Bimota Motorcycles

Bimota SB1 circa 1978

According to Giorgio Sarti the SB1 came about as a direct request from Suzuki Italy for a machine which could be marketed through the Suzuki sales network. Produced between 1976 and 1980 the model utilised the twin cylinder TR500 liquid cooled engine with a dry clutch and six speed gearbox housed in an open cradle frame with Ceriani 35mm forks and monoshock rear suspension system. Brembo brakes and Speedline wheels manufactured to Bimota's design were employed on the machine which weighed 121kg dry.
Following its introduction in 1976 the machine dominated the Italian junior national championships taking the title in 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979 and 1980.

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