2006 Bimota SBK8 Santa Monica

A technical analysis of the SB8K model shows important technological advances in terms of construction, both of the chassis and engine. The most noticeable and striking feature is the radial motion of the fuel injectors that perfectly mimics the movement of the butterfly valves. This innovation maximizes performance by ensuring a perfect fluidity and consistancy of the power delivery over the complete rpm range of the engine, which leads to significantly improved engine performance.

The electronic engine management is carried out by a sophisticated ECU which guarantees the most efficient performance of the unit, based on the operation and load conditions. The ECU also controls every electrical system and immediately communicates any kind of problem to the user. In addition to these basic tasks, the ECU is also capable of handling different mappings, which can be chosen manually by the rider, depending on the setting of the motorcycle or intended environmet of use (normal, sporting or racing modes).

Bimota SBK8 Santa Monica

Approximately one hour of historic data concerning the basic parameters of the bike (like water temperature, air, speed, revolutions, and suspension positions) can be fully downloaded if the sensors are set up for such an application.

With a profusion of light alloys and carbon fiber, the materials employed in the construction of the chassis are the most advanced materials available today. Carbon fiber is used for the faring as well as for the construction of the fuel tank, which was built utilizing the same techniques applied to parts for the Motorcycle Grand Prix. Many elements of the SB8K are meticulously machined from aluminum alloy, a distinctive hallmark for all classic and current Bimota products.

Bimota SBK8 Santa Monica

Bimota SB8K Santa Monica Specifications


  • Chassis
    • Frame: Modular, composed of two aluminium alloy beams and carbon fibre plates
    • Wheelbase: 1390 mm / 54.7 in
    • Rake: 23° ÷ 24°
    • Front suspension: Öhlins upside-down fully adjustable forks with TiN surface treatment
    • Front wheel travel: 120 mm / 4.7 in
    • Front brake: 2 x 320 mm semi-floating discs, 4-piston 4-pad radial calipers - Brembo
    • Front wheel: 6 spoke design light alloy forged 3.50x17 - OZ
    • Front tyre: 120/70 ZR 17
    • Rear suspension: Progressive linkage with fully adjustable Öhlins monoshock
    • Rear wheel travel: 130 mm / 5.1 in
    • Rear brake: 240 mm disc, 2-piston caliper - Brembo
    • Rear wheel: 6 spoke design light alloy forged 5.50x17 - OZ
    • Rear tyre: 180/55 ZR 17
    • Fuel tank capacity: 21 l / 5.6 US gal (including 5 l / 1.3 US gal reserve)
    • Weight: 175 kg / 400 lbs (includes battery, lubricants and, where applicable, cooling liquid)
    • Seat height: 810 mm / 31.9 in
    • Instruments: Speedometer, rev counter, high beam indicator, direction indicators, oil pressure warning light, low fuel warning light, neutral light, water temperature
  • Engine
    • Type: Suzuki TL 1000 R - L twin cylinder, 4 valve per cylinder; liquid cooled
    • Displacement: 996 cc
    • Bore x Stroke: 98x66
    • Compression ratio: 11.3:1
    • Fuel injection: Electronic fuel injection, 55 mm throttle body
    • Exhaust: Double aluminium mufflers with catalytic converter
    • Emissions: Euro 2
  • Transmission
    • Gearbox: 6 speed
    • Ratios: 1st 12/32, 2nd 15/29, 3rd 18/27, 4th 22/27, 5th 23/25, 6th 24/24
    • Primary drive: Straight cut gears; (ratio 31/57)
    • Final drive: Chain; Front sprocket 17; Rear sprocket 39
    • Clutch: Multiple plate in oil bat

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