Company Saver – 1986 Bimota DB1

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Post-Sale Update:  After being relisted, this Bimota DB1 sold on eBay for $29,999.

The Bimota DB1 is a critical bike in Bimota’s history – in fact, it’s credited with saving the company from near-certain bankruptcy. Two pieces of curved fiberglass came together to create the distinctive pearl white bodywork, surrounding a Ducati 748cc engine. Bimota model names are based on the engine supplier – so DB1 roughly translates into “Ducati-powered, Bimota-built, 1st model”. Despite the looks, the DB1 wasn’t particularly fast, with only 70 horsepower. But the bike had good road dynamics, and again – most importantly – saved Bimota from financial ruin.

Bimota DB1 - Right Side

There were several versions of the Bimota DB1, but in total less than 700 were produced. Today’s featured bike is the original base model – only 12 were originally imported to the United States. Want to learn more? Check out VisorDown’s small piece on the DB1 as part of Bimota’s six sexiest bikes.

Bimota DB1 - Gauges

This specfic Bimota DB1 has just 5 kilometers (approximately 3 miles!) on the odometer. Thankfully, it comes with a clear Michigan title, and the seller claims to have stored this bike with some thought behind it. The title is crucial because this bike was actually for sale back in April of 2011, but it never hit a reserve (which we guess was around $20k) because it didn’t have a title at the time. Current buyers would do well to inquire about every last detail of the paperwork. The bike was kept inside a heat controlled facility with oil in the cylinders and exhaust, and an empty gas tank. Still, this Bimota will need some work before she’s brought back to life – the seller recommends a basic service with a tune up and belts.

Bimota DB1 - Tank

The seller has a gallery of large rpictures available here on ImageEvent.

Bimota DB1 - Front

Find this Bimota DB1 for sale here on eBay with bidding at $27,000 and the reserve not yet met in Boyne City, Michigan.

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