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Bimota KB4

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ANOTHER GOOD-LOOKING BRUTE AT THE EICMA 2021 IS THE BIMOTA KB4. The model displayed here is closer to production form than the one that was displayed at EICMA in 2019. Kawasaki own a major stake in Bimota which is why the KB4 is powered by the engine from the Ninja 1000 SX, putting out 142 hp and 111 Nm of peak torque. The KB4 gets a special exhaust system with a single end-can that has been developed by them. The KB4 is lightweigh­t, 187 kg (dry), owing to the extensive use of carbon-fibre bodywork and parts. For suspension, Bimota have fitted an Öhlins FGRT 43 NIX30 fork at the front and a TTX 36 shock at the rear.

A unique aspect of this motorcycle is the radiator which has been placed under the seat instead of at the front. We see large air-intakes on either side of the fairing that direct air towards the rear via carbon-fibre tunnels. This might not be the most convention­al setup, but this is a motorcycle that has been crafted for highperfor­mance riding and a racetrack will be the best location to ride it.

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