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    BIMOTA SB8RS rider/owner opinions

    Anyone have one ?
    Is it a trailer queen?
    Is it unreliable?
    Is it too antiquated for rapid / reasonable canyon riding ?
    How easy is it to get parts ?
    How do you like it ?
    Can you get adequate/suitable insurance I am in the US
    Pros and Cons ?


    Yes…I am looking at one with 20K + miles

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    Last "Nera" RSVR sold to a good home pictured

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    You could go to Erico and ask them.
    Bikes:
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    2006 Vespa GT200-bitubo suspension all around, Malossi big-bore, head and cam, Akrapovic pipe, all put together by Micah.

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    Yes I have one.

    No ride it once a month about 150-200 miles.

    No problems with reliablty.

    Can still fly.

    Some no problems. If you crash just sit on the side of the road and cry.

    I enjoy it like a milie under Lance Armstrong's Doctor's care.

    I self insure, just carry liability.

    It is a exotic and you just don't leave it in a Wall Mart parking lot

    Hope this helps.

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    thank you

    thank you for the advice....

    and the liabability insurance advice as well
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    Now a Gen2 "Factory" Tuono
    Last "Nera" RSVR sold to a good home pictured

    5 past Apes and other rides too numerous to mention

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    I wouldn't worry about a 20k bike, but the suspension will definitely need freshened up if it hasn't been.

    And don't worry, an SB8R will still shake the fat down a twisty road and will still hold off anything under 1000cc in a straight line. I don't have mine anymore, but the day I got it (used, 3k on the clock) I ran it off down the freeway with a friend on a busa. From a 70 roll it pulled an immediate 3 bike lead and held it until about 140-150.

    These are not slow bikes by any means, really wish I hadn't let mine go....

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    Just saw this thread.
    Yes, I have one.
    No, it's not antiquated.
    It is very easy to ride and handles like a dream. Some minor factory assembly issues (loose fasteners, circlips not properly in grooves, etc.).
    Motor is bulletproof, and aside from the injection, exactly as it left the Suzuki factory.
    Runs cool (no problems in Nevada or Socal summers).
    Getting to the battery is a nightmare, so make sure you keep it on a Tender or Optimate.
    Will keep up with pretty much anything, but don't try too hard as it would be a tragedy to throw one away.
    Parts surface from time to time, especially in Germany.

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    Reviving the old thread here. I have one. Most of everything said above holds true. Now that over 6 years have gone since the last thread, the body work is virtually unobtainable. The only way to to fix any cosmetics is to have the parts custom reproduced. TL-R motor is strong and pulls like a freight train on a humping mission, but the factory fuel management system with its 8(?) pre-programmed settings does not offer the flexibility needed for the daily riding. Mine has a fully adjustable Evoluzione fuel management system and it makes a world of a difference. One thing to mention about the motor itself. TL1000R is a very good engine. Remember, Bimota always went after the good stuff. However, it is a bit prone to leaks. Major culprit is the clutch cover. Who ever applied their infinite wisdom to design this part, created a plastic cover with metal bolt sleeves. The cover would warp from age and heat, but tightening the bolts only pressed the metal sleeves against the block. Simple solution is the billet aluminum clutch cover. It's pricey, almost twice of what the Suzuki offers, but it's a one time solution, worth every penny. The rear brake is there just to slow you down a bit, most of the braking will be done up front. Four pot Brembos are good, 6 pot would be much better. This is definitely not something you would ride to Walmart, K-mart or any other mart. Not a good idea to leave it in the sun for long or even medium periods of time unless you are looking for that distinct carbon fiber patina look. It is something you would ride to a meet and expect plenty of looks. Carry a shami to wipe off the other people's drool. Current prices are in the low teens. The cheaper you go, the more expensive the bike will become. in the end, no one NEEDS to have an SB8R or any Bimota for that matter, but it will give you morning wood seeing one parked in your garage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tirefriar View Post
    Now that over 6 years have gone since the last thread, the body work is virtually unobtainable. The only way to to fix any cosmetics is to have the parts custom reproduced.
    I'm not surprised, given the limited production. But have you tried Bimota Classic Parts? It looks like they have at least some items that might meet your needs.

    http://www.bimotaclassicparts.com/en...egory=72&n=120

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    I see the old girl is back on Ebay. GLWS

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    One of my all time favorites
    if I see one locally I will buy it. These are powered by a TL1000R motor.
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    New to me nearly got one years ago so when this popped up last week it needed a new home
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    Quote Originally Posted by haga lout View Post
    New to me nearly got one years ago so when this popped up last week it needed a new home
    Good score haga sun, nice looking bike, love it.
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