We’ve been talking about Bimota’s KB4 for ages, but now it looks like the Italian factory is gearing up for its official release.

Following on from the reveal of the big and bad Tesi H2 at EICMA back in 2019, we’ve been hearing lots about the second model to come from the reenergised Bimota brand. At the end of 2019, the factory showed its new KB4 to the world and said it would ‘come soon’… but as yet, there’s been no sign of one in the flesh.

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That’s all about to change. The KB4 has been out for homologation tests at TÜV Süd, and there’s a few pictures to prove it. That’s about the surest possible sign that a production version of the bike isn’t far away at all. But what do we actually know about the bike?

Well, we’ve known for a while that the Bimota will be powered by the motor from Kawasaki’s Z1000SX (which means we can expect around 140bhp and 111 Nm of torque). But some official documents revealed even more information about the new, sporty machine from Italy. We now know it’ll weigh 194kg in total (with a full tank of fuel) – which is a whopping 41kg lighter than the Kawasaki. It’ll also measure 1390mm, which is 50mm shorter than the big Ninja from Japan.

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What else? There’s an Ohlins USD fork up front and an adjustable aluminum swing arm at the rear (which goes some way to explain the unconventional position of the Ohlins shock). There’s also an extensive electronics package, Brembo brakes, forged OZ wheels and a TFT dash. Looks-wise, from what we’ve seen so far, the KB4 will get a full fairing (in what looks like Carbon Fibre), a single seat (with a race hump) and a tubular frame.

Bimota previously suggested that production should start in March 2021, which means we’re likely to see some finished bikes rolling off the production line very soon.

Ross Mowbray

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