BMW Motorrad will be supplying Bimota, the Italian motorcycle manufacturer, with engines from the BMW S1000RR for their upcoming four-cylinder model. An initial concept of this new motorcycle will be introduced at the EICMA show which opens this Thursday, November 15th in Milan, Italy.
Bimota boasts a long tradition of 4-cylinder supersports motorcycles. The first Bimota models back in the 1970s were powered by in-line 4-cylinder engines. For around four decades, the name Bimota has stood for technologically innovative and painstakingly crafted supersports bikes made for motorcycle enthusiasts — in spite of an eventful history.
By choosing BMW’s S1000 engine, Bimota has gone for arguably the technologically most innovative straight-four engine currently available. Its low weight of just 131.8 pounds (59.8 kg), an output of 193 bhp (142 kW) at 13,000 rpm and speed-resistant valve gear with two overhead camshafts and weight-optimized cam followers make it the perfect power source for the new Bimota project.
BMW Motorrad and Bimota engaged in a collaborative partnership once before. In 1995 the Italian company presented the BB1 Supermono, a supersports single-cylinder model powered by the engine of the BMW F650. The BB1 Supermono with BMW engine had an output of 48 bhp (35 kW), weighed just 368 lbs. (167 kg) and achieved a top speed of 122 mph (196 km/h). Just 376 of this light supersports bike were built between 1995 and 1996.