Make or Break? Bimota SB6R
‘Here’s something that you don’t see every day!’
Personally, I am not a massive fan of Italian motorcycles, they just don’t do it for me. Since passing my bike test in 1987, I’ve only handled a few and other than a Ducati Paso that boiled its brake fluid on the M11 back in 2004 and nearly killed me, most have left no lasting impression.
I do though have a massive soft spot for anything with Bimota on the tank. This I can trace back to being at school and my older brother mooching about on a KB1. A combination of Italian design and chassis tech, with a Kawasaki Z1000 motor shovelled in the tubes. It just looked special to my teenage eyeballs.
The formula is tried and tested. Take the top engines from various motorcycle manufacturers and put them in the best chassis you could buy at the time. That is exactly what Bimota did in 1996 when they plopped the Suzuki GSX-R1100WP lump into their bespoke chassis.
‘I wasn’t even looking for one when I bought it’.
I was trying to buy a GSX-R1100 Slabby, but after several weeks of nosing about all I had seen was tarted up average bikes with price tags that were on the optimistic side. I was even willing to pay the right money for the right bike, such was my yearning! Then a fellow trader mentioned he had a Bimota SB6R up for grabs. A few text messages back and forth and a virtual emoji handshake was sent, deal done. For less than the price of a pimped up Slabside, I had myself a posh GSX-R1100WP.
‘What’s the catch?’
It’s hard to accept that this bike is 25 years old. The chassis components are all quality items. It’s like taking a Pandora bracelet and making it into a Tiffany one when you compare the standard GSX-R1100WP chassis to the blingy Bimota one. The embossed Bimota on the swinging arm is a perfect example of the Italian’s magic that they dish out on the chassis parts.
‘If it’s so flipping great, why are you selling it then?’
Like all impulse purchases, no matter how great they feel at the time they start to niggle you. We’ve all bought that shirt we thought we needed, only to realise it’s not really in keeping with our tastes or the rest of our wardrobe at a later date. The SB6R is that shirt. It’s also a bit tight under the armpits. The riding position is pure 90s, head down, arse up. Great for track days or runs to the local meet, but not so much fun for a daily commute or trip to Tescos.
‘Hit me up Buttercup, how much is it?’
Since buying the bike it has sat in my garage, not only that but it’s gradually been pushed further to the back! A year of neglect now means it needs a new battery and a good service. Having lost interest in it, I have zero desire to invest time and effort into getting it running etc. Partly because if I do and it doesn’t sell in about 12 months’ time, it’ll need the same fuss again to get it going.
So, I’m going to put it out in an ‘as is’ condition. My laziness could be your benefit if you fancy owning a slice of 90s nostalgia!
Here’s the vitals in case it does appeal.
UK supplied bike from new, sold and serviced by Galleria Italia. It’s done 10,000 kms and hasn’t done much in the last few years. There are some cosmetic blemishes on the fairing. It’s got carbon silencers and somewhere I have the standard silencer that goes with it. I have some paper history, V5 and keys. Bring an empty van and £6,500. Collection from Peterborough PE6.
Article provided by Scottie Redmond