The true art of the motorcycle may never have been so elegantly expressed as it has been by Italy’s Bimota. The boutique manufacturer builds incredible chassis and equips them with high-performance engines from various manufacturers for a string of passion-inciting low-production hits. But Bimota blew it at least once. The Mantra, introduced in 1995, was [...]Read Full Post | Comments(8)
Photographer : Andrew Barkules
First move for the new Bimota is a striking one. Marco Chiancianesi and Daniele Longoni, the Swiss investors who acquired the prestigious motorcycle make last September, and Francis Batta, owner of Alstare Racing, have signed a five-year contract, creating a unique partnership between Bimota and the promotion and racing specialist. Alstare’s advanced technical facilities, located [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Forbidden Fruit: Five New Motorcycles You Can’t Buy In The U.S. Tempting bikes, for sure, but most are not for U.S. consumption.
Yamaha MT-07 Here’s another European-market unobtainable that needs to be sold in the US, perhaps marketed as the kid brother to the exciting new FZ-09 triple. It’s the Yamaha MT-07, which is powered by a 689cc parallel twin with a claimed 75 hp and 50 pound-feet of torque. This Yamaha looks like quite a machine, [...]Read Full Post | Comments(29)
Photographer : Jeff Allen
Newly reorganized Bimota S.A. is already showing great promise. While the press kit distributed at the EICMA show may have contained one too many overly strong statements, the buzz around the reborn make is indeed positive. Biggest news at the Bimota booth was the BB3, a from-scratch project that had been hanging around for a [...]Read Full Post | Comments(6)
“The dream was defined back in 1973, when Bimota officially started manufacturing its first production model, the HB1,” Daniele Longoni says, hinting at his plan for newly Swiss-registered Bimota S.A. “All we have to do is reinstate the real spirit of that dream.” Longoni, 45, is sitting in his office on the first floor of [...]Read Full Post | Comments(2)
After years of controversial product and marketing policies that almost dried out what was left of the image of Bimota, Roberto Comini has sold the Rimini-based motorcycle manufacturer to Swiss investors Daniele Longoni and Marco Chiacianesi. Longoni and Chiacianesi are new to the motorcycle industry, but the real-estate and construction entrepreneurs are real enthusiasts, which [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Photographer : Jeff Allen
Large press conferences from Honda and Ducati held right before EICMA 2012 may have stolen a bit of the thunder from Milan’s annual motorcycle show, but we still came away impressed with the variety of significant new bikes on display. Although finding the 10 motorcycles that we’d most like to ride in 2013 certainly qualifies [...]Read Full Post | Comments(13)
At EICMA 2011, Bimota unveiled an impressive lineup of new models, including a two-stroke motocross bike that looked totally out of place. When asked about excessive fragmentation of his model line, owner Roberto Comini—a chemical industry tycoon with major business in Cuba and other Central and South America countries—said that all models shared the most [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Days of Future Past Tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther…and then one fine morning we’ll wake up and say what did ever happen to that beautiful future, anyway?
Photographer : The Cycle World Archives
Call them what you will—show bikes, concept bikes, future bikes, whatever—they’ve been around for a long time. Sometimes they point the way to the future, most of the time they should wear a sign that says DEAD END. But the fun part is that nobody knows for sure at the time. The first memorable concept [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Two years ago, Bimota disappeared from EICMA. That was a bad sign for the small but highly respected Rimini-based chassis specialist. For lesser companies, even family events can rock the boat to the point of almost tipping it over. This was the case with owner Roberto Comini, whose wife died a couple years ago. He [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)