Bimota launches supercharged naked

Bimota Impeto supercharged

Just as Kawasaki is finding a future in supercharging, so is Bimota which has launched its supercharged Impeto at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan last week.

The longest-running Italian motorcycle company describes Impeto as a ‘hyper-naked’ using the 120kW 1198cc Testastretta engine from the Ducati Diavel.

Impeto is Italian for impetus or momentum, so you can option it up with a supercharger for an extra 15-20% of momentum.

Bimota Impeto
Bimota Impeto

The supercharger kit was developed for Bimota using Ducati liquid-cooled engines.

Impeto comes with ABS, ride-by-wire throttle and traction control, and can be offered with carbon fibre swing-arm and frame tubes.

Bimota cafe racer

The naked bike represents a gradual departure for the Italian from sports bikes and that is extended by the debut of their Tesi 3D RaceCafe, based on the existing hub-centre-steered Tesi 3D naked.

Bimota Tesi 3D
Bimota Tesi 3D

The Tesi 3D RaceCafe uses Ducati’s air-cooled 803cc engine, the same one that is powering the current Ducati Scrambler range.

The ride height can be adjusted using two eccentrics where the front and rear suspensions are joined to the chassis. The front end can be adjusted through a range of 9.5mm and the rear has a range of 14mm. If both adjustments are made in the same direction, the Tesi 3D RC can be raised or lowered by 23mm.

If you want to build your own, they are also offering a kit version of their BMW S1000RR-powered BB3.

The kit consists of a “complete rolling chassis with all the necessary parts to build a fully functional motorcycle except for the engine and electric/electronic systems that come from BMW”.

Building your own Bimota from a kit has been a distinctive feature of the company for many years.

2 Comments

  1. The Bimota Tesi 3D with hub-centre-steering is an interesting concept …. with this front end geometry the Design Engineers could get clever and easily add in a drive shaft to create an AWD version.

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