Bimota HB4

Bimota HB4 Moto2 racing motorcycle
It’s very rare that we feature a factory-fresh machine, but Bimota’s HB4 is a worthy exception. This compact, sharply-styled racebike is Bimota’s first Honda-powered bike since the CB1100-engined HB3 of the mid-80s. The boutique Rimini-based manufacturer has stuck with its signature trellis frame, but this time it’s a steel and magnesium hybrid, and it’s cradling a CBR600RR motor. Designed for the Moto2 series, the HB4 is claimed to weigh just 297lbs—a staggering 113lbs less than the quoted wet weight of Honda’s 2010-spec CBR600RR. Interestingly, several websites are reporting that a road-going variant of the HB4 will be produced if the bike is successful on the track, but a Bimota spokesperson told us, “We are thinking about a road version but we do not have a project or a prototype. We are just considering that idea”. We hope it happens, because a light middleweight sportsbike with Bimota’s pedigree and Honda’s reliability (at an affordable price) would be very tempting indeed. [See a video of the Bimota HB4 in testing on YouTube.]

Nikon D2Xs | 1/4s | f/10.0 | ISO 100 | Focal length 95mm

  • factsmachine

    know where i can find a replacement dell keyboard? mine is currently covered in drool. bikeexif sets a new high.

  • Woody

    It’s almost like Moto2 was made for Bimota. Brilliant chassis without their crap engines.

  • http://www.citybike.com Gabe

    Affordable price? All due respect, brother, but a middleweight Bimota would either be 400 pounds (and $20,000) or 300 pounds and $40,000! This is a gorgeous machine: and a nice post. Thanks!

    And Woody, Bimota was never a motor builder…except that one time…let’s all forget about that. We all get to make at least one mistake.

  • luis

    Bimota, the first world champs in moto2!!!

  • http://ridethetorquecurve.blogspot.com/ hoyt

    Has anyone come across a Moto2 Team using something other than tele forks? (not that there is too much wrong with the high-end teles being raced)

    I was hoping to see some suspension design in this series (6x Flex or RADD).

    Amazing weight on this Bimota.

  • the other larry

    That is living room worthy for when you’re not riding it. Nice clean crisp lines without poking you in the eye. Still no Norton though.

  • Luiz Felippe Stanisci

    Più Bella!!!