It’s now pretty common to find a motorcycle with a carbon fiber fairing, or even a fuel tank, but Bimota went one step further, building the subframes for both the DB7 superbike and hub-center steering-equipped Tesi 3D from the space age material. The appropriately named DB7 Oronero, however, takes a massive step further: both its frame and swingarm are made from carbon.
This is the first time a production motorcycle has used carbon for both
its frame and swingarm and it took Formula One technology to make it
happen. The new chassis drops 6kg from DB7′s weight, with a further few
grams saved by the titanium spring on the Extreme Tech shock. Dry
weight is now just 164kg (5kg less than a Ducati 1198 S), which, combined with the 164bhp Ducati 1098
engine, results in a power-to-weight ratio of 1:1.
That alone would have been enough to justify the Oronero’s existence,
but Bimota has also lavished the bike with the exotic components and
incredibly rich detail in its finish. The GET digital instruments, for
instance, use GPS to determine which racetrack the bike is being ridden
on, adjusting its data gathering (including active suspension
monitoring) to suit.
No word on price, but expect limited availability when the Oronero goes on sale next year.