Bimota DB8: 1198 engine, passenger seat

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Always wanted a Bimota DB7, but thought it was $4,800 too expensive, 8bhp shy of greatness, 8kg too light and you’ve just gotta have a passenger seat on your exotic Ducati-engined torture machine? Well step right up folks, we’ve got the perfect bike for you. Compared to the slightly more expensive DB7, the Bimota DB8 adopts the 168bhp Ducati 1198 engine, weighs in at 178kg, adds a pillion seat and reduces the cost to only $33,000 thanks to plastic (as opposed to carbon) bodywork and an aluminum instead of carbon sub frame. Oh, and the suspension loses its ability to adjust high and low speed compression and rebound. Not huge news, but the DB8 is a great way to get 1198 performance without the Ducati’s generic me-too superbike styling.


  • Viceroy_Fizzlebottom

    Bimota makes some absolutely amazing looking motorcycles. Hopefully their Moto2 season goes well so we get a street version of the HB4

  • deckard

    Couldn’t agree more. The 1198 is Dullsville.

  • geonerd

    please. you guys have been trying to convince us all that the 1098/1198 design is derivative and boring for the last two years. and i think it’s bollocks.

    find me another mass produced bike for under 20 grand that has the clean, classy and sophisticated form of the 1198 and then maybe i’ll start listening.

    there is plenty of “me too” styling out there. just look at japanese sportbike styling over the last twenty years.

    • Wes Siler

      Way cleaner, way more original, way, way, way more sophisticated:

      • geonerd

        original, maybe. clean? no way. sophisticated? ah… no.

        maybe if you remove the imbecilic graphics and replace the fairing with something that doesn’t look like an 8 year old designed it then you might have something that was clean and/or sophisticated.

        i didn’t set out to knock the cbr. it’s a fine example of what honda can do when they aren’t building porky, overpriced, underpowered, overrated, pretend sport-tourers. but clean and sophisticated it’s styling is not.

      • Cameron Baum

        I have to agree Wes, but the paint is very ugly. I like the Euro-only black version.

        Too bad the rear end is so fugly though. put something like what the Gen5 VFR has on it and I’d go for it. All black, or take some bedliner and roll on it -be better than that crackhead barf paintjob that Honda is trying to foist on the US market.

        With the VFU120000 the ugliest bike in the Honda lineup, at least the CBR has something going for it.

        Hold the automatic transmission.

  • AGP

    Wait, you think a CBR1000RR looks better than the Ducati 1198? More “sophisticated?” Ha ha… well, it goes to show you arguing about aesthetics is completely pointless.

    I think that Bimota is gorgeous, btw, as is the 1098/1198/etc. That Honda… oh well… de gustibus non disputandum est! :)

  • MTC

    Funny how a couple of years and the opinions change…I see 999 under those angular lines.

  • vic

    if i had the money for this i am sure $4,800 won’t make much of a difference.

  • kidchampion

    That headlight assembly design, adjacent to the white plastic, is straight out of 2001 A Space Odyssey. I’m a sucker for yesterday’s futurism.

    • Cameron Baum

      I’m afraid I can’t do that Dave…

  • deckard

    Aprilia RSV4R. Original, sophisticated, under 20-grand. Makes the 1198 look like dog pooh.

    Hopefully Ducati will give the 1198 a freshen-up soon. Even with all the johnny-come-latelys who dig the japanese mis-mash look.

    • geonerd

      i suppose this is all subjective.

      but i think the 1198 strums a chord that resonates with most people as being classically good looking, which some mistake for derivativeness.

      and in any case, garish graphics and battlestar galactica fairings absolutely do not qualify under any circumstances as sophisticated or clean.