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1977 BIMOTA SB1

BUILT BY BIMOTA S.p.A.

FROM RIMINI, ITALY

COURTESY OF JEFF SOULMAN

PHOTOS BY TED7

Bimota built exquisite, bespoke racing chassis around engines from other manufacturers, first for racing, then for the road. The SB1 used a Suzuki racing two-stroke motor, and Bimota handcrafted an impeccably built, cutting-edge trellis-tube frame, with top-rate racing suspension and brakes,and simply gorgeous bodywork. The SB1 was a masterpiece of design, performance, and styling – qualities that defined Bimota, who for decades produced the most beautifully built motorcycles in the world.

Suzuki TR500 watercooled twin-cylinder two-stroke, 266lbs, 83hp @9000rpm, 165mph top speed 50 built from 1975 to 1977