Riders who are willing to buy the best naked bike out there and for whom money are not an obstacle, the best offering enters the scene: the Bimota DB6R An exclusive and brand new model, the Italian naked goes up against the British in an attempt to dethrone the Speed Triple which is considered the naked of the masses thanks to its affordability. Let’s get rolling!
We’ve recently had the opportunity to ride the brand new DB6R, the very best model to have ever been introduced by Bimota. The main difference between this brand new model and the standard is the weight. Engineers aimed towards an even lighter (7.5 kg less than the standard) and implicit more versatile motorcycle. Can it get better than that? We shall wait and see, but for 2008 the weight reduction is due to the carbon fiber parts and the lighter wheels. The result is an outstanding 170 kg wet and that pretty much says a lot from a bike that looks the way the Bimota DB6R does.
The engine is taken right off the Hypermotard 1100 so it offers the greatness and finesse that a Ducati searches for and combined with the slipper clutch, there is simply no better alternative to it. Light, powerful and compact, Bimota’s new introduction stands for the greatest riding experience.
After the resurrection of the brand, the motorcycle public witnessed the first prototype that was to become a production model in the early 2006. It was, and still is, called the Bimota DB6 and it amazed with its lightness, quick handling and refined mechanics. The great thing is that for 2008, those features have been upgraded and gathered under the DB6R designation and the models would be produced in parallel even though the first had all to do with the second’s birth.
Our tendency is to compare it with its Italian correspondents and the first name that comes in everyone’s minds is, of course, Ducati, but this maker also supplies the engine for the DB6R, as we said before, so it would be useless to try and find an opponent in it.
2008 Benelli Tornado Naked Tre 1130 Sport Evo
The next best thing to compare it with is called the Benelli Tornado Naked Tre 1130 Sport Evo. Both Bimota and Benelli have been revamped so every market segment is radically important for them. Benelli’s Sport Evo is practically the best you can get from this maker in matters of naked bikes and at the end it all reduces to the liquid-cooled, four valves per cylinder double overhead camshaft with balancer shaft inline-triple engine that equips the alternative for the DB6R. I’ve recently rode the Benelli Sport Evo and to be honest, there was nobody to convince me that I could get more, until I met today’s subject of review.
2008 Triumph Speed Triple
Great Britain never misses its chance to stand out with their Triumph Speed Triple. The bike is practically the definition of a streeetfighter and it is powered by a strong-pulling 131 horsepower engine mounted on a light and versatile chassis. It also comes with goodies such as the Brembo brakes and for $10,299 MSRP you simply can’t ask for more. Wait until you hear how much the Bimota requires!
2008 Bimota DB6R
Testimony of the attempt to keep the entire piece of machinery as light as possible is the way that the thing ended up looking. It is simply a sharp-looking roadster with features worthy on envy spread on its entire bodywork. The headlight is very stylish and unique and its small surrounding fairing offers the space for the front LED signal lights to make a good impression. Also fitted with an aerodynamic small screen, the front end looks complete and…Italian.
There isn’t much plastic on the sides to relate to so what designers did was to create the sharpest tank ever to be fitted on a naked or on any other bike in any given category. It really is a talent demonstration and we’ll be waiting a while until another one like it will show up.
What I found being the greatest thing is the almost horizontal positioned seat that will have you covered for miles and miles, although I don’t know is your passenger will have the same opinion. Ending up this harmony is the taillight and the double exhaust which fill in for the unnecessary plastic.
Its compactness speaks for itself and if a Ducati will show the L-shaped engine, the Bimota positions a small protective shield and a minuscule side panel which cuts away its emptiness. There are also a lot of easy to notice carbon fiber elements, fenders included.
Color combination is a carefully picked White (for any bike’s specific exterior elements such as the gas tank and the rear end) and Red (mainly for the frame and swingarm). The alloy rims aren’t covered in nothing, but bling.