Bimota Now Swiss Owned?

09/12/2013 @ 9:40 am, by Jensen Beeler9 COMMENTS


Known just as much for its exotic motorcycles, as its tumultuous relationship with financial solvency, Bimota as a company is a bit of a quagmire. The Italian motorcycle house showed its racing chops with the Bimota HB4 Moto2 race bike, debuted a bevy of Ducati-powered models last year, and the Italians have branched out with the BMW S1000RR-powered Bimota BB2.

Now announcing a change in its ownership, Bimota has seemingly been bought by a still-unnamed Swiss financier. With production expected to stay in Rimini, Italy and with Italians said still to be managing the company, it seems that Bimota has just found a deeper wallet to extract cash from. At least, that what appears to be the case from Bimota’s bizarrely worded press release.

Rimini, September 12, 2013 – It’s been 40 years since the brilliant Massimo Tamburini and his partners Bianchi and Morri founded the legendary Bimota. 40 years of successes, defeats, tenacity made to serve an Italian dream, down to the known difficulties at the end of the last century. In 2002, a brave businessman from Milan took the lead of this tailored reality, uplifting it from its own ashes and giving it a new life. A new life marked by many victories and the development of cutting-edge motorcycles.

Now in its 40th anniversary Bimota makes a further step forward: picks up the baton a new management for Swiss Company name, but Italian for the people in charge, and is prepared, with extraordinary enthusiasm to continue the journey in the history of Bimota. Bimota, with Italian passport, will remain illustrious citizen of a nation known and appreciated for his passion and expertise of motorbikes. In few days will be issued an official statement where will be presented the new property.

Source: MCN

  • Phil

    Tis a shame they don’t produce their own engines

  • Dewey

    Bimota became largely irrelevant once the Japanese manufacturers figured out how to actually build a chassis. The bikes that made the Bimota name a legend were the the HB1 and 2, the KB1 and 2, the SB and YB5. These bikes used the supremely reliable and powerful Japanese engines, housed in chassis that the Japanese lacked the experience/specific expertise to build at that time. Japanese reliability with Italian handling and style, at the time Bimota were the ONLY way to get all that in a streetbike. There was a reason beyond simply style to want a Bimota back then. Now, ALL manufacturers know how to build bikes that handle so the only thing that Bimota have going in their favor is exclusivity. For the people that seek true two-wheeled exotica and exclusivity (sit down, Ducati owners) they truly are the Ferrari of the bike world.

  • paulus

    The Press release:
    A great example of why Google translate is just not quite there yet…

    I agree with Dewey, Bimota filled a requirement that is not there anymore. Chassis for poor handling sports bikes. However, their Vyrus model is a thing of beauty.

  • To invest in a small Italian Motorcycle company is to burn money.

  • Damo

    The Bimota SB6 is still one of my favorite looking motorcycles of all time. Oddly enough you can actually find a few in America.

  • Pedro

    Don’t care who owns it, just drop that hideous logo! Please!

  • Dewey


    The Vyrus (any version) is indeed a beautiful machine but it is not a Bimota, it is sold by Vyrus, a company independent of Bimota and headed by one Ascanio Rodorigo. The Vyrus 984 (2-valve) is the same bike as the Bimota Tesi 2D. This is because the Tesi 2D is (was) actually built at the Vyrus facility, making it the only badge-engineered Bimota.

  • Con

    I can think of worse ways to burn money.

  • @Dewey – “For the people that seek true two-wheeled exotica and exclusivity (sit down, Ducati owners) they truly are the Ferrari of the bike world.”

    NCR seems to have more exotica than Bimota, even if NCR has less models.

    While the apparent lack of management involvement is alarming, companies with Bimota’s fundamental mindset are necessary in a relatively slow moving industry. Only until the Panigale was there a significant focus to drop weight. e.g. a 1993 CBR900RR had 124 hp & weighed 408 lbs; a 2009 BMW 1000RR has 193 hp & weighs 403 lbs. This is a 55% increase in hp, while the weight has only been reduced 1.2%. Hopefully, Bimota sees this as their next way to lead via FFEs