Bimota KB4 Officially Revealed At EICMA
At EICMA, Bimota unveiled its production-ready Ninja 1000 SX-powered KB4. Bimota’s sports bike has a bespoke frame and distinctive vintage style.
The Bimota KB4 is powered by the same inline-four engine used in the Kawasaki Ninja 1000 SX. It generates 142hp and 111Nm of torque and is mated to a 6-speed transmission. Bimota has installed its own exhaust system, which features a single end can.
Bimota has positioned the radiator behind the seat rather than in front of the engine, which explains the enormous air intakes on either side of the fairing and the carbon fiber tunnel that connects the intakes to the seat.
If you’re wondering why Bimota is employing a Kawasaki engine, it’s because the Japanese corporation holds a share in the Italian firm. Aside from the engine, the Bimota KB4 is very different from the Ninja 1000 SX.
The KB4’s chassis features a distinctive tubular front frame, and it is also substantially lighter than the Ninja 1000 SX, weighing in at 187kg (dry weight). The carbon-fiber bodywork is likely to be one of the elements contributing to its reduced weight.
In reality, the KB4 has smaller proportions than the Ninja, with the shorter wheelbase (1,390mm) being the most noticeable. Front suspension is handled by an Ohlins FGRT 43 NIX30 fork and a TTX 36 rear shock with a remote adjustment.
Along with the KB4, Bimota has shown a bare RC version for next year. It shares many components with fully faired bikes but does not have a fairing.
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