What Makes A Motorcycle Special?
What makes a motorcycle special?
When I was taking these photos I over heard the couple next to me talking. Maybe in there mid 60s both wearing Harley t shirts, the gentleman says oh my this is a special bike, pointing to the beautiful SB2! Then she says, what’s so special about it looks like any other sport bike?
I went next to her and leaned in and said it’s special because its a Bimota.
Then she asked why is a Bimota special?
Well many reasons I said, but first one is do you see any other Bimotas here? Then I explained how they name their bikes and how there have been KBs, DBs, HBs and even a BB Bimota. Which if you don’t know is basically the initials of the motorcycle the first letter is the first name which is the engine. In this case a Suzuki, the second is the last name Bimota and the number is the model.
Also, it’s how the name of the company was born, using the 1st two letter of the 3 people who founded the Italian compan back in the very early 70s.
BIanchi, MOrri and TAmburini
You may recognize that last name , Massimo Tamburini had some other successes in designing some iconic bikes like the Ducati Paso, and 916 and later in the Resurrection of the MV Augusta line￼.
This beautiful example is the Suzuki Bimota 2, or second generation using a Suzuki motor, every Bimota up to this model which came out in 1977 was a race or track only machine. The SB2 was the 1st street legal Bimota, and I think only 150 of these were made.
Very special indeed!
I’m not sure she paid much attention to what I quickly tried to tell her that made this beautiful red and white bike special. I tried my best, but maybe all those details don’t mean much to every one who rides motorcycles, and that’s okay too!
I remember there was a small dealership out in Western Mass that sells Moto Guzzis that has a Bimota Tesi parked out back. Maybe it’s time I go for a ride and go take a look at that!
You might be thinking, James you said all Bimota models are named with the Initials of the engine manufacture 1st? What’s a Bimota Tesi??
Well, that’s a very special bike!
And another story! ￼