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Bimota SB8R

Year of specifications 1998 - 2000
Engine 996 cc, V-twin DOHC
Transmission 6-speed, chain
Top speed 170 mph
0-60 MPH -
Horsepower 138 hp @ 9500 rpm
Weight 178 kg, 392 lbs
Seat height 800 mm, 31.5 inches

The Bimota SB8R is based around the Suzuki TL1000R sports bike. However numerous changes have been made which result in a lighter, more agile and overall better performing machine.

The Bimota SB8R is a exotic bike with a mixture of aluminium and carbon fiber being used for the frame. This frame is not only lighter than the Suzuki's it is also stiffer.

The front of the Bimota SB8R is complemented by Paioli upside down forks and a Paioli rear monoshock. The suspension system is fully adjustable for preload, rebound and compression damping.

The engine of the Bimota SB8R is also borrowed from the TL1000R, however the original Suzuki fuel injection is replaced by Bimotas own 59mm throttle bodies fed by carbon fibre air intakes originating from the front fairing of the SB8R. Bimota also added their own exhaust system to the bike.

The highlight of the Bimota SB8R's short lifespan was in 2000, when at the Australian World Superbike race Anthony Gobert rode the racing version of the bike, the SB8K, to a win. Beating the top factory teams by over 30 seconds. A huge achievment for a budget team who only received the bike five weeks before.

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