Bimota’s eagerly anticipated KB4 has been caught on camera while out testing – and we’ve got our hands on the shots thanks to our friends at Young Machine Japan.

GOTCHA! Spy shots of Bimota’s KB4 testing on the road

We’ve been talking about Bimota’s KB4 for months – and after the factory released a blurry teaser photo of the bike a couple of weeks ago, it’s now been caught on camera in nearly finished form while refuelling.

The spy shots offer a decent look of the bike, and confirm that the compact KB4 will combine a hybrid aluminium and steel frame with upside-down forks, a single rear shock and a double-arched aluminium swingarm. It’ll also get a Monobloc-type front brake, a reasonably chunky fuel tank and a single headlight wrapped in a retro sportbike-style front fairing. It’s good to see that the KB4’s styling’s not unlike the prototype image that’s been floating around the web for a few months. Let’s hope the paint scheme matches up too.  

Bimota KB4 concept

At this stage, there’s still a lot we don’t know the bike. The vast majority of the technical specification remains under wraps – although we do know it’ll be powered by the four-cylinder Kawasaki motor that’s used in the Japanese factories Ninja 1000SX and Z1000. It’s a good engine, that’s capable of kicking out a maximum of 142hp and 111Nm of torque. Fingers crossed for those sort of numbers from Bimota.

Either way, it looks like we’re getting a lot closer to seeing the Bimota KB4 in the flesh – so we hopefully won’t have to wait too much longer to find out exactly what’s going on under the surface.

Ross Mowbray

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