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Radical Racebike: 1975 Bimota YB1 350GP for Sale

1975 Bimota YB1 L Side

The Bimota YB1 wasn’t originally called the YB1 because it predated Bimota’s traditional naming conventions. Internally, it was known as the Yamaha-Bimota Gran Prix ’74, but later became known as the YB1, the very first Yamaha-engined Bimota. In fact, it was the very first series-production Bimota, if something built in numbers this small can be considered “production.” Powered by either the 250cc or 350cc version of the TZ’s liquid-cooled parallel-twin engine, just twelve of these distinctive and very fast little machines were built.

1975 Bimota YB1 R Side Naked

The bike’s racing success helped pave the way for Bimota’s later, more well-known racing and road bikes and helped to establish BiMoTa as a manufacturer. It’s quite literally possible that, without the YB1, there’d be no Bimota today at all and the face of motorcycling might look very different.

1975 Bimota YB1 R Side Front

Built between 1974 and 1975, the bike included Bimota’s signature racing touches: one-piece bodywork that allowed easy maintenance, a stiff and lightweight tubular frame, adjustable ergonomics, and even a clever eccentric chain adjuster.

1975 Bimota YB1 Tank

From the original eBay listing: 1975 Bimota YB1 350GP for Sale

VIN 12

This is an iconic superare YB1, the first race Bimota with Yamaha TZ competition engine. It was also the second Bimota race model ever built (the first was the unique Paton Bimota) and definitely the first “true” racing Bimota as this model was raced by important names as Lucchinelli, Riondato, Ceccotto, Gallina, etc. This frame was built to be fitted with both Yamaha options 250cc and 350cc, this one is a 350cc. Only 12 units were built making this model extremely rare, desiderable and collectable.

This bike was last paraded at the main Italian event in 2012, kept in collection completely dry since. The paddock stand in pics is coming with the bike.

Race, parade and collect!

1975 Bimota YB1 Engine

Another one from our new best friend “Gianluca” who always seems to have the very coolest bikes for sale! Bidding is up to just $4,550 with the reserve not met and several days left on the auction. I honestly don’t know what this little exotic really should be worth, but it’s one of just twelve built, looks wild, and as an early Bimota is certainly historically significant. The YB1 was available as a kit bike, and supposedly very few were sold with this distinctive bodywork, making this zero-mileage example even more of a unicorn, literally ground zero for the modern sportbike.


1975 Bimota YB1 R Side

Far Ahead of Its Time: 1981 Bimota HB2 for Sale

1981 Bimota HB1 R Side

As sleek and sexy as exotic cars and motorcycles may appear to the uninitiated, it’s under the skin where the really beautiful stuff generally lives. After all, you can cloak a pedestrian four-banger Fiero in fairly convincing Lamborghini bodywork, but pull the bodywork of this Bimota HB2 and the bike is perhaps even better-looking.

1981 Bimota HB1 Engine

While the GSX-R is generally thought to have brought endurance-racing looks and monoshock frames to the masses, they certainly weren’t the first to actually build a bike like that for the road. That honor would likely go to Bimota and one of their lightweight Japanese-engined racers. This was at the tail end of the era before the Japanese Big Four really got their act together and made big bikes that could handle, and Bimota was happy to take their powerful and nearly unburstable powerplants and put them into packages that were uncompromisingly fast, lightweight, and devoid of mass-production compromises.

1981 Bimota HB1 Side Plate

The HB2 was, as the alpha-numeric name suggests, the second Honda-powered bike built by Bimota. Only 10 HB1’s were built, the first made from a CB750 wrecked by Massimo Tamburini himself. 200 HB2’s were built following, making them almost mass-produced by Bimota standards. The HB2 was powered by the CB900F’s 90hp air/oil-cooled, four-valve, four-cylinder engine, wrapped in a lightweight trellis frame that saved almost 70lbs compared to the more traditional donor bike. The exhaust added a dab of power but was mainly intended to save additional weight.

1981 Bimota HB1 Rear Wheel

It takes just 4 bolts and a single electrical connector to remove the lightweight fairing and allow unfettered access to the gorgeous mechanicals, as can be seen from the photos.

From the original eBay listing: 1981 Bimota HB2 for Sale

Great opportunity to buy a supper rare and highly collectable motorcycle, one of the first Bimotas,this one was 2nd generation using a Honda engine but was the 1st model Bimota implemented the billet  plate to hold the frame together, was the most expensive and fastest production bike back in 1981. Is a very basic and simple motorcycle, engineered ,design and manufactured with one purpose, to serve one rider and provide the most handling and performance. Has a very cool spider web trellis frame, billet  integrated plates to improve rigidity, magnesium wheels, magnesium legs 40 mm fully adjustable Italia(Certain) fork, billet triple tree and rear sets, one piece fiber glass body with tank cover and integrated seat. Bike is mostly stock with the exception of very rare Dellorto PH32 carbs, original came with Keihin carbs (very cheap and easy to obtain on eBay).

I purchased the bike from a collector, along with other motorcycle and unfortunately can’t keep them all, decided to sell a few, including this Bimota HB2.

The bike is very solid and in better than average shape but is not pristine, has scratches, dents, some other marks and scuffs as you can imagine for a 34 years old bike. I encourage who ever is interested to come for an inspection, bike has new tires, carbs and fluids taken care, starts and rides well but I only take  her out for short rides, too precious to go the distance. Only 197 of these babies were made, this is#26 and titled in my name, Illinois title.

I have bunch of period magazine covering this bike and all of them have agreed the bike was a masterpiece and way ahead of its time, for years had no competition, was in a class all by herself/ I would included them with the bike.

1981 Bimota HB1 Dash

Interestingly, these early Bimotas generally used the factory gauges for a less-exotic and bespoke, but far more reliable way to keep an eye on vital statistics: the gauges on 90’s Bimotas were almost comically erratic when they functioned at all. With plenty of time left on the auction, but no bidders and a starting bid of $11,000 there’s plenty of time to get in on a very collectible motorcycle in solid shape.


1981 Bimota HB1 L Side

Sleek in Silver: 1979 Bimota SB3 in the UK

1979 Bimota SB3 L Side

Early Bimotas really straddle the “classic” and “modern” sporbike eras and helped set the stage for the mass-produced machines that followed. Prior to bikes like the SB3, monoshock suspensions and fully-faired bodywork were really only seen on factory racebikes, and it’s hard to comprehend just how exotic the SB3 was at the time. Although the price was steep, it was virtually the only game in town, until the advent of the GSX-R750.

1979 Bimota SB3 Front

I’m a big fan of red frames on bikes, assuming the frame is actually worth emphasizing and on these early Bimotas, the frame is basically the whole show. Not that the aerodynamic, quick-release bodywork isn’t worth a look, but it’s just the icing on the cake. The integrated signals are another nice touch, something that didn’t really find its way into widespread use until the past couple decades.

1979 Bimota SB3 L Side Rear Naked

But that frame was the only game in town if you wanted top-shelf race technology for the road. Wrapped so tightly around the virtually stock Suzuki GS1000 engine and transmission that powered the bike, it was designed to separate into halves to allow the powertrain to be removed for servicing. And the very trick concentric swingarm pivot and countershaft sprocket kept geometry and chain tension constant throughout the swingarm’s entire range of movement.

1979 Bimota SB3 Engine

At 483 pounds wet, the bike’s main advantage in terms of straight-line performance came from a massively reduced weight compared to the original Suzuki. While suspension was compromised for the road by being far too stiff, according to contemporary tests, it’s easy to argue that wasn’t really the point, and anyone able to afford a Bimota could certainly pay to have the forks and shock retuned to allow for road use.

1979 Bimota SB3 L Side Rear

From the original eBay listing: 1979 Bimota SB3 for Sale

 The SB3 has always been a very rare bike: just 402 were built worldwide.

This one is Number 9 (frame number 0009) and was the first SB3 in the UK.

Its history & provenance is fully documented – it’s a very special bike, with just 4 owners from new; two of those from the same family (Bought new, sold to son-in-law, then sold on to its third owner, then repurchased by the original owner before being bought by my father in law).

It comes with the original bill of sale (see photos) and a letter to the DVLA – when it was returned to its original number plate after having had a private plate – which describes its history very clearly. A photo of this letter also attached.

It has covered just 6,332 miles from new, with a documented change of speedo under warranty at the first service, hence only 5,045 miles showing on the clock today.

This very bike was the one displayed at the Earls Court bike show in 1979, and then road-tested by Motorcycle News.

(We have a copy of the issue of MCN in which it was reviewed – see pictures)

This SB3 was already in lovely original condition when my father-in-law bought it in 5 years ago, but he still carefully stripped it down and treated it to a full cosmetic restoration – having the frame and fairing professionally resprayed, and the Marchesini wheels re-painted in the original gold.

It has always been garaged, and is in outstanding original condition as you can see from the photos. There are a few marks on it here and there, so am not going to describe it as being in concours condition, but it’s pretty close!

I could go on an on about this bike, but no doubt if you’re looking at this advert, you’ll already be aware of what it is, and the fact that its likely to be many years before another SB3 comes up for sale.

A truly unique opportunity to own a rare piece of superbike history.

Viewing can be arranged in Colchester, Essex.

Collection only. Payment by BACS or cash on collection.

1979 Bimota SB3 L Side Naked

Well, that last bit could present a problem. I assume that, by “collection only” he means he won’t arrange shipping, but you could just see it as an opportunity to head to Colchester on vacation! One of my favorite color schemes is silver and red, so it’s no surprise that I really like this bike. Although at £19,995.00 [approximately $30,787.00] it is far out of reach for me for the time being.


1979 Bimota SB3 R Side



1986 Bimota DB1R for Sale

1986 Bimota DB1R R Rear

Originally founded to manufacture heating systems, Bimota turned its obviously wasted talent and enthusiasm to motorcycles in the 1970’s. During the 60’s and 70’s, major manufacturers were relatively hit-or-miss when it came to handling. This led to a number of small shops that specialized in frames to house powerplants from European and especially Japanese companies, who sometimes seemed content to stuff their powerful and reliable engines into bikes with the rigidity of a Schwinn bicycle.

Companies with names like Egli, Spondon, and Harris made everything from complete bikes, to frames, to kits you could buy and build your own specials. Bimota took the best ideas available and combined them to create their stunning SB2 in 1977, a bike so far ahead of its time it took the major manufacturers another twenty years to incorporate some of its more unusual features.

1986 Bimota DB1R Front and Rear

While Ducatis are only rarely criticized for their handling, some of Bimota’s most famous collaborations include the feisty twins from Bologna: we’re up to DB11 as of now, not including the innovative Tesi bikes, and this trend is likely to continue.

On that note, Bimota names can generally be decoded as follows: the first letter indicates the name of the manufacturer, the “B” is for “Bimota” and the number represents the bikes place in the history of Bimota’s working relationship with the manufacturer. So the “DB1” is really the “first Ducati-Bimota collaboration.”

1986 Bimota DB1R Right Front Wheel

DB1’s are pretty uncommon beasts although they were produced in relatively large numbers for a Bimota. But this particular example is very, very rare.

From the original eBay listing: 1986 Bimota DB1R for Sale

Bimota DB1R, 1 of 4 built, factory raced at Daytona by Malcolm Tunstall, new fluids, runs perfect, 

1986 Bimota DB1R Dash

A few years ago, I wrote up another one of these, meaning that two of the four in existence have featured on this site! It’s worth a quick look for the pictures of the bike with bodywork removed: the complex trellis frame looks like a Ducati by way of a Maserati Birdcage. And while the regular DB1 makes do with the regular Ducati clocks, the R has just one instrument: a honking big Veglia racing tach.

I really should just buy one of those already and mount it in a shadowbox or something…

Bidding is up over $26,000 which is no surprise, given the condition and rarity of this wonderful machine.


1986 Bimota DB1R Left Front

1973 Kawaski Z1 bimota

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There are some motorcycles which the seller has to go into great detail to insure that the potential buyers know what is being offer. There are other auctions which do not require a lot of words. This 1973 Kawasaki Z1 Bimota is such a bike. Pictures do all the selling.


From the Seller

Kawasaki Z1 kit Bimota. Extremely rare less than 50 pcs produced. This is not a replica. Bike run very good and is in very good conditions.


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Now this bike is being offered from a seller in Italy, and they may not feel comfortable giving a description of a bike in a language that may not be their first language. But then it is a Bimoto frame rapped around a Kawasaki Z1 motor. Kawasaki was beaten to the punch by Honda and the CB750, but they went back to the drawing board, upped the anti by 1 cylinder and 150cc. 82bhp and a top speed of 130mph insured that the Z1 would not get pushed to the side by the first on the scene CB750.

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Wrapping up the Z1 is a frame by this small company name Bimota. First coming to the scene in the early 1970’s, the founders believed that the great engines that were being developed by major manufactures were being let down by their frame departments. So these three guys, BIanchi, MOrri, TAmburini, designed frames for Suzuki, Honda and Kawasaki. Later Ducati and Yamahas were added.

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If you are in search of a Japanese powerhouse of an engine, wrapped up in an Italian frame, and having to be shipped from Italy, this 1973 Kawasaki Z1 Bitmota is for you. You do not need a lot of words to sway your desire, just a few more pictures. BB

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1980 Bimota SB-3 for Sale

1980 Bimota SB3 L Front

Well here’s a bit of a rare thing.  This 1980 Bimota SB-3 was considered a pretty seriously rare piece of kit in its day, and is even more so now.  And when I say “kit”, I mean that exactly: Bimota shipped the bikes sans powertrain, and the buyer had to supply a donor bike for the engine and some other assorted bits.  Powered by Suzuki’s powerful GS1000 motor and transmission, the SB-3 combined reliable Japanese four-cylinder power with sophisticated frame and suspension geometry, then cloaked it futuristic, aerodynamic bodywork.  Take a look at that one-piece tank cover and tail section!

1980 Bimota SB3 L Rear

Most of the eBay listing is just specs for the bike: 1980 Bimota SB-3 for Sale

Bimota SB3 1980 Bimota SB-3 #118 of 402 built. Very rare Bimota in perfect condition. Please see photos for vehicle condition. The odometer is shown in kilometers = 2503 miles. This bike is ex-Hodgson and is now in my Bimota collection.

If you’re not familiar with them, except as makers of angular, forkless, Ducati-powered exotica, the name Bimota was derived from the three founders; Valerio BIanchi, Giuseppe MOrri, and Massimo TAmburini.  Bimota was originally established in 1966, but not as a motorcycle manufacturer: they specialized in heating and air-conditioning systems.

In the 70’s and 80’s, many of the major manufacturers were still figuring out frame and suspension technology and, while their machines often had powerful, reliable engines, their handling was sometimes lacking.  This allowed small, boutique companies to step in and provide frame and bodywork kits to fit existing powertrains.

Bimota first wrapped its innovative, stiff frames and swoopy, aerodynamic bodywork around the Honda-powered HB-1 in 1973 and the rest is history.

For your edification: the first letter in any Bimota’s name indicates the motor manufacturer, the second is for “Bimota”, and the number indicates how many bikes have powered by that manufacturer.  So a Bimota DB-5 would be the fifth Bimota with a Ducati motor.

1980 Bimota SB3 Dash

Bimota has been in-and-out of bankruptcy several times since its creation, but it currently offers a broad lineup of achingly beautiful machines.  Handling deficiencies in modern motorcycles can generally be handled by minor or significant suspension upgrades, so Bimota has focused instead on innovative design and exotic construction to sell bikes..

Just 402 of these were supposedly made, and they don’t come up for sale very often.  While contemporary reviewers criticized the suspension as being far too harsh for the street, a bike this valuable and rare is reasonably more of a museum piece than a rider.  But I’ll bet a set of updated forks and a new shock would make this into something that could compete with modern machinery at the track…


1980 Bimota SB3 R Front

1982 Bimota Laser TT KB2

For Sale: 1982 Bimota Laser TT KB2

From our friends over at Rare Sport Bikes For Sale comes this beautiful Bimota KB2. Created by stuffing a Kawasaki GPz550 engine and transmission into a hand-built trellis frame, the KB2 remains one of the most desireable of the early Bimotas.

If you want to see more details, there are lots of pictures and more info in THIS POST over at RSBFS.

Of course you could go straight to the horse’s mouth and . This one started from the basement at $.99, and very quickly rose to over $8,500. I would expect that figure to double again before this one is over. Be sure and check out the fun!


1984 Bimota SB4 for sale in Tempe Arizona

1984 Bimota SB4 located in Tempe, AZ for sale on ebay.

Our readers have been working over time sending in all sorts of interesting and unique bikes, and here’s another one of them – a :

This one is # 127, red / pearl white with a complete fairing.

A total of 272 SB4s were built – 166 SB4s with semifairings and 106 SB4/Ss with complete fairings.

Displayed in office last 10 years. Part of a private collection 15 years prior to that. Never raced or laid down. Early Bimota craftsmanship with perimeter chrome moly frame.

Paint has some small spots around the seat and fuel petcock where the pearl finish is inconsistent (see photos). Also, the front fender has a small crack in the paint (see photo).

Approximately 1800 miles – Runs great.

40 mm forks
DeCarbon rear shock
Bimota 16″ wheels with original Pirelli Phantom tires
V&H filters
New GSM Battery.

1984 Bimota SB4-S Details

1. Engine built at The Performance Works, Canoga Park, CA, 91304 by Harry Millet. Includes 1135cc Yoshimura pistons, welded crankshaft, Vance & Hines clutch basket, plates and springs, Yoshimura heavy duty timing chain, standard performance camshafts (Suzuki Katana), and polished covers.

2. Magnesium fork sliders resurfaced and painted to match chassis.

3. Brembo gold two-piston front brake calipers replaced with racing four-piston calipers.

4. All brake lines upgraded to braided stainless steel.

5. Factory oil cooler (optional) installed with braided stainless lines to Lockheart full flow oil filter cavity cover. Cooler fittings epoxyed. No leaks.

6. Suzuki Katana instrument cluster.

7. Tsubaki racing chain.

8. Original Pirelli Phantom tires.

9. Tool kit, tire patch kit, pump line and carrying pouch in tail section.

10. Optional steering dampener installed.

11. Miscellaneous: Vitalloni mirrors, bar-end dampeners with machined spacers, drilled and safety-wired disc carriers, safety-wired caliper mounting brackets, safety-wired drain plug, filler cap drilled, battery box insulated, tool compartment insulated, breather catch-can fabricated and attached to battery box, all steel bracket fabrication powder-coated, battery box/catch can powder-coated, rear brake master cylinder rebuilt.

While the bike is not 100% original, the mods have been thoughtfully done and shouldn’t affect the desirability of the bike – not to mention these after market parts are probably rarer than hens’ teeth these days! Also, the SB4 is one of the very last Massimo Tamburini designed Bimotas as well.  For more info on the SB4, click HERE.