Bimota: story of a Passion

Bimota il marchio storico

The origins of the myth

The origins of the name Bimota are now known, but but not everyone knows that the prestigious factory wasn't born as a factory of super sports bikes but as a company specializing in the installation of air conditioning and heating..

The great passion for motorcycles of Massimo Tamburini immediately fascinated Giuseppe Morri, however Valerio Bianchi in 1972 left the company.

Thus was born the "Bimota Mechanics" thanks to an inseparable combination of fervent passion and undoubted technical ability: Massimo Tamburini created a new concept of motorcycle that will amaze the whole world.

The frames of Tamburini, real sculptures of art with high engineering content, were soon requested by official teams participating in the world championship. So Bimota began its adventure by building frames exclusively for racing bikes which YB1, YB2, YB3, HDB1, HDB2 and SB1.

Bimota HDB1

Bimota SB1

Bimota YB1

Bimota YB3

For the road segment, the first model made (produced just ten units) was the HB1. Based on the Honda CB 750, Tamburini built around the futuristic engine Honda a tubular frame that has the double advantage of lowering the center of gravity of the bike and a considerable decrease in the total weight.

In 1977 Bimota decided to enter the top segment of the market, making road models exclusive and innovative, as the SB2 characterized by the  decomposable frame, and the legendary KB1 that represent for Bimota a great commercial success.

Bimota HB1

Bimota SB2

The ' boom ' commercial and sport

The 80's marked for Bimota a phase of particularly successful. The factory of Rimini won two world championships: the World Championship 350 with Jon Ekerold at end of 1980 and the World Championship TT F1 with Virginio Ferrari in 1987.

Jon Ekerold

Virginio Ferrari


Federico Martini

Bimota in the 80s made several models of street motorcycles destined to become a legend and they are still the dream of every rider. They are: HB2, HB3 - SB3, SB4, SB5 - YB4 EI, YB6, YB6 EXUP YB6 Tuatara - KB2, KB3 - DB1, DB1 e DB1  rs.

In 1983 the little motorcycle company faced a particularly difficult moment, due to the exit of Massimo Tamburini, who had led until then.

Fortunately the empty space left by Tamburini was filled bythe arrival of a young engineer: Federico Martini. He too a true motorcycle enthusiast and able to pick up with courage the great legacy and ensure the continued of success. Federico Martini is a historical figure of Bimota.

In the early '90s, Federico Martini left Bimota and was replaced by his close collaborator, Pierluigi Marconi.

Under his technique leadership, were built especially models with aluminium moulded-case (YB8, YB8 E, YB8 Furano, YB9 Bellaria, YB9 sr, YB9 sri YB10, YB10 biposto, YB11 –– SB6, SB6 R, SB7, SB8 R) and models with frame by ovals tubes (DB2, DB2 sr, DB2 EF, DB3 Mantra, Supermono, Supermono biposto – 500 Vdue).

Federico Martini created the DB1 and the innovative aluminum moulded-case, mounted until 2000 on various models. Also it must be recognized to him with Virginio Ferrari whom have led the newborn Bimota YB4 R to win the world championship F1 TT.

No doubt the model thatcharacterizes the genius of Pierluigi Marconi and the same Bimota is the innovative Tesi 1/D in the versions 1/D 1/ D SR, 1 / D ES, 1 / D EF.

Bimota Tesi 1D

Bimota Tesi 1D

Bimota a Misano

Autodromo di Misano

The production was intense, driven by the new management led by Walter Martini, replacing Giuseppe Morri, who was the last of the founders to leave the company in 1993.

In parallel to the consistent growth of the volumes of the motorcycles, in 1997 Bimota also celebrates its 25th anniversary by organizing a big event at Autodromo Santamonica in Misano, with the great participation of the bimotisti and enthusiasts worldwide.

Bimota 500 Vdue

In the late 90's as born also the first bike all Bimota frame and engine, crowning the internal development of the engine 500 Vdue injection.

The bike, absolutely powerful and innovative, obtained a commercial success beyond expectations. This success caused difficulties to the production capacity of the factory.

The consequences were the market launch of a product still immature in the development, which laid the foundations for a financial crisis for the company Bimota. 

Bimota SB8R

Telaio SB8 R

2000: success , crisis and rebirth

The new millennium began well for Bimota, it was going through a phase of intense and profitable activities. Its bikes was exhibited and appreciated in the most important world trade fair events.

he top model characterizing this period is the SB8 R, fiberglass and carbon versions.

Particularly innovative was the composite material of the frame on aluminum and carbon.

Bimota SB8R

Bimota SB8 K Gobert

The factory Rimini gave the maximum in the sports field, it returned to participate in the World Superbike championship with the SB8 K after eleven years of absence.

The team was professionally high profile with Virginio Ferrari team manager, Franco Farné technical director and as rider Anthony Gobert.

At the first race at Kyalami, South Africa, Anthony Gobert arrived 12th in Race 2 while already only two weeksafter the Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island he arrived 1st in race 1..

It will be the most beautiful Easter for all bimotisti in the world.

Bimota SB8R

Bimota DB5

Despite these impressive results, mainly caused by the problems derived from the development of the engine 500Vdue, Bimota entered a serious crisis, which led it to face many difficulties. So, the Bimota came to failure This closed, fortunately only temporarily, the first phase of its history of success.

After a number of twists alternating with bureaucratic delays, finally in 2003 a new property entered, with the intent to ensure the continuing success of Bimota.

In the historic headquarters of Rimini, which has kept intact the many technical treasures of the factory and where never off the spirit that fueled, so the activity returned feverish.

And the first tangible results, such as the achievement of "The 2004 Motorcycle Design Award" in the category Supersport issued by the Motorcycle Design Association to the new model DB5 at Intermot 2004. This witnessed the return of a great protagonist, accompanied in parallel by futuristic Tesi 2D./p>

In 2005 the Milan show was a showcase for the presentation of naked DB6 Delirio, it made on the basis of the DB5 and was work by Robbiano.

The following year the DB5 elevated the cubic volume of its engine to 1100 cc and it splits in versions S (two-seater) and R, the R version enhanced by the sporty characteristics. It was also presented the Tesi 3D, the third generation of the Tesi after the 2D come without much conviction in the moment of transition of the company.

In 2007 at the Milan Bimota DB7 presents, designed by Enrico Borghesan, motorcycle that has several technical innovations like the rear suspension system pivoted on the engine (solution used in MotoGP) and the rear frame entirely of carbon fiber self-supporting, as the front subframe

The frame has a mixed structure: trestle oval plates by aluminum billet.The DB7 has a chassis features first-rate, while transmission is performed by Ducati 1099 cm³ which equips the 1098.

DB7 in standard configuration raced the Mugello Desmo Challenge 2008 with Danilo Marrancone. It won an important result: victory at the debut.

Bimota Tesi 3D

Bimota Tesi 3D


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