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.
4 Mikuni carburetors
Air cooled engine
Multiple disks clutch in oil bath
Footpegs, handlebar, fork made in avional