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The frame is Bi­mota’s very own; a very Ital­ian, steel trel­lis af­fair. The idea was to build a chas­sis that was more race fo­cused than any­thing else out there on the mar­ket. It’s got a spe­cial, su­per trick look­ing bil­let side plate hold­ing ev­ery­thing to­gether and af­ford­ing the BB3 World Su­per­bike lev­els of stiff­ness.


I’m not gonna lie, the mod­ern race bike wasn’t the most com­fort­able of bikes to sit on, mainly ow­ing to the fag-pa­per-thin seat foam and over­sized TT ca­pac­ity tank. Once you start hus­tling the thing around though ev­ery­thing seems to work. The bars are where you want them and ev­ery­thing slots into place nicely.


This is where it gets re­ally good. The BB3 fea­tures USD Öh­lins 43mm fork ex­ter­nals, and Ben’s opted to run with Max­ton MTR 26 pres­surised car­tridges in­side. At the rear he’s run­ning a Max­ton GP 10 monoshock, which is fully ad­justable and fan­tas­ti­cally com­pat­i­ble with the BB3’s fancy frame.


BMW’s S1000RR is a tried, tested and proven lump. About the strong­est of all the cur­rent in­line-four litre bad boys, push­ing out a claimed 199bhp and 113Nm of torque – it was the ob­vi­ous choice for Bi­mota. Rid­ing the BB3 you’ll no­tice the very Bavar­ian power de­liv­ery which, granted, isn’t the most ex­otic op­tion but to con­sider func­tion be­fore form is to choose the BM en­gine over any­thing else.


BMW’s all singing and danc­ing elec­tron­ics pack­age in­cludes a quick shifter, auto- blip­per, fly- by-wire throt­tle, trac­tion con­trol, wheelie con­trol, umpteen power modes, and a very man­age­able sys­tem to con­trol it all on. The sys­tem’s in­tu­itive to op­er­ate and dis­played clearly on the RR’s dash – which has also been bolted to the BB3.

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