Bimota’s DB6 Delirio – 170 kilogram work of art


November 15, 2005

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November 16, 2005 Italian motorcycle manufacturer Bimota unveiled a new model at Esposizione Internazionale del Motociclo (EICMA), which opened in Milan, yesterday. The 1000cc DB6 Delirio is based on the DB5 Ducati-engined superbike, with a similar trellis frame and trellis swinging arm. Although the bike is similar to its faired sibling, and indeed was designed by the same Sergio Robbian, there are many differences, the most notable being a dry weight of just 170 kilograms. With 90 horsepower at 8500 rpm, the DB6 is likely to offer solace for those who cannot wait for the Ducati Hypermotard, having some very similar characteristics.

The bike has Titanium-Nitride-coated 50mm Marzocchi forks and double 320mm disks with 4-piston radial calipers.

Bimota’s press release reads, “From its early beginnings, the Delirio project has been conceived as the creation of a piece of art, and as a challenge to all conventions. Everything created by Bimota to this date has been built to the extreme, emphasizing perfection beyond rationality. Delirio is a motorcycle that gives new value to the company’s rich heritage and traditions. The goal has been to realise a Bimota for the future, presenting engineers, designers and everybody involved with an equally exciting and challenging task. Once again in Bimota's history, the result has been shaped by passion, imagination, and extraordinary craftsmanship. “The Delirio has become a reality - from Sergio Robbiano's pencil to Alberto Strada's computer to Enrico Borghesan's golden hands - and the minds, souls, and hands of all at Bimota. Technical data of the Delirio confirms what is obvious at first sight: Delirio delivers outstanding performance. Engine and framework blend together in perfect harmony. Performance and handling are complimented by an aggressive but nonetheless comfortable riding position. The first biposto of the new generation.”


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