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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 11-21-2007, 05:55 PM Thread Starter
 
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TL engine in a Bimota

Suzuki's V-Twin liter engine has seen service in the TL1000S, TL1000R, SV1000, and Strom 1000. It is a great engine, but has always been put into a chassis that has problem suspension or too much weight, or the engine has been detuned.

I was looking at the motorcycle section on Craigslist and saw a Bimota SB8RS. Finally, a chassis made for the TL engine. Here's a review: http://www.motoring.co.za/index.php?...ticleId=225917.

So I called the guy up. He was a collector and had three 2000 models. One was stock with less than 200 miles. That's what I wanted. One had $30K of race mods, and one one was set up as a streetfighter. Plus he had all the stock parts.

The asking price for the basically new bike was $21K, 11K over what I wanted to spend. He bought it for more than twice that in 2000. When he heard me gag, he said that he could strip off the race parts on the other bike or add the stock parts back on the streetfighter for a price in the "low teens". Both bikes had 20-30K miles.

I thanked him for his time and he invited me down to see the bikes. I declined. He's getting rid of a whole collection and didn't post pictures, but here's one picture I found of the SB8RS. Bimota only made about 150 of them.
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Sounds pretty awesome.



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The SB8RS is the carbon-fiber version of the SB8R...the last time I talked to Bob at Motopoint (the original importer) he had one or two left for about 16K; the SB8R was about 13K. Slap on the fuel trimmer, Corse exhaust and a couple other tidbits and it would bump it another 2500. The Guy you are talkin' to is a mite steep; good, low milage examples can be found occasionally on E-bay for 11-12K... and there is a retailer in NCarolina and another in Cali that have stockpiled a few of them and let one out on Cycletrader once in a while for 13-14 K. There are still enough of them around, and demand is so spotty that paying more than 13-15 for a newish one is not required. I'm a gonna save up my pennies and hopefully find a nice R model in a year or two. They really are nice bikes. Hold on to your money, if I find one (and I often do) I'll PM ya with the info.
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The SB8RS is the carbon-fiber version of the SB8R...the last time I talked to Bob at Motopoint (the original importer) he had one or two left for about 16K; the SB8R was about 13K. Slap on the fuel trimmer, Corse exhaust and a couple other tidbits and it would bump it another 2500. The Guy you are talkin' to is a mite steep; good, low milage examples can be found occasionally on E-bay for 11-12K... and there is a retailer in NCarolina and another in Cali that have stockpiled a few of them and let one out on Cycletrader once in a while for 13-14 K. There are still enough of them around, and demand is so spotty that paying more than 13-15 for a newish one is not required. I'm a gonna save up my pennies and hopefully find a nice R model in a year or two. They really are nice bikes. Hold on to your money, if I find one (and I often do) I'll PM ya with the info.

What model is yours?



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PS...the fuel trimmer (a pot on the dash for the EFI module) really is neccessary for these bikes if you plan on riding in traffic and the like. Per the article you referenced, the reason the bottom end was so soft on the testbike, is that when Bimota upped the size of the throttle bodies to uncork the motor, they also had to lean the crap out of the bottom end of the fuel map to pass emissions and noise regs in this country. The result was a soft and balky bottom end response. Adding the fuel trimmer lets you fatten up and clean up bottom and mid-range response. If you find a bike without one, contact Bob Smith a Motopoint to pick one up ( under $200, I think).

Really adds a lot to rideability.

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What model is yours?
DB4....Ducati 904 motor in a different, oval section frame(the SB8 used an I section forward frame bolted to CF center plates as you can see on the photo he provided.The SB8rand rs and the SB6RS (using the GSXR 1000 motor) were the two fastest models Bimota ever produced.
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DB4....Ducati 904 motor in a different, oval section frame(the SB8 used an I section forward frame bolted to CF center plates as you can see on the photo he provided.The SB8rand rs and the SB6RS (using the GSXR 1000 motor) were the two fastest models Bimota ever produced.
Didn't know they used GSXR motor. Tried to google it but no pics came up.



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http://www.bikez.com/motorcycles/bimota_sb_6_r_1999.php

This was the original "Santa Monica" model.
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http://www.bikez.com/motorcycles/bimota_sb_6_r_1999.php

This was the original "Santa Monica" model.
Impressive.



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Here's one from the importer...lotsa extra goodies
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Bimot...QQcmdZViewItem
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PS Don't confuse the SB6 with the SB6R....the SB6 was an early ninties bike with the air-cooled Gsxr motor..and those bikes had lots of electrical and carb issues...the '98+ bikes were solid and outragous.
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Thanks for all the Bimota information. The SB6R looks like a great bike too. And with that 1100 engine, wow. Now I have more bikes to look for.
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PS Don't confuse the SB6 with the SB6R....the SB6 was an early ninties bike with the air-cooled Gsxr motor..and those bikes had lots of electrical and carb issues...the '98+ bikes were solid and outragous.
True but the SB6 was BEAUTIFUL. The 6R, while not necessarily ugly, is the less-attractive step-sister.
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