Since the marque’s inception in the 1970’s, Bimota’s formula has primarily consisted of taking proven powerplants and dropping them into cutting-edge frames, adding some high-end suspension, and then finishing out the whole process by mixing in some trick bells and whistles. The DB6 Delirio (Italian for “delirium”) is a great example of what the Italian manufacturer is all about, plus it’s simply a gorgeous machine.
The Delirio is powered by Ducati’s infamous Hypermotard engine – an air-cooled, twin-spark, 90 degree, 1,078cc, four-valve, “L-Twin” that reportedly puts down 98hp at 7,500rpm and a cool 76ft-lbs of torque at 5,500rpm. The Delirio is also fitted with Bimota’s own electronic fuel-injection. Wrapped around the Ducati twin is a chrome molybdenum steel trellis frame complete with machined billet alloy plates.
The stock suspension on the naked Italian is made up of fully adjustable 50mm Marzocchi inverted forks and a monoshock in back. The braking hardware consists of a pair of quad-piston Brembo calipers biting 320mm disks fore, and a single dual piston unit in back with a 220mm disk. With a generous helping of carbon fiber – even more so on the ultra-trick R-spec Delirio, as well as the carbon-framed Azzuro-variant – and its stock lightweight Marchesini alloy rims, the exotic Italian scoot clocks in at just under 375 lbs dry (390 lbs wet), enabling the L-Twin to propel the Delirio up to around 140mph.
The styling is obviously another major highlight on the Delirio. Its sharp angular design includes dual carbon fiber under-tail pipes, and a sleek front-end that incorporates the front turn-signals into the headlight cowl. This example – which is said to have less than 2,000 original miles on the odo – is mostly stock, though it does have a few top-shelf upgrades such as its Accossato radial master cylinder. [EDITOR’S NOTE: A reader has let me know that this bike is not titled in California, which may present an issue for residents trying to register it in their name.]
In MCN’s review of the model – in which they gave the Delirio an overall rating of five stars out of five – they said, “Think BMX push bike with a motorcycle engine and you won’t be too far off the mark.” I can’t find an exact figure as to how many units were produced, but I can confidently say this is a very rare machine. You can find this unspecified model year Bimota DB6 Delirio for sale here on Craigslist in Santa Monica, California with a price of $9,500.