Bimota DB8




Make Model

Bimota DB8




Four stroke, 90°“L”twin cylinder, SOHC, desmodromic 4 valve per cylinder,


1198 cc / 73.1 cub. in.
Bore x Stroke 106 x 67.9 mm
Compression Ratio


Cooling System Liquid cooled


Electrically controlled gasoline injection and φ60mm throttle body


Magneti Marelli 
Starting Electric
Exhaust 2 in 1 in 1, stainless steel

Max Power

170 hp / 125 kW @ 9750 rpm

Max Torque

131,4 Nm / 13,4 kg-m / 96.9 lb/ft. @ 8000 rpm
Clutch Wet multiple plates, hydraulic system


6 Speed  /  chain
Final Drive Chain
Frame Welded 39NiCrMo4 tubing and machined 6082 aluminium alloy plates

Front Suspension

Marzocchi USD forks DLC fully adjustable

Rear Suspension

Extreme Tech Monoshock fully adjustable

Front Brakes

2x 320mm / 12.6 in Brembo floating discs 4 pistons radial Brembo calipers, radial pumps

Rear Brakes

Single 220mm / 8.7 in. floating disc, 2-piston Brembo caliper

Front Tyre

120/70 ZR17

Rear Tyre

190/55 ZR17

Rake 25°


Length  2100 mm / 82.7 in.

Height     700 mm / 27.6 in.

Height  1115 mm / 43.9 in.

Wheelbase 1435 mm / 56.5 in.
Seat Height 800 mm / 31.5 in.

Dry weight

178 kg / 392.4 lbs

Fuel Capacity 

16 Litres / 4.2 US gal

Bimota has wrong footed the world with its new DB8 by revealing it’s a dual-seat, more powerful 1198-engined yet cheaper version of the DB7. The DB8 had been strongly tipped to be a naked DB7 to rival Ducati’s Streetfighter, but that bike appears to be still in the works.  

Bimota says it wants the £20,300 (€23,000) DB8 to be its ‘entry level’ superbike, and expects to sell 250 of the biposto machine – making it in Bimota terms a volume seller. The £23,000 (€26,000) DB7 remains in production, but with the 1098 motor, which as a single-seater is all the firm says it needs. 

The DB8 manages to undercut the DB7 by using plastic rather than carbon bodywork, and an aluminium rather than structural carbon subframe joining it its oval section CroMo hybrid chassis. Slightly lower spec Marocchi and Extreme Tech suspension front and rear respectively complete the cost cuts.

The DB8 has gained 8cm nose-to-tail (though wheelbase remains the same) and 8kg, taking its weight to 178kg, countered by the bigger 1198 motor’s extra 8bhp and 6ftlb over the DB7. The rear seat allows for a useful bit of underseat storage.

“Bimota customers are used to being surprised with new and innovative motorcycles offering unique design, good power and light weight – and many of them also have a wife or girlfriend that would like to come along. We are sure this design will be a big success” says the firm’s Anna Carla Cuneo.

Source MCN