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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
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.