BIMOTA BB1 SUPERMONO (1995 - 1999) Review

At a glance

Power: 48 bhp
Seat height: Medium (31.1 in / 790 mm)
Weight: Low (320 lbs / 145 kg)

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
2 out of 5 (2/5)

The Bimota BB1 is strictly one for enthusiasts and collectors. Gorgeous looks, excellent handling and Italian exclusivity are the positives. Unfortunately the negatives (lack of power and heavy vibrations from the engine) more than outweigh the plusses for most people. Also the Bimota BB1 is not cheap and dealer back up is almost non-existent.

Ride quality & brakes

Next up: Engine
4 out of 5 (4/5)

This is where the Bimota BB1 Supermono excels dynamically. The engine may be underwhelming but you can make up some ground on the brakes and through the corners. The bespoke aluminum frame, steep steering and light (for the period) weight add up to an extremely nimble, sweet handling motorcycle. Brakes great but not superb by modern standards.

Engine

Next up: Reliability
2 out of 5 (2/5)

The Bimota BB1's engine is the Rotax-developed 652cc single cylinder which BMW use in its F650 range. It’s torquey at low revs with a friendly burble. But it won’t rev that high – get even close to the 8000rpm red line and the vibration’s punitive. And it’s not very powerful. Bimota claims 48bhp which is about right – but we’re talking Yamaha XJ600S Diversion territory. Over 90mph it just runs out of puff.

Reliability & build quality

Next up: Value
3 out of 5 (3/5)

So few examples of the Bimota BB1 are in use and those that are don’t do enormous mileages so few problems are reported. Engine reliability is good and the motorcycles are built to a high spec not a price. The biggest problem facing owners is the lack of a UK importer which makes servicing and obtaining parts difficult. Although this has recently changed.

 

Value vs rivals

Next up: Equipment
1 out of 5 (1/5)

Not good. There’s better motorcycles for the money than the Bimota BB1 Supermono no matter what you want. If you must have a Bimota, try the YB9 – it’s Yamaha FZR600R engine is twice as powerful and much smoother. If you must have a racy sports single, Yamaha’s XTZ660 is a better bet for less dosh. Find a Bimota BB1 Supermono for sale.

Equipment

4 out of 5 (4/5)

Like most Bimotas the BB1 is a race bike for the road so luxury was not high on the designer’s agenda. An extra front brake disc was a £300 option. The fuel tank has a neat ‘glove box’ compartment which is extremely handy. Bimota designers were switched on enough to keep the fuel lower in the bike for better weight distribution. Compare and buy parts for the Bimota Supermono in the MCN Shop.

Specs

Engine size 652cc
Engine type 5v single, 5 gears
Frame type Aluminium tubular trellis
Fuel capacity 16 litres
Seat height 790mm
Bike weight 145kg
Front suspension Preload, rebound
Rear suspension Preload, rebound, compression
Front brake 320mm disc
Rear brake 230mm disc
Front tyre size 120/60 x 17
Rear tyre size 160/55 x 17

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption 49 mpg
Annual road tax £93
Annual service cost -
New price -
Used price -
Insurance group 13 of 17
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Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage

Top speed & performance

Max power 48 bhp
Max torque 43 ft-lb
Top speed 110 mph
1/4 mile acceleration 13 secs
Tank range 165 miles

Model history & versions

Model history

1995: Bimota BB1 released.
1996: Biposto model released with dual seat.

 

Other versions

Bimota BB1 Biposto: Dual seat model with pillion pegs.

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