Bimota DB1R Works Racer
There are few motorcycles more exotic than a Bimota.
And this machine, is one of the most covetable Bimotas of all—the 1986 DB1R
racer. Built in conjunction with Ducati, it’s one of the four factory bikes
campaigned by Davide Tardozzi, Malcolm Tunstall of Syd’s Cycles, and Dale
Power comes from a Ducati 750F1 motor, fettled by Ferracci and equipped with
hotter cams and a boost in displacement to 853cc. Like the wheels, the valve
covers are magnesium to save weight. Output is around 90hp, a considerable
figure for a tiny 300 lb (136 kg) bike. The clutch is an NCR/Bimota item, with
mechanical rather than hydraulic actuation.
This DB1R is the one Quarterley rode to victory at Sears Point, with slightly
lower footpegs than the other works racers (Quarterley is 6’4”) and a custom
Supertrapp exhaust built for extra clearance around the shifter pedal. Handling
is reportedly excellent, with an unusually short wheelbase of just 54”. Then, of
course, there are the DB1R’s looks. The all-enveloping fiberglass bodywork was
ahead of its time, and is still instantly recognizable today.