2006 Bimota SB8K Santamonica — First Ride — Motorcyclist Magazine

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Bimota SB 6
Bimota SB 6

2006 Bimota SB8K

I never thought I’d get to my custom-painted Bimota helmet It was given to me by Shin Kondo of Corse Corporation when I his SB8R at Daytona in March and I wore it once more testing that bike’s the SB8K, in Italy that But the very next morning, practice started for that World Superbike round at the Bimota truck was nowhere to be

Drowning in debt from its Vdue two-… project, the had gone out of business.

So it came as the best possible when, six years later, I that not only was the Rimini-based making motorcycles again, but its would again be imported the U.S. To celebrate that Jean Marc Rousseau of the formed Bimota North (www.bimotausa.com) invited select to ride the 2006 models at Miller Motorsports Park Salt Lake City,

What I would have back in 2000, had there a point, was that the SB8K was the twin-cylinder sportbike I’d ridden; more than a for the reigning Ducati 996 and miles than the rotary-shocked Suzuki from which its engine was It retained the SB8R’s trick frame with twin spars and carbon-fiber swingarm but ditched the ’80s-era tanktop in favor of a proper ram-air

Bimota SB 6
Bimota SB 6

And the 2006 SB8K Santamonica, its Ohlins 43mm fork and mounted Brembo brakes, is better! With a claimed horsepower in a package purportedly optimistically) weighing 385 pounds it certainly gets out of its own way, compared to its Ducati 1000 stablemates, the DB5 and Tesi 2D. Alas, a nearly decade-old design, and dated compared to the Ducati 999 in the interim.

Worse, the SB8K for a staggering $45,900-some $15K than a top-shelf 999R and twice the price of a 2000 No wonder Bimota North set up shop in an old bank-so they keep the bikes in the vault. (No No matter how many trick and CNC-machined aluminum bits it that’s a lot of cash for a motorcycle truth be told, had its 15 minutes of when Anthony Gobert won the Superbike round at Phillip six years ago.

Money has never been of an obstacle to Bimota owners, and depending on the outcome of an ongoing the SB8K could prove to be even more in the future. The wants to stay true to its one-upping the Japanese, but the North importer would like to see 100 Italian products powered by V-twins. (An MV Agusta four was and duly dismissed out of respect for founder Massimo Tamburini.) means the SB8K could prized

by collectors as the last Bimota a Japanese engine.

Me? I’m just glad I make my helmet into a

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Bimota SB 6

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