2008 Bimota DB7 1098 Review —

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Pick the from the best, machine it and it together by hand and, you have a Bimota. The DB7 oozes of from the design to the choice of the Ducati Testastretta 1098 We got the chance to ride Bimota’s superbike since the SB8R on

Misano is a beautiful place in the Located by the Italian Adriatic close to the towns of Riccione and surrounded by lush hills, a Mecca for motorcycling. Not a bad place to such a mouth-watering prospect as the DB7.

Bimota is the only in the world allowed to place gem of a 1099cc V-Twin engine in its own Just to give you an idea of how exclusive this motorcycle is, only plans to build 300 per year, which will be 50% of the planned overall production in

Ex-Ducati man Dan Van Epps preaches that each DB7 is built by by two Bimota technicians. Those two follows that very all the way to actually also building the crate! That’s just how and exotic the Bimota DB7 1098 is.

I fire her up in pit lane with anticipation. My expectations are high and I straight away that the clutch lever nor gear is set up for my chunky Alpinestars Supertech Rs. The is hard and as you’d expect on a like this.

The reach to the isn’t too extreme, but under no could you call the Bimota DB7 a motorcycle. Cornering, the change left to right or visa is made easy by the shape of the and grippy rear-sets.

Getting behind the windscreen on the straights is difficult. There’s not much to move my backside backwards and the of the 16-litre fuel tank lowering my upper body The profile of the fuel tank is not as as, let’s say, on a Yamaha R6.

The DB7 is no R6, though, and there’s abundance in and horsepower to punch a big hole in the air A major asset to the Bimota DB7 is its Ducati 1098 engine. have modified the big V-Twin a different and more efficient exhaust system and added a ECU.

This has resulted in a 30% boost in torque between rpm compared to the Ducati 1098. The torque in this area of the allows a fantastic corner with a wide-open throttle. The provided by the V-Twin pulses through the fully adjustable 2v4 shock out to the 190 Conti rear mid-corner is great. Upon the itself when the 160 horsepower nears the peak, a power could be slightly too easy.

I that’s an easy fix with a more grippy rear but enough about that.

It doesn’t take the Continental Attack tyres long to up. After a couple of laps I can the front brake more The Brembo monoblocks are very

Gradually I apply more and particularly after the start/finish down from 200+km/h to 100km/h. Before I had had any chance to adjustments to either suspension or I experienced a lot of movement under braking. At the same time I click down the 6-speed quick enough due to set-up

So I’ll skip straight to my second session when all miraculously had gone! Blake from Cycle World and I the same bike and we had complained the same things. It goes to what a precision tool the DB7 really is.

Pretty much can be adjusted to a rider’s preference on hand-crafted Italian piece of I reckon jewellery is the right here; just look at all the aluminium billet parts, lines and quality parts.

A few clicks more compression in the Marzocchi Corse RAC fork the front, as I’m probably around 65 heavier than the Italian rider. That fork is a adjustable USD 43mm with coating.

But, as with any the chassis really is the icing on the The hybrid trellis frame is hours of staring with Chro-moly oval tubes are to robust aluminium machined plates.

It’s the same for the swingarm that is attached to lightweight 10-spoke forged wheel.

Back out on the Misano again, and all this transforms an incredibly responsive motorcycle. with a steering damper the DB7 a slight headshake accelerating at throttle towards the 10.500-rpm (rev limiter at 11.000). On the straight I click up the gearbox using the clutch. The red gear-shift light is accurate and visible riding, so again it’s to be precise on the DB7 or to use over-rev.

I see 235 km/h on the digital speedometer Curvone that now is a right-hander you can put your knee down 200 km/h should you wish to. my right knee out into the did unsettle the DB7 a bit.

There’s any need for first gear on the as the massive midrange enables acceleration in a higher gear most other sportbikes. is the name of the game in technical that allows you to concentrate on the line rather than gear you should be in. I still the over-rev a few times followed by nicely controlled engine

What impresses me the most the Bimota DB7 is the fully adjustable of the whole package: from the height, suspension, levers Secondly it’s the sheer from the 1098 engine still delivers in a civilised The DB7 is deceptively fast and the acceleration is out of world from as low as 7.000

Just a slight off/on of shoots the front wheel sky in that super-controllable Twin Then look at all the details go into making the DB7. the fully adjustable brake and levers are machined aluminium Phew, if it hadn’t been for rubbish mirrors, I think I’d run and buy one away.

Oh, I haven’t got the £21.000 for one you say? Right, that’s the then.

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