Joined: 18 Dec 2014
|Posted: Mon May 20, 2019 12:58 am Post subject: Re: SB8R
Its close enough to me I might have to take a look.
Was not super high on my list (although I might just not be looking at them right.)
Still REALLY itching to get a Bimota.
Anyone know this bike?
I am not an expert on theSB8R but will share what i can from my experience. Looking at this bike it appears to be mostly stock except for the mirrors (they may be wrapped?). Also, I don't see a fuel system trimmer, may have a Power Commander or something else to ensure smooth throttle.
If this SB8R has been off the streets for a while, you are most likely will need to go through the seals to ensure no engine leaks. Mileage is good but not very low for SB8R and you will see below why I say this but its high enough to pay extra attention to the stock plastic clutch cover. The clutch cover tends to distort with time/mileage/temperatures. Bolts holding the cover go through the metal sleeves in the cover. When you are tightening the bolts, you are really pushing the sleeves against the engine side case but not the cover itself. Problem is easily remedied with a billet aluminum cover available at a TL-R forum. All in all I figure if the bike has not been used for a while you could be looking at another $1k or so to get it roadworthy.
The SB8R is not an easy bike to ride. Its designed for long upper body/arms and short legs. Ram air runners very effectively block off the view of handle bar controls. Its a PIA to ride in even moderate traffic, will heat up. Handling is aggressive. Check carbon fiber on the frame spars to ensure no scratches or delamination.
I had mine for about a year before letting it go to a collector. When I bought it, it had multiple oil leaks including clutch cover. All of that was taken care off. I would recommend having the bike inspected and find out which fuel control system (if any) is in the bike. Do yourself a favor and go see it in person.
1991 Bimota YB10
2001 Yamaha R6
2001 MV F4S
2005 MV Brutale S
2007 Aprilia Bol d’Or
2010 Ducati Streetfighter 1098 S