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daward



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PostPosted: Thu May 24, 2018 11:45 pm    Post subject: New... Reply with quote

Hi from a new arrival

I seem to have found the right place for Bimota wisdom, which is just as well as I am getting seriously drawn to a YB10. They look like a good buy at the moment.

I have no previous Bimota history so have been reading up and aim to see the bike in the flesh next week. The bike in question (1992 year) looks good in pictures but has seemingly been standing for some time - I guess some recommissioning is on the cards. Some things I wouldn't mind some thoughts on:
- Seems to have a Marzocchi rather than an Ohlins rear shock; is that odd?
- Clearly access around the engine is a bit of a nightmare and I have read the struggles with the fuel hoses etc
- If it's been standing a long time I guess I'll need to get the carbs off which sounds painful?
- Presumably bodywork is just not available?
- Any recommended specialist help in the South of England?
- OK for longer rides if you're tall?
- I'm familiar with the highs and lows of running older Italian bikes - so am I right in assuming that a sorted YB10 on the right road in the right mood will deliver?

Thanks in advance

David
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PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2018 3:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi David
Welcome. I'm not a YB10 owner and I'm sure they will be along soon but you sound like you know what you are getting yourself in for so don't be too scared. Remember underneath the mechanicals are Yamaha so if you are reasonably skilled with a spanner you'll be OK. I have a YB7 which yes compared to everyday bikes was designed by a sadist when it comes to some maintenance tasks but others are quite straightforward. The main thing to realise is you are buying a very limited production hand built sports bike. So yes fairings are hard to find (as most Bimota tragics hoard them - I know of one in Brisbane who has a goldmine of Bimota stuff but will never sell). But usually the books you need to maintain the bike are readily available so don't be too worried about that. Take the plunge you will not regret it - just make sure it is all there body wise from the start. Everything else should be fine.
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PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2018 3:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi David
Welcome. I'm not a YB10 owner and I'm sure they will be along soon but you sound like you know what you are getting yourself in for so don't be too scared. Remember underneath the mechanicals are Yamaha so if you are reasonably skilled with a spanner you'll be OK. I have a YB7 which yes compared to everyday bikes was designed by a sadist when it comes to some maintenance tasks but others are quite straightforward. The main thing to realise is you are buying a very limited production hand built sports bike. So yes fairings are hard to find (as most Bimota tragics hoard them - I know of one in Brisbane who has a goldmine of Bimota stuff but will never sell). But usually the books you need to maintain the bike are readily available so don't be too worried about that. Take the plunge you will not regret it - just make sure it is all there body wise from the start. Everything else should be fine.
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PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2018 3:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And make sure the instruments work and are in good nick given they are bespoke Bimota.
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PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2018 4:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is there any particular YB10 that you are interested in that's on ebay (theres 3 of them)...I've been to see the one in Fastline up in Preston so can give you a report on that one if you like
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PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2018 8:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi, thanks

Not one of the three on eBay, but this one https://www.westsussexspecialistcars.co.uk/bimota-yb11-bimota-dieci-in-west-sussex-6157228

Got their dieci and undici confused!

Seems good in the pics but I'll find out soon enough...
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PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2018 9:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is a big possibility a YB10 Biposto will be for sale in the next couple of weeks. Not sure about the value though, as it is a lower production run bike. Sad
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PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2018 9:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks nice enough.....HArtwig is on here (ad says he is one of the previous owners)....and on Facebook also so you or me could ask him about the bike....seems quite low and squat on its rear end....maybe ride height....Black spring....is that the Marzocchi unit youre referring to?....I'm sure others will chime in...YB10 owners and fans...katy??

Seat pad and bump stop has been changed for a vinyl padded affair rather than the stock rubber neoprene pads that are normally glued to the seat...although that's not a bad thing...as the neoprene would have perished by now and need replacing anyhow
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PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2018 11:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I see what you mean about the rear looking a bit squat - there's an unused one at Made in Italy but the pics are on a paddock stand.

All the pics and specs I can find say the rear shock was Ohlins, but the one in "my" ad definitely has a Marzocchi unit fitted.

It would certainly be interesting to see if the previous owner had any thoughts - Facebook not really my thing!

Cheers
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PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2018 12:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I made this to get the carbs off





The spar across the back of the carbs makes it impossible to remove the float bowls without removing the carbs. You have to drop the front fairing and use the extended allen key, under the side frame rail to get onto the clips on the rubbers holding the carbs.

This is my YB6, not the YB10.

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PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2018 12:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lammie selling a bike??????... Is this ar all "related" to the spanish inquisition????...
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PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2018 1:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hiya

Bodywork turns up very rarely. Although pattern bodywork can be bought in the USA.

Rear shock is Marzocchi as standard. I am quite light and find the rear suspension too firm. Front is probably sprung too lightly (feels under sprung and over damped at the front).

Getting the carbs off is a nightmare. I bought a 2' long flexible drive to get at the clamps (makes what is otherwise a days job to get the carbs off, merely an hours faff once the bodywork is off). The idle adjusters land up setting in place (there is a flexi cable that is curved, and the curve becomes permanent). On mine I cut the cable off and just cut a slot where it goes onto the carbs, so I can adjust it with a screw driver.

Longer journies depend where you are riding. Long motorway journey and your hands will go to sleep from the vibration at a constant speed. A roads are not bad as the revs vary more.

I haven't had any fuel hose problems. My 2nd reserve tap seems to have died though.

All the best

Katy
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PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2018 1:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

does look low at the back, but then the eccentric wheel adjusters are set at their "lowest" point - turning them through 180 degrees would "lift" the rear somewhat.
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PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2018 2:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yup....good spot Geekay.....most folk have the spindle hole (which is offset from centre) at the lowest point which would raise the swingarm up an inch or so......perhaps the previous owner was short in the legs
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PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2018 6:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for all the rapidly supplied info so far!
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