Bimota BB1

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Bimota BB 1

Bimota BB1 vs Yamaha SZR 660

‘ your arse is on fire.’ We negotiating a roundabout when I smoke wafting from the of the Supermono. ‘Yeh, I know,’ he over the thudding engine. vibrations are killing me …. ‘No, I mean the tail is smouldering — look.’

We at the plastic melting onto the And so it began — ten miles Peterborough en route to Wigan’s race track, Three the Bimota tried to self-destruct and on trying for the next three To be fair, vibrations generated by cylinder bikes are difficult to so they all loosen mirrors, nuts off and blow headlight from time to time.

But I’d ridden singles nothing prepared me for the Supermono.

the starter button results in a burst of shuddering which stop until the engine 20 seconds later. The Bim is powered by the 650cc Rotax engine as Funduro but, where BMW decent vibration damping, have gone purely for This makes it thoroughly to ride.

With a 200 mile ahead there were smiles, brave faces and laughter from those not

Mark did the first stint on the and did most of the distance standing on the or trying to stop his knackers the buzzing tank. We swapped at the fuel-stop and, despite not any spuds, I discovered just how it is.

For a start, the mirrors don’t and that’s without the engine They’re designed to move the mountings like car mirrors, but so you need to wind your out to see anything in the right mirror and get a view of the gutter in the left. But purely for decoration when the starts up.

Hands, feet, and anything between your goes numb, your quiver like jellies in sockets, white lines and cars blur into and all you can hear is a cacophony of fasteners themselves and the chain slapping the arm. The seat feels sitting directly on the bodywork. sheer … for blokes and feels nice for girls you brake (which is not a good to get distracted. ).

But I wasn’t prepared to the BB1 off on its motorway performance because is the last thing it’s for.

At Three Sisters, snatched the keys and headed for the with intention of hassling geezar on a CBR600.The BB1 sounded the as the thick, mournful drone of the rolled between the slag According to Bimota’s glossy this is the bike’s natural — exhausts tucked the seat and stratosphericly high for maximum ground clearance, Italian suspension and plenty of low torque for quick cornering.

But on the track we realised not so much was wrong, as nothing was right.

were ok but every corner was a I’m used to Brembo on my Aprilia RS250 but the Bimota’s stopper was stiff and under-powered. ready to peel in, the whole wobbled and weaved, and the deep fins on the footrests flopped making my foot slip. As I the bike in, it sat up again, so I fought it harder.

This continued round each curve, in some extremely pissed-up Bastard. After ten laps I was in pain because my forearms so pumped-up.

It was miserable — the of my body tensed and Three became a nightmare.

Mark record holder round the wasn’t impressed:

‘I the Bimota to be hot …, but it’s out to be more of a luke-warm, fudgey It’s nervous, skittish and like the chain is about to off the sprockets’


Kenny P, tyre-kicker and expert to the stars, attacked the forks with a spanner to spring stiffness but discovered the were jammed on maximum It was at this point arguments who was riding the Bimota to the Lake broke out and we ended up tossing a — I won. Mark sulked.

But come on — how could Bimota innovative ingredients like an section alloy frame, tank in the belly pan for low c of g, 46bhp at the wheel, and so effectively turn into a recipe for disaster? The of the bike feels so awkward. As pointed-out, it’s no better a bad reader’s special — a be-nice-when-it’s-finished of bike.

Bruntingthorpe’s 2-mile bore further testimony to the being less than developed. There was no point in down for speed testing fuel supply couldn’t up with demand at high and the motor kept cutting-out. say they’ve maximised the air flowing the engine by using two carbs and two but without enough petrol the top speed run was an embarrassment of hesitant punctuated by backfiring farts.

On it should’ve blown the SZR into the

What a waste. The BB1 stopped in their tracks and always had a crowd of admirers touching the welding and praising the smooth, styling. It looks the gears and the way we could convince bikers at Bridge otherwise was to start it up and them rest a hand on the

Looks of awe turned to … as considered the genital mutilation when riding the BB1.

reckon people buy their for the prestige of owning a Bimota. luck to them But unless planning to invest in the Supermono as of sculpture, I wouldn’t touch it yours

Bimota BB 1

The idea of riding the filled me with dread and written it off before it even I was convinced the Yam would be slow, and a bit pointless. But I’m pleased to I got it wrong. The BB1 was a scrapie-infested sheep in clothing and the Yamaha was a gas. nitrous oxide because it you giggle.

It waited quietly in the while everyone admired the and when its moment finally bowled us over by being Well, as excellent as singles

While MF was tying himself in trying to shield himself the Bimota’s tank, I was wondering the agg was about. The red seat on the SZR is a hideous but not a …-sore. The motor seems harsh all round and, you still feel like the Brek kid after 120 motorway-miles, I to ride it back from (the Supermono came in a van).

Unlike its expensive the SZR doesn’t stall at lights, with the throttle hard the stop without cutting-out and the work well enough to you from plod.

For something with so much torque, it’s very on the roads with none of the lurching transmission problems. The braking sets the bike up for and as you power on, the engine sounds a fighter plane accelerating the ground in a terminal nose-dive.

But it have a couple of irritating Dipped beam is so magnified by the lens it pisses car drivers full beam is so dim you can’t see and the indicator flasher-unit gives up at and sends Morse-code messages. And particular bike’s tendency to out of top gear is annoying.

But I’d much worse than and the bike’s performance at the track up for everything. A lap on the frumpy SZR was over two quicker than the ‘race-rep’ The exhaust went down all the place — in total to the Bimota, ground clearance is but the suspension is excellent.

Such when the bike is banked over makes fast a doddle.

Unfortunately, while I to rest my right hand the SZR throttle springs are so stiff, took the Yam out for a ‘couple of laps’ and I got with the Bimota for the rest of the session.

‘ The Yamaha feels so he said (when we finally him in). ‘The only the Bimota is likely to feel is in the tyre wall. And in spite of less power, it’s got more mid-range’

You know enjoying a bike when you planning what you’d do if you one. It would make an Sunday bike on country Second hand prices are low the SZR hasn’t sold too well — because nobody really what to use it for. The standard chassis is very good, but huge and hideous zorst to go.

Racing singles can make so it wouldn’t be too difficult to squeeze more rort out of the SZR. the package off by getting a black cover and hang round on waiting to pick fights FireBlades who drift into patch.

Source Performance 1996

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