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Top 200 Current Motorcycles: Best Or Worst? - Bimota DB5 & DB6

Updated on June 29, 2011

 Bimota DB5R

I have given Bimota almighty hell (and very well deserved hell at that) for their absolutely atrocious misshapen lump of a Tesi 3D, with the 2D being just about as ugly. However, in the Bimota DB5R the marque has shown me that they can design a motorcycle that is aesthetically pleasing and doesn't require a quick reach for the vomit bag. The overall styling is marvelously classic, and I absolutely adore the Italian flag motif on the full fairing. I could live without the Ducati Monster red frame and swingarm members, but given the fact that this is Bimota we're talking about after all, (neck and neck with BMW, Buell, Triumph and Yamaha for designing the ugliest modern motorcycles) this is a darn nice looking bike. I'd buy it!

This motorcycle is powered by a fleet-footed 1079 cc, oil/air cooled, 90° l-twin powerplant featuring a bore and stroke of 98 mm x 71.5 mm and a compression ratio of 10.5:1 which bestows upon the bike a sublime 95 horsepower (69.9 kW). When we calculate the overall weight of the bike being 372 pounds (169 Kg.), and factor that into the burly power available a crack of the throttle the result is 3.91 pounds per horsepower, a number that is rather close to the power to weight ratio of a Ferrari California.

Verdict: It's the only bike in the Bimota lineup that can even remotely be called classic styling, and it does hold together beautifully. I really do love the look of this bike and it would look absolutely gorgeous in my garage. BEST!

Bimota DB5S

Where the color scheme makes the standard model hold together and harken back to the glory days of Italian motorcycle racing, the bumblebee Bimota DB5S makes all that styling just fall apart. Is there a word for how much I despise those yellow girder frame and swingarm members? I'm sure that there is, but there is no place for language like that on the family friendly HubPages site.

The cycle is driven by a velocity-seeking 1079 cc, oil/air cooled, l-twin motor engineered with a bore and stroke measuring 98 mm x 71.5 mm and a compression ratio of 10.5:1 which endows the model an awesome 95 horsepower (69.9 kW). When we compute the riderless weight of the cycle equalling 416 pounds (189 Kg.), and factor it into the virile horsepower we get a result of 4.38 pounds per horsepower, a figure that is comparable to the power to weight ratio of a Lamborghini LP640 Roadster.

Verdict: A phenomenal example of how you can ruin a motorcycle by changing the colors. A bronze engine with yellow girder frame members and black sections? Grab a spray can of Wasp & Hornet Raid! WORST!

Bimota DB6 Delirio

Stop me before I slander Bimota for their DB6 Delirio. What rocket scientist came up with white, blue, black and bronze as colors that are anything but ematogenic? Shoot them. 'Nuf Said.

This bike has a speed-demon 1078 cc, oil/air cooled, 90° l-twin engine designed with a bore and stroke of 98 mm x 71.5 mm and a compression ratio of 10.5:1 which gives the motorcycle a sensational 95 horsepower (69.9 kW). When we consider the basic weight of the motorcycle being 389 pounds (177 Kg.), and factor it into the lusty power generated the result is 4.1 pounds per horsepower, which is a number that can compare favorably with the power to weight ratio of an SCCA Trans-Am Racing car.

Verdict: Just when I thought Bimota was starting to return to sanity with the DB5, they come out with this steaming pile of four color junk. WORST!

Bimota DB6R Delirio

Delirio in Italian means Delirium and it's quite obvious to anyone with any from of vision whatsoever that the Bimota DB6R Delirio was conceived while in profound delirium. Although it does not violate your retinas to the extent of the atrocious white, blue, black and bronze standard model, this spindly creepy collection of retch-provoking scrap should never have seen the light of day. Read my lips: No Bronze Engines!

This motorcycle is driven by a potent 1078 cc, oil/air cooled, 90° l-twin powerplant set up with a bore and stroke of 98 mm x 71.5 mm and a compression ratio of 10.5:1 which confers upon the bike a prodigious 95 horsepower (69.9 kW). When we factor in the core weight of the bike being 374 pounds (170 Kg.), and factor that into the powerful horsepower we get a result of 3.94 pounds per horsepower, a figure that approximates the power to weight ratio of an USERA Racing car.

Verdict: While the standard model's paint job will have you pulling your eyes out within 5 seconds, your eyeballs might survive to a full 10 seconds on the DB6R. The stylists were definitely in Delirium when they designed this thing. WORST!

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