Bimota DB10 B.Motard
You can’t get much more exclusive and exotic than Bimota. Every bike the Italian manufacturer builds is dripping all over with carbon fibre and billet aluminum pieces of art.
Big motards excite me, and none more so than Bimotas DB10 B.Motard. Take the 95-horespower Ducati DS1100 from the old Monster and Hypermotard models, and place it in a Bimota chassis and you have instant riding nirvana.
The way the completely stripped for electronics Bimota DB10 bad boy reacts to throttle input is pure delight. In today’s hyper technological motorcycles it’s almost a privilege in itself to ride something stripped to the bone leaving only pure and unadulterated fun. The DB10 is all about fun and fun I had on a sunny day in Rimini.
I got to test the Bimota test bike, and it contained one important part which I have promised to keep a secret. Of course this is a shame, but I do want to be able to go back and test again so let’s leave it at that.
The seat is typically supermotard, stretching far up onto the small 3.5-gallon fuel tank. It makes it easy to ride it like a motard and put as much weight on that front wheel as possible because believe me it does get light very often. Handling is as you’d expect on the perfectionist side of things and despite the ergonomics being “Motard” it’s not that uncomfortable at all.
Bimota are asking £21.000 in Italy (think $32,000 USD) for this boutique motorcycle. I suppose they should sell them at the jewelers instead of a motorcycle dealership.
More in my full review. I can already say that this is the Bimota for me, and the one I’ll be drooling over until I win the lottery.
Photos by Andrea Bertelegni