Years before the first Ninjas and GSX-Rs appeared, there was Bimota. Located in Rimini, Italy, the specialty manufacturer knew how to build racing frames, and for a period the cocktail of a Bimota frame and a Japanese or Italian engine resulted in the finest sportbike performance available. A Yamaha-powered Bimota even won the 350cc GP world championship in 1980. Bimota changed hands once again in late 2013, and is now owned by Swiss investors. While Bimota motorcycles have used Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki and other powerplants, perhaps the best-known is the Ducati-powered “DB” series. And perhaps the most tantalizing is the Tesi 3D, characterized by a front swingarm with hub-center steering. Another shocker is the supercharged DB11 VLX model. Based on Ducati’s Testastretta 11 engine, it packs a claimed 188 hp into a 394-lb. package.