Bimota DB3 Mantra

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Bimota DB 3 Mantra

The Mantra represents an attempt to up new areas for Bimota. as opposed to the niche of super sports The so called niche was that of the bike. The styling which was daring and uncompromising. as one would from this Rimini manufacturer. was the work of French Sacha Lakic. Mantra in Sanskrit tool of thought. its presentation everyone thought it was a project. given its futuristic

It came as a surprise when it was normally. The mantra was marketed in two the first in Cologne in 1994 and the in Milan in 1997. However change was only with cosmetic details such as headlight. handlebars and rear

All of which will fit onto bikes if required .

That was the reaction to the Bimota Mantra, one of the bikes ever made in which is quite an achievement. an engine lifted from mid 1990s 900SS model, Sacha Lakic’s weird and bodywork wrapped around it, the was an exercise in designer chic somehow never quite got off the Bit like a gold plated sandwich toaster really, idea, but difficult to market.

The thing was how good this pipe; walnut-dashed weird was to actually ride on the road. It braked and handled OK and weighed as as the average sporty 600. fun, but at an initial asking hovering around Ј13,000 in 1996, it was no surprise that struggled to sell many in the UK.

Bimota riders are used to heads, but nothing the Italian has previously produced matches the of the outrageously styled Mantra. a day on the roads around Bimota’s in Rimini, motorists stopped to pedestrians stood open-mouthed and one rider chased me through the town’s traffic for a closer And it’s not just its controversial that makes the Mantra

More importantly, this is the visible result of Bimota’s policy to broaden its range. super sports bikes continue to dominate, but Bimota aims to move into new of the market, to allow an increase in This year’s total is to reach a highest ever bikes, 300 of them Mantras, the planned limit of 1500 due to be next year.

Shaped by Sacha Lakic and powered the two-valves-per-cylinder V-twin motor Ducati’s 900SS and Monster, the is intended to be more at home in and on country roads than on a But with an oval-section alloy and a collection of classy cycle it has been created to maintain reputation for demon handling

There’s not much doubt Bimota’s first aim, to a futuristic roadster with a image and a strong identity, has achieved. The bike is unmistakable all the way its headlamp surround — by an old-style racing Ferrari’s — to its pair of low-level on either side. No bike as styled as the Mantra will be rider’s cup of vino rosso, and admit to doubts when it was last year.

But the Mantra grows on you — and the opinion of in Rimini was overwhelmingly positive.

The distinctive feel continues you’ve thrown a leg over a dual-seat, which is fairly at least for the rider. Up ahead, clocks are set into a fake surround with a neat cover. Mirrors are pear-shaped and apart enough to be useful possibly another first for Fuel is held low, in the bodywork area at each leaving room for a small compartment in the dummy tank.

trademark milled-from-solid aluminum top is in place, but the clip-on bars are four inches above it. combine with reasonably and low set footrests to give a roomy, bolt-upright riding position, your legs pushed out by the bodywork. When Ducati’s air-oil cooled Desmo engine fires-up, its familiar rustle blends with a quiet exhaust note those four mufflers a set-up designed more for than go.

The power plant is standard, producing a claimed of 86bhp at 7000rpm. Like the its closest rival, the … is well served by the V-twin’s modest top-end performance and reserves of midrange grunt. In the bike was a revelation after racy Bimota’s, with of the normal wrist-ache.

Steering was pretty limited, but the Mantra’s — just 381lb dry helped low-speed maneuvering. At pace the motor felt snatchy, making for erratic in heavy traffic. But it smoothed out 3000rpm, and midrange response was brilliant.

Cracking open the 38mm Mikunis sent the charging instantly forward, its wheel coming up easily in gear. On the open road the instant urge made for progress and effortless overtaking, need to cane it to the 9000rpm or make too much use of the six-speed Riding a Bimota gently has been so much fun. harder, the V-twin stayed smooth as it rumbled towards a top of about 125mph.

Neither the top-end delivery nor the position encouraged ton-plus although a detachable windscreen is as an optional extra. Unlike … bikes, the Mantra rock-solid at speed.

This is a after all, and that alloy frame looks rigid. But handling was less steering than previous bikes. Presumably that was as the Mantra is aimed at city and sports touring types who normally consider a Bimota. Not you’d suspect a thing a glance at the spec sheet.

24 degrees of rake, trail of 92mm and wheelbase of 1370mm, bike’s vital statistics are identical to those of the super-sports Adjusting the length of the Paioli shock, though, so those geometry figures are only can alter geometry.

The bike I was set up to turn fairly quickly and but required noticeably more than the ultra-flickable DB2.The shock sits diagonally on the of the bike and is worked directly by the alloy swing-arm. Front is similar to that used by Bimota models, with diameter Paioli forks sliders are machined from billet.

Both ends were sprung, at least by Bimota and superbly controlled, making the hill roads south of feel deceptively smooth. that, or they’d all been since my last visit. If the forks were slightly for aggressive riding, using up of their travel under braking. In the absence of spring adjusters (optional kits are for both preload and rebound winding on a little extra damping helped slightly

Mantra certainly stopped as as any race-replica, too, thanks to its weight plus a front combination of twin 320mm discs and four-pot Brembo backed up by a 230mm rear Its 17-inch wheels wore fat Macadam’s, which gripped although they’re not pure tires. Ground clearance was with just a corner of the touching down under provocation.

Despite its relaxed position and slightly slower there’s no doubt that the is a seriously quick machine if well set-up and ridden could keep up with sports bikes. It’s a Bimota, even if it doesn’t anything like any of the others. All of of course, is pretty much its creators intended.

Bimota DB 3 Mantra

The Mantra Bimota’s aim of broadening the marque’s providing great performance and in a stunning visual package some riders will others will hate and few ignore. Naturally it’s expensive, costing considerably than Ducati’s similarly M900 Monster. But for riders always appreciated Bimota’s to high performance and engineering and prefer a more rounded to the normal Rimini diet of sportsters, the Mantra could be the answer.

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Designed by Frenchman Sacha the Mantra was one of the most unusually motorcycles of the mid to late 90’s. a standard 904 cc M900 engine a special four-muffler exhaust the output was 85.7 bhp at 7000 Every other component was to the M900, and the Mantra was lighter and compact.

The trellis frame was of oval section tubes, a cantilever aluminium swing arm single Paioli rear absorber. This gave a of 1370 mm (53.9 inches). forks were 43 mm Paioli, providing rebound adjustments. The were black painted 17 Marchesini fitted with TX11 and 180/55ZR17 TX23

Though fully floating iron 320 mm Brembo front were featured on the publicity the front brakes were 320 mm stainless steel discs the usual Brembo P4 30/34 At the rear was a 230 mm disc with a 05 Gold series caliper.

It was yellow and black bodywork was the most controversial from the mudguard to the belly pan, part a new styling experiment. The black windscreen was designed to be removed and a small baggage at the rear of the fuel tank house a rainproof suit and The tank itself was a twin style to give optimum distribution. Most of the ancillary were also specifically and built for the Mantra.

This included the chrome later used by Moto white-faced instruments and CEV headlight.

In the Mantra front and rear were restyled, and the colours now a red and black option. Two kits available to bring earlier up to the 1997 specification. There also new handlebars, windshield, cowl, rear mudguard, Michelin TX15 7 TX25 and it was now fitted with Antera as standard.

As with the DB2 there was a range of options available for the some of the were, Bimota engine up rating kit and a front kit. More sophisticated action through this kit Titanium fork tubes, with pre load and compression adjustment. Production of the Mantra in September 1995, the total being 454 unit until

The final 50 were constructed in of that year. The basic frame and running gear was used for the DB4 of 1999.


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