These pictures give our readers a first look at Bimota’s stunning new DB5. Bimota will show the bike for the first time and reveal full specs at next week’s Intermot show in Munich.
Powered by a Ducati 992cc Dual Spark V-Twin (the air-cooled unit used in Ducati’s Multistrada, Monster 1000 and 1000 SS), the DB5′s frame uses a combination of a tubular chromoly trellis structure and CNC machined aluminum plates, and the swingarm is also a tubular trellis structure. Although no official weight figures have been released, the DB5 is expected to be one of the lightest 1000cc V-Twins ever produced.
Below is the full text of Bimota’s press release regarding the DB5 and its Intermot debut.
Rimini, August 6th , 2004
BIMOTA AT INTERMOT 2004
At the forthcoming Intermot Show in Munich the historic marque from Rimini
will launch for the very first time the prototype of its new DB5 model. This
project was conceived with the ambition to take Bimota back to its origins:
compactness, lightness and refined mechanical details were the initial
inputs in the execution of a dream completely Made in Italy.
A dream, which Is about to become real, re-interpreting Bimota¹s
traditional characteristics which have left an indelible mark in the history
of the motorcycle, models such as the HB1, KB2 Laser, DB1 and other designs
which have never been forgotten by enthusiasts all over the world.
Powered by a Ducati 1000 DS air cooled engine, this new model presents
several details which only a Bimota can boast: tubular steel trellis frame
with machined plates in aircraft alloy, a hitherto unseen tubular composite
swing arm, and fully adjustable Öhlins suspension.
The styling by Sergio Robbiano, enhances the aggressiveness of the DB5 by
leaving most of the mechanical parts in view; it could be compared to a
jewel-studded precious piece of art.
In addition to the DB5, Bimota will also display its current product range
consisting of the SB8K in the SantaMonica version, enriched by the best
components available on the market (Öhlins suspension, Brembo radial brake
system, OZ wheels), and the TESI 2D, Bimota¹s benchmark avant-garde model,
which breaks with tradition via its revolutionary steering system and
represents the company¹s ongoing radical research and development programme.