1997 Bimota 652cc BB1 Supermono
Registration no. R238 MGO
Frame no. BB100195
Launched at the Milan Show in 1994, the BB1 reflected the growing interest in sporting 'supermono' singles and was built to Bimota's customary exacting standards. Its specification included a frame fabricated from oval-section aluminium tubing, Paioli adjustable suspension, Brembo brakes and Marchesini wheels. The power unit was BMW's Rotax-built 652cc water-cooled four-valve single, as found in the F650 Funduro, but bolted directly to the fame rather than rubber mounted as in the Beemer. Under-seat exhausts were becoming fashionable at the time and their adoption on the BB1, with the headers running above the engine, forced the fuel tank's relocation to the belly pan. Weighing 169kg (372lb), the BB1 had a top speed of around 115mph and cost £8,995 in the UK in 1996. Given that at that time you could have bought a Kawasaki ZX7-R or Suzuki GSX-R750 or Yamaha YZF750 for the same money it is perhaps not so surprising that Bimota sold only 376 BB1s worldwide. Currently displaying a total of only 7,872 kilometres on the odometer, this example of a rare single-cylinder Bimota is described by the vendor as generally good condition. The machine is offered with sales brochure, instruction book, warranty document, HPI certificate, five expired MoTs (most recent 31st August 2011) and Swansea V5C New Keeper Supplement.