Bimota DB8 Review – Is This The Italians Best Ever?

  • By: Emily
  • Date: 20/02/2022
  • Time to read: 5 min.

The Bimota DB8 was released in 2010 and was the replacement for the excellent DB7 which had enjoyed a 3 year production.

Let’s take a look at the Bimota DB8, the good, the bad and the….. well I can’t say ugly because Bimota are known for many things but ugly bikes are definitely not one of them.

Bimota DB8 Review

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This Bimota DB8 by Debarshi Ray is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

The Bimota DB7 used the Ducati 1098 engine so it came as no surprise for them to shortly upgrade the model following suit with Ducati who had developed the bigger 1198 engine.

The new Bimota DB8 looked a whole lot like the DB7 but there were three big features that made the model different. 

It had the huge 1198 Ducati Testastretta engine powering it, a new twin seat layout was included and it was priced cheaper than its predecessor. 

The goal of Bimota was to retain its plush ride quality while reducing the price enough to try and entice a bigger audience in.

Ducati with the 1198 had an aim to harness the raw power and superbike excellence of the previous 1098 but make it a viable road warrior at the same time. 

The Bimota DB8 followed suit to some extent by making it a little more approachable than the DB7 and maybe it would encourage a few brave owners to venture out on the country roads, not just a track or the occasional Sunday morning toy. 

The self-supporting rear carbon frames of the DB7 was switched to aluminium billet machined sub frames which integrated seamlessly. 

The carbon bodywork and some components seen on the DB7 were switched out too as that is where Bimota chose to whittle down their costs somewhat for the DB8. The bodywork was all painted fiberglass.

What is worth noting is that all of the carbon fibre parts not used on the Bimota DB8 from the DB7 were made available to purchase as racing accessories for the new bike. So customers could get all of the carbon parts but at an extra cost. 

The 170 horsepower engine was the perfect partner for the chassis, with immense acceleration, power on tap and torque to pull you through the bends all day long. 

With only around 185kg to power along the power-weight ratio was very good, twisting the throttle would have the power delivered smoothly while pulling hard through all the gears. 

Partnering with the likes of Marzocchi, Brembo and Extreme Tech, Bimota were once again holding no punches when it came to premium parts. 

When it came to the suspension it was a plush experience for on the road, but could be dialed in to stiffen up for support when you needed precision. 

The brakes are good but not amazing and are probably the only component that could have been improved upon. 

MCN states “The only weak link is the brakes, which fade under hard use. The radial Brembo four-piston calipers are excellent usually, so this must be down to brake pad compound.”

The twin seat makes more room for the rider than the solo DB7 seat. So you can move around a bit more, making the DB8 a candidate for some everyday sportsbike riding, which of course was Bimota’s intention. 

Whether you would want a passenger hanging on to you on the back is another matter.

Overall the Bimota DB8 is an excellent handling sportsbike that will stand out from the crowd with exceptional good looks, premium components and a killer engine. 

Technical Specifications

Engine and Transmission

  • Engine – L twin cylinder, four stroke, liquid-cooled, Ducati Testastretta Evoluzione
  • Capacity – 1198cc
  • Bore x Stroke – 106 x 67.9 mm
  • Compression Ratio – 12.7:1
  • Transmission – 6 speed
  • Final Drive – Chain
  • Clutch – Dry, multi-disc
  • Max Power – 170 horsepower at 9,750rpm
  • Max Torque – 127 Nm at 8,500rpm

Chassis and Dimensions

  • Frame – Steel trellis, mixed aluminium
  • Front Suspension – 43mm Marzocchi adjustable forks
  • Rear Suspension – Extreme Tech single rear shock
  • Front Brakes – Brembo calipers, double disc x 320mm
  • Rear Brakes – Brembo calipers, single disc 220mm
  • Seat Height – 800mm
  • Dry wWeight – 189kg
  • Wheelbase – 1,430mm
  • Height – 1,115mm
  • Length – 2,040mm
  • Width – 730mm
  • Fuel Capacity – 16L

DB8 Variants

Bimota produced three versions of the DB8; the standard DB8, DB8 SP and the DB8 Italia. 

The Bimota DB8 SP was the Sports Production model with a racier edge than the standard model, with features such as carbon fibre bodywork and upgraded suspension and brakes. 

The DB8 Italia was the model that received the upgraded 1198 Testastretta 11 degree engine as opposed to the prior Evoluzione. 

There were also 10 Oro Nero DB8’s produced and these are considered masterpieces out of Bimota’s factory. 

These were carbon heavy and used even more exclusive components. For example the frame and swingarm were handcrafted from carbon fiber. This made the model even more lightweight, increased the precision steering and improved responsiveness. 

Bimota DB8 Top Speed

The Bimota DB8 has a top speed of 180mph.

How much is a Bimota DB8 Today?

When it first came out the Bimota DB8 was priced in the UK at £20,300. 

The plan was to sell 500 units of the base model and this would have been considered a large volume for Bimota; given the nature of the bikes being handcrafted they are definitely considered a premium manufacturer.  

As a result the asking price wasn’t out of this world. 

Today as you can imagine prices aren’t all that different. The DB8 has become a coveted motorcycle and most Bimota bikes hold their value. 

You would be best to look toward Europe, (mostly Italy) to find a good condition model such as this DB8 in Germany which has an asking price of £14,704.

£15-18,000 in the UK would be about the right price for a base DB8.

Upwards of £50,000 would get you a Bimota DB8 SP model, and closer to £75,000 would get you one of the more limited edition versions. 

RareSportBikes advertised a DB8 Oro Nero which had an asking price of $80,000 in California. 

The bikes are harder to find in the US so looking to import one from Europe would be the best bet, Australia also seems to have a few models around at the moment. 

Verdict

There is nothing not to like about the Bimota DB8. It is a fundamentally excellent motorcycle, a bone fide superbike hand built and elegantly fashioned to incredibly high standards in a factory that excels at producing luxury motorcycles.

The DB7 was an impressive machine, but the DB8 just built on the foundation that the previous bike laid for it; the result was the best Bimota up until that point at a more affordable price point comparatively. 

Arguably it is one of the best Bimota motorcycles ever built.

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