Additional photos of this 2000 Bimota SB8K Ultimo are available here for your perusal.
The Bimota SB8K Santamonica was already an incredible machine in its own right – in his First Ride review for Motorcyclist, Brian Catterson said “what I would have written back in 2000, had there been a point, was that the SB8K was the best twin-cylinder sportbike I’d ever ridden; more than a match for the reigning Ducati 996 and miles better than the rotary-shocked Suzuki TL1000R from which its engine was derived.” But there will always be people who want more – and this time around it was Red Baron (also known as Redbro Racing), Bimota’s Japanese importer. They created an upgraded version of the SB8K that they called the Ultimo.
Thanks to the Wayback Machine, we can show you the Redbro site from years ago in which they described the Ultimo – though you’ll want to translate it from Japanese! It shows that the original price was roughly $55,000 USD in 2000 and provides a long list of “custom points” (upgrades):
The page also specifies that production was limited to 10 units, “only 9 units of which can actually be delivered.” This example (VIN: ZESSB8K00YR000015) is #3 out of 10, which is noted with a cloisonné plate.
The seller acquired this Ultimo 6 months ago “from the Japanese distributor of Bimota in Japan. The bike was unsold new, old stock from 2000. I have ridden the bike around the block only, maybe 3 km.” The seller notes that “the odometer is showing 36 km but according to the STACK instructions, they state that the km will virtually never be zero. It is worth noting that kms will be added during factory testing of the dash without the vehicle actually doing any kms.” He estimates that the bike has a total of 5 km on it.
The seller bought three Ultimos “along with quite a few other bikes from the Japanese dealer. Buying one of them was not an option. It was all or nothing.” He is keeping the first Ultimo in his personal collection of zero mile bikes, the second as his Sunday ride, and he’s selling the third as it “really needs to go to a new home where it can be appreciated by others.”
Per the seller, “the bike seems to be in perfect mechanical condition, starts, runs, idles, revs good, lights, indicators, horn all work as they should. I have removed all the body work and checked the entire bike over, brake, oil and radiator fluids have all been changed. Tires are original OEM.”
Currently located in Wellington, New Zealand, this Bimota is offered on a Bill of Sale only. The seller has de-registration papers from Japan, and the sale includes the owner’s manual and two keys. The seller will crate the bike and deliver it to a freight depot in Wellington at no cost.