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Bimota Bellaria 600
Bimota Bellaria 600

YB9 Bellaria — Bearing a resemblance to the VFR750 Honda of the 1980s, the Bellaria wasn’t the stunner that many In addition, it’s Yamaha powered chassis wasn’t in dimension compared to its rival Japan.The FZR600 was one of the sweetest — and fastest — mid bikes of the Eighties in fact.One of off days? Read the feature and out.

Bimota’s first built for two is intended to be a sports-tourer A machine for blasting across Alpine passes and for carving for wide spaces and the land of where the wonderful emotions of a are intensified. (Quoting from brochures is clichd but sorry, I can’t help it. )Some

Mid-February in England meant on the horizon, gusts of icy wind rubbish into the air, numb inside thin watery sun showing very bursts of interest, policemen more keen to intervene. It a lot for the Bellaria that the cops just fascinated and that the had me enthralled despite the weather though its sheer class hit me only after I’d got time short and rain we’d picked a particularly roundabout to take photographs.

on traffic but uncomfortably small, its of only 20-odd seconds you can bash off a roll of film in rather than hours if the rider can stand the strain of concentration as he picks his way round the patches, tarmac seams and leaves while dragging in suitably dramatic style.On bikes its a real effort to going, your once-smooth becoming increasingly ragged due to legs, jarred wrists and the either to heave around unwieldy brute or to point a front-end in the right direction. The was no handful.

Beautifully poised, supremely it virtually plotted its own rapid but course, the odd hollow brush of scraper on tarmac cutting in a sound like that of in crisp snow above the whine of the engine.Such good had been expected. Much predictable was the fact that finishing 100-plus laps barely a break, my legs and weren’t aching and I could have carried on for more.

The comfort and Bimota have in the been almost a contradiction in The Bellaria, the company’s first two-seater and the first machine designer Pierluigi Marconi can call his own, changes Not only does the Beautiful Air a reasonably plush dual complete with grab and not a tailpiece or piece of glued-on in sight, but other ergonomics been subtly modified

Bars are still clip-ons, of but they sit a few inches higher the steering head. And the rider’s are set a little lower than on Bim’s, for a considerably more riding position. If the Bellaria’s colouring suggests a softer after years of harder and greens, then that is what Marconi intended.It’s that the machine around engine all this is based,

FZR600, is by far the most single-minded and of the Japanese bunch. With its like twin- headlamp …-in-the-air riding position, pillion seat and a motor suited to frantic cog-swapping, the FZR is indeed a motorcycle that make two-up touring an experience.

But Signor Marconi a challenge, as he has shown in his enthusiasm for the Bellaria uses the standard 16-valve FZR motor, adding a few — from a claimed to about 95 — by tweaking the on either side of it. The Yam’s downdraught Mikunis breathe a big airbox that is fed via scoops in the of the all-enveloping bodywork, and the stock 4-1 is replaced by a 4-2-1 of Bimota’s own Absence of fuel injection and leave plenty of potential for gains in the future; at the moment the power starts arriving at motor hangs from a Bimota twin-spar chassis at the 45-degree angle it takes up in the

The chassis similarities end right The Bellaria’s frame is made real alloy, unlike the painted steel, and its wheelbase is a 1375mm against the Yam’s When you consider that Bimota’s own 750-powered YB4 has a wheelbase of and that Yamaha’s tiny is listed at 1407mm, you start to just how miniscule the Bellaria figures too suggest an ease of that becomes apparent on the

Rake and trail are 22.5 and 92mm respectively, the latter 2mm than the cutthroat stock FZR Dry weight, at 359lb, undercuts the by 35lb despite the Bimota of a hefty alloy rear sub carrying a pair of high-level pegs. (Potential passengers be warned that this is no Wing: short legs, arms and stronger resolve are forks may be a high-tech selling for the likes of Suzuki, and even in some markets this but by Bimota standards the high of 1990 already seems old hat.

Marconi has gone on to say that this will be the Bim he’ll design with frame and conventional front let’s hope the Tesi out and he’s right.In the meantime, the wears a set of inverted teles the house of Marzocchi. The GP men have using upside-downers for some now with great success and the of having the thicker part of the leg at the top to most strain, and the thinner bit below as unsprung weight, is to make you wonder why forks not designed this way in the first

The Marzocchi’s’ only adjustment is a compression damping knob at the top of leg. But this pre-production needed some slightly drastic action because its was too soft even on the highest diving too much under and even bottoming out every so apparently due to the correct fork-oil figure having been in the translation from the Italian.A more would doubtless helped, and at least the Marzocchi’s none of the soft-forked standard misbehaviour under hard but more compression damping and even a stiffer spring be needed for heavyweight hooliganism especially with a pillion on

As it was, though, the Bellaria was one-up even over and quite bumpy roads, or twice flapping its front for an over 100mph-ish ripples settling. In slower bends the was even more impressive, absorbing minor road yet still giving plenty of through the 17-inch front

As a bonus, the soft front end and high-barred riding position relative with Bimota) give wrists an easy It’s to be hoped that characteristics can be retained when the are tuned to become progressively firmer.Front brakes are predictably 300mm discs gripped by Brembo calipers, backed up by a disc at the rear.

The handlebar lever needed more pressure than expected but there was plenty of and a firm pull unleashed a-plenty. Not that the chunky Michelin Hi-Sport radial was troubled. The stock FZR’s are harsh, and the rear lets go a early under combat

But even when assisted by a of horses and well cranked I couldn’t catch out the much compliant radials for grip.Some of the for that goes to the rear which with standard settings gave a mix of comfort and that was just about for my 14 stone. Adding a passenger is to wreck the feel of any bike, but the at least has a remote compression adjuster with which the that the Marzocchi is compressed bumps can be varied through 30 positions.The dial is tucked up on the sub frame, opposite a similar for nine-way rebound damping and reach if you don’t mind a few of chain-lube up your arm from around inside the bodywork.

accessibility would be nice and a remote preload adjuster, of the normal collar, would be useful still for two-up There again, perhaps as well not to give pillions too encouragement to upset the ride. One that would definitely be when heavily loaded is a bit midrange pull from the four-pot motor, which cleanly from down low but really start putting power until seven

The Yamaha mill makes max at 10,500rpm, redlines 2000rpm and is happiest when being on the boil with plenty of wrist and much stirring of the six-speed gearbox.Not ideal for a sports-tourer, but then the Bellaria is anything of the sort when to its more selfish single-seat An FZR1000-powered Bellaria would be but at heart this bike is a small- bore scratcher.

By Bimota standards it is a delight town — slim, and with surprisingly good lock. On the open road it has to up with lightness, buzziness and steering what it loses to bikes in out- and-out top-end it will be good for not far of 150mph, though the last few necessitate getting well behind the surprisingly protective Over-policed freeways are by no means the place for speed-testing but I saw well 200 flick up on the digital Speedo; who attempt a similar figure on mph-calibrated units will be rewarded with either a pull or a rod through the crankcases.

The instrument console is a brave but looks a bit like the sort of electronics whiz kids to wire up to their Z1000 Even bystanders who were by the Bellaria’s sleek lavender-blue didn’t like it, and to make worse the unit (admittedly production) showed flashes of Italian temperament more to that country’s soccer first misbehaving and then … altogether.Worst of all, the Speedo proved harder to at a glance than a simple even when it was working

And though water temp, and fuel level are all displayed there is no room for even the basic digital clock.At the tacho, a flickering black bar the top, is more readable, and details are to Bimota’s impeccable Mirrors are wide and clear, are Yamaha and excellent, sculpting of parts such as the headstock is superb.

Paint and fibreglass finish is as as ever, too, though ham attempts at fairing replacement had put cracks around a couple of owner would commit a crime, of course, simply people in a position to lay out around over ten grand on a 600cc are not the sort to waste time — or even polishing it themselves. Bimota customers always been a breed people who want the best and can pay for it, and a fair guess that few who the 600 will do so to reduce their premiums.In a way it is almost bound to be a this Bimota: all that for a mere middleweight; all that chassis potential, capable of half as much horsepower But for those who want a small a two-seat Bimota or who simply mind lashing out three the cost of an FZR600 for a taste of motorcycling perfection, the Bellaria is very special.

Bimota Bellaria 600
Bimota Bellaria 600
Bimota Bellaria 600
Bimota Bellaria 600


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