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Arrivedeci as Bimota Motorcycles close factory doors

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It’s a sad day for Italian motorcycle company, Bimota, as they close the doors on the main factory for the last time.

Created by Massimo Tamburini, Bimota has had a troubled few years and was virtually extinct. This week its premises in Via Giaccaglia, on the outskirt of Rimini, shut their doors. There wasn’t an awful lot to close the doors on though; the premises had been empty for a long time. The significant change was all signage has now been removed too.

Tamburini delivered technical excellence and stunning styling to Bimota through his hard work and superb creativity. His art was hands on. Cutting, bending and welding chrome-moly steel tubing to deliver an advanced and beautiful chassis. The company is now owned by Daniele Longoni and Marco Chiancianesi. Both originating from Italy although now living and operating in Switzerland. Recent bikes have been manufactured in Lugano. It would appear the fall out of Bimota came when Tamburini’s business partner, Giuseppe Morri, forced him to quit. This removed the heart of the company and with it, the quality of design and engineering synonymous with Bimota.

Hopes are that the company may be rediscovered by a wealthy entrepreneur, in a similar style to British motorcycle manufacturer Norton, when Stuart Garner stepped in and gave the brand the rebirth it needed. With the heritage of Bimota, this could be a beautiful fairy tale ending.

Bimota’s HB1 was the company’s first production motorcycle. It’s design and livery making it one of the true classics. Boxy and typically Italian (using whites and reds to accentuate its design.). The YB3 won the Grand Prix World Championship. The YB4 won the last TTF1 World Championship and the first race in the new World Superbike Championship.

Bimota DB5R

The company won the prestigious Motorcycle Design Award with the DB5, and the DB7 Oronero became the only road bike in the world with a carbon fiber chassis and swingarm.

Rider Mario Lega rode the YB1 to victory at Misano. Unofficially this was their companies home circuit. However, they have won many other races through the years.

The company website is still showing signs of life, but it is also still showing the Rimini factory is open. So, this is one company to keep your eye on and, if you have a small fortune burning a hole in your pocket, maybe Bimota is waiting for you!

Source: Cycleworld

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Custom of the Week: BMW R100RS by Bolt Motor Company

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MOST CUSTOM BUILDERS are juggling careers, building bikes as a side gig. Adrián Campos falls into that category: he’s the sporting director for Campos Racing, the team founded by his father Adrián Campos Sr, the former Minardi F1 driver.

Adrián Jr. is surrounded by high-tech missiles capable of 208 mph (335 kph), but he’s also nuts about motorcycles. So he started customizing classic bikes, as an antídoto to the ultra-modern race machinery that absorbs his working day.

His first build garnered enough interest to turn his side gig into a fully-fledged second business. Bolt Motor Company is now on its seventeenth build, and employs seven team members.

Bolt shares a workshop in Valencia with Campos Racing. But while the race team preps cars for the Formula 2, Formula 3 and GP3 race series, Adrián is swinging spanners on bikes like this stunning 1982 BMW R100RS.

We’ll admit it’s not the wildest custom boxer we’ve seen. But even though the style is well established, the perfect proportions and level of finish are something else. And the client wasn’t even looking for anything fancy; “He wanted a comfortable cafe racer for two people,” says Adrián, “so that’s what we did.”

The donor arrived in a pretty good condition, but it left in an even better state. There’s fresh paint and powder everywhere, from the motor right through to the forks, frame and tank.

Bolt tweaked the airhead’s stance by lowering the front forks internally just over two inches, then installing a pair of Hagon shocks at the rear. The fuel tank is stock, but the subframe and seat are custom made. The subframe’s a bolt-on affair, and the main frame’s been detabbed and cleaned up.

The taillight’s a particularly nice touch. Bolt built it into the seat rather than the rear loop, along with integrated rear turn signals. The whole setup’s barely visible—until it lights up.

They’ve also added some room for the customer to ‘customize’ his BMW at home. There’s a second tank and seat in a different paint scheme, which can be swapped out via four fasteners for the seat, and one for the tank. The second seat has it’s own plug-and-play taillight too.

Bolt have kept things practical too. The BMW’s airbox is still in play, and it’s also equipped with a BMW oil cooler and crash bars. Plus there’s a discreet inner fender at the rear. The exhaust headers have been shortened and run into a pair of generic cone mufflers, with the side stand relocated to work around them.

The cockpit’s sporting new handlebars, grips, bar-end mirrors and Motogadget bar-end turn signals. There’s a new master brake cylinder too, with some really neat plumbing. Up front is an LED headlight, tucked into a custom-made bucket.

Bolt rewired the bike from top to bottom and tucked away as much as they could. A set of Motone switches have their wires running inside the bars, while a Motogadget speedo has its cable routed through the BMW’s hollow steering stem nut.

This sort of consideration is rife, with every last nook and cranny cleaned up. We’ve spotted stainless steel fasteners throughout the build, nifty choke pulls on the carbs and a OEM-looking Bolt Motor Co. plaque on the side of the motor.

The classic white BMW motorsports livery is on point too. And Bolt have shunned the ubiquitous Firestone Deluxe Champion tires, going for the saw tooth tread of Shinko Classics instead.

We doubt that Bolt #17 could lap a track anywhere near as fast as a Campos race car.

But it’s just the sort of simple, classic ride we’d pick for getting to the track in the first place—via some leisurely Spanish back roads.


This article first appeared on Bike Exif. It’s republished here by permission.

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Video: Watch Sarah Lezito show you how to drift a motorcycle

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Yes, drifting on two wheels is possible. Especially if you’re an insanely talented stunt rider from France.

There are a few stunt riders worth following across social media and YouTube but few get the numbers of French stunter Sarah Lezito.

Shot in a cold, wet and snowy location, it’s hardly the easiest of environments for riding a motorcycle – although possibly better for skids! – but the control from Lezito, and her instruction, is captivating.

Why learn how to drift? Well, Lezito says that it might help in learning how to save from slipping, keeping the balance on your bike or just improving your stunting skills.

And her top tips?

  • First find a small bike – a 50cc or 125cc machine that’s easy to handle.
  • Find a slippery spot, like a wet floor after some light rain.
  • Put hard tyres on the rear and more air in the front tyre.
  • Protect everything… On you and your bike.
  • Prepare to crash. A lot.

We’re hoping she’ll be adding to her channel over the coming months and that this is the start of a series of ‘How To…’ videos from the young stunt rider.

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