1999 Bimota 1,127cc SB6R
Registration no. V439 KOH
Frame no. ZESSB6000VR000448
Engine no. U712-101564
The last word in 1990s Italian superbike exotica, the Bimota SB6 used one of Japan's finest engines, that of the Suzuki GSX-R1100, which was installed in the Rimini firm's trademark 'Straight Connection Technology' aluminium beam frame. Modified by Bimota using their own camshafts and under-seat exhaust system, the 'Gixxer' motor produced a claimed 156bhp, around 11 horsepower more than the stock GSX-R1100. Complementing this were some of the finest cycle parts available, including Paioli 46mm cartridge forks, fully adjustable Öhlins shock, Brembo brakes, 17" magnesium wheels and plentiful carbon fibre. At 473lbs (wet), the SB6 weighed about 60lbs less than the contemporary GSX-R1100W and its handling was in a different league altogether, while its top speed of around 175mph also bettered the 'Gixxer's. Including the later SB6R model, 1,744 SB6s were manufactured in total, making it one of the most successful Bimotas ever despite a 1998 UK list price of £17,460.
This SB6R was supplied new via Speedway Motorcycles of Blackheath, West Midlands and first owned by Robert Allen of Bridgend. 'V439 KOH' was next owned by Barrie Ryan of South Cerney, from whom it was purchased by Aled Jenkins in September 2006. The machine is offered with plastic wallets containing the instruction manuals and warranty booklet (two stamps), wiring diagram, sundry invoices, three expired MoTs (most recent issued June 2006 at 7,434 miles) and Swansea V5C document.