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1977 BIMOTA SB1

BUILT BY BIMOTA S.p.A.

FROM RIMINI, ITALY

COURTESY OF PAUL MURPHY

PHOTOS BY MECUM AUCTIONS

When Bimota finally built a road-legal motorcycle, the result could only be spectacular. The SB2 was constructed around the Suzuki GS750’s motor, but cost three times more than its donor, because it was completely hand-built to a mind-boggling standard. The list: adjustable steering head angle, frame built with conical fittings that could be split for engine removal, first mono shock street suspension,race-quality suspension and brakes. Plus, the ultimate in 1970s styling perfection.

Suzuki 850cc 4-cylinder dual overhead camshaft, 5-speed, 436lbs, 78hp @9000rpm, 135mph top speed 70 built from 1977 to 1978