Last year we were wowed by the Bimota BB2, and not necessarily in a good way. The boutique Italian brand has a reputation for making rolling pieces of art that feature production motors with Bimota’s own chassis genius. While the BB2 was powered by the venerable BMW S1000RR’s inline-four engine, Bimota failed to live up to its end of the bargain, which made the Bimota BB2 an interesting, although rather unappealing, effort.
From what our sources have told us, that project has since been taken out behind the woodshed, and to help make up for things, a clean-slate Bimota BB3 will debut at this year’s EICMA show. The first machine to debut under Bimota’s new owners, Marco Chiancianesi and Daniele Longoni, the BB3 again features an S1000RR power plant, and from what our sources have been telling us, the BB3 swaps the BB2’s throwback retro look for a 21st century racing aesthetic.
As such, the Bimota BB3 is said to be dripping in carbon fiber, and the folks at Moto-Station are quoting power figures of 193hp (stock S1000RR) and a bulk of 179 kg (394 lbs) — we assume that figure is wet. Instead of the retro cues seen on the Bimota BB2, the Bimota BB3 will have more modern inspiration, like what we saw with the company’s Moto2 race bike, the Bimota HB4. Expect a trellis frame, which has become a standard item with Bimota lately, and all the usual top-shelf components.
If what we are hearing is true, then Bimota could well be back on the right path with its machines. We won’t know more until Wednesday, November 6th though, when Bimota has its unveiling at the 2013 EICMA show in Milan. We’ll be there, getting tons of photos for you to drool over — don’t worry.