No probs. I've been a Bimota fan since I first saw one back in the early 1990s.Just found this thread - thanks Sean!
I don't know that what you are seeing is under appreciation so much as ignorance or disinterest.I see tons of $30,000+ Harleys around here all the time, and constantly am thinking what that would get you with a Bimota. It's just a shame they are not appreciated.
There are few riders in the US with knowledge of Bimota and what the brand once stood for.
That's a good example of ignorance....simply a lack of knowledge.
Not an insult, just fact and application of the appropriate terminology.
Then there are bikers, who have next to no interest in anything not a Harley. Their ideals have nothing to do with actual riding but rather a pack mentality and demonstrating individuality among sameness.
That is my definition of disinterest.
Bimota has been bankrupt several times in recent years. There was a resurrection of the company name, but with little in the way of relationship to the original company.Am I mistaken (hope so), or has Bimota closed it's doors recently? I thought I heard something about the plant closing and all of the bikes and parts being shipped out of the country.
That resurrection brought some new models but almost all exclusively powered by Ducati engines.
There were a couple BMW powered models in that time but to my knowledge, they were intended for competition rather than commercial sale.
Same goes for the one Honda frame they built for Moto2 competition.
I do not know what their current status is beyond some rumors that have circulated around the web recently.
One resource is Bimota Spirit in Raleigh NC. They are a dealer and have an active website as well as a facebook page for furture reference:
The wikipedia page for Bimota doesn't have any real information beyond the 2003 revival or resurrection of the company.
The Bimota Italy website doesn't look like it has had an update since sometime in 2015:
The last rumor I heard was the company that was resurrected in 2003 went bankrupt again in 2016 and was purchased by a company in Switzerland.
That is rumor and I cannot find any substantiating information about it. That's about it for now...I'll revisit this thread if I find out anything further.......sean