Bimota HB4: the first Honda-powered Bimota in 25 years

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Dear Moto2,

We know we called you “The Honda Cup” and suggested you were a class for pigs after it was announced all your competitors would have to run CBR600RR engines. But when we said that we had no idea you were capable of inspiring motorcycles with as much pure sex appeal as the Bimota HB4. Now we hear that its steel trellis frame that’s bonded to the cast aluminum swingarm pivots using aircraft technology could find its way to a road-going model if enough of us tune in to watch you and if Honda can be convinced to supply Bimota with engines. Considering that you could be single handedly responsible for the return of semi-affordable, Japanese-engined exotics, not to mention the return of one of motorcycling’s most storied brands to racing, we’re filled with an incredible sense of remorse. Could you ever find a way to forgive us? We assure you our apology is heartfelt and sincere.

Yours Truly,

Hell For Leather

  • V

    Principals are a luxury. Bimotas are a necessity.

  • Viceroy_Fizzlebottom

    I think it’s a good idea, the HB4 would give Bimota an legitimate entry level bike (entry level for Bimota atleast). It will get new people to the brand, which given the state of the company’s perpetual financial woes can only be a good thing.

  • CafeRacer1200

    Now, about the build quality….

    I wish them the best though and hope it’s a great success.

  • Ceolwulf

    Well I’ll sign that!

  • critic

    trite, not contrite; as usual

  • NoRubber

    So this is with a 600 engine?

    Me like, even with a 1000cc, but I hope for the 600.

  • NoRubber

    Didn’t see that it already was a race bike, where is the 600 road Bimota HB4??

  • Gary

    bah. this won’t even be the coolest bike on the grid. probably won’t be top 5 either.

    Bimota seems kinda gimicky. like when beam frames weren’t yet common on Japanese sport bikes they were all about these preposterously huge looking beam frames. now that those are common stock they go to tube frames. it seems like zigging while the other guy zags is their motivation more than engineering.

  • Cameron Baum

    Nice bike, now replace all the Bimota parts with Honda parts too and you’ll have something ;)

  • Darth Lefty

    “Aircraft technology,” forsooth

  • Isaac

    This is the best Bimota can do? Considering the fit and finish of their road bikes, this one appears ‘garage built’. In fact 90% of all Moto2 bikes appear this way. Why are they just slaping bikes together these days. I know looks aren’t everything, but this is the Premier Class of racing. Essentially F1 on two wheels. Well in this case F2.

  • Scott

    Multi outlet muffler tips are abundant these days, zoom-zoom.

    • Cameron Baum

      Zoom-zoom or Rice?

      I’ve got my own opinion…

  • In Line

    Moto 2 has the potential to be the best racing in 2010…and all you can do is ramble on about how sexy the bike looks?!

  • DeafDaddy

    I don’t see a Bimota Moto2 entry in the provisional 2010 list? Did I miss something?