing Motorcycle Bimota SB1

According to Giorgio Sarti the SB1 came about as a direct request from Suzuki Italy for a machine which could be marketed through the Suzuki sales network. Produced between 1976 and 1980 the model utilised the twin cylinder TR500 liquid cooled engine with a dry clutch and six speed gearbox housed in an open cradle frame with Ceriani 35mm forks and monoshock rear suspension system. Brembo brakes and Speedline wheels manufactured to Bimota's design were employed on the machine which weighed 121kg dry.

Following its introduction in 1976 the machine dominated the Italian junior national championships taking the title in 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979 and 1980.

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1979 Bimota SB2 1979 Bimota SB2 860cc, 92 Bhp.
Bimota DB1 Bimota DB1

Bimota begun life specialising in air conditioning and heating systems and were better than Ducati in their day. Massimo Tamburini designed the DB1 before moving to Ducati, where he created the 916.

  • Engine - 748cc, V-twin
  • Power - 74bhp
  • Top Speed - 127mph
  • Launched - 1985-1987
  • Bimota Tuatara Bimota Tuatara
  • Engine - 989cc, liquid cooled, DOHC, in line four
  • Bore x Stroke - 75 x 56mm
  • Top Speed - 175mph (280kph)
  • Dry Weight - 168kg (370 lb)
  • Standing Quarter Mile Time - 10.7sec
  • Launched - 1990
  • Maximum Power - 152bhp @ 9500rpm
  • Wheelbase - 1420mm (56in)
  • Gearbox - 5 speed
  • Final Drive - roller chain
  • Bimota YB4 Bimota YB4
  • Engine - 749cc, liquid cooled, DOHC, in line four
  • Bore x Stroke - 68 x 51.6mm
  • Top Speed - 160mph (256kph)
  • Dry Weight - 180kg (397 lb)
  • Standing Quarter Mile Time - 11.7sec
  • Launched - 1988
  • Maximum Power - 121bhp @ 10,500rpm
  • Wheelbase - 1420mm (55.9in)
  • Gearbox - 6 speed
  • Final Drive - roller chain
  • 1991 Bimota Tesi 1D
    Bimota Tesi 1D

    The Tesi was in development for seven years, during which time five prototypes were built. The model departed from conventional motorcycle design in respect of the suspension/steering arrangement which in turn resulted in an unusual frame design. Two u shaped aluminium fame members sandwiched the engine and provided mounting points for the front and rear swinging arms. The steering was effected by a hub centre system. The two elements negated the inherent problem with telescopic forks; that of the geometry changing as the forks compress.

    The first series of production machines, announced during 1990 utilised a Ducati 851 engine, however, after 127 of the first series were built a revised version became available using the newly introduced 904cc Ducati twin. Only 20 examples of the Tesi 1D 904 were produced before it was in turn superseded by the Tesi 1D SR in 1992. It should be noted the 1D 904 was originally typed the SR but this is not often used in order to prevent confusion between it and the 1D SR!

    1992 Bimota Tesi TD1
    Bimota Tesi TD1

    This example was prepared at the Bimota factroy and fielded by them in the 1992 Italian SBK Championship with Italian rider Marco Risitano in the saddle. A Ducati 888R vee twin power plant comforming to the Championships regulations was employed. More Bimota Tesi info....

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