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Sergio Robbiano And Bimotas DB5

Robbiano poses with the MDA Award and the Bimota DB5 at Intermot

Bimota. There’s a one-word that implies many Or maybe a better sentence be: Bimota? There’s a lot in that What’s it mean?

Why has it been from its controversial …? what is the character of this moniker?

More than any brand of motorcycle manufacturer, big or alive or forgotten, the Italian, company is all about ultimate evenly blended with beauty. Every Bimota has been a work of art for performance’s with performance for art’s To take a twist of yet another platitude, a Bimota embodies following function and function form.

Bimotas are beautiful of how well they perform, many of its components are also plain stinkin’ beautiful well, because they look damn right. So the Bimota has stock. Although a tainted at the turn of the century, but it holds stock.

In 2004, the name was reborn by new owners of the assets whose first of business was to hire a designer of skills who could help the manufacturer back to its original of offering limited edition, art and high performance motorcycles. The man to fill those big shoes is Robbiano. Who is this guy and is he up to the task?

Robbiano didn’t waste a proving he’s up to the task. a small team of builders and Robbiano put on those big shoes and his way from a blank sheet of to a finished rolling, rideable in 11 months, showing off the new Bimota DB5 at the Intermot show in Munich, the Motorcycle Design Award in the Supersport category.

And, if not enough, the DB5 also won the popular fan a month later at the Milan for the most beautiful new motorcycle. Robbiano’s got big feet and those fit just fine.

Fittingly, found his way to Bimota’s door by way of with Massimo Tamburini, the founding designer and whose name put the ta in Bimota, the Bi and mo likewise from the first two letters of the of the other two original owners: Bianchi and Morri. Tamburini every Bimota from the inception in 1975, up through the

Throughout Tamburini’s term, was the world leader in cutting chassis design, using and various Japanese engines to its hand-built perimeter-framed bikes a period when most had simple, single, steel-backbone It all started with the Honda HB1. Although Tamburini invent the perimeter frame the concept was used by Zundap and close to the beginning of the last — he was the first to give it its application that was soon by the larger manufacturers and now used on sportbike built by every today.

Here is a look at Robbiano’s final design for the Bimota DB5 before the design began developing the prototype.

As a note, the model designations for motorcycles use the first letter of brand engine the model followed by a B for Bimota and the consecutive of how many Bimota models now used that brand For example, the YB9 is the ninth Bimota to use a engine. The SB6 and SB7 are the sixth and seventh having Suzuki engines.

of the custom of most motorcycle’s numerical designations that a bike’s displacement, some get by Bimota’s system and don’t the SB6 uses a GSX-R1100 engine the SB7 is powered by a GSX-R750 unit, and the YB9 an FZR600 engine. And so the all-new DB5 is the Ducati-engined Bimota. Every now and the company gets fancy, as with the Deci, which is for 10, the bike actually being the

And by the way, Dieci is pronounced Which reminds me, Bimota is Bee-mo-ta. Those Etalians ever, ever use our hard I.

Bimota, Tamburini handed the studio over to a kid named who was there nearly to the end of the company’s briefly being replaced by a whose products never it to the marketplace. A couple years ago closed it doors despite the prideful win that same in World Superbike with Gobert piloting an SB8.

But any about Bimota’s excellence and designs needs to follow trail more than When Tamburini left the its products never matched the genius and honesty of detail his bikes had. And following proves he was Bimota’s heart that genius of creativity defined Bimota went out the with him and continues pouring out of his design.

After Tamburini left he went to work at the Cagiva Center (CRC) located in the of San Marino, which is a tiny state just inside the coast of Italy. It’s of what Monaco is to France. tenure started during the period of that company’s of Ducati, and so while there designed the Mito and 916. that’d be THE 916.

The bike defined sportbikes for over a and which was so well conceived it it a dozen years for it to age 12 months. And now that bike is still …. Not a bad item to have on any Ducati was eventually sold off to group but the design studio under ownership of Cagiva who had acquired the rights to the MV Agusta And yup, Tamburini is who designed the MV F4.

So no contest, Tamburini is the man.

a look at the November 2003 drawings of the Bimota DB5 before and his team began the task of a bike from nothing.

Robbiano, a native of Genova, dreamed since his early of designing motorcycles. Like any biker, Robbiano would sketches of his visions in his notebook in Jr. He went on to earn a Masters in Industrial Design at the Politecnico di di Milano and then set up his own graphic firm, but his childhood dream tugged at him.

So he called at CRC and two months later he found working alongside the master the evolution of the 916 and into the design of the MV

After working with for 15 years, and loving every of it, the opportunity finally opened for to ply his finely honed skills Tamburini had established himself, at Bimota. Robbiano told us, of all I must say thanks again to Mr. He taught me many secrets frames, suspension, and mechanical of a motorcycle. From the beginning I that was only way to design bikes.

There are a thousand measurements work together and a designer find the correct balance.

The new headquarters is located at the original address in Rimini, Italy, a town on the country’s northeast Rimini is best known as the home of film director Fellini, for whom there is a new museum that opened in Rimini is also just a few northeast of CRC.

In other Robbiano can still do lunch Tamburini. Or, the two of them can test together at the nearby Santa road course, formally as di Misano Adriatico Circuit.

But task of building a performance at a small company is much difficult than when first started. All of the Japanese have pushed performance to an level and their chassis are now properly in pace with powerplants. Bikes like the new or YZF-R1 incorporate the latest for design and manufacturing using welding systems and forging that didn’t exist a few years ago.

Aluminum chassis design from has undergone a 20-year refinement to lighter, stronger, and tougher. So a kid from Genova gunna do?

if you can’t win by someone else’s make up your own. Do it

So, the Ducati 1000cc air-cooled DB5’s frame is a combination of chrome-moly trellis and machined-billet plates, mated to a … that uniquely continues the theme by using welded tubes attached to machined-billet plates. Robbiano refers to of those chassis components as It gives the bike sort of the of a papa frame closely by a baby frame.

And it works, technically and esthetically. And the DB5’s is the component Robbiano is most of. It’s absolutely a new concept but harmonized with the classic of the bike.

The DB5 is a future bike with classic old Bimotas.

The DB5 rolling chassis looked and was ready to be wrapped in the sharp by June ’04.

Alberto was the lead engineer working Robbiano on the DB5 project. It was Strada’s to specify the bike’s geometry and location, defining the parameters for Robbiano’s design. The best way to the difference between an engineer and a is, the first of those two makes work while the second it work for a human.

For instance, an engineer specified how heat elements are in your and how hot they need to get and what needs to be on the release coil. A clothed those mechanisms in and black plastic, or whatever might dictate, and made a knob that’s comfortable to and easy to access. And an engineer what’s inside your phone while a designer what you hold in your

That all said, there is no line drawn between the two and times they reach into each other’s

Anyway, in the unique design of the DB5 the heavier portion of it that’s from steel is closest to the point so its contribution to unsprung is minimal, while the lighter plates at the end of the arms are ridged yet In essence, Robbiano’s team a cantilevered arm that changes to specifically address the differing at its two ends. It’s smart, efficient, and a damn nice component.

It’s what design is all about.

With the DB5 I had great opportunity; I could from a white paper and I design frame and rear arm like I wanted, says I discussed with Alberto the we wanted on the bike and about the components and their position. was enthusiastic about the new swingarm and started mechanical test to confirm our idea.

Bimota DB 5 R
Bimota DB 5 R

The results excellent and better than the DB4 swingarm.

Robbiano refers to the swingarm as having the Colombo It’s an Italian saying for that in hindsight was easy and yet had never been done American designers have a saying, which is KISS, Keep it Simple, Stupid.

The DB5 goals were to make it a sportbike with retro To that end the bike has a nearly fairing with sharp similar to a modern Moto GP yet the fairing ends quickly to the allowing the engine to be viewed. sort of a dressed …

And all of the DB5’s components are of the latest such as the radial-mount Brembo upside down Ohlins dual rotors, OZ rims, and an seat exhaust, which new to many production bikes back to the Bimota SB6 of the mid-1990s.

One of favorite components on the DB5 is the trellis-CNC hybrid swingarm.

As with any designer, even though the DB5 was with rave reviews, though it has already won awards, is dissatisfied and has new ideas he’d to use on his next bike. But great is never finished and can always be That’s the good thing having a due date for completion; it a guy to let go.

I had two important goals (going the design phase of the DB5): the new on the swingarm and a ‘MotoGP look’ would leave the engine in the like a … bike.

And why Robbiano wasn’t just to win the MDA, I was shocked. The MDA award is the top for a motorcycle designer; your is voted as the most important of the world and I was very honored to Bimota back among the big And of the Milan show Robbiano In one way, the public vote in was more surprising.

Italians love Japanese bikes and the Italian market has not been so for Bimota in the last years. this thing is going to

Looking to the future Robbiano the depth of the tasks before The four Japanese companies are better and better making it a for others. We have to do something new and different and at the same time

The other bikes in Bimota’s stable are a revamped SB8K comes in either the Santa version (named after the test track mentioned and the Gobert version. That version clearly shows a Italian type of loyalty; matters, even in business. And in the plans is a Tesi 2D, with steering.

Hopefully the front end has been a bit.

Under its previous Bimotas were priced in the low range, and had a difficult time a market for their products, in the States. The new DB5 is priced at about more, coming in somewhere in the range. What this in the marketplace is difficult to tell. The prediction would be abject and failure.

Know anyone for a gifted designer?

Sergio For Bimota the priority was to make a Bimota after many About designing the shape, we a very light, sporty and bike; it is something very to say but very difficult to do.

But we’re not enough to prognosticate on market It could be that a more Bimota at a higher price tag appeal to a market correctly to make the company successful. In the ten years the bike market has through many changes reflected through my television on a daily basis. Paul Sr. Jr.

and Jesse James are household bikers are now respectable citizens, Jordan owns a roadracing and the Robb Report has a bike what happened? Maybe just needed to wait for to catch up to the program and now the timing is The only thing for sure is, no one

So we’ll keep you posted.

But no what happens, a hearty to Robbiano for living a kid’s to the max.

For more information Robbiano and Bimota, he invites to visit his website: .

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