1978 – Bimota “KB1” – Italy
Unveiled in Milan in 1978 and designed by Massimo Tamburini, the KB1 was built in 827 examples all sold as a kit. Just 16 KB1 were sold already assembled. The frame is designed to make the operations on the engine simple.
Except for a few bikes, the Bimota models name always followed a simple name with two letters and a number:
- The first letter is the initial of the engine maker: H for Honda, K for Kawasaki, S for Suzuki, Y for Yamaha, D for Ducati, G for Gilera (the latter just for racing versions);
- La second letter is the B of Bimota;
- The number represents how many bikes with the engine from the same maker were made: for example SB3 is the third Bimota powered by a Suzuki engine; YB11 is the eleventh Bimota powered by a Yamaha engine.
- Red/white paint
- 4 Mikuni carburetors
- Air cooled engine
- Multiple disks clutch in oil bath
- Footpegs, handlebar, fork made in avional