Bimota SB8K: review, history, specs

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Bimota SB8K Santamonica.jpg
Production 2000 -
Class Sport Bike
Suzuki TL1000R -90 deg v twin cylinder, 4 valve per cylinder; liquid cooled,4-stroke
Bore / Stroke 99.1mm x 99.1mm
Compression ratio 11.3:1
Horsepower 131.96 HP (98.4 KW) @ 9500RPM
Torque 69.33 ft/lbs (94.0 Nm) @ 8500RPM
Transmission Gear box: 6-speed, manual

Final Drive: chain

Clutch: wet multi-disc, manual
Suspension Front: 46mm Paioli upside-down fork
Rear: Ohlins fully-adjustable mono-shock
Brakes Front: dual 320mm disc, 4-piston calipers
Rear: single 230mm disc, 4-piston caliper
Front Tire 120/65 ZR17
Rear Tire 190/55 ZR17
Wheelbase 1390 mm / 54.7 in
Weight 179.0 kg (wet)
Fuel Capacity 21 l / 5.6 US gal
Related Suzuki TL1000R
Manuals Service Manual

The Bimota SB8K was a liquid-cooled, four-stroke, 90-degree V-Twin, DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder Sport Bike motorcycle produced by Bimota in 2000. Max torque was 69.33 ft/lbs (94.0 Nm) @ 8500 RPM. Claimed horsepower was 131.96 HP (98.4 KW) @ 9500 RPM.

History[edit | edit source]

The bike was added to the present lineup after the company hiatus in late nineties financial crisis. The bike was built with a profusion of light alloys and carbon fiber; the materials employed in the construction of the chassis are the most advanced materials available today. Carbon fiber is used for the fairing as well as for the construction of the fuel tank, which was built utilizing the same techniques applied to parts for the Motorcycle Grand Prix racebike. Many elements of the SB8K are meticulously machined from aluminum alloy, a distinctive hallmark for all classic and current Bimota products.

The "SB" series means the powerplant beneath the bike frame was taken directly from the Suzuki TL1000R, and has been highly tuned by engineers to deliver more power output & torque at all engine speeds.

The SB8K is the only production bike in the world that using Bimota's very own Radial Injector Fuel Injection (Radial EFI).

Engine[edit | edit source]

A 99.1mm bore x 99.1mm stroke result in a displacement of just 996.0 cubic centimeters.

Drive[edit | edit source]

The bike has a 6-speed, manual transmission. Power was moderated via the wet multi-disc, manual.

Chassis[edit | edit source]

The SB8K has a distinctive-looking frame that wraps around the Suzuki TL1000R motor, where the upper frame is built of lightweight alloy and the lower footrest section consists of two carbon fiber plates with a box structure to reduced the frame and bike overall weight. The result is a lighter frame with the best possible rigidity over lightness ratio, the frame just weighing 185 kg on road with exceptional rigidity.

It came with a 120/65 ZR17 front tire and a 190/55 ZR17 rear tire. Stopping was achieved via dual 320mm disc, 4-piston calipers in the front and a single 230mm disc, 4-piston caliper in the rear. The front suspension was a 46mm Paioli upside-down fork while the rear was equipped with a Ohlins fully-adjustable mono-shock.

2000 Bimota SB8K[edit | edit source]

2000 Bimota SB8K 2000 Bimota SB8K

The 2000 MY Bimota SB8K features a liquid-cooled, four-stroke, 996cc, 90-degree V-Twin powerplant mated to a six-speed manual transmission, and can reach a maximum power output of 132 horsepower and 93 Nm of torque.

It also comes standard with features such as a single seat, an under-seat exhaust system, a full-fairing, a small windscreen, dual headlights, a digital and analogue instrumentation panel, Brembo brakes with dual 320mm discs in the front and a single 230mm disc in the rear, plus a race-inspired suspension package with a 46mm Paioli upside-down fork and an Ohlins fully-adjustable mono-shock in the rear.