One of 224 built, from the David Edwards collection
1991 Bimota YB10 Dieci
Frame no. ZESS8YA25MRZES025
Engine no. 36M900521
Bimotas have always been best-of-both-worlds sportbikes: Italian passion and craftsmanship propelled by state-of-the-art engines. The YB10, powered by a 135-hp FZR1000 four-cylinder, marked the 10th Yamaha motor to be wrapped by Bimota's word-class, race-quality running gearhence the Dieci model name, Italian for tenth.
This particular Dieci, one of 224 built, comes from the collection of former Cycle World editor David Edwards. It was Edwards who tested the first YB10 in the country for the magazine back in '91. He came away smitten: "Smaller in size than some 600s and packing a liter-sized wallop anchored by a rock-solid chassis, the Dieci feels like the world's horniest FZR400," he wrote. "It's hard not to be captivated by this bike's various bits and pieces. Behold the top triple-clamp and the frame's swingarm-pivot plates. Crafted from aluminum billet, they proudly wear milling marks where a CNC machine has taken out excess alloy. Check out the welds that join the frame together, each worthy of inclusion in a master welder's portfolio. Lift off the bodywork and delight in the sheer machine-ness of the chassis that greets you. The innards of most modern sportbikes are best left cloaked, but the Dieci'sneat, simple and unclutteredbeg to be shown off."
Back then, Diecis rang in at a heart-stopping $27,000and that's in 1991 dollars! Now they're among the most affordable exotica on two wheels.