Bimotas are known for most efficiently combining their bike’s lightness with the engine’s amazing power delivery and smoothness so the thing is that you feel like you learn riding again from the minute you’ve been introduced to it.
It is the easiest bike to ride and it will perform like no other when it comes to fast take offs and acrobatic figures (great torque from down low). Even though you won’t see me doing such thinks very often, I can definitely say that it is a lot of fun to ride and pop-up wheelies on right after you get out a tight corner in second gear.
The fact that its engine is so highly tuned and responsive, as well as the chassis, makes it the most craved toy among your average naked rider who won’t feel like benefiting of these impressive features without the impressive retail price. But that is a whole other story at which we will later come back to. The thing is that while riding it you feel like a faith’s spoiled child.
What I most appreciate at it is how fast the engine can be taken up to its 8500 RPM redline without any jerks and the awesome handling characteristics. This is what is so great about it: the fact that it makes any corner feel like a child’s play and I have really began feeling like crying for the DB6R. Even though not such a high-revving unit, the Ducati engine powers the bike incredibly efficient and uses the torque to leave the best impression about Italian bikes. And I like to consider it the culmination of the Italian naked as it incorporates the most refined features such as Marzocchi forks and Brembo brakes which, of course, contribute at the phenomenal riding experience.
Feeling well at home on the new Bimota is the easiest thing and it is all due to the ergonomically positioned handlebars, footpegs and seat. It becomes perfect for the average-sized person, but I must say that experience is indeed necessary in order to get the best out of it. And when you finally hope to have uncovered all of its secrets, the DB6R shows even greater road abilities.
The environment in which I usually test a naked is composed of successive twist and straight sections of road and this model in particularly reminds me of the speed a Supermoto bike would travel on the given sections. Even though not a speed machine, it can do 160 mph easily, but at that level the wind will become a bothering factor and don’t expect me to say more (vibrations for example), because there’s nothing that will ruin your ride or make you feel like there could be a better choice.
The bike reviewed today clearly addresses to people who have a soft spot for Italian bikes and a heavy pocket. A simple and a little disappointing proof is the 20,000 Euros MSRP which translates in approximately $31500. It is indeed a high price, but exclusivity has its plusses and minuses. Personally, I wouldn’t hesitate buying this model as it is the greatest naked I’ve ever ridden.
I would have to say that the Bimota DB6R will leave anyone with an open mouth because of the way it looks and performs. Yes, you couldn’t agree more, but what bikes will you start looking for immediately after completing reading this review? I reckon that the Speed Triple is the first on your list if the cheapest alternative is being searched.