BIMOTA BB3 (2014-on) Review

Published: 03 November 2014

Flawed genius - and nearly £30k!

BIMOTA BB3  (2014-on)

Flawed genius - and nearly £30k!

  • At a glance
  • 999cc  -  200 bhp
  • 35 mpg  -  160 miles range
  • Insurance group: 17 of 17
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  • Medium seat height (820mm)
  • New: £28,000

Overall Rating 3 out of 5

One of the lightest and most powerful bikes ever. But on the track it comes up a little short. The tyres aren't great and it really isn't worth the extra £10,000 over the 2014 S1000RR it shares so many parts with.

It's a brave attempt for Bimota and looks fantastic but there a few rough edcges that are hard to overlook on something costing so much.

Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5

When you really start to push on, the front feels vague. The rear felt better but that's because BMW's electronics control everything pretty well.

Some of this would be sorted with some better tyres, but a few niggles would remain.

Engine 4 out of 5

A claimed 200bhp makes the BB3 one of the most powerful road bikes of the moment - joint top with the Ducati Superlegerra. It uses the same engine as the BMW S1000RR but has new an extra 7bhp.

It's a scream, but you;d expect nothing less from the tried and tested inline four. There is simply power all through the rev range and it delivers it smoothly and without drama building to a peak as you near the redline.

Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 5

The test bike developed a slight electrical fault which prevented MCN testers from turning the ABS off. NBot a good sign. With limited dealer back-up in the UK, potential buyers need to be comfortable with working on some things themselves. but it's a BMW engine so help will be at hand.

Insurance, running costs & value 2 out of 5

This bike comes in at a whopping £28,000. That's a lot of anyone's money and is nearly double what a BMW S1000RR would cost. The donor of many of the Bimota's parts.

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Equipment 4 out of 5

Same as the BMW S1000RR's. Three rider modes - plus Slick as an optional extra. There is also switchable traction control, ABS and a quickshifter.

The clocks are also shared with the German donor machine and the quickshifter is from BMW too. The Continental Attack tyres lacked a bit of feel when pushed hard and that also translated to a lack of bite when braking hard.

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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2014
Year discontinued -
New price £28,000
Used price -
Warranty term 2 years unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 17 of 17
Annual road tax £88
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 200 bhp
Max torque 82.6 ft-lb
Top speed 186 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 35 mpg
Tank range 160 miles
Specification
Engine size 999cc
Engine type in-line four
Frame type Tubular steel
Fuel capacity 16 litres
Seat height 820mm
Bike weight 179kg
Front suspension Fully adjustable
Rear suspension Fully adjustable
Front brake Brembo M50
Rear brake single 250mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 155/55 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

New bike. Uses the engine and many of the electronics from BMW S1000RR.

Other versions

None - all-new model

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