Bimota DB7 Oronero a symphony in carbon fiber

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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.


  • Rodrigo

    Absolutely amazing. I’m trying to grasp the notion of a bike has five times the power of my Ninja 250 yet has a similar mass. I wish I could get track time on one of these.

  • doubleoh2

    Has anyone mentioned to Bimota that carbon fibre is the asbestos of the new millenium? My mate at the bicycle shop wears a mask when handling snapped carbon forks and frames.

    • Wes

      doubleoh2: Just ask John Britten.

      Steve516: They’re Italian, it’s not supposed to make sense.

  • Robert

    Just like fiberglass, its best to wear a respirator or at least a mask when you’re working with it.
    All the more reason not to mess up your carbon fiber widget.

    As for the bike, its weight is mind boggling for a ‘production’ offering.

  • steve516

    Just curious – why not a carbon canister and carbon wheels?

  • Peter Lombardi


  • Tino

    @Steve516: Because they have not street legal homologation in EU. Carbon tank is not often allowed in the race track either, unless it uses a sponge iside filler.

  • wazza

    i liked it so i bought it pick up in 8 days be seeing you in my mirrors Wazza

  • !m@ b3@$t

    this bike is amazing and completly raw from headlight to tailight