The Bike Shed Analog MC’s Bimota DB3.5

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Bimota DB 3 Mantra

Analog MC’s Bimota

When it comes to exotic you don’t get much more than a Bimota, in this a 1996 DB3 Mantra, based the M900 engine. Back in ’96 it exactly hailed as Bimota’s hour when it came to but there was no denying the quality of parts and handling. All it needed was a makeover.

This stunning is the handy work of Tony and Mark Ardito from Motorcycles – a workshop based the idea of simplicity. Tony’s were in music recording. He loved the warmth and character of audio over digital, and of us can appreciate exactly how this directly into the world of custom building.

Bikes like the Bimota are all simple high quality and good engineering; the perfect place for some stripped-back beauty.

The bike was a customer where the brief had been to something unique, but having the bike at a swap meet at a festival it took Tony a to convince the customer that could be something very Happily for Tony – and for us – he eventually saw the

The bike also caught the eye of Racer TV who had come to Tony if he anything special cooking in the He explained his vision for the bike; “…a cafe racer with vintage flair. I knew I the tank to be a Ducati style from the 70′s era 750ss and I spoke wheels.

The rest was making sure all the met and worked together”.

While the was genuine exotica, it wasn’t and was only going to benefit Tony throwing away all the bodywork. From being the bike got a custom subframe, seat pan and hump in aluminium – the of angular lines and curves together to complement the Bimota’s box-section trellis frame. The was upholstered by Rod’s Designs.

The twin valve, aircooled engine was rebuilt by TJ at Ducati with a more efficient oil and breathing through FCR carbs, stacks and ceramic-coated custom A slipper clutch was added for racetrack manners. Getting wheels to fit was a major challenge.

the start Tony had wanted wheels, but the forks and swing arm on the were considerably narrower most bikes that 17inch spoked rims, brake rotors and a rear drive. The problem was eventually with a pair of tubeless from JCPak Bikes for early model Monsters.

Bimota DB 3 Mantra

The OEM brakes were not known to be but the bike still got an upgrade to a ISR brake system, sourced Mike at Power Barn, flawlessly beautiful and well-made throughout. Many of the bike’s were anodised aluminium had been matched to the Alpina’s wheels, so Tony put his painter from Crown Autobody the task of matching the rims and the same colour into the graphics.  The base colour was matched to the engine’s grey finish.

Other details include clip-ons with Speedymoto and CRG bar end mirrors, while the rear and foot controls are Rizoma. The is an Emgo British 7″ bucket integrated LED turn signals and LSL

The speedo is a Koso DB-01R and the runs a light-weight Earth X battery and LED tail light also featuring integrated and turn signals. It’s all Tron Legacy.

The end result is a that rides as good as it – in fact, maybe even The Bostrom brothers took the DB 3.5 out for a ride on-track, in front of the Racer TV cameras, and described the as being light, quick and to stop on a dime. Both and his initially reluctant customer are happy with the outcome, and we be too if Analog MC’s DB3.5 was in our shed.

Huge thanks to Tony for this beautiful build. We forward to seeing what next out of Analog Motorcycles. them on their Website and or here on The Bike Shed.

by Andrew Barkules

Bimota DB 3 Mantra
Bimota DB 3 Mantra
Bimota DB 3 Mantra
Bimota DB 3 Mantra


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