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Presentation of the Bimota DB7

Performance leap

Since Bimota was re-established in 2003, all models have been equipped with two-valve Ducati engines. A cautious choice when it comes to performance. With the DB7, the small motorcycle manufacturer is once again going all out.

These wonderful milled parts: If anyone has any doubts that a Bimota can still stand out today among production motorcycles that are stronger, lighter and more noble than Bimotas were in the epoch of their legendary formation, then this leads them D.B7 an answer spectacularly in mind. Whether it is the connecting elements of the frame and swing arm struts, the fork bridge, the front axle and brake caliper mount, the rear chain tensioner or the hand lever ?? The pieces of jewelery made from solid light metal blocks show off everywhere. The fact that their surfaces are not completely smoothed, but rather show the path of the milling head in fine structures, increases their appeal.

Extreme diet 1: The frame practices the art of omission around the pivot bearing.

In addition, it is part of the Bimota tradition to always build slightly lighter motorcycles than the companies from which the engines were obtained. At the time of the Yamaha FZR 1000 or Suzuki GSX-R 1100, this was not as difficult as it was with the Ducati 1098, which is one of the lightest super athletes. But a minimalist frame and swing arm construction, incidentally executed with the greatest care, as well as a cantilevered rear frame should push the DB7 to a dry weight of 168 kilograms ?? five kilograms less than the 1098. It will be interesting to see how this chassis can handle the energetic torque attacks of the Testastretta evoluzione. Because the swing arm of the DB7 is only stored in the engine housing, which also has to absorb the enormous forces of the rear suspension on its own. In the chassis of the 1098, this area is additionally reinforced by a tubular structure.

Lightweight highlights on the DB7


The aluminum sprocket also helps to save weight.

Bimota gets the bare engine from Ducati, without the injection and exhaust system and airbox. With its own configuration of Zard exhaust and Walbro injection and perhaps also some fine-tuning, the small manufacturer based in Rimini even wants to surpass the 160 hp of a Standard 1098 by eight. Such full-bodied announcements are also part of the tradition, and unlike the other classic Bimota virtues, this self-confidence was not always justified.

Instruments and headlights are held in place by the cantilevered carbon top

At least Bimota is not under pressure to increase annual production to over 1,500 motorcycles, as was the case in the mid-1990s. A decision that, together with the failed development of the Vdue motor, had brought about a decline in manufacturing quality and ultimately the whole company. With the planned 300 copies of the DB7 and around 400 DB5, DB6 and Tesi 3D, production is to be increased by 250 motorcycles compared to 2007, but this planned increase does not leave the dimensions previously realized and is based on an attractive model. Stefan Makowsky, who recently became the coordinator of Bimota sales in Germany, hopes that with the help of the powerfully motorized DB7, German fans will be interested in Bimota again. "Germany is a performance market; customers want power", he notes and thus also explains why the two-valve Bimotas in this country could not even succeed on a modest scale. Of course, customers also have to be prepared to pay 26,656 euros for the power in a Bimota outfit.

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