Thursday, August 9, 2012

Bimotard DB10 first Aussie sighting

Got along to the Bimota dealer in Melbourne today for a first look at the DB10 Bimotard. I think I have essentially taken the worst photo's possible on my iPhone of what could be the sexiest looking motard ever made (NCR Leggera aside).
Seriously these photos are embarrassing, and don't do the bike any justice, but I was caught out without my proper camera and have to share what some serious coin will get you in a hand made Italian super-trick wild pony.
 

 Can you remember the first time you saw the Hypermotard? I can. It stopped me dead in my tracks, with a WTF is that? It looked completely evil and insane and wild and I wanted one immediately without knowing a single thing about it. Bike love at first sight? Definitely.

 Well the DB 10 in the flesh did that to me. I wanted it. I couldnt stop looking at it. Every single piece of carbon, billet, trellis, rubber and wire looked like it grew there cared for by an ancient bonsai zen master over a million years of careful study on the design and engineering of said machine.
 

 To the average Superbike fan or Sportsbike loving SQUID this might just look like an over priced blingy dirt bike on roids. But to me it looks just about as good as it gets. Unless of course you are talking quadruple the money and an NCR Legerra. The DB10 Bimotard has the same engine as the Hypermotard EVO 1100, tricked up of course, composite trellis frame and just about everything else you could ever think of doing to make a Hyper lighter, faster and even more appealing.


 These shite pictures do NOT do it justice, especially the radical shape of that tank. It takes the design from the Hyper and the form factor of the Aprilia Dorsoduro 1200 and melds them into something altogether different and more aggressive looking. It also fits me perfectly and my knees just tuck in exactly as god herself would have intended. At 6'2" and just shy of 80kgs this is the absolute perfect height and weight for me to feel right at home on. I totally want one. Look; standing up, flat feet and just resting on the seat. Ahhh... my dream riding position (oh, it's the same as the Hyper).

 Of course at $38k on road here in Australia from Bimota Australia there is no hope in hell that I am ever going to be able to validate a machine like this, it is just pure insanity. I would not be able to commute on it for a start and $40k for a weekend ride? Need to win Lotto, it would be the first thing I'd order. Or maybe the NCR Leggera, tough call - ok both. Of course you get what you pay for, and I am probably nearing the $30k mark with upgrades on my Hyper over the last heavenly nine months of ownership, so don't write it off just yet.
 

 The billet aluminium is everywhere and an absolute sight to behold. It is so shiny and so lightweight you can sort of see how they got this highly powered motard down to 168kgs. Everything is billet aluminium or carbon fibre.
 

 I never thought I'd like the zorst, but in person it's tough as (bro) and extremely neat and tidy, poking up and out from under the rear seat with a meticulously crafted carbon tail tidy for all your bits to hang off. I'd hang my bits off one.
 

 I'm lead to believe they are custom Arrow pipes made spesh for the little tard, but Alan (the dealer) did talk A LOT in a little space of time (he's quite excitable/passionate), so I may have some details messed up here somewhere. I like the extra touches like the seat, deep red stitching and embroidered logo on the side. Every single thing you look at screams the highest quality precision engineering. It's like the Aston Martin of motards.


The dash (I love a bit of blue, reminds me of my fave old brick phone the Nokia 8250), triple clamps and bars all look like a boss, and felt extremely good right as it was to me, perfect zero lean angle and nice rested shoulders with arms out and down, itching to get up on that tank and push it around the Spurs for a day (not going to happen BTW).

 But that's not all you get for your money. Each DB10 Bimotard sold is BUILT for you. That's right, well not 100%, they take your arm length, height, weight etc etc and set the bike up exactly as it should be for you right down to rebound and damping. Here's your customer delivery setup sheet. Nice.
 I've read a few reviews that state the front brakes are too much. Overkill, could be reduced to a single rotor. Check out the size and beauty of these things. Hopefully they pull on progressively or it's going to be endos for ever.
 

 Even the keys are a work of art. High tech security looking thingamies.

 And the view from on board is spectacular. Just like flying on the Hyper I imagine. Those mickey mouse mirrors would have to go for some bar end pig spotters though. The key is kind of tucked in behind the front of that tank piece in front of the fuel cap, but it wouldn't bother you a bit I don't imagine, it looks trick more than annoying. The tank shape is just so spectacular in my eyes, this shot sort of shows the tough lines and angry angles produced but again, it just has to be seen in real life to be appreciated.
 


 So, want a totally horn-bag 98bhp 165kg motard that will turn heads and have a spare $38k tucked in a draw? Then head down to Bimota Australia and speak to Alan, tell him Dan sent ya.

Tech spec:

Engine and Transmission

  • Engine Type: Ducati 1100DS engine. L-twin.
  • Displacement: 1078cc EVO
  • Bore x Stroke 98.0 x 71.5 mm
  • Compression rate: 10.7:1
  • Ignition: Walbro by Bimota
  • Engine type: V2, four-stroke
  • Power: 98 HP @ 7500 RPM)
  • Torque 105 Nm @ 5500 RPM
  • Gearbox 6 Speed
  • Clutch: Dry Multi Disc
  • Valves per cylinder: 2
  • Fuel system: Injection. Magneti Marelli-45mm throttle body
  • Ignition: Walbro by Bimota
  • Chassis Suspension, brakes and wheels
  • Front Suspension: 50mm Marzocchi forks
  • Rear Suspension: Monoshock, fully adjustable
  • Front Tyre dimensions: 120/70-17
  • Rear Tyre dimensions: 180/55-17
  • Front Brakes: Twin disc Brembo, 4 piston, 4 pads with radial Brembo calipers
  • Front brakes diameter: 320 mm
  • Rear brakes diameter 220 mm
  • Wheels: Forged Aluminium

Measurements and Dimensions

  • Seat height: 820 mm
  • Dry Weight: 168 kg
  • Overall Height 1330 mm
  • Overall length: 2045 mm
  • Wheelbase: 1465 mm
  • Fuel Capacity: 14 Litres
Compare them with the 2012 Hyper EVO SP spec here. Did I say that I want one yet? Oh yeah, that's right, a few times...
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