Bimota, 1978, KB1

Bimota “KB1”, 1978, 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


Marque: Bimota
Model: Bimota KB1
Engine: Kawasaki Z 1000
Cylinder number / Capacity: 4 / 1015 cc
Power: 83 bhp at 8000 rpm
Weight: 193 kg
Length: 204 cm
Width: 72.5 cm
Height: 116 cm
Year: 1978
Numbers Built: 827
Marque: Bimota
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