BIMOTA’S BE­GIN­NINGS EX­PLAINED

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Bimota were formed in 1966 and spe­cialised in heat­ing and air con­di­tion­ing sys­tems. The orig­i­nal founders were Va­le­rio Bianchi, Giuseppe Morri and Mas­simo Tam­burini with the first two let­ters of their sur­names cre­at­ing the com­pany’s name – Bimota. In 1972 the com­pany was split into two sep­a­rate con­cerns, Bimota would still do air con­di­tion­ing while Bimota Mec­ca­nica, with Mas­simo Tam­burini along­side Giuseppe Morri, made mo­tor­cy­cles. The com­pany opened its first frame-build­ing fac­tory in 1973 in Ri­mini, Italy, and was soon also pro­duc­ing rearsets, ad­justable bars, tanks and even tail units. Bimota’s first com­plete mo­tor­cy­cle was the Honda CB750 Sohc-en­gined HB1, a track-only of­fer­ing, be­fore their first pro­duc­tion bike in 1978, the KB1, us­ing a Kawasaki Z900 en­gine with the K in its name sig­ni­fy­ing the mo­tor’s man­u­fac­turer, a trend that con­tin­ues to this day – S is Suzuki, B for BMW, H for Honda, Y for Yamaha and D for Du­cati while the num­ber is the suc­ces­sion of mod­els us­ing this brand of mo­tor. The SB8 is, for ex­am­ple, the eighth Suzuki-pow­ered Bimota.

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