1981 Bimota 748cc DB1R Frame no. DB100212 Engine no. ZDM750L - 7502269
Lot 251N
1985 Bimota 748cc DB1R
Frame no. DB100212 Engine no. ZDM750L - 7502269
£20,000 - 30,000
US$ 27,000 - 40,000

Amended
Lot Details
1981 Bimota 748cc DB1R Frame no. DB100212 Engine no. ZDM750L - 7502269 1981 Bimota 748cc DB1R Frame no. DB100212 Engine no. ZDM750L - 7502269 1981 Bimota 748cc DB1R Frame no. DB100212 Engine no. ZDM750L - 7502269 1981 Bimota 748cc DB1R Frame no. DB100212 Engine no. ZDM750L - 7502269 1981 Bimota 748cc DB1R Frame no. DB100212 Engine no. ZDM750L - 7502269 1981 Bimota 748cc DB1R Frame no. DB100212 Engine no. ZDM750L - 7502269 1981 Bimota 748cc DB1R Frame no. DB100212 Engine no. ZDM750L - 7502269 1981 Bimota 748cc DB1R Frame no. DB100212 Engine no. ZDM750L - 7502269
1985 Bimota 748cc DB1R
Frame no. DB100212
Engine no. ZDM750L - 7502269
• One of an estimated nine produced
• Raced by Oscar La Ferla and Massimo Matteoni in 1985/1986
• Restored under the supervision of Reno Leoni

Bimota's not inconsiderable reputation rests on its creation of some of the fastest and most-exclusive sports bikes ever seen. Founded in the mid-1960s, Bimota manufactured heating and ventilation ducting before the enthusiasm of two of its motorcyclist founders - Giuseppe Morri and Massimo Tamburini - saw it turn to motorcycle production in the early 1970s. The intervening 40-plus years have seen Bimota established as one of the world's foremost producers of exclusive, limited edition, high performance motorcycles with a reputation for quality second to none. Technical innovation too has long been a Bimota hallmark, as exemplified by the hub centre-steered Tesi models, while on the world's racetracks Bimota-framed machines have won hundreds of races and numerous championships, including the 350cc World Championship in 1980.

In 1985, Bimota turned to Ducati v-twin power for the DB1, installing the Bologna firm's air-cooled desmodromic engine beneath a multi-tubular frame. State-of-the-art suspension and brakes were courtesy of Marzocchi and Brembo respectively, while the DB1's quality of finish was of a level other Italian firms could only dream about. But then it did cost twice as much as a Honda VFR750.

There was also a racing version - the DB1R – which featured sharper steering geometry and was lightened by the extensive use of magnesium components, while the engine received larger (42mm) carburettors, a 2-into-1 exhaust system, and other performance enhancements. The DB1R was offered for only two years, during which period an estimated nine examples were completed, making this one of the rarest of all Bimotas.

This DB1R was built by the factory in 1985 to participate at Formula 1 championships at both national and international level. The frame - number '00212' - falls between those raced by Davide Tardozzi ('00214') and Dale Quarterley ('00210'). This DB1R was raced by Oscar La Ferla and Massimo Matteoni in 1985/1986, La Ferla finishing 3rd at Vallelunga in the 1985 international Formula 1 Race behind Marco Lucchinelli and Virginio Ferrari (a video recording of the race is available). Riding this machine, Matteoni was 2nd at the Trofeo Gran Prix at Misano in 1986 behind Pierfrancesco Chili on a Suzuki. For this race, the engine was replaced with a Formula 1 unit tuned by NCR, and this 90bhp engine is still installed. The Bimota has been restored under the supervision of Reno Leoni and has completed some test laps at the Vallelunga circuit with the vendor riding. A photograph (on file) shows Oscar La Ferla in his later years sat on the motorcycle in the current vendors ownership. A 'must have' for the serious Bimota collector, this beautiful DB1R is in generally excellent condition and ready for racing or parading.

A photograph (on file) shows Oscar La Ferla in his later years sat on the motorcycle in the current vendors ownership.

Footnotes

  • As with all Lots in the Sale, this Lot is sold 'as is/where is' and Bidders must satisfy themselves as to the provenance, condition, age, completeness and originality prior to bidding.

Saleroom notices

  • The frame number is DBM00212. We are unable to view the engine number which is obscured by the bodywork.
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