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bimota\'s return fails yet again :(

again, sorta ducati related...

i meant to post this before, but forgot. i was going to theorize, that it also may mean A NEW BIMOTA creation based around the original 916/996 motor. :) that is, since ducati has the "testastretta"... maybe it would NOW be willing to sell the older generation 4V motors "en masse" to the firm. they certainly weren't going to sell them their "premier motor" back then, as they did with the 2 valvers...!!! LOL

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Bimota back in the showroom

19 Jan 2002
By Ben purvis

Bimota’s new owner says he intends to have the SB8-R superbike back on sale before the end of the year.

Late last year the famous company’s remains were bought up by Italian businessman, Guiseppe della Pietra. He has yet to officially announce he plans for the firm, but sources close to Bimota claim there are as many as 80 SB8Rs left at the factory, and that the bikes will be sold to generate cash-flow for the development of new models.

In the deal, which included all of the contents of the Bimota’s Rimini factory, Della Pietra is also believed to have inherited more than 80 of the failed V-due two-stroke race replicas, as well as all the manufacturing machinery and huge stocks of spares.

While the spares will also be sold, as yet no decision has been made on the future of the V-dues, as the engine problems that plagued the bike when it was new have never been solved.

MCN’s source claims the company has chosen to build a totally new bike rather than put any of the existing models back into production – and the firm may even attempt to build its own engine rather than buy in an existing motor from another company. He said: " Bimota wants to start very limited production of an expensive, exclusive bike next year – aiming for quality rather than quantity. "

Later this year, Bimota is expected to reveal its plans in full, but at the moment the details of the buy-out are still shrouded in secrecy. Della Pietra – an ex-Bimota and Aprilia executive – has not yet revealed the source of his finance or how much money he has access to. However, he is believed to be organising the reborn Bimota on behalf of a wealthy backer rather than funding the firm from his own pocket.
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NOT...!!! copy/paste from mcn...
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Bimota rescue bid fails

3 Apr 2002

A buyout of ailing superbike firm Bimota has fallen through, leaving rescue plans in tatters. In December last year, the firm – which was being auctioned off by Italian courts after falling into bankruptcy – was sold to entrepreneur Giuseppe della Pietra.

He paid a deposit on the understanding he would come up with the rest of the money within three months.

But he’s failed to find the extra £1.25 million – so the firm has been put up for sale again. Potential buyers include U.S. Bimota importer Bob Smith.

 

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Re: bimota\'s return fails yet again :(

Man, that's just a shame. They have produced some very cool bikes. I hope this isn't the end for them. I really thought they'd bounce back.

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Re: bimota\'s return fails yet again :(

That is a beautiful bike! I love how Bimota is cast into the swingarm.

 

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Re: bimota\'s return fails yet again :(

I'd love one of those V-Due's even if they don't run right from the factory... There has to be someone out there with two stroke porting experience that could make one of those things run right.

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