1980 – Bimota “RB1 Furya” – Italy
Bimota is an Italian company founded in 1966. The name is the acronym of the first two letters of the members’ last names: BIanchi, MOrri and TAmburini.
Initially operating in the field of air conditioning and heating systems, the company started producing motorbikes in 1975, offering them both as a kit and complete bikes. In the 90s the kits were no longer available and the production continued just with fully-assembled bikes.
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.
- Electronic ignition
- 4 Dell’Orto carburetors
- Twin front disks, rear Brembo single disk
- Campagnolo 4-spoke wheels