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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

1986 Bimota DB1R for Sale

This is a seriously exotic piece of kit.  For those of you unfamiliar with Bimota: they’re a boutique manufacturer of very exotic motorcycles.  Founded in 1966 [to manufacture heating systems, not bikes], the name comes from the first couple letters of the founders’ names: Bianchi, Morri, Tamburini.  Yes, that Tamburini, of Ducati 916 and MV Agusta F4 fame.

And that Bianchi, if you’re into bicycles.

Bimota got their start making motorcycles in the 1970’s, taking the powerful and reliable engines from evil-handling, flexible Japanese bikes then stuffing them into light, rigid frames and wrapping them in wild, modern bodywork.  The DB1 was the first bike produced by Bimota to be powered by the V-Twin Ducati motor.  Ducati has rarely had a problem with handling, but the Bimota name made an already rare and exotic name even more so, and the partnership has been a success for the small firm, spawning “DB” bikes up through the DB8 and the Tesi series of hub-centered bikes.

There’s not much information in the ad, but I’d assume the seller expects you to know all about how rare and wonderful these are: 1986 Bimota DB1R for Sale

In 1986 Bimota sent (4) DB1R – Factory Race Bikes to the United States.

Davide Tardozzi, Malcolm Tunstall and Dale Quarterley each campaigned a DB1R (The 4th is known to have purchased by a privateer and destroyed by fire during an on-track accident).  This is Dale Quarterley’s bike and from the exterior can be noted by the custom Supertrapp exhaust made to lower the foot pegs for his 6′ – 4″ height.

Built and supported by Ferracci in Pennsylvania throughout the 1986 season, the motor was developed with many tricks including increased displacement and compression.  Delivered with Ducati’s 750cc Montjuich motor, already it was a hot and powerful motor.  This bike also has magnesium Bimota labeled mechanical clutch, valve covers, and Bimota stamped wheels. The bodywork is all fiberglass and the gas tank is in the removable upper body panel and of course never had ethanol within in it.

If you look, you can even see a little “Fast by Ferracci” badge on the close up of the engine by the cam belts.

A general guide to decoding the alpha-numeric Bimota naming system: the first letter indicates the engine manufacturer, the second is “B” for “Bimota”, and the number indicates how many bikes they’ve built using that manufacturer’s powerplant.

So a SB8 is the eighth Bimota to be powered by a Suzuki motor, and YB11 is the 11th Bimota to be powered by a Yamaha engine, and so on.

This bike has been up for sale recently, back in July.  It looks like it found no takers then, and at the current Buy It Now price, may not find any this time either.  Hopefully it will find a new home this time around.