BIMOTA’S BEGINNINGS EXPLAINED
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.