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.