Bimota KB3

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Make ModelBimota KB3
Year: 1983 (Production 112)
Engine: Air cooled, four stroke, transverse four cylinder, DOHC, 2 Valve per cylinder.
Capacity: 998
Bore x Stroke: 69.4 x 66 mm
Compression Ratio: 8.9:1
Induction: 4x 34mm Mikuni
Ignition / Starting: CDI / electric
Max Power: 103 hp @ 9400 rpm
Max Torque: 8.7 kg-m @ 7300 rpm
Transmission / Drive: 5 Speed / chain
Frame: Linked with the steering tube with the rear shock absorber crossbar. lower cradle with two connecting plates made of machined avional
Front Suspension: Italia 40 mm with 8 settings with magnesium tubes
Rear Suspension: Slightly backward facing De Carbon shock absorber with 10 settings. The swing arm is made of chrome-molybdenum steel.
Front Brakes: 2x 280mm discs
Rear Brakes: Single 280mm disc
Front Tire: :
Rear Tire: :
Dry-Weight: 205 kg
Fuel Capacity:
Top Speed233 km/h

Bimota’s KB3 is a motorcycle that inspires emotional extremes. You either love it or do not give two hoots about it. To pass it off as overpriced and under whelming, you need only to ride it the way you would do any production motorcycle. It is perhaps the most uncomfortable machine you can buy. Its suspension is taut, vibration buzzes the stubby clip ons bars, the bulk of your Weight: is carried on your arms, your 36 inch legs are crammed into a 20 inch space, and the seat offers little more cushion that another layer of paint. Compared to the contemporary offerings from Japan, the Bimota is as comfortable as a concrete pillow.To fall hopelessly under the KB3’s spell requires a rare combination of insanity and competence. Born of the Italian school of thought that celebrates single purpose function above all else, the KB3 has no extraneous components, just the bare essentials required to attain the Bimota design goal. Its intent is crystal clear, pure unfettered speed for which to those with the rare combination, there can be no substitute.The KB3 is exactly what it appears to be, a Grand Prix bike with lights (well some) and a sidestand. On a long fast sweeping road or track, nothing short of a full-blown GP machine comes close to the Bimota. Like the Honda RS500 GP road racer we rode in our march issue, it demands and rewards only the highest expertise. Production bikes feel slothful by comparison. Viewed against its mass produce counterpart’s contemporaries,

the KB3 is an Uzi in a battlefield of black powder muskets.Unless you have the credentials to ride it in the way it was designed to be ridden and have piles of money to burn, the KB3 is not for you. Pretenders would be better off pretending on one of the many super bikes available, because if you cannot ride one hard enough to appreciate it, you can at least ride around in comfort. Rolling through town on the Bimota is punishing, but it carries with it a sense of unparalled occasion. Even in Hollywood, land of the $85,000 second car and roller skating hermaphrodites with purple hair, heads spin at the sight of the Bimota. People who know absolutely nothing about motorcycles stare from within the tinted confines of their Rolls Royce’s, Mercedes and Lamborghini’s.

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