Japan’s Bimota importer was Red Baron (Redbro Racing), and they created three limited edition variants of the already-rare DB4 – the R1, R2, and R3. The “R” in the names stood for “Refine, Reborn, and Racing.” All bikes were powered by the 904cc engine from the Ducati SuperSport, which produced 80 horsepower and 60 pound feet of torque.
The R1 used 40mm Mikuni flat slide carbs, Alcantara seat, Ti-coated windshield, Redbro full titanium exhaust, red mirrors with LED turn signals, and custom paint. The R2 was the same except the carbs were ditched for fuel injection (like the Bimota DB4ie), and the R3 was the same as the R2 except with a half-fairing. There were 35 examples each of the R1 and the R2 – the R3 may have been the same but I haven’t been able to find a source to verify that.
This example (VIN: ZESDB4J03YR000020) is a R2 with zero miles. It’s #18 of 35 and the seller notes that the original mirrors were lost and have been replaced with standard Bimota black ones. It was imported from Japan and has American paperwork – the speedo has been replaced with a MPH version, so it’d be nice to get some sort of proof that the original dash had zero miles on it before it was replaced.
Find this DB4ie for sale in Raleigh, North Carolina for $14,500 here on Bimota Spirit.