• Jan 21st 2010 at 6:59PM
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Bimota DB8 – Click above for high-res image gallery

Bimota – an exclusive Italian motorcycle manufacturer that got its name by cribbing two letters from each of its three founding father's last names, the legendary Bianchi, Morri and Tamburini – has made a name for itself by producing high-end chassis components and bodywork using tried-and-true powerplants from the world's finest two-wheeled firms. Now, with its latest bike, the DB8 Biposto (meaning it has two seats), the company edges a bit closer to the mainstream motorcycle market.

Where Bimota's pricier models, such as the drool-worthy DB7, use carbon fiber (bodywork and subframe) or titanium (exhaust system), the new DB8 makes use of simple plastic and chromoly steel. Somewhat lower-spec suspension pieces – though still certainly of high quality and fully adjustable – will be used front and rear to help keep the price out of the stratosphere. The powerplant will be Ducati's top-rung 1198 Testastretta Evoluzione engine, offering up 170 horsepower and 97 pound-feet of torque.

Pricing will reportedly come in at €23,000 (£20,300 or about $33,000 in U.S. currency at today's exchange rates), so this latest Bimota still won't come cheap – more like a wee bit cheaper. Check out the high-res image gallery below and click past the break to read the full list of specifications.

[Source: Asphalt & Rubber]

Source: Ducati 1198 Testastretta Evoluzione, 4V 90°Twin-Cylinder
Displacement: 1198.4 cc
Cooling System: Liquid Cooled
Compression Ratio: 12.7±0.5:1
Maximum Power: 170 HP @ 9750 rpm
Maximum Torque: 96.9lbs•ft @ 8000 rpm
Exhaust System: 2-1-1, stainless steel

Frame: Welded 39NiCrMo4 Tubing and Machined 6082 Aluminium Alloy Plates
Wheelbase: 1435 mm
Front Suspension: Marzocchi USD forks DLC fully adjustable
Rear Suspension: Extreme Tech Monoshock fully adjustable
Fuel Tank: 4.23 gallons (1.05 gallon reserve)
Total Weight: 178kg (392lbs)
Steering Angle: 25°
Seat Height: 800 mm
Overall Length: 2100 mm
Overall Width: 700 mm
Overall Height: 1115 mm
Ground clearance: 135 mm
Front Brake: Double 320mm Brembo floating disc, 4-pistons radial Brembo callipers, radial pumps
Rear brake: 220mm floating disc, 2-piston Brembo calliper
Front Tire: 120/70 ZR 17 Dunlop Sportmax GP Racer
Rear Tire: 190/55 ZR 17 Dunlop Sportmax GP Racer

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Gorgeous. I wish I had one in my garage right now. :D
      • 5 Years Ago
      Never liked the DB7, just not liking the angularity on this. It's as if Tamburini had too much grappa the night before he penned the basic design. Hard to justify, the 1198 set the bar pretty high and is cheaper to boot.

      The Tesi is still my favourite Bimota anyway just because it looks so different from every other bike out there.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm Italian (as well as Bimota) and I think this is a useless ugly bike.
      Can someone explain WHY do we need this kind of bikes if the roads are filled with radar speed contols?
      In Italy(probably the country where fast driving was a national sport,and I mean REALLY fast!)there is a strong contraction for fast bikes and cars,who needs them if you can't drive fast????
      It is ridicolous to buy a Ferrari if you can only drive no more than 130 km/h,it makes you look like an idiot.
        • 5 Years Ago
        . . . why are you on 'Autoblog' ?
      • 5 Years Ago
      its alright... Id rather have a Mv agusta f4 or Bmw s1000rr. Can not stand the sound of v twins.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Took a quit look at MV agusta US website...Said the F4 is sold out.

        Ehh, I think something around 30k for a bike that's sufficiently exclusive is somewhat palatable. However, I think I'd be fully content with just a Gixxer or CBR :P
      • 5 Years Ago
      The real question is why would anyone buy this over an RSV4 Factory?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Oh yes best comment so far.
        • 5 Years Ago
        it's pretty much the same question why someone would buy a mustang gt350/gt500 over a normal mustang.
      • 5 Years Ago

      The same could be said for buying Porsche, Ferrari, Lambo, or {insert expensive brand sports car here} products. There are cheaper, better performing alternatives but for some people that's not enough.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Nice bike, but what do you get that you wouldn't get from the donor Ducati? Buy the Aprila, a Duc or the BMW S1000RR and you'll have enough cash left over to keep you in track day tires for a couple of years.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You get what the target market for this bike wants-exclusivity. The buyer of this bike doesn't blink at the price tag.

        I'm happy we working class joes can get this level and better performance for more than half the cost.
      • 5 Years Ago

      Beautiful design and its latest bike, the company edges a bit closer to the mainstream motorcycle market.

        • 5 Years Ago
        yup, the rear suspension is pretty much art.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I have always enjoyed looking at Bimotas. I have never considered owning one even when I could afford it because I am not a masochist. No need to mention reliability and parts availability. And to the poster who said Bimota did not race, I recall a World Superbike entry some years ago with a Suzuki powered model (SB6).
      • 5 Years Ago
      Its alright.... still prefer a black mv agusta f4, or a BMW s1000rr over this. Can't stand the sounds of V twins.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'd rather have the tesi...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nice, but I rather have the Ducati 1198r.
        • 5 Years Ago
        this guys run in GP2 this year..
        • 5 Years Ago
        Why wrap that crap around a Ducati 1198 engine? Just get a Ducati 1198R for that price. These guys don't race or anything. Bimota... adding bling to a diamond. Not!

        • 5 Years Ago

        you talk crap!!!

        what are the race result of harley davidson in the 2009 motoGP?

        if you say this is a nothing but bling bike!
        than harley is 500% more bling than than this.

        if you drive a harley you need a butler, that follows you to pick up the things that fall off the bike and have the toolbox standby.

        yet a model like the old fatboy or heritage is expensive.
        harley davidson heritage softail files +/-28.000, a v-rod much more (and it hasn't shown any capabilities).

        Rolls Royce doesn't race either, atleast not that i'm aware off.

        besides a ducatti fan should know that a ducatti engine pull faster from corners, than a 4 cyl.

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