2000 Bimota SB8RS with 1 Mile

SOLD FOR: $12,305

Seller accepted post-auction offer.

Sold on August 30, 2023

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Description

Please note: Throughout his ownership, the seller has kept the bike on display and not attempted to start it. He has asked that we sell it as-is.

Additional photos of this Bimota SB8RS are available here for your perusal.

First introduced at EICMA 1997, the Bimota SB8R was a cutting edge sport bike produced for only two years. At the heart of the model was the liquid-cooled, 996cc, four-stroke, DOHC, 8V, 90-degree V-Twin from the Suzuki TL1000R with fuel-injection, a wet-sump, and a six-speed transmission. Built by Bimota with the intention of campaigning the Japanese V-Twin-powered two-wheeler in the 2000 WSBK Championship, the Italian outfit only produced around 150 units in order to satisfy homologation rules. The SB8R’s crown jewel was its wildly trick chassis; an aluminum twin-spar unit with carbon fiber composite reinforcements (the first production road-bike of its kind). Looking to shave off weight from wherever possible, the engineers in Rimini decided to delete the rear subframe entirely, and instead had the rider perched on a self-supporting full carbon fiber tail section that by itself eliminated 4.5lbs of bulk.

The sophisticated new frame also enabled Bimota to position the rear suspension underneath the air-box, ridding the bike of the overheating problem the TLR’s rear suspension suffered from. The Bimota’s frame also remedied the Suzuki’s other main issue which was its hefty weight — a feat helped along by excessive use of carbon fiber throughout, resulting in a dry weight of less than 380lbs dry, more than 40lbs less than the TL1KR. Additional weight savings came in the form of 17-inch cast aluminum Antera wheels as well.

In typical Bimota fashion, the SB8R was loaded with top-shelf componentry. Suspension was comprised of 46mm inverted Paioli forks and an Ohlins rear shock, both of which were adjustable for preload, rebound, and high/low speed compression damping. Stopping duties went to dual 320mm discs bit by Brembo four-pot calipers aided by a single disc out back.

Bimota also lightly modified Suzuki’s engine, resulting in the V-Twin putting down 74ft-lbs of torque (at 8,500rpm) and 134hp (at 9,500rpm) at the rear wheel — which is roughly what the TLR made at the crank. Tipping the scales at 436.5lbs at the curb, the SB8R was capable of achieving a top speed of around 170mph, partially thanks to its slippery, Italian-designed bodywork. Thanks to top-of-the-line suspension and and a svelte weight, the SB8R was also extremely nimble on the track. With a wheelbase of only 1,390mm (54.7”), the SB8R was shorter than not only the TL1000R but also Yamaha’s benchmark-setting YZF-R1.

Of the 150 units produced, Bimota reportedly produced a small number of built-to-order SB8RS (or SB8R Special) models that took the already-very-swanky twin to the next level. Sold for $1,500 over the base model (which translates to closer to $2.5K today with inflation), the main element differentiating the S-spec from the base model was its full exposed carbon fiber front fairing. Like the rest of the carbon on the SB8R(S), the material was sourced from the same outfit that supplies Ferrari with its carbon fiber. Other distinguishing features of the Special included blacked-out rims, a carbon fiber gear shift rod, Ergal engine screws, gold-anodized adjustable billet rearsets and brackets with carbon heel guards (these were shipped separately and are not equipped on this example), and a gold-anodized aluminum chain sprocket.

While it generated the same power figures as the standard SB8R, the SB8RS also knocked another 5lbs off of the base model’s dry weight, making it almost 50lbs lighter than the Suzuki that it shared a powertrain with. Speaking of the powertrain, the SB8R Special came from the factory with 59mm throttle bodies and WM Corse fuel-injection with tunable MicroTech fuel maps. Like the standard spec, the Special still boasted the full carbon tail section, carbon fenders fore and aft, carbon frame covers, intake ducts, and instrument housing.

This example is VIN: ZESSB8S06YR000039. The seller acquired the bike from another Iconic client who purchased it before it was scheduled to go to auction.

The odometer shows one mile.

Maintenance:
During his ownership, the seller has not had cause to perform any maintenance. He notes that the battery is weak and may need replacement.

Modifications:
The seller states that this SB8RS is completely stock.

Inside of the tank:

It is riding on its original Michelin Hi-Sport tires.

The sale includes the original manuals, tool kit, mirrors, and Bimota hex key.

Cosmetic Blemishes:
The seller reports that there are no cosmetic blemishes of note.

Currently located in Papillion, Nebraska this Bimota is offered with the MSO as it has never been titled or registered. The MSO was assigned to Moto Point in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Have any SB8RS stories or questions about this listing? Let us know in the “Comments” tab!

Additional Information

Location

Papillion, Nebraska

Year

2000

Make

Bimota

Model

SB8RS

Mileage

1

VIN

ZESSB8S08YR000026

Title

MSO

Title State/Country

N/A

Private Party/Dealership

Dealership

Additional Charges

No

VIN Report

N/A

Total Bids Placed: 28

Auction has ended.

Auction expired without reaching reserve price.

Highest bidder was: s*****1

After the auction ended, the seller accepted an offer of $12,305 including buyer fees.

Bidder Name Bidding Time Bid Auto
s*****1 August 31, 2023 1:55 pm PDT $9,800
b******n August 31, 2023 1:55 pm PDT $9,700 Auto
b******n August 31, 2023 8:54 am PDT $9,600
d*******g August 31, 2023 8:40 am PDT $9,500
b******n August 31, 2023 8:40 am PDT $9,400 Auto
b******n August 31, 2023 8:04 am PDT $9,100
s*****1 August 31, 2023 8:04 am PDT $9,000 Auto
s*****1 August 27, 2023 10:23 am PDT $8,900 Auto
a*******e August 27, 2023 10:23 am PDT $8,800
s*****1 August 26, 2023 11:07 am PDT $8,600 Auto
b******n August 26, 2023 11:07 am PDT $8,500
s*****1 August 26, 2023 9:36 am PDT $8,200 Auto
r********n August 26, 2023 9:36 am PDT $8,100
s*****1 August 26, 2023 9:36 am PDT $7,600 Auto
r********n August 26, 2023 9:36 am PDT $7,500
s*****1 August 26, 2023 9:35 am PDT $6,600 Auto
r********n August 26, 2023 9:35 am PDT $6,500
s*****1 August 25, 2023 4:06 pm PDT $6,100
s********t August 25, 2023 4:06 pm PDT $6,000 Auto
s********t August 25, 2023 9:46 am PDT $5,600 Auto
m******n August 25, 2023 9:46 am PDT $5,500
s********t August 24, 2023 5:51 pm PDT $5,100 Auto
j****1 August 24, 2023 5:51 pm PDT $5,000
s********t August 24, 2023 2:49 pm PDT $1,100 Auto
b******n August 24, 2023 2:49 pm PDT $1,000
s********t August 24, 2023 2:16 pm PDT $200
m******n August 24, 2023 2:16 pm PDT $100 Auto
m******n August 24, 2023 9:55 am PDT $1
Auction started August 24, 2023 7:45 am PDT
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