Faster and Faster: Racy Reptile: Bimota YB6 Tuatara

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Racy Reptile: Bimota YB6

282km/h on a production bike, in On a Bimota Tuatara, yes.

to Wikipedia, ‘the tuatara is a of the family Sphenodontidae, endemic to New The tuataras resemble lizards, but are related to lizards and snakes, are their closest living The tuatara has been classified as an species since 1895.’ The is also one of the slowest moving on Earth…

So what could Bimota been thinking of, when decided to call one of their bikes, Tuatara? Unlike the the bike was neither ugly nor Unveiled at the Milan motorcycle in 1989, the Tuatara was a special of the Bimota YB6 – the main difference that the Tuatara had Weber-Marelli fuel-injection, while the YB6 had to make do carburetors.

Only 56 of these Tuataras were ever and that was 17 years ago, so you wouldn’t find one parked in neighbour’s driveway.

The Bimota Tuatara was indeed avant-garde for its time. With 152 from its liquid-cooled, 989cc, 20-valve inline-four (sourced the pre-EXUP Yamaha FZR1000), the Tuatara could do the quarter (400m) in 10.4 seconds, and was of hitting a top speed of 282km/h! In days, only the mighty ZZR1100 could keep up the Tuatara, and both were as the fastest production motorcycles of time by their respective

Given Bimota’s expertise in the department, the Tuatara was fitted top-spec components and once set up handled very well. The had adjustable 42mm Marzocchi USD (with the then fashionable plumbing) at the front, the steering was adjustable, and the rear shock was for preload and compression damping. 320mm Brembo brake handled stopping duties at the while there was a single disc at the back.

The Tuatara came with alloy wheels made by and the instrument panel was all digital.

Bimota built 546 units of the YB6 and 114 of the YB6 EXUP, the Rimini-based company built 56 units of the Tuatara, it one of the most exclusive Bimotas produced. The Tuatara cost US$15,000 back in 1990, also makes it one of the most bikes ever. But what a

In fact, the Tuatara is one of those bikes from the 1990s can even hope to keep up current-day litre-class superbikes in the stakes. A true classic.

today, the YB6 / Tuatara looks so cool.

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