Our First Proper Glimpse of the Upcoming Bimota KB4

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The folks over in Rimini have been quiet lately, likely hard at work on getting the Bimota Tesi H2 out the door after its delay during the pandemic.

We have covered the supercharged motorcycle with its hub-center steering a bit already, and day’s news turns to what will be Bimota’s second motorcycle since its rebirth, the Bimota KB4.

Finally caught in its final form, we can see what this retro-inspired machine will look like, once its paint has dried.

With Kawasaki owning a minority stake in the Italian brand, it doesn’t surprise us that the KB4 is based off the Kawasaki Ninja 1000 SX motorcycle. though Bimota has definitely strayed far from the platform’s original intent.

Bimota hasn’t exactly been bashful about hiding its intentions with the KB4, teasing us with renders and spy shots from the factory, but today’s photo is the first actual image of the genuine article.

While it gives us a good idea of what to expect when the Bimota KB4 officially debuts, today’s image doesn’t solve one of the bigger mysteries surrounding the new motorcycle – namely the giant air duct under its fairings.

It’s hard to tell if Bimota is using the duct to cool a tail-mounted radiator, or perhaps for some aerodynamic purpose (like what we saw on the MotoCzysz E1pc electric race bike), but it certainly has our curiosity.

We likely won’t get the full rundown on this bike until its official debut, which we would expect to be later this year – perhaps at EICMA.

Until then, start saving your hard-earned dollars, because we doubt that the Bimota KB4 is going to be a cheap bike to put in your garage.

Source: Bimota Classic Parts via Bothan Spies