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    What's up with Bimota USA?

    Does anyone know what is up with Bimota USA? Their site is down. The only side that comes up is the Italian one and German one. The italian site doesn't even list USA as a region where bikes are available for sale?

    Just curious if this company is going out of business again


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    There is some info here about halfway down:
    http://www.bimotaspirit.com/news.html

    "As you all probably know, we do not have an official Bimota importer in the USA at the moment"

    Maybe we'll get another importer when the economy picks back up.
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    Thanks Bill. I guess that answer my question. My assumption is that parts are somewhat available but kinnd of hard to get


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    The previous Bimota USA importer was of little help, and frankly, I had little trust in them. I have three of these beauties in my garage. 2-DB4's and a YB8.
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    Hmmm, Axe, you have been looking for something to do with your time once the current project ends right? Could be fun, as long as floating it for a while does not kill fun factor.
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    I'd need a strong partner.......ahem.
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    I know it is insane with the AC duc motor and whatnot, but these things are Put Together and the welds are definitely erectifiable. But alas, $30k+. Dammit.

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    That thing is NOT good looking. But I would spank The Living Hell out of it!!

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    There are a couple of Bimotas that I'd like to have in the garage. This one and the DB7 but yeah 30K is more than I can swing. Pics do not even do them justice after seeing them in person.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SF2DieHard View Post
    That thing is NOT good looking. But I would spank The Living Hell out of it!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill in OKC View Post
    There are a couple of Bimotas that I'd like to have in the garage. This one and the DB7 but yeah 30K is more than I can swing. Pics do not even do them justice after seeing them in person.
    Hmmm. I loathe the idea of spending more than $10,000 for a car but I would gladly spend $30,000 on a motorcycle without blinking an eye.


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    Ever seen one in person?
    No. But I do like go out of my way to indulge the enjoyment of Bimota's in person.
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    DB6R can be had for a lot less then 30K. Recently there was one very special edition Blue color with supposedly only 6 units shipped to the USA available for $19000. Its not cheap but considering that there were only 11 (I think. Made to honor Italian team win of Wolrd Soccer Championship) made its was a pretty sweet deal. Couple of guys on the forum bought brand spanking new Bimotas for around $13000-14000. Yes those bikes were brand new but a couple of years old. So, what! Its still a Bimota.

    DB7 is a gorgeous bike and Tesi 3D is some weird but awesome looking machine


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    Axe sometimes I wonder how strong you think I am? On a serious note about importing Bimota to the USA it is my opinion they would need to sell at least 300-500 units even in year one to make it worthwhile for say a 3-5 person distribution operation located say in the central part of Texas oon cheap land beetween Austin and Houston? Axe, my number seem close? Then the real question is can Bimota build enough bikes and supply parts reliably enough. Maybe time to for a fact finding mission across the Atlantic and the continent huh? We should travel by private jet, just found the old marketing manager from Piaggio is working for Gulfstream and asked him to see about a long "demo" flight...

    If distributed through Port of Houston, warehoused almost tax free in Texas and smart economics on the import side it may be possible to actually make Bimota a success here in the USA again. I think building a proper dealer network to be the hardest part, while most use Ducati sourced motors I am not thrilled with the quality of technical Ducati employees I have met nationwide, some are excellent, most are average at best but all hold a certificate that makes them think they walk on water.

    Why do you make me ponder these things...
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    I like the way this conversation is heading... interesting stuff indeed.
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    Dealer network and tech's are clearly the most challenging part. I know nothing about the retail motorcycle business, save for having several very close friends in the business...but I DO know quite a bit about setting franchised dealer networks and the associated technical expertise. I wish it were a science, but it's not...

    Micah; there are several reasons I started servicing my own Ducati's years ago...and certainly one reason was the quality...or lack of consistent quality of Ducati techs. I've met more average to below than above.
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