Fancy owning a piece of Italian motorcycling history? Well now you can. There’s a zero mile Bimota YB8 going under the hammer next month.
Founded in 1973 in Rimini, Italy by Valerio Bianchi, Giuseppe Morri, and Massimo Tamburini – Bimota made its name building motorcycles around the engines of other manufacturers. The early 90s Italian/Japanese sportbike is powered by a four-cylinder, 149bhp, 1002cc engine from the Yamaha FZR1000 EXUP.
It’s easy to work out what’s what with Bimota, thanks to its logical approaching to naming models. The first letter points towards the engine supplier, the B stands for Bimota and the number tells you how many models using a specific engine supplier they’ve created. And the Bimota YB8’s no different. We can easily tell it’s a Yamaha powered Bimota, and that it’s the 8th model using a Yamaha engine that they built. Simple.