Practical Sportsbikes (UK)

Bimota pushes retro buttons

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The Bimota KB4 could hit UK showrooms in March this year with shakedown testing in full swing.

The Kawasaki Ninja 1000Sxpowe­red sportsbike features a single round headlight, sweeping ’70s lines hiding a full arsenal of the latest tech.

The latest images from the Kawasaki-owned Italian firm show the compact 1043cc four-cylinder machine undergoing brake tests, with outriggers on each side to help prevent accidents during the ABS developmen­t process.

The SX motor is a smart choice – around 125bhp at the tyre, with a wide spread of grunt, it’s a great road bike lump. Bimota is being coy about price: but its closest rival, the MV Agusta Superveloc­e 800, costs £17,780. We’d expect a figure in the low £20k region. Kinda old school, kinda cool.

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