A quanto pare Bimota avrà qualcosa da presentare di interessante al prossimo EICMA, del resto già l'invito a partecipare pervenuto ai vari giornalisti faceva ben sperare, ma ad oggi come riporta il sito Asphalt&Rubber e anche la pagina ufficiale facebook di Bimota, le novità sembrano essere ben due!
The concept seems pretty simple, take the hub-center steering design of the Bimota Tesi 3D, and style it to look like the café racer of the future – if that oxymoron makes sense to you.
The above image is the teaser for the Bimota Tesi 3D RaceCafe, which shows a more traditional headlamp on the futuristic machine. Other changes include the use of Ducati’s air-cooled 803cc v-twin engine, which is currently powering the Ducati Scrambler line.
We would expect other styling cues that will appeal to the flannel and beard crowd to be the order de jour, which should make for an interesting model from Bimota, in the Chinese fortune cookie sense of the word.
This is because it is interesting to see Bimota breaking away from its sport bike roots, and making a bike that will draw from the market’s current hipster-appeasement. Will it payoff for Bimota or not? That’s the big question.
We do know that the Bimota brand will be returning back to its Ducati engine roots, after the dismal success of the Bimota BB3 and its BMW S1000RR power plant.
We doubt the BB3’s engine was to blame for the bike’s failure, as the reception to the Bimota BB3’s aesthetics was lukewarm at best…this coming from a brand that is known to wow the crowds with its radical but lurid motorcycle designs.
We shall see if the Bimota Tesi 3D RaceCafe brings back that mojo. Fortuantely, we will only have to wait a week to see.
In addition to the Bimota Tesi 3D RaceCafe that will debut at the EICMA show in Milan next week, the boutique Italian brand has another new model for our two-wheeled consumption, the Bimota Impeto.
Bimota is calling the Impeto a “hyper-naked” model, which we take to mean a nasty-fast streetfighter machine, which will take over from the Bimota DB9. We say this because sometimes things get lost in translation when it comes to Bimota press releases.
Bimota does clearly say though that the Ducati Testastretta 11° DS engine will power the Bimota Impeto, which should mean that the Impeto will make around 162hp with its dual-spark engine.
Bimota says it has updated the model to have ride-by-wire, traction control, and ABS. If you have means, you can also add the “Bimota Experience Kit” which replaces the alloy frame with one that has carbon fiber tubes and a carbon fiber swingarm. We take a pause for you to wipe the drool off your mouth.
The Bimota Impeto can also be fitted with the “Bimota SuperCharger Kit” which as the name implies, involves adding a supercharger to the Ducati lump. For track riding only, naturally.