First images of the Bimota BB2

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This new Bimota BB2 houses the 193bhp engine from an S1000RR in a new, aluminum spar chassis. But it’s not the (likely) sharper geometry or (likely) lower weight or even that machined-from-billet aluminum subframe that catches our eye, it’s the use of a retro single square headlight. Damn that looks good.

Update: now with 23 detailed photos.

For a Bimota, there really doesn’t appear to be any weirdness here. Conventional frame, conventional forks. Instead, it largely appears to be a design exercise from Tuscan firm sak_art design. The large side and front fairings are reminiscent of ’80s Bimotas, particular in the flow of plastic from side to tank, while the rear is more modern in its abrupt dimensions, but references those old bikes in its blockiness.

In fact, looking at these new photos, it’s evident the BB2 retains the S1000RR’s frame, triple clamp and swingarm, making this largely a styling exercise. Look closely at the photos and you’ll see the BMW swingarm pivot, swingarm, top clamp and even clocks, albeit with a new fascia bearing the “BB2″ name.

Perhaps tellingly, BMW itself refers to the bike you see here as “An initial concept of this new motorcycle.” Is there more to come?

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  • robotribe

    Yikes. The 80s are calling; they want they’re vision of the future back. I had no idea Syd Mead was still being hired for this kind of work.

    • zipp4

      You say that as if it were a bad thing.

      Although, rectangular headlights were a trend that I do not miss.

      • robotribe

        If I wanted a proper 80s vision of motorcycling future, I’d search long and hard for a 1983 Katana; square headlamp and all.

        Now THAT’s the kind of 80s retro I’d throw a leg over.

        • Mr.Paynter


  • Jack

    If the headlight is the coolest thing on the bike, why the hell don’t you have a front shot ya goons!

    • Wes Siler

      That’d be nice, wouldn’t it?

      • Ganesh

        just tel us that is has a rectangular headlight from a 80s bike.. design theme will be complete.. anyway where are the other bimota motorcycle p0rn from eicma.. other sites have DB12 11, xx – I only want them on hfl to discuss them here

        • Wes Siler

          I’m trying to focus on what’s new. There’s more to come.

  • tropical ice cube

    Someone clears thing up for me: is it a bike show, or a Silk Tie “concours d’élégance”?

    • Domenick

      It’s a bike show. In Italy.

      • Lawrences

        and all I packed to wear is my Monster energy cap

  • TreMoto_Eddie

    Hey, it’s symmetrical! Nice

  • Anders

    I see some SB4 in the front and it also reminds me of the Lancia Montecarlo which must be a good thing.

  • frick

    Dig the square headlight! And I like the exposed aluminum subframe, reminds me of a 90-93 RC36….

  • Roman

    Not achingly beautiful like some recent Bimota designs, but cool in a subversively retro sort of way. What’s that thing in picture 3, an Italian Motus?

  • dux [87 CBR600, 95 XR600R]

    Yessss! I knew my Old CBR would come back into fashion soon!

  • deckard

    That’s a high performance 1000cc inline four, and I see a lot of enclosing bodywork but hardly any radiator exhaust routing, if any at all. That is going to be one uncomfortably hot motorcycle in its current form.